By Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels festive programme as so far yielded just the one point from two games ahead of a trip to play-off rivals Stamford.
Steels earned a very creditable goalless draw with the Division One South runaway leaders Basford United before being beaten 2-1 at Frickley Athletic on Boxing Day when the hosts grabbed a stoppage time winner.
Manager Chris Hilton felt his side were probably a point short of what they should have had but was delighted with his sides performances in both games.
”I would happily have taken two points from what have been two very tough games,” he said.
“I thought we deserved a draw against Frickley to be honest. They were better than us in the first half but we did well in the second half and once we had equalised I thought it always looked like being a draw. But then they get a corner in stoppage time and grab the winner, which I felt was harsh as I think a draw would had been a fair reflection
“What has been pleasing was our performances in both games. If we continue to perform like we have in the last two games then we’ll win more games than we lose.”
Hilton was concerned over the mounting injury list ahead of the trip to Stamford. “Joe (Lumsden) and Matt ( Reay) both picked up ankle injuries so we’re getting down to the bare bones. Hopefully Matt should be okay for Saturday but Joe is struggling so we’ll have to see how that goes.
“We need to bring in players but its getting the right calibre of player that will also improve the team. In the meantime we just have to get on with the things.
“We’ll go to Stamford in confident of getting a result, they flying at the moment but we’ve got a very good record against them so hopefully that will continue on Saturday.”
Stamford, who lost 1-0 at Bracken Moor earlier in the season, have taken 10-points from the last four games go into the game fourth in the table, three points better off then Steels in ninth.