Stocksbridge aim to go for the throat in Shaw Lane derby

Corey Gregory set to return against Shaw Lane Aquaforce. Pic Peter Revitt
Corey Gregory set to return against Shaw Lane Aquaforce. Pic Peter Revitt

Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton says his team will go on the offensive against Barnsley’s Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the local derby at Bracken Moor.

Steels will be keen to get back to winning ways after suffering their first league loss of the campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat at Leek Town on Tuesday.

“We’re at home so we’ll not be sitting back for a draw we’ll be looking to get on the front foot and attack,” said Hilton.

“They (Shaw Lane) have got a good squad and have a player in Gavin Allott that can probably play at a higher level, hopefully he will have an off day. But you can analyse your opponents too much, its about what we do.

“We don’t have anything to fear in this league we’ve already shown that we are capable of playing good football. I’ve got a good record against Craig Elliott’s teams so I will hope that continues this weekend.”

Striker Corey Gregory and Lee Garside look set to return after missing the defeat at Leek that forced Hilton into playing a different system.

“Circumstance dictated we had to go with one up front at Leek,” he said.

“I thought we had done enough to get a draw.

“They had plenty of possession but didn’t trouble us too much other from set-pieces. We knew these would be two tough games (against Leek and Shaw Lane) so we’ll be looking to bounce straight back.”

Shaw Lane arrive with just one defeat from their six league outings which came in a 3-2 reversal at Lincoln United at the end of last month.

Sheffield FC face a tough test with a visit to the Division One South leaders Stafford Rangers who have dropped just two points from their opening six games, which came in a 2-2 draw against Romulus.

Club though are not short on confidence themselves with the 3-1 home win against Lincoln on Tuesday making it five league games unbeaten since the opening day defeat against Carlton Town.

And manager Andy Kiwomya believes Sheffield can go there and get a result. “We’ll aim to give a good account of ourselves, get the players to express themselves and hopefully come away with a result, said Kiwomya. “We’re under no illusions it will be tough” he said. “When you go to any team at this stage of the season that’s had a good start its going to be difficult.”

The Sheffield boss expects striker Benny Igi-Ehon to be fit after suffering badly bruised calf.

“Benny’s got a few battle scars but he’s a strong lad ,so should be OK for the weekend said Kiwomya.”

Frickley Athletic are in FA cup action where they face a potential banana skin at in-form NCE League side Maltby Main.

Fixtures :

Division One South: Stafford Rangers v Sheffield FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

The Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round: Buxton v Ramsbotton United, Maltby Main v Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town v Whitley Bay.