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By Paul Webster

Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton is looking for big improvement from his side this weekend when they host Kidsgrove Athletic at Bracken Moor.

Hilton held clear the air talks with his players in the dressing room following the disappointing 1-1 home draw with Belper Town last weekend, which was only thanks to goalkeeper David Reay’s stoppage time equaliser.

It was a brutally honest Hilton that said.“It was probably the worse display I’ve seen form us for two-years.

We sat down in the dressing room afterwards and had a open and honest chat with the players. “There was no shouting or throwing tea cups around we had a frank discussion about our desire and how we should move forward and what we expect from the players. There was a lot of good things to come out of the discussion

“They now have to show they want to wear the Stocksbridge shirt. The ball is in there court now, they have to show they want to get on board with what we’re trying to do here or get moved out, but they won’t find a better club in this division.

“We’ve come a long way as a club but I’m not happy with what’s happening at the moment .

Its frustrating because we know we can play good football but we’re working hard to put things right. If there is positive to come out if it, its that we’re unbeaten in five games even though we’re not playing well.”

Kidsgrove have lost three and one one of the last four in the league leaving them 15th in the table, six-points behind Stocksbridge in fourth but the visitors do have two games in hand, which shows the closeness of the table at the moment.

“Kidsgrove will be no easy pushovers,” said Hilton, “They’ve already won three times away from home and we know they carry a threat going forward. They had a FA Trophy replay on Wednesday evening so hopefully that will taken a little out of them.

“We’re looking for a positive response from the players and a big performance. We should have Alex (Wiles ) back which is a bonus and we could have a new signing in the squad to freshen things up a little.”