Dream start for Shaw as Club edge five goal thriller

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Sheffield FC came from behind to score three first half goals to get boss Mark Shaw’s managerial reign off to a perfect start with a 3-2 win over Sutton Coldfield Town at the BT Local Business Stadium.

SHEFFIELD FC came from behind to score three first half goals to get boss Mark Shaw’s managerial reign off to a perfect start with a 3-2 win over Sutton Coldfield Town at the BT Local Business Stadium.

The visitors stunned the home crowd by taking a 18th minute lead with Craig Marshall converting from close range. But Club responded in positive style with, Steve Woolley hitting a peach of a volley from 25 yards from Matt Varley’s throw in five minutes later. Connor Higginson lifted a shot over the keeper from a Shane Kelsey cross to give Sheffield a 38th minute lead, which was extended a minute before the break when Andy Gascoigne headed in goal number three.

Sheffield looked reasonably comfortable but were made to sweat for the last nine minutes when Matt Jackson headed in from a corner but Shaw’s men held on to deservedly take the three-points.

It was a disappointing opening day for most of the regions Premier Division clubs with only Frickley Athletic emerging with maximum points.

The Blues comfortably beat Burscough 2-0 at the Tech5 Stadium where had it not been for the sparkling form of the visiting goalkeeper Chris Thompson; Athletic would at the very least have doubled their tally. As it was, they had to settle for just the two goals with the first coming on 37 minutes from former Sheffield FC assistant manager Gavin Smith, who headed home from a Mark Whitehouse corner. Frickley had to wait until the 86th minute to seal the points. Whitehouse was sent tumbling inside the area and from the resulting spot-kick, Danny Walsh sent Thompson the wrong way.

It was also a losing start for Buxton after they were beaten 3-2 at the Silverlands by Northwich Victoria. Kyle Armstrong gave the visitors a 24th minute lead. Tommy Agus levelled but the Bucks went behind again a minute before the break when Michael Roddy scored. Dominic Collins headed Northwich’s third on the hour and although Kieran Lugsden gave Buxton hope when he headed in from a corner 10 minutes from time, it proved to be in vain.