Steels v Colwyn Bay - Preview


by Paul Webster

Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton will hoping the FA Cup can inspire his side to kick start their season.Steels make the long trip to North Wales where they take on Evo-Stik Division One North outfit Colwyn Bay having lost the opening two league games.

Hilton’s men were beaten 2-0 at home on the opening day by Spalding United then it was an injury hit side that went down 3-1 at Basford United on Monday.“Its not been a good start by any means but we knew it was going to be tough,” said Hilton.“Its just a little frustrating after all the hard work we’ve done in pre-season.

I thought we were much better at Basford , we looked after the ball well and kept putting it into the box but we just didn’t get on the end of anything. “I thought when we got a goal back we might go on and get a draw. In the end we got punished for a couple of mistakes but fair play to Basford they’re a good side.

“Unfortunately we weren’t at full strength after picking up a few knocks from the Spalding game. We had Matt Reay, Jack Poulton and George Grayson out with injury and also we have now lost Adam Hinchliffe through work commitments with a new job but I’m not going to use that as excuse for the defeat. “Hilton said of the cup tie at Colwyn Bay. “Its going to be another tough game because they’re a good a team and have had a decent start.

We’ll see what we’ve got available on the injury front. We may look at changing our tactics a little. We certainly don’t want to lose the game but we wont be going their looking for a replay we want to win it at the first attempt, although bringing them back to our place won’t be a bad result.“We should have Luke Mangham back which will be a bonus after he missed the first two games and we’ll check on Matt (Reay), Jack (Poulton) and George (Grayson).

The hosts have started their campaign with four points from the opening two games.

The coach leaves Bracken Moor at 10.00a.m.