Tough six-pointer as Club host the Moatmen
Sheffield FC return to The Coach & Horses this Saturday as they face Gresley FC in what will be a fierce battle at the bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division South, writes Luke Phelps, whilst The Star's Paul Webster caught up with manager Mark Shaw to get his thoughts.
Club are coming off the back of a positive 2-2 draw away at Kidsgrove Athletic, and manager Mark Shaw has said there are “a lot of weary bodies” ahead of Saturday.
It will be a welcome return to The Coach & Horses for Sheffield, after two long-haul away trips to Kidsgrove, and Alvechurch the weekend before.
As for the game on Saturday it will be touch-and-go for Shaw, as his players try to regain fitness. Richard Adams is fully fit and available again after suspension.
Losing just 1 of the last 4 in the league, Sheffield are slowly pulling away from the bottom end of the table.
Also down the wrong end of the table are opposition Gresley, who have lost 3 of their last 4 league games.
On the road however, Gresley have lost just 1 of the last 5 beating Spalding United on their last away trip.
Sheffield boss Mark Shaw is playing down the game preferring to focus at the bigger picture. “I try not to look at it as a big game or about the ifs and buts”, he said.
“I prefer to concentrate on the improvement we’re making with each game and that as a group we are getting close to being a very good side. Building belief on the pitch and getting players to believe in themselves and buying into what we’re trying to do is my main aim.
“I know I keep harping on about it, but you can see it’s getting better every week. I’m very positive about the way things are progressing and that we’re on the right track. I honestly feel we are going to start winning games regularly, and for me that’s important thing and not just one game. We’d like to be winning more points of course, but we’ve only lost two league games since I came in and have won two and lost one at home which isn’t bad considering all the changes that have been made."
“It’s a home game, we’ll have a good crowd behind us and we’ve got players coming back from injury, so we’ll be hoping we can go out and deliver the right result on the pitch.”
Shaw was pleased with the point from a 2-2 draw at Kidsgrove in the last outing, but he and the players felt it should perhaps had been all three. “When you’re away from home I think it’s always a good point, he said.
“We’ve been in front twice, so you have to think it should had been all three-points. We switched off a couple of times and got punished but I think Kidsgrove are a much better side than their league position suggests.
“We had players missing but it was still a very good performance overall and the players came off disappointed not to had won the game. We need to build on that and make sure we take the positivity into Saturday.”
The one-to-watch on the opposing team is forward Matthew Melbourne. Awarded the Chairman’s Award last season, the powerful target man has scored 9 league goals this season.
See Sheffield FC take on Gresley at The Coach and Horses this Saturday from 3pm.