Steels v Rugby - Preview

By: Paul Webster

Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton will warn his players to guard against complacency ahead of this weekends home clash against bottom of the table Rugby Town.

“We’ve come unstuck against teams lower down before,” said Hilton. “You cant just turn up and expect to win because their at the bottom, its about getting our mindset right. You’ve still got to work hard and put the effort in to get a result.

“We’ve played four of the top six teams in the league and won three of those. So we have to make sure we go out and apply ourselves in the same way whether its against a team at the top or bottom of the table.

“Last season we drew against the bottom of the league twice. If we want to be one of the top teams in this division then we’ve got to show we can move up to that level by making sure we turns teams over when they’re not doing well.

“On paper and if we play like we did last Saturday then we should win. They’ got a new manager so that might galvanize them a little. We’ll look to get at them early and get in front which will hopefully knock their confidence back.”

The Steels boss was delighted with FA Trophy win at Clitheroe and to have a home draw in the next round.

“It was a really good performance and to be honest we could have scored more. We’ve had two goals disallowed and hit the post. We’ve now kept three clean sheets against good opposition in the last four games which is very pleasing “We’re at home in the next round (against Lancaster City) which makes a change for hopefully we’ll continue with our away cup form at Bracken Moor.”

Hilton was delighted that the injuries that blighted the early part of the campaign are beginning to clear up. “We’re getting there now. Adam (Hinchliffe) and Corey (Gregory) are back now which is a bonus. We just need Ash (Burbeary) back. Hopefully that will be before Christmas, which will be quicker than we originally thought. But there is no pressure to rush him back we have to make sure the injury has fully healed.”

Steels go into the game on the back of a run of four games undefeated whilst Rugby are without a point from the last four games since a 1-0 victory at Kendal Town in late August, their only league win in eight games.

Meanwhile, Steels former Rotherham United loanee Kuda Muskwe has now joined Premier Division Grantham Town on loan. “We wish him all the best,” said Hilton. “He came here and did a great job when we were struggling with injuries. It was a move that suited all parties.”

Eco-Power Environmental Stadium, 

Bracken Moor Lane, 


Sheffield, S36 2AN.                                                   

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