The opening day of the Evo-Stik season produced a glut of goals. Less than 24 hours after Stocksbridge Park Steels had lost out 5-4 at home against Chorley on Friday evening, Sheffield FC kicked off what they are hoping will be a promotion campaign by cruising to a 6-2 victory at Lincoln United in Division One South.
Worksop Town went down 5-3 at Ashton United while Frickley were beaten 3-2 at Hednesford Town with Matlock Town suffering a 5-0 home defeat to Nantwich
Sheffield boss Curtis Woodhouse couldn’t have wished for a better start to his managerial reign.
Ashley Worsfold turned in a Vill Powell cross to give Sheffield a 10th minute lead with Worsfold on the mark again to double the tally on 17 minutes. A minute later Steve Woolley fried home the third and the points were as good as in the bag on 33 minutes when Powell tucked in the fourth.
Nathan Adams pulled one back from a free-kick after the break but Sheffield soon restored their four goal cushion through Chris Adam on 51 minutes. Chris Funnell reduced the deficit with the hosts second on 71 minutes before Woolley grabbed his second 10 minutes from time.
Stocksbridge will be disappointed to have come away empty handed against Chorley in a game in which they led three times.
Grant Darley gave Steels a 14th minute lead after beating the keeper to a loose ball. Chorley hit back through a Ciaran Kilheeney header five minutes later but again Stocksbridge went in front when Gavin Ellison tucked away a rebound off the bar. Adam Roscoe headed in just past the half hour mark to put the visitors ahead once more.
Three minutes into the second half Chris Willcock’s men had the lead for a third time as Darley bravely dived in at the far post to head in. A far post header from Michael Fish put Steels 4-2 in front on 69 minutes.
However, two goals from Tom Ince in four minutes saw Chorley back level before Andy Russell tapped home the winner 13 minutes from time.
Worksop led through Leon Mettam’s 10th minute volley at Ashton before the hosts hit back to lead 2-1 with goals from Ben Deegan and Craig Robertson on 20 and 24 minutes.
Mettam grabbed his second to restore parity then Steve Towers latched onto a flick on to put the Tigers 3-2 on the stroke of half-time. But the first half scoring wasn’t over as Ashton hit back to level in stoppage time through an Aaron Burns penalty following a foul by Stuart Ludlam. Deegan nudged the hosts in front from close range on 62 minutes before Matt Barlow sealed Worksop’s fate with the fifth three minutes from time.
It was a losing start for Frickley Athletic’s new boss Karl Rose who watched his side slip to a narrow defeat at Hednesford Town. James Ghaichem’s tap-in gave Frickley a 29th minute lead. But that stung Hednesford into action and they levelled through an Elliott Durell penalty seven minutes later before two second half headed goals from Neil Harvey saw the home side 3-1 in front. Frickley pulled one back on 79 minutes through a Thomas Johnston eight-yard strike only for it to prove to be in vain.
Grant Black’s superb 90th minute 30-yard drive rescued a point for Buxton in a 1-1 draw at North Ferriby United after the home side had led through a Gregg Anderson first half header.
Tuesday - Premier Division: Blyth Spartans v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Frickley Athletic v Matlock Town. Divis One South: Sheffield FC v Loughborough Dynamo.
Wednesday - Premier Division: Buxton v Marine, Worksop Town v North Ferriby