By Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels are set to tie up a deal for Brodie Litchfield in time for the striker to make his debut against Basford United at Bracken Moor tomorrow.
Litchfield arrives from Premier Division Mickleover Sports whom he joined in the summer after being released from Sheffield United. He had a productive loan spell with Steels while he was a professional at United and Steels manager Chris Hilton was delighted to have brought him back to his home Town club.
“He’s a really good signing for us and someone we feel we can help develop further over the next couple of years.
“We’ve been looking to bring a forward in for a while now as we’re a bit light up front with just Joe (Lumsden) and Scott (Ruthven) as our only recognised strikers. It will give us the chance to rotate things around and give us extra competition for places while covering in the event of injury and suspension.”
Indeed it couldn’t have come at a better time with Lumsden starting the first of a three match suspension for his sending off in the FA Trophy last weekend.
Stocksbridge will be looking to make it three games without defeat as they look to make up for a 3-2 defeat at Basford in September when the hosts scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch victory.
“I wouldn’t say we owe them one,” said Hilton. “We did enough to have won the game at their place but then got hit by two sucker punches in the last few minutes but that was our fault for not taking our chances and wrapping the game up. We’ll look at it as three-points we need to get us back to where we want to be around the play-off places.”
Adam Hinchliffe and Liam McFadyen are expected to have shaken off knock while Steels will be boosted by the return of midfielder Ashley Burbeary.
Basford arrive in good form having lost just one in the last eight outings.