No Pressure on Club in Trophy Tie
It will be the second time Sheffield FC and Frickley Athletic have come face to face at the Coach & Horses ground in a matter of weeks, writes The Star’s Paul Webster, as the two meets in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round.
The two clashed in league action in early September when Club let slip a 2-0 lead eventually losing out 4-3 to a late penalty.
But four points from two games, a 2-2 draw at Romulus and a 3-2 home victory over Lincoln United on Tuesday evening, since the return of Mark Shaw has lifted the spirits leaving the manager delighted with the response from the players.
“It’s been really uplifting, the players have taken on board what we have said to them and have to say they’ve worked really hard and shown they care about the club,” said Shaw.
“In all fairness it should had been two wins from two. I thought against Romulus we had much the better chances even though we were down to ten-men. Lincoln are a very good organised side so we did very well to come from behind to beat them.
“It will take a little time to get the team playing the Mark Shaw way, so really I can’t grumble at the four-points from six.”
Shaw is looking forward to the clash against neighbours Frickley and says the pressure is off his side. “It’s a bit of a free hit for me,” he said. “The players can go out and express themselves and show what they can do. If we get through then I’ll be delighted, but if we don’t I won’t be as upset as I would have had it been a league game and we had lost three-points. Frickley are a very strong, physical side that like to put teams under pressure so we know it will be tough.”