Not a good day for the region’s teams as Stocksbridge Park Steels, Sheffield FC, Frickley Athletic and Worksop Town all lost with goals also in short supply.
Sheffield went down to a first defeat in nine games losing 2-0 at Division One South leaders Grantham Town.
Steve Woolley went close to opening the scoring on 12 minutes with a fine 25-yard effort that Town keeper Rob Murray did well to push away for a corner. It wasn’t until the 26th minute that Club keeper Josh Mimms was forced into a save of any note pushing away a Lee Potts free-kick then did even better to keep out Ben Saunders close range header from the resulting corner.
Grantham made the breakthrough just past the hour when Jamie McGhee beat Mimms with a well struck shot across goal into the far corner.
Sheffield responded with Conor Higginson forcing Murray into a save, but the hosts wrapped up the points with the second on 71 minutes through Paul Grimes acrobatic overhead kick. Despite the defeat Mark Shaw’s men remain fourth in the table with a four point cushion over sixth-placed Stamford, Tuesday visitors to Dronfield.
Stocksbridge Park Steels lead over the Premier Division’s bottom four was narrowed to two points after a 3-0 defeat at Rushall Olympic.
Steels got off to the worse possible start conceding a goal inside the opening two minutes as Craig Bannister was left unattended at a corner to tuck the ball away from six-yards. Bannister grabbed his and the home side’s second on 25 minutes with a lofted effort over the stranded Stocksbridge keeper Ben Scott. Scott Hogan had a goal bound effort deflected for a corner, while Alex Callery’s snap shot forced Chris Gemmell into a good save as Chris Willcock’s men probed for a way back into the game. However, Rushall put the result beyond doubt wit the third on 56 minutes with Bannister completing his hat-trick with a simple finish.
Frickley Athletic’s relegation fears deepened with a 1-0 home defeat against Marine that saw the Blues slip to second from bottom with five matches to play.
Frickley should have gone ahead on 55 minutes when they were awarded a penalty but Brad Grayson’s spot kick was easily saved by Callum Williams in the visitors’ goal. It proved to be a costly miss as Marine snatched the winner through Nick Rogan’s cross-shot with 15 minutes remaining.
Worksop Town went down 3-1 at promotion hopefuls FC United of Manchester despite the hosts playing the last 20 minutes with nine men. Michael Norton headed United into a 16th minute lead from a Stephen Johnson cross with Matt Wolfenden nodding in the second on 35 minutes from Carlos Rocca’s ball into the box.
Worksop pulled one back five minutes later through Owain Warlow in a breakaway from a United corner. Norton was sent off just before the break after an altercation with the Tigers bench.
But it was the home side that extended their lead on 58 minutes when Lee Neville rifled home from 10-yards. Not long after Wolfenden was harshly shown a straight red following a tussle that the United man had no involvement in as Worksop failed to make their numerical advantage count.
Matlock Town were narrowly beaten 1-0 at the Reynolds Stadium by leaders Chester FC. Substitute Michael Wilde heading the only goal of the game on 66 minutes from a long punt long up-field.
Buxton boosted their survival hopes with a 3-1 win at relegation rivals Chasetown. Steve Istead headed in a rebound to give the Bucks a 28th minute lead.
Courtney Pitt levelled five minutes after the break direct from a free-kick but Marc Roberts headed Buxton back in front on 74 minutes with Bradley Barraclough wrapping up the points three minutes from time.
n Tuesday - First Division South: Sheffield FC v Stamford.