Buoyant Club aiming to keep momentum
Sheffield FC will go into the home clash with Spalding United in buoyant mood, writes Paul Webster, after coming from behind to take the bragging rights in the local derby on New Year’s Day beating ten-man Stocksbridge 2-1 at Bracken Moor.
“It was a good three-points in what were difficult conditions,” said Club boss Mark Shaw.
I did bit of home work watching them at Stamford, which in fairness was a game Stocksbridge should have won.
“I thought two games in three days would be difficult for them and give us an edge as our game had been postponed. But they started well and had us on the rack for 20 or 30 minutes and credit to them took the lead when they were down to ten-men.
“We put an extra striker because I felt they were tiring and got back in the game immediately then scored unbelievable goal for the winner which I thought in the end we deserved”
Shaw felt his side could easily have had maximum points from their three festive fixtures. “Looking at the games against Loughborough and Belper over Christmas we should had won both of those,” he said
“Loughborough equalised in the last minute of stoppage time. Then against Belper we had enough chances to had won comfortably and been out of sight before they scored the only goal.
We’re putting in the performances and playing some good football but not getting the rewards, we deserve at times. What’s important though is that you can see its starting to come together a little especially with the younger players who are settling in nicely.
“We’ve lost just one of the last four now, so we need to build on that and go on a little run because the teams around us have been picking up points.”
Shaw will look to capitalise on Spalding’s inconsistent form. “They’ve been a bit up and down lately, but we still need to make sure we’re on our game from the off.
“We need to get three-points which will help us start to pull away from the bottom two. We’ve got a group of players here now that are very much together and if you can put to or three wins together in this division you can soon climb up the table."
Andy Gascoigne is still not ready for a return while James Gregory is unlikely to be risked as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
Spalding arrive having ended a run of seven league defeats on the spin with back-to-back wins over the Christmas before being narrowly beaten 2-1 at Cleethorpes Town on Monday.