Sheffield FC picked up their first home league win in fourth months with an impressive 4-0 victory over Goole AFC that made it seven without defeat in all competitions.
The points were as good as in the bag by the interval with Club leading 3-0 and the visitors down to 10-men. Mark Shaw’s side were ahead inside the first five minutes when Nathan Modest rose to head home from a corner unchallenged.
Club doubled their lead on 17 minutes, Matt Roney setting up Modest to smash the ball home. Goole almost pulled one back with a free-kick that rattled the crossbar but Sheffield responded with a third soon afterwards with Modest in the thick of the action again as the striker upended in the area by Lee Stratford. The Goole man was shown a red card for his troubles and from the penalty Andy Gascoigne made it 3-0 with little over half an hour having gone.
Warren Burrell and Bradley Johnson went close after the break before Sheffield finally added a fourth in the last minute when substitute Dan Williams rifled in a left foot shot.
It leaves Club fourth in Division One South with a six point cushion over Loughborough in sixth and with a chance to further cement their place in the play-off places when they take on bottom of the table Shepshed Dynamo at Dronfield tomorrow.
Stocksbridge Park Steels gave their Premier Division survival hopes a massive lift with a 2-1 win at Ashton United. It saw Steels climb up to two places to 16th out of 22 and a point clear of the bottom four but with two games in hand.
Both sides went close inside the opening 10 minutes but it was Stocksbridge who took the lead two minutes before the break. Matt Telling found Jack Muldoon with a precision pass and the Steels striker scored with a clinical finish past Terry Smith in the Ashton goal.
Chris Willcock’s men gave themselves a crucial two goal cushion on 57 minutes when defender Richard Haigh headed over Smith at the far post from a Ryan Harrison cross.
Haigh went from hero to villain heading past his own keeper Ben Scott when trying to clear a cross with 13 minutes remaining but Steels held on for a deserved win and save the defenders blushes.
Frickley Athletic dropped into the bottom four after a 3-0 defeat at relegation rivals Buxton, who stay second bottom despite the victory, but did however move to within three points of safety. Frickley keeper Steve Dickinson pulled off a string of fine saves to keep his side in the game. However, the shot-stopper could do little to prevent Mark Reed heading the Bucks into a 45th minute lead from a Steve Ridley corner.
The visitors fell further behind on 58 minutes with Reed again the scorer nodding home from a Kieran Lugsden cross. Frickley’s fate was sealed on 73 minutes when Bradley Barraclough rounded Dickinson for the third as Buxton ran out comfortable winners.
Worksop Town suffered a mauling at the hands of play off hopefuls Chorley at Sandy Lane that saw the Tigers well beaten 5-1.
Ashley Burbeary forced the visitors’ keeper Russ Saunders into an early save. However, it was Chorley that took the lead on 10 minutes through Ciaran Kilheeny with a fine strike past debutant Worksop keeper Sean Cuff.
The lead was short-lived as Owain Warlow fired in from 12-yards two minutes later to level the scores. But the visitors regained the lead through Matt Walwyn a minute before the break who then added a third midway through the second half. Kilheeney made it 4-1 on 83 minutes before Walwyn completed his hat-trick for the fifth three minutes from time.
Matlock Town eased to a 3-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Burscough. Ben Algar fired the Gladiators into a 51st minute lead with Lewis McMahon stretching the advantage five minutes later. McMahon grabbed his second and Matlock’s third on 71 minutes to put the game beyond Burscough who grabbed a last minute consolation goal through Niall Cummins close range strike.
Tuesday - Premier Division: Chasetown v Matlock Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Worksop Town.
First Division South: Sheffield FC v Shepshed Dynamo.