Brian Bradley’s non-league notes: Fans out in force as Steels earn overdue win

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If goals made the headlines last week, it was “gates” this week, with over 2,300 watching the Toolstation NCEL games.

And those fans were not disappointed, as three local clubs won, two drew and only three were beaten, with two of those only by the odd goal.

Saturday sees another strong line up of league matches, with a derby game, three promotion battles and two relegation encounters for our fans to look forward to.

It was a particularly good weekend for our Evo-Stik Division One South clubs as I watched Sheffield FC completely dominate bottom club Brigg Town - and, but for some dreadful finishing, many goal line clearances and a superb keeper, they would have won by more than the 1-0 scoreline.

As it was centre back Jamie Hadfield headed Sheffield the points with just five minutes remaining. Then on Tuesday they entertained promotion seeking Mickleover Sports and after going two goals behind at half time, they rallied in the second half.

Academy youth Andy Barnsley scored twice as they lost 3-2, despite laying siege to the Mickleover goal in the final 20 minutes. On Saturday they visit Rainworth Miners Welfare in a relegation battle whilst next Tuesday they entertain Goole AFC.

Stocksbridge Park registered their first win since December 20, when new signing Richard Stirrup celebrated his return to the club with a brace of debut goals to give them a 2-1 success over Goole.

On Tuesday night they visited promotion chasing Gresley who ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. On Saturday they face another tough test when I watch them face fifth-placed Stafford Rangers at their Look Local Stadium.

In the Toolstation NCEL Division One, Hallam enjoyed a 4-2 success over Rossington Main, who led twice in the first half.

On Tuesday they welcomed Yorkshire Amateurs to Sandygate and the visitors were in front inside two minutes, adding a second early in the second half to run out 2-0 winners.

On Saturday they entertain Eccleshill United and on Tuesday, they welcome fourth-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

Worsbrough Bridge are still searching for that elusive three points after drawing 1-1 at Park Road against Eccleshill United. On Saturday they visit Humberside to face Hall Road Rangers whilst next Tuesday they entertain Clipstone FC.

In Division One the match of the day billing certainly lived up to its reputation as ten-men Handsworth Parramore visited top-of-the-table Tadcaster Albion and shared six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw.