Fri, 11. Aug. 2017

Hume hoping for positive debut

It’s a new era for Sheffield FC as they make the trip to Carlton Town, writes The Star’s Paul Webster, where Mark Hume will take charge of his first competitive game since replacing James Colliver during the summer.

Hume will be aiming to improve on Sheffield’s standing last term when they finished 15th with 48-points from 42 league outings.

The new Sheffield boss says pre-season has gone well and everyone is looking forward to the new campaign but there are still a few things to iron out. “Pre-season has gone very well except for the last game (2-1 defeat against Ossett Town).

“It highlights a few things we need to work on but I’d much rather it happens in pre-season match rather than in the league. It was a kick-up the back side the lads probably needed and a quick reminder that we have work to do.”

Club have just landed 18-year-old starlet Leslie Sackey from Scunthorpe United on a youth loan. The central defender will go straight into Saturday’s squad and there could be another arrival before the big-kick off

“Yeah, we’re still looking to bring people in and there is the chance we could bring in a midfield player in before Saturdays game, “said Hume.

Carlton, who finished fourth bottom last term, were Club’s long-time bogey side but they put an end to that tag with a 3-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season with goals from Pat Lindley and a brace from loanee Connor Hall.

Hume is expecting a tough test for his Sheffield side. “They’ve had a decent pre-season. The first game is always tricky wherever you play as everyone is up for it and are keen to to start the season with a win. But it’s usually five or six games before it settles down and you have a better idea of how teams may do.”

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