Evo-Stik League: Sheffield and Stocksbridge PS pegged back by late equalisers

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Both Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels had to be content with 1-1 draws after being pegged back by late goals at the weekend.

Club had hoped to celebrate their 158th birthday with the three points from their first ever meeting against next-to-bottom Rugby Town.

But for three top drawer saves from Sheffield goalkeeper Tom Dunn, the birthday boys would had been behind at the interval. Club’s only real chance of the half came when Benny Igi-Ehon forced a good save from Dunn’s opposite number Liam Roberts.

Sheffield made a bright start to the second half, eventually taking the lead on 65 minutes. The visitors were caught in possession which allowed substitute Bruno Holden to cut inside and finish.

Club should have wrapped up the points late on but Igi-Ehon couldn’t keep his header down. And deep into time added, on Rugby snatched an equaliser out of the blue.

Roberts’ long punt downfield was nodded into the path of David Kolodynski who hit home a blistering first-time effort from around 30 yards.

Stocksbridge looked to be on the way to a first league win in five games when Scott Ruthven gave Steels 55th minute lead away at Romulus.

Ruthven had the chance to seal the points inside the last 10 minutes but he put the loose ball straight at the goalkeeper after Rory Coleman’s shot had been saved. And it was a miss Stocksbridge were to rue as Romulus grabbed an equaliser two minutes from time through Emmanuel Guyes.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce were held to a goalless home draw by Coalville Town, on a day when five of the top six in Division One South all drew.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic ended a run of three home league defeats on the spin with a 3-1 win against Sutton Coldfield Town.

Zeph Thomas gave the Blues a 35th minute lead from the penalty spot after Tyler Williams had been brought down. Brad Grayson doubled the advantage on the hour knocking in the rebound after Jacob Hazel’s shot had been saved.

Grayson then scored his second 10 minutes later with a clinical finish. The visitors pulled one back with a header on 74 minutes, but then had a player sent-off two minutes later following an elbow on Luke Hinsley.

Buxton were well beaten 4-0 at home by title chasing Blyth Spartans, while Matlock Town went down 2-1 at Whitby Town.

The Gladiators had Harry Coates sent off three minutes from the break for conceding the penalty that put the hosts 2-0 up. Joel Purkiss got one back midway through the second - but it’s now four games without a win for Town.

Fixtures, tomorrow: Premier Division: Buxton v Ramsbottom United, Salford City v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Coalville Town v Sheffield FC. Spalding United v Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

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