League Leaders next up for Club
Sheffield FC travel to the League leaders Basford United this Saturday, in the Evo-Stik First Division South, writes Luke Phelps, whilst The Star's Paul Webster catches up with manager Mark Shaw.
Basford managed 28 league games unbeaten till last month, the run came to an end at Stamford AFC. So, with just 1 loss and 23 wins in the league this season, United lie in 1st place with 21 points separating themselves with 2nd placed Bedworth United.
Their last outing was a 5-1 demolition of Newcastle United, who beat Sheffield 2-1 last month in a bitterly disappointing away trip. That was United’s 10th straight home win, and the 3rd times this season that they’ve scored 5+ at home.
As for Sheffield, they’ll be heading into this game a little bit fresher with the postponement of Tuesday night’s game at home to Spalding United.
New Year’s Day's victory at Stocksbridge was Sheffield’s last in the league, with draws against Stamford and Alvechurch in between. Sheffield are proving to be something of a force on the road losing just 1 of their last 6 away trips, thumping Cleethorpes in their own back garden 4-0 in the process.
So as Sheffield look to rectify their narrow 2-1 defeat back in the reverse fixture back in September, they also look to be the only team to conquer Basford in their own Greenwich Avenue Stadium. Sheffield manager Mark Shaw has said: “It’s going to be a very difficult game to be honest. Basford are flying and have been all season.
“They are a well-oiled, well drilled, hard working side that have got the end game in sight. On the flip side it’s a free hit for us as no-one will think we’ve got a chance of winning at Basford but we always play better against the good sides.
“I’ve been and watched them a few times and they have a lot of quality players so it’s going to be a good game. Our players have worked hard over the last couple weeks.
“We’ll go with a lot of positivity, they’re top of the table and deservedly so, but it’s an opportunity for us to take the scalp of a team that’s the best in the division. I think we’ve got a bit of that never say die attitude in the camp now. If we can go out and produce a top performance irrespective of the result, then it will do our confidence the world of good.”
See Club in action at Basford this Saturday from 3pm.