by Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels host another of the play-off rivals tomorrow when they welcome Belper Town to Bracken Moor.
Boss Chris Hilton feels that January could well be a pivotal month in their bid for a top five finish and a place in the end of season play-offs.
“We always said January was a big month for us with the teams we’ve got to play,” said Hilton. “Time is ticking now, we know we need to pick up say between eight and ten points a month if we’re want to finish in the play-offs.
There a lot of teams in contention and anyone that puts a good run together now should finish in the top five, we have to make sure that’s us. We’ve just completed a league double over a Newcastle side that were third in the table so its important we make sure we push on now”
Hilton was over the moon with 1-0 win against play off rivals Newcastle in game they dominated from start to finish but felt there are areas they still need to work on.
“The football we played was a couple of league higher. We moved the ball around quickly and they never got near us, we should had been out of sight by half-time The players were excellent, every single one of them were on the money. But there is always room for improvement though and I thought there were a couple of areas we could improve on
“The front three were excellent the only thing that was missing was they they just didn’t get the goals. The midfield commanded the game and I thought the defence kept their concentration which is not always easy when your having so much of the attacking play.
But I’ll take the 1-0. if we play like that every week we’ll certainly win far more than we will lose.”
Belper will go into the game having been beaten for the first time in 13 leagues following a 2-0 home reversal against Stamford last weekend.
The two teams are separated by just a single point with Steels in 10th and the Nailers just one place below having played two games more.
Brodie Litchfield misses out through suspension following his red card after the young striker rash late challenge against Newcastle.