By: Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels are back on the road with Chris Hilton’s side at third-placed Spalding United.
Steels will be aiming to end a dip in form that has seen the Bracken Moor club lose four of the last five including going out of both the Sheffield Senior Cup and League Cup competitions.
Stocksbridge’s only win came in a 5-3 FA Trophy victory at Kidsgrove Athletic last weekend which was followed by an early exit from the league cup with a 2-0 home reversal against Spennymoor Town on Tuesday.
Having lost the last two in the league Steels have now slipped back down to 12th in Division One South and four points outside the play-off places although they do have games in hand
“At the moment we seem to be getting punished for every little mistake we make,” said boss Chris Hilton. “We’ve gone back to where we were at the start of the season when we were giving away sloppy goals. But we haven’t become a bad side overnight we showed good form in October going seven games unbeaten, we’re more than capable of going o a similar run. We’ve beaten the top two in the Division Newcastle Town and Newcastle and draw with Witton Albion. I’ve said before that we don’t fear anyone in this league and we know that we capable of beating anyone. We’ll go to Spalding looking to win the game.”
It could however be just be the right time to be facing Spalding. After making a good start to the campaign that saw the Tulips go nine league games undefeated. The hosts form has since dipped in recent weeks which has seen just two wins from the last eight outings and are also without a home win in four since beating Rugby Town 2-1 at the end of September.