Steels not firing on all cylinders


by Paul Webster

Stocksbridge go to Bedworth United on Saturday in search of a first win of the season at the fourth time of asking.

Steels have lost both their opening two league games then were dumped out of the FA Cup by Handsworth in the least outing.

Manager Chris Hilton says they have yet to reach the standard they set themselves last season.

“We’re not firing on all cylinders at the moment. We’ve got nowhere near the performances levels that we were at towards the end of last season. Its been a poor start and not one I had expected.

“I haven’t been able to get the eleven out on the pitch I wanted.which has’nt helped, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse “Corey Gregory and Adam Hinchliffe haven’t started a game yet, then last week we were missing Joe Lumsden. We do have Joe back this weekend but we’ve lost Liam McFadyen to suspension. Its very frustrating when you can’t put your best eleven players out.

“There’s no point moaning about it, you’ve just got to get your head down and get on with it.”

Hilton was still unhappy with the manner of his teams exit in the cup at Handsworth said; “ We had three key players missing which is difficult when you have a small squad. But we were in control in the first half and got ourselves in front then gave away two stupid goals to be fair they’ve played well in the second half and could have scored more but what’s annoying is that not for the first time this season we had got ourselves in a decent position then go and undo all the hard work.

“We’ve got to go to Bedworth and try and make sure we come away with the right result because the longer it goes on (winless run) the more difficult it becomes.”

Hilton is contemplating making changes this weekend said: “We’ll have a look at a few things,and see what we can do differently. We’re also looking to bring in a couple of players on loan from a Conference and Evo-Stik Premier club to help freshen things up.”

Bedworth were relegated from the Sourthern Premier Division at the end of last season but have had a decent start to life in the Evo-Stik League One where they unbeaten in three outings.