Stocksbridge Park Steels remain deep in the relegation mire following a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Rushall Olympic, which leaves the Bracken Moor, third from bottom and seven points adrift of safety.
In fairness Steels deserved to have come away with at least a point after recovering from the shock of going a goal behind after just 29-seconds, Josh Craddock turning 22-yards out to hit a stunning low drive into the bottom corner
Stephen Hoyle saw his goal bound shot from 12-yards blocked, while Danny South’s looping header was hooked off the line.
However, Stocksbridge deservedly levelled in first half injury time. Hoyle’s low strike was parried by the keeper with Chris Ovington reacting the quickest to tuck away the loose ball for his first goal for the club
Brett Bowden-Lovell did a fine job marking Rushall’s much travelled former £1 million pound Birmingham City striker Dele Adebola. The striker’s only real chance of the game coming in the 56th minute but he made a complete hash of the opportunity slicing his shot wide at the far post.
The visitors regained the lead on 75 minutes in their best spell of the second half when Duggan headed in from a deep corner.
In a spirited late rally, Nick Swirad saw his downward header brilliantly pushed away by the keeper then Matt Hamshaw’s free-kick rattled the crossbar in the last minute with the keeper well beaten. In injury time Rushall had Mitch Tolly sent-off for foul and abusive language just two minutes after coming off the bench as Rushall hung on to come away with the points.
Worksop Town made it four league wins on the trot with a hard earned 3-2 victory at Ashton United.
The Tigers fought back from going behind on five minutes to equalise with a Tom Denton header six minutes from the break. Leon Mettam bagged his 17th league goal of the campaign to put Worksop in front on 62 minutes with Jack Muldoon’s emphatic volley from Denton’s knock down making it 3-1 seven minutes later. Ashton pulled on back 12 minutes from time.
Frickley Athletic went down 3-0 at FC United with all the goals coming in the second half after the Blues had dominated the opening 45 minutes.
Steven Gardner started the slide on 55 minutes, the left back scoring a bizarre 40 yard own goal.
Buxton beat Blyth Spartans 2-1. Neil Stevens opened the scoring on 54 minutes with Lee Morris converting a cross to double the lead 14 minutes later before Blyth pulled one back late on.
Sheffield FC saw their FA Trophy run come to an end with a 4-2 defeat against Division One rivals Gresley FC at Dronfield after throwing away a two-goal lead. Andy Gascoigne gave Club an 11th minute lead from the penalty spot with the in-form Zeph Thomas rifling home to double the lead five minutes later.
However, the visitors hit back to lead 3-2 before the interval before adding the fourth just short of the hour mark (full report and pictures in Friday’s Grassroots)
Matlock Town also went out beaten 2-0 at Premier Division rivals Chorley.