Sloppy Steels defeat means relegation fight goes to last match

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels missed out on the chance to ensure their Evo-Stik league Premier Division safety after a poor display saw them well beaten 5-1 by Nantwich Town at Bracken Moor last night.

Chris Willcock’s side will now go into the last game of the season at home against Kendall Town on Saturday needing to win to be sure of avoiding relegation.

Nantwich were ahead inside the first five minutes when Josh Lane smashed the ball home. However, Steels hit back to equalise on 20 minutes through Scott Hogan.

But the home side fell behind again two minutes later Lennon steering the ball wide of Scott as Steels appealed in vain for offside.

Jack Muldoon should have levelled things up again five minutes before the break but his tame spot-kick was palmed away by goalkeeper Jon Brain, then the striker hit the rebound straight into the keeper’s body.

Nantwich increased their lead six minutes after the break through a McPherson penalty. Stocksbridge’s evening got worse on 56 minutes when Hogan was sent off for a second successive game following a late challenge and two minutes later the visitors made it 4-1 after Lane latched onto a long punt up field to steer a low shot past Scott.

With six minutes remaining substitute Simon Everall made it five, firing home after Scott had saved.

Frickley Athletic boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 3-1 win at Rushall Olympic to move out of the bottom four and a point behind Steels.

In the Baris NCEL, Bridlington Town came from 2-0 down at half time to beat Armthorpe Welfare 4-2, while promotion hopefuls Worksop Parramore drew at home 2-2 against Shirebrook Town.