By Paul Webster
Chris Hilton is calling for his side to rediscover their scoring touch as Stocksbridge Park Steels prepare to take on third-placed Witton Albion at Bracken Moor.
Steels have scored just once in three outings since the turn of the year and were held to a goalless draw at Belper Town in the last outing, a game that Hilton missed having spent the weekend in hospital following an illness scare.
“We know we’re not scoring enough goals at the moment which is something we need to work on,” said Hilton. “We’re creating enough chances but just no sticking the ball in the back of the net. Joe (Lumsden) has got 16 and we need to take the pressure of him a little other than that there is only Harrison has reached double figures with 11. We just need other to chip in with a few more goals
“The last three games have been against very good teams and we’ve got another on Saturday against Witton Albion. We’ve set ourselves up to be solid as a unit and we’re becoming hard to beat.
“That’s not being negative we always go out to win games but you have to have to tweak things a little when you’re up against the top teams. Belper have the third best defensive record in the division and Witton have the second best so you don’t want to be chasing games against teams that have good defensive records. Its imperative to get points from these games then attack teams where we think we should be getting three-points from.
“In the last three games we’ve beaten Newcastle who were flying, and lost 1-0 to a a late goal against Shaw Lane but we’re still the only team to have beaten in the league this season when we won at our place. Belper are above us in the table and were on a good run having only lost once in 14 league games.”
Having watched the video of the game at Belper Hilton said, “I thought we were unfortunate not to have won at Belper. We certainly had the better chances and the free-kick appeared to be well over the line. Its frustrating but there nothing you can do about.”
The Steels boss has a full squad to select from other than striker Brodie Litchfield who serves the last of a four match suspension But the club are still awaiting clearance from the FA for new signing Richard Stirrup.
Witton arrive at Bracken Moor unbeaten in the last five and having taken seven points from the last three away.