Boss takes positives as Club lose 2-0 lead

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Sheffield FC were made to settle for a point at Coalville Town as the hosts hit back to snatch a 2-2 draw, after Club had led 2-0 at the interval.

Although boss Jordan Broadbent felt a little disappointed to have seen a two goal slip, the result did at least stretch their recent run of good form to just one defeat in six.

“Before the game if you’d offered me a 2-2 draw I would gladly have taken it,” said Broadbent.

“But going in at the break 2-0 up you would hope we could have gone on and won it. Coalville is never an easy place to come and get a result so to come here and get a point, you have to be pleased.”

James Knowles gave Sheffield a 34th-minute lead with a fine volley, and they went further ahead a minute before the break as Matt Roney sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot after skipper John McGrath had been hauled down.

Coalville were never going to lie down and within two minutes of the restart had halved the deficit through Alex Dean.

The equaliser came on 53 minutes when Jake Woolley tucked home.

Ten-man Stocksbridge Park Steels returned to winning ways with a much needed 2-0 victory at Loughborough Dynamo, thus ending a run of four defeats on the spin.

Steels looked up against when assistant manager Mark Wilson was shown a straight red five minutes before the break following an off the ball incident.

However, just five minutes into the second half and Steels had their noses in front when Richard Stirrup’s firm right foot strike from just inside the box gave the keeper no chance.

Loughborough had not been in the best of form recently, and Stocksbridge prolonged the host’s misery when Rory Coleman’s inviting cross found its way into the net via a deflection off the head of a defender.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic lost 1-0 at home to Nantwich Town while Matlock Town lost by the same scoreline to Rushall Olympic. Buxton crashed 3-2 to Ashton United.

Fixtures, tomorrow: Premier Division: Ashton United v Frickley Athletic, Buxton v Trafford, Kings Lynn Town v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Norton United.