FOOTBALL: Club move to third despite late leveller

Point saver: Brett Bowden-Lovell, whose stoppage time equaliser gave Stocksbridge a 1-1 draw.                                                PICTURE: peter revitt
Point saver: Brett Bowden-Lovell, whose stoppage time equaliser gave Stocksbridge a 1-1 draw. PICTURE: peter revitt
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Both Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC were hit by late goals. Steels lost out 3-2 at New Mills in the FA Trophy where they played the second half with 10 men after having goalkeeper Adam Billard sent-off, while Club saw two-points slip away in their Division One South clash at Carlton Town drawing 2-2 after twice taking the lead.

Sheffield climbed back up to third after extending the unbeaten away league record to four games but boss Curtis Woodhouse will no doubt be a little unhappy it was all three-points.

Club made the brighter start with Vill Powell putting a good chance over the crossbar then Chris Adam rattling the upright.

Sheffield deservedly took the lead four minutes before the break; Adam’s shot this time having more accuracy to beat both post and the hosts’ goalkeeper keeper Martin Kearney, who then denied both Aaron Martin and Powell early in the second half.

Carlton hit back to level on 68 minutes, Ruben Wiggins-Thomas heading in from a free-kick.

But Club regained the lead on 82 minutes when former Sheffield defender Matt Varley brought down Powell in the area and Steve Woolley blasted home the resultant penalty.

However, with three minutes remaining Carton equalised for a second time through substitute Ian Brown who fired home after a scramble in the area.

Stocksbridge got off to a disastrous start in their Trophy tie at Division One New Mills. Carlos Deakin steered home a cross to put the home side in front with just 27 seconds on the clock. Meakin doubled the advantage on five minutes from the penalty spot and it might had been worse had Billard not saved a second penalty from Meakin 10 minutes later.

Steels pulled one back on 35 minutes when Danny South headed in from a Laurance Hunter free-kick.

But the afternoon appeared to be going from bad to worse when Billard was sent off four minutes before the break for a second yellow card leaving forward Andy Ring, who had just re-signed for the club, too take over in goal.

Against the odds Stocksbridge fought back to equalise through a Brett Bowden-Lovell 80th minute penalty, only for New Mills to grab the winner three minutes from time with a header from substitute Jay Burgess.

Worksop Town edged through 3-2 at Curzon Ashton. Kern Miller headed home from a corner to give the Tigers a 17th minute lead. Curzon equalised three minutes before the break but Leon Mettam nodded the Tigers back in front on 69 minutes. The home side looked to have forced extra-time with a second equaliser on 85 minutes but Ashley Burbeary volleyed in the winner three minutes later.

Frickley Athletic crashed out 4-1 at home against North Ferriby United despite Gavin Allott giving the Blues a 31st minute lead from the penalty spot.

Matlock Town came from behind to win 2-1 at Eastwood Town with goals from Lewis McMahon and Massiah McDonald 14 minutes from time, while Buxton cruised to a 4-0 victory at struggling Lincoln United.