Sheffield held after being ahead twice

Sheffield FC's Andrew Gascoigne wins this challenge with Loughborough Dynamo's Dean Gent
Sheffield FC's Andrew Gascoigne wins this challenge with Loughborough Dynamo's Dean Gent
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Sheffield FC were made to settle for a 2-2 draw after twice letting the lead slip against Loughborough Dynamo at Dronfield.

After making the early running Club deservedly went in front on 35 minutes through an Andy Gascoigne penalty after Warren Burrell had been pulled down at a corner.

Just as it seemed Ian Whitehorne’s men would go in at the break a goal to the good Loughborough suddenly levelled when Kris Nurse found himself in the clear to tuck a shot past Rob Poulter.

Sheffield regained the lead nine minutes into the second half. A long ball was helped on by Mark Fereday where Joel Purkiss took advantage of a slip by a defender to go on and steer a shot past the keeper.

However, Dynamo hit back again seven minutes from time when Joe Bettts caught the defence napping to stab home from close range to earn his side a share of the spoils.

In a game that had an extraordinary finale Stocksbridge Park Steels snatched a late equaliser in a 3-3 draw at King Lynn Town after letting slip a 2-0 lead.

But it was Steels goalkeeper Ben Scott who took the spotlight, going from villain to hero.

The keeper was sent off in stoppage time for an alleged trip. And as Scott, a qualified nurse by profession, headed down the tunnel the shot-stopper raced back to the aid of an elderly Kings Lynn supporter who had collapsed to help with treatment until an ambulance arrived.

Ben Turner had given Stocksbridge a 14th minute lead before Nathan Joynes’ fine shot on the turn doubled the advantage on 57 minutes. But Dan Jacobs nodded in at a 67th minute corner to reduced the deficit then seven minutes later Jacob was on hand to stab home the equaliser.

The home side had the chance to win it when Scott was red carded in the first minute of time added on only for Steve Sprigg put his spot kick wide.

Sam Mulready though did appear to have won it in the fifth minute of stoppage time when he made it 3-2 but the game had another twist as Steels stand in keeper Danny South went forward to head a free kick back across goal for Lewis Akeister nod in a last gasp leveller.

Worksop Town came from 3-1down at Blyth Spartans to earn a 3-3 draw. Jack Muldoon’s diving header gave the Tigers a 19th minute lead only for Spartans to hit back to go 3-1 up on 62 minutes. Muldoon gave Worksop a lifeline with his second 11 minutes from time before Leon Mettam’s near post tap in secured a point.

Frickley Athletic picked up their first points of the season, beating Rushall Olympic 4-2 at home. Gavin Allott bagging a hat-trick after Luke Hinsley had given Athletic a fifth minute lead.

Goals from Michael Harcourt and Corey Pearce earned Matlock Town a second successive home win as they beat Nantwich Town 2-1, while a Lee Morris equaliser saw Buxton come away with a 1-1 draw at Droylsden.

Today - Premier Division: Buxton v Ilkeston FC, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Blyth Spartans, Whitby Town v Frickley Athletic, Worksop Town v Matlock Town.

Division One: Carlton Town v Sheffield FC.

Sheffield v Loughborough is our match of the day in our 20-page Grass Roots section on Friday. Don’t miss it.