Steels v Rugby - Preview

By Paul Webster

Stocksbridge Park Steels travel to next to bottom Rugby Town in a game that boss Chris Hilton is one they must come away with maximum points.

“Its a big game for us we’re going their knowing we need to win said Hilton. “Just because they’re down near they bottom doesn’t make it any easier they are battling for their lives to stay in the division.

“We’ve talked about it with the players, they know these are games we have to go out and win We need to start kicking on now if we want to get into the play-offs.

“Its a tall order but its very doable, we’ve games in hand and other teams around us to play. We’ve got a lot of games coming up over the next few weeks so it’s important we get as many points as we can.”

Steels beat Romulus 1-0 at Bracken Moor on Tuesday evening in a one side game. It brought a second successive clean sheet and fourth in the last eight games with just four goal conceded.

“Defensively we’re looking really strong which is very pleasing because its something we have been working on in training,” said Hilton. “There was no doubt we deserved the win against Romulus and should had been out of sight in the first half.

“That's the second game in a row where the opposition goalkeeper has been man of the match. But if you keep putting the balls in the right area and are patient then you will get your reward. We’re creating loads chances the only worry is that we’re not putting teams to bed.

“We’re playing well at the moment, defending well and creating loads of chances. if we continue to do that then someone is going to get a good hiding.”

Leading scorer Joe Lumsden (pictured) is likely to be out for at least a couple of weeks after suffering a knee injury inside the first 10 minutes against Romulus.

On the plus side striker Brodie Litchfield is available after serving his four match suspension, while Nat Crofts is expected to be fit after missing the midweek game with injury.

Its also hoped the midfielder Richard Stirrup’s international clearance will have come through in time for Saturday.

Rugby have won just one the last eight league games but did pick up a good point from a 1-1 draw against play-off chasing Basford United in the last outing


Eco-Power Environmental Stadium, 

Bracken Moor Lane, 


Sheffield, S36 2AN.                                                   

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