Steels v Alvechurch - Preview

By Paul Webster

Stocksbridge will aim to make it four without defeat when they welcome Alvechurch to Bracken Moor in what is the first league meeting between the two teams.

The visitors arrived in Division South via the Midland Premier Division where they were champions last term.

Steels have recovered from disappointing start to the campaign by taking seven-points from the last three games enjoying an impressive 3-0 victory at Belper Town in the last outing

Boss Chris Hilton is pleased with how his side of bounced back to form and that he was always confident it wouldn’t be long before his side showed the form that swept them into the play-offs last season.

“I’ve got my two defenders back on the pitch and the forwards are looking lively again and scoring goals. Joe (Lumsden) scored his first goals at Belper last week and could have had a hat-trick, he and Brodie (Litchfield) are looking a real threat again.

“We’ve also brought in Todd Jordan and he did very well in his first game, we’ve now got real competition for places which keeps the players on their toes.”

Hilton was delighted with the victory at Belper on a ground where he had never won as a player or manager. “I thought it was an even first half we had a couple of chances and they did too, he said. “But we really turned up in the second half the players went about the jobs really well. I always felt whoever got the first goal would win.

“We scored twice early on and took control. They had a couple of chances late in the game but we we’re 3-0 up by then and had take the foot off the pedal a little.”

The Steels boss is looking for his side to keep the run going against an Alvechurch side, third in the table and that have been beaten just once in seven games in league and cup.

“It will be a difficult game, we’ve had reports on them that they’re a big strong team that likes to play good football. They have got some league players in their in their side. But that doesn’t phase us at all we’ll go about our business. We’re in a good place at the moment, the players are playing well and are confident they can win any game.”

Stocksbridge will welcome back skipper Liam McFadyen to the squad. Young Tom Charlesworth has a slight niggle to his knee and was taken off as a precaution at Belper but should be fit. However, striker Ryan Carroll is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Eco-Power Environmental Stadium, 

Bracken Moor Lane, 


Sheffield, S36 2AN.                                                   

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