Steels v Stamford - Preview



By Paul Webster

Stocksbridge Park Steels will hope to land their first points of the season when they host Stamford at Bracken Moor tomorrow.

Steels have lost their opening two league fixtures and were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup 3-0 at Colwyn Bay last weekend.

“Its the same as last season when we started with three defeats, lets just hope we finish as strongly. “said manager Chris Hilton. “I don’t look at the league table you can’t read anything into them at this stage. We know we need a win or at least just to get that first point on the board and we’ll be aiming to do that on Saturday.

“Injuries are killing us at the moment. We’ve had George Grayson, Matt Reay and Will Osgathorpe missing on top of which we’ve lost Adam Hinchliffe. Now we’ve just learned that Luke Mangham needs an operation on his knee and could be out for six-months.

But there is no need sulking about injuries we just need to get players back on the pitch as quickly as possible.”

Hilton is hopeful that the injuries situation could clear up somewhat in time for the visit of Stamford while the Steels boss is also hoping to bring in a new player. “We’re hoping to have George ( Grayson) and Matt (Reay) back for Saturday said Hilton.

“We’ve also made an offer to a midfielder player but there are other clubs in for him from higher a level so we’ll have to wait and see on that one..”

Hilton says he may look at changing their playing style this weekend. “We might shake things up a little and look at the possibility of changing the way we play. Clubs are coming here and know how we like to play and are combating that. So we have to counteract that.

We’ll see what fits best with what we’ve got. Most worrying thing is that at the moment we’ve not scored from open play and have created the chance we normally do.”

Joe Lumsden missed training in mid week with a sore knee but is expected to have recovered.

Stamford arrive having picked up four points from their opening two games