By Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton is calling for his side to cut out the silly mistakes a they prepare to take on Carlton Town at Bracken Moor on Saturday.
Steels will be aiming to bounce back from their first defeat in four games after losing 3-2 at Basford United last weekend when they conceded twice in the last couple of minutes.
“We’ve got to cut out the basic errors we’re making at the moment,” said Hilton. “Generally I’ve been pleased with our defending but we’ve got to learn from the silly mistakes we’re making at the moment, if we do that then we’ll be okay.
“I feel we’ll score every game, going forward we’re beginning to look very good but we attack as a team and defend as a team.”
Reflecting on the defeat at Basford Hilton said. “We’ve missed a hatful of chances to have had the game wrapped up long before they scored the two goals late on.
Joe (Lumsden) could have had four goals, I’d always back him to score when he gets in on goal. But It was just one of the those days for him overall he had an excellent game. “Jack Poulton and Jason Paling have also missed great chances. On another day they’ll go in and we’ll end up beating someone by four of five goals”.
Of the two late goals Hilton said. “I don’t think they were free-kicks in the first place if I’m being honest. But they’ve been given and you’ve got to defend them.”
The Steels boss was also critical of Basford’s artificial pitch. “I don’t agree with them. They give the home side a big advantage, they play and train on them all the time. It takes you a good 20 minutes to get used to the bounce of the ball and how it runs I’m certainly not a fan of them and I don’t think they should be allowed.”
Hilton is looking forward to the clash with Carlton and says it give his side a chance to bounce back. “We know with the squad and strength we’ve got we’re quite confident we can beat anyone in this league.
We want to put last weeks defeat behind us as quickly as possible and know a win should put us in the top six. They’ve (Carlton) not had a good start so will be wanting to come here to try and put that right so we know its not going be easy.”
Ashley Burbeary returns to the squad after missing last weekends game, while Corey Gregory could start after a couple of appearances from the bench as the midfielder looks to gain full match fitness. Scott Ruthven is still nursing an injury but the striker is likely be named amongst the substitutes.