by Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels come up against play-off rivals Bedworth United at Bracken Moor this weekend in what manager Chris Hilton says is a “crucial period” for his side between now and the end of the month.
“We’ve got teams to play that are around us over the next few weeks so its important we pick up as many points as we possibly can between now and the end of the month,” said Hilton.
“ We’ve got Bedworth on Saturday who are just a point behind us with a game in hand, then Spalding away , which is never a easy place to go.
“We then face three games over Christmas starting with leaders Basford at home, Frickley away on Boxing day and a trip to Stamford at the end of December, all teams that are in the promotion mix so its a huge period for us..
“We’ll go out on Saturday and aim to get the three-points which would mean Bedworth couldn’t go above us with game in hand. The important thing is to make sure we don’t lose the game.
“Our home form is picking up, we taken 14-points from the last six games but as a unit we’re still conceding too many goals which is an area we need to improve. We’re third in the table, so Ill take.”
“We’ve yet captured the form of last season. Injuries have not helped and we’ve now lost Alex ( Wiles) for about eight weeks and Jack (Poulton) will miss Saturday with injury.”
Reflecting on the 2-2 draw at Newcastle Town Hilton felt it was two points dropped.
“We we’re on top in the first half and got our noses in front with a great goal” said the Steels boss.
“They’ve equalised with the their first shot on goal but we’ve created good chances and got ourselves back in front at half time.
“They started well in the second half got an early goal back and had us on the back foot for a 15 minutes or so. But we’ve regained our composure, had good chances again, but just couldn’t find the winner that I think we deserved.
We’ve let a lead slip twice, so for me I felt it was two-points dropped. Having said that not many teams will go there and come away with any points.”
Hilton confirmed that the club are closing in on a couple of transfer targets although any deal is unlikely to be completed before Saturday.
Bedworth arrive in good form having won four of the last five outings.