By Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels face a difficult looking to trip to second-placed Cleethorpes Town where the hosts will be defending a six match unbeaten home league record.
We know it will be tough game going there, they’re up at the top of the league and going really well,” said Steels boss Chris Hilton. “But if we are on our game we can match anyone. We have a good record against the top teams and we’ll be looking to continue that against Cleethorpes. We certainly don’t fear anyone, we respect teams, but we don’t fear them.
“We should have pretty much a full squad to choose from having rested a few players for the league cup tie at Frickley earlier in the week. Scott (Ruthven) has picked up an knock but we’re hoping he will have recovered although we will be without Matt (Reay) has he starts a two match suspension.”
Hilton is looking for his side to show a little more consistency. “That’s our main problem at the moment,” he said. “We seem to turn in an outstanding performance in one game then the next we’re poor. Its getting that happy medium in between where we have consistent good performances. We know we’re still not firing on all cylinders at the moment but that said we’re third in the table so we’re not far away.
“I don’t think players two matches every week over the past moth or so has helped. We’ve had a number of players carrying knocks that we’ve been unable to rest. “
Stocksbridge will go into the game on the back of a league cup win at neighbours Frickley Athletic. The game finished 3-3 following 90 minutes in a see-saw game with Steels going on ton win 7-6 on penalties.