More joy on road for Sheffield

Jamie Hadfield (no.5) celebrates Sheffield's winning goal
Jamie Hadfield (no.5) celebrates Sheffield's winning goal
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Sheffield FC sealed a second away win in five days after coming from a goal down at the break to beat Rainworth Miners Welfare 2-1.

This completed a league double following a 4-1 victory at Dronfield back in September.

Club made the brighter start without really testing Alessandro Barcherini in the Rainworth goal.

But the home side broke the deadlock somewhat against the run of play on 25 minutes, Kieran Wells getting his head to a long throw to score in off the post to give Rainworth a 1-0 lead at the interval after a scrappy first half.

Sheffield came out on the front foot after the break and were rewarded with a 53rd minute equaliser.

Richard Stirrup made a purposeful run into the area where keeper Barcherini clattered into him leaving Steve Woolley to confidently hit home the resulting penalty.

Sheffield stepped up the pressure on the home goal with Joel Purkiss having an effort cleared off the line then Jack Muldoon saw his shot hooked away in front of 
goal.

The spell of dominance had to bring a goal, and it did, on 63 minutes for what proved to be the winner. Warren Burrell delivered a wicked corner into the middle where Jamie Hadfield beat the defenders to the ball to head home.

Manager Ian Whitehorne was pleased with the win if not the performance and said: “Overall you’ve got to be happy with six points from two away games. Can we play, better? Yes we can, but sometimes you’ve got to win scrappy and that is what we have done.”

In the Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels moved out of the relegation places despite their home clash against AFC Fylde being postponed with snow still covering the Bracken Moor pitch.

FC United’s 5-1 romp at Steels relegation rivals Kendal Town meant that Darren Schofield’s side moved up one place to third bottom on goal-difference from the Cumbrians.

Frickley Athletic stretched their unbeaten away run to five games with a goalless draw at Ashton United, but it might well have been all three points had Gavin Allott not wasted a golden opportunity in the first half when clear on goal.

Matlock Town lost 3-0 at promotion-chasing AFC Fylde in a hastily rearranged fixture. The Gladiators had seen their home match with Worksop Town postponed due to snow.

Buxton’s play-off hopes were dented by a narrow 3-2 defeat at title hopefuls Hednesford Town despite the best efforts of Michael Towey and Mark Reed whose 90th minute goal came too late to rescue a point.