Carlton Preview

By Paul Webster

Stocksbridge Park Steels boss Chris Hilton is looking to bring in one or two new players in order freshen things up a little, although its unlikely to happen before this weekends game against Carlton Town at Bracken Moor.

Steels have been hit with a number injuries over the past couple of weeks but Hilton still feels his side are under performing. “Yes we’ve had a lot of injuries to contend with, but I think we’ve gone a bit stale at the moment,” he said.

“I think too many players are in the comfort zone and you can’t let that happen. We’ve already got a few irons in the fire we know we need to freshen things up in one or two positions which will help keep the players on their toes.

“Ideally I’d like to have one of maybe two signed for Saturday but at this stage I don’t think it will happen.”

Hilton felt his side were well short of the standard he expects in the 3-2 defeat at bottom of the table Romulus but said his side had enough chances to have won the game. “We were looking comfortable at 1-0 up then conceded two poor goals. We created plenty of chances like we usually do. Had seventy-percent of play in the second half, but they had two breaks and scored from one of them. We had enough chances to had won the game even though we had five players missing.

“We’re not playing well at the moment, yet we’ve come away disappointed to have lost. We’ll brush ourselves down and get on with it and look forward to putting it right on Saturday against Carlton ,who we usually beat at out place but lose at their place, so we’ll at least hope the home form against them continues.”

Hilton said that Alex Wiles is back in training and could make the bench on Saturday but is perhaps too early to start after being out for a month. Richard Stirrup and Brodie Litchfield are both set to return but Tom Charlesworth (Hamstring) and Rory Coleman (groin) are doubtful. Full-back George Grayson serves the second of a three match suspension.

Carlton arrive having lost just two of the last six, winning three including away victories at Peterborough Sports (4-1) and Spalding United (2-1).