Club slump to third loss in eight days

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Sheffield FC slumped to a third defeat in the space of eight days as they lost 3-0 to promotion-chasing Newcastle Town.

Club made a decent start with chances falling to Warren Burrell and Ashley Longstaff that were not taken.

The warning signs were there for Jordan Broadbent’s side with Jake Eastwood having to pull off a fine save - pushing a shot onto the post to prevent the visitors taking the lead, while at the other end Burrell was denied by a superb close-range save from Adam Alcock in the Town goal.

It was Newcastle that got the all-important first goal, Elliott Osborne springing the offside trap to rifle past the exposed Eastwood.

Longstaff had the chance to level just before the break following a slip by a defender inside the box only blaze high and wide with only the keeper to beat.

The crossbar came to Club’s rescue at the start of the second half in a lively opening that saw Zeph Thomas flash a shot just over the bar.

James Gregory forced a decent save out of the keeper who pushed his effort over the bar. Newcastle, though, always looked dangerous and with nine minutes remaining, they doubled their lead when a cross from the left saw Jordan Cole score with glancing header.

Newcastle put the result beyond doubt with a third on 85 minutes as Osborne bagged his second with a low finish following a swift break.

Frickley Athletic’s five match unbeaten run came to an end as Barwell ran out 3-1 winners at Westfield Lane.

Jack Colley’s 20-yard effort gave Barwell a second minute lead, but the Blues hit back to level six minutes into the second half through Reece Thompson’s close range strike. Callum Woodward’s deflected effort from distance restored the visitors’ lead on 80 minutes and, with Frickley pushing forward in search of an equaliser, Barwell wrapped up the points through Jamie Towers on the break deep into time added on.

Promotion chasing Buxton had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw at Witton Albion.

The Buck’s took a 20th minute lead but the home side then had two efforts chalked off for offside before making one count on 55 minutes with a powerfully struck 20-yard effort from Danny Andrews.

n There was further frustration for Stocksbridge Park Steels when the game at Tividale was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Steels have now seen the last four matches all called off.