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Stocksbridge Park Steels Manager Chris Hilton Proud Whatever Happens

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Stocksbridge Park Steels manager Chris Hilton is proud of his side whether they go up or not after making the play-offs.

The Evo-Stik Northern First Divison South team only a month ago looked out of the play-off battle but have since won eight in a row. Hilton says his players have performed brilliantly in recent weeks.

“We lost to Lincoln at home and to be fair once it’s out of your hands you have to rely on other results, we set the aim to get some wins and what we’ve done is incredible.

“To win eight in a row and some big games as well, we faced a local derby against Sheffield, then Lincoln then Rushden and Diamonds and win all three was marvelous.

“Once I said we were out the aim was the pressure would be gone a little. We have played well and deserved the points and we’ve done really well.

“There is a togetherness with this group. We’ve just been trying to find the consistency and now we have that we can enjoy the adventure continuing.”

Steels are not the only team in South Yorkshire doing well. Hilton says that is something he is happy to see.

“Sheffield United’s under 23’s use our pitch and their under 18’s play across the way, Sheffield Wednesday are doing well, Shaw Lane have gone up and Penistone are fighting for promotion, so it’s really nice to see so many local sides pushing to do well.”

Stocksbridge will face Spalding United in the play-off semi-finals and Hilton says despite beating them twice, anything could happen.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, they are all good sides. It’s how you handle the pressure, it’s like a cup final for us now.

“We’ve beat them twice this season, but that means nothing. It can be a bit of luck, who gets injured, tiredness. There are a lot of factors that can impact on the result.”

Hilton had this final message about his feeling towards his players as they look to cap off another impressive season.

“It would be fantastic, we have achieved so much already, we have progressed. It’s good for everyone involved. Whatever happens now the lads have done fantastic. I’m so proud of them all.”

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I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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