Steels v Atherton Collieries - Preview


By: Paul Webster

Stocksbridge take on Division One North side Atherton Collieries in the FA Trophy at Bracken Moor this weekend looking to embark on anther good run in the competition. “We’ve done rally well in this competition having enjoyed good runs over the last two seasons reaching the first round on both occasions,” said Stocksbridge boss Chris Hilton.

“We want to try and beat that f we can particularly as we went out of the FA Cup early. Of course a good run also helps the club financially which keeps the chairman happy.

“They’re (Atherton) at the same level as us in the pyramid so we’ll need to be at it from the start and make sure we’re on the front foot.

If there’s is a replay then it will be on Monday and we certainly don’t want that so we’ll be trying make sure we get the job done at our place.”

Steels warmed up for the tie by beating Chasetwon 4-0 at Bracken Moor bouncing back from the disappointing 2-1 defeat at Corby Town to climb to third in the table. “We never got going at Corby and didn’t deserve anything.” admitted Hilton. “They had just sacked their manager and we’re up for it while we looked heavy legged. It was just one of those days..

“We didn’t particularly play that well against Chasetown but once we did get our noses in front we always looked like we would win the game. I was a little disappointed we let them have a couple of chances to get back into the game but by then we we’re 4-0 up and had took our foot off the pedal which is not like us.

“We’re third in the table after 12 games yet we’ve dropped a few points when we shouldn’t have done. But I’ll take where we are, this is a much stronger league this season.”

Matt Reay sits out the tie as he serves a one match suspension but Alex Wiles should be back after a groin injury that’s kept him out of the last three games.

Atherton arrive having been beaten 4-0 at Hyde United earlier in the week and with just one win in the last eight outings in league and cup.