Club looking for double over relegation haunted Vics
Sheffield FC will look to put behind them the disappointment of losing the derby against city rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels earlier in the week, writes The Star's Paul Webster, when they host next to bottom Northwich Victoria at the Coach & Horses Ground in the penultimate home game of the season.
Club were narrowly beaten 2-1 as Steels but boss James Colliver felt the result was very harsh on his side.
“I thought we should have won to be honest. We’ve hit the woodwork had three cleared off the line and their goalkeeper has pulled off two tremendous saves.
“We got a bit lucky with the goal. I don’t think it was corner in the first place if I’m being honest. Then the referee should have stopped the game before the second ball goes in, when they’ve got a lad down with what looked like head injury in the area.
“I thought we dominated the second half and at times they couldn’t get out of their half.
Fair play to them they’ve got the second goal and held on. I couldn’t fault my players they gave me everything.
“The referee didn’t have the best of games, I thought he was very poor for both teams. But it was a good derby between two committed teams. Chris (Hilton) has been there a few years and built a good side. That’s what we’re aiming to do. It takes time to build a side but I feel we’re heading in the right direction. I think the players showed that in the performance and commitment they gave.”
Colliver believes that if his team play to the same level and intensity against Northwich on Saturday then they should come away with maximum points. “We have to take the performance and work rate from midweek into the game against Northwich,” he said “if we do that I’m confident we’ll get the win. I know it’s an old cliché but there are no easy games in this division. We’ve got four games left and we want to pick up as many points from those games as we can and make sure we finish the season on a high note.”
Sheffield will be looking to complete a league double following a 5-2 win in the reverse fixture back in November against a Vics side that has won just once in the last eight.