Sheffield FC beat off relegation

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Sheffield FC have beaten off the threat of relegation.

They came from a goal down to beat Chasetown 2-1 at Dronfield to secure their place in Division One South.

Steve Woolley hits Sheffield FC's winner against Chasetown: Picture: Ben Webster

Steve Woolley hits Sheffield FC's winner against Chasetown: Picture: Ben Webster

And it was also achieved with winger Matt Roney deputising between the posts with regular custodian Liam Mitchell unavailable through illness.

It didn’t look good when Club went a goal down on 17 minutes when Nick Wellecomme was left with an easy tap in from a square pass across the area.

It took a brilliant save from the visitors’ keeper John Bateman to deny Joel Purkiss from close range then Purkiss was again at the centre of the action curling in a free-kick from the edge of the area that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Another free-kick in an almost identical spot brought the equaliser two minutes before the break, this time Purkiss adjusting his sights to send the ball into the top corner.

The goal gave Sheffield renewed belief and they came out for the second half on the front foot, taking the lead on 47 minutes. A ball into the box found Steve Woolley and although his first effort was blocked the midfielder reacted quickly to tuck away the rebound.

Sheffield went close to extending the lead with Bateman pulling off a great save to keep out Vill Powell’s diving header then the keeper did well again to keep out Woolley’s stinging drive as Club ran out worthy winners.

Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped to what was perhaps an expected defeat, losing 3-1 at Premier leaders Chorley.

Having put 13 past Droylsden the previous weekend, it looked like Steels might be the victims of another Chorley rout when the home side scored twice early on. Josh Hines’ volley gave the hosts a 14th minute lead with Darren Stephenson doubling the advantage two minutes later with a good run and finish.

However, Steels were given hope when Jamie Smith pulled one back on 19 minutes, rifling home after a scramble in the box to leave the hosts anxious. Stocksbridge were dealt a blow shortly afterwards when Smith had to be substituted after appearing to faint on the pitch.

Chorley nerves were finally eased as Hines tapped in a low cross for the host’s 100th goal of the season to seal the points midway through the second half.

The drop looks to be looming closer for Frickley Athletic following a 1-1 draw against relegation rivals Marine in a game the Blues desperately needed to win.

Frickley took a sixth minute lead when Leon Osborne raced onto Luke Hinsley’s flick on to steer home. After Ben Simpson pulled off a fine save from the penalty spot to keep the lead intact, Hinsley went close to grabbing the all-important second just before the break. However, Frickley were pegged back on 75 minutes when Marine were awarded a second penalty that saw Joe Wilcox sent-off and substitute Andy Fowler convert from the spot to leave the home side five points short of safety with three games remaining.

Matlock Town beat Whitby Town 2-0. Cecil Nyoni opened the scoring on 12 minutes but was sent off for his part in a melee seven minutes before the break, which also saw Whitby’s Steve Snaith red carded for a poor challenge that started the fracas that saw David McTiernan given his marching orders. With the visitors down to nine men Massiah McDonald made the points safe midway through the second half.

Buxton came from a goal down to win 2-1 at title hopefuls FC United, a result that leaves the hosts looking likely to have to settle for the play-offs. Tom Greaves gave United a third minute lead but Sam Brookes headed the equaliser seven minutes later before Matt Thornill hit the winner on the hour.