Fri, 29. Dec. 2017

Drayton game is a "must win" for Shaw

This Saturday Sheffield FC host Market Drayton in yet another crucial game at the lower end of the Evo-Stik First Division South, writes Luke Phelps, whilst the Star’s Paul Webster caught up with manager Mark Shaw for his thoughts.

Sheffield have picked up 4 points in December, thumping Cleethorpes Town 4-0 in the process. But defeats to relegation rivals Gresley at the start of the month, and a 1-0 loss to Belper Town on Boxing day leaves Club just 1 point off the foot of the table.

Our next opponents, Market Drayton lie 20th in the table, just one place behind Sheffield. The seasonally apt named ‘Gingerbread Men’ are on a 6-game losing streak, with just 1 win from their last 8. A 4-0 Boxing Day loss at Kidsgrove Athletic made 3 games without a goal, and 10 concede in the same time. A much-needed win for either team on Saturday could lift them as high was 16th in the table.

“It’s a massive game for us, and one in my eyes we have got to win” said boss Mark Shaw.

“It will be a big test for the players as it’s a game where they will have to go out and make sure they perform and get us the three-points. We had wanted to go through the Christmas programme unbeaten if we could but that’s been scuppered now by the defeat against Belper.”

“I feel we’ve been unlucky not to have picked up all the spoils over Christmas. We were hit by a sucker punch goal at Loughborough in stoppage time. Then against Belper I felt we controlled game. We’ve hit the bar, had much more of the ball, good tempo and had the better chances. They took their goal well, but other than that didn’t really create anything.”

“It was disappointing to lose but on the positive side we’ve only conceded two goals in the last three games, we just need to make sure we get it right at the other end and start putting the ball in the net more often”

See Club in action this Saturday from 3pm at The Coach and Horses Stadium.

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