Steels seal safety as Grayson nets a top treble

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With relegation finally laid to rest at one club, two hat tricks and two wins, it was a bright day last Saturday.

For the rest of our clubs, however, it was very poor and, in a busy week ahead, they face 14 tough matches.

In the Evo-Stik League Division One South, it was celebration time at the Look Local Stadium where Stocksbridge Park beat fellow strugglers Market Drayton Town 5-0 to make certain of Division One football again next season. Man of the match Brad Grayson hit the club’s first hat trick this season in their biggest win.

On Saturday they visit a double-seeking Tividale and next Tuesday, they host Norton United.

Sheffield FC had another miserable day at the Coach and Horses ground when, in their fourth home game in a row, they lost 3-0 to Stafford Rangers.

Then on Tuesday I saw them entertain third placed Leek Town and, as expected, they again lost 2-1 after a very good second half showing. On Saturday they entertain Chase Town whilst next Tuesday they are at home again, entertaining Goole AFC.

In the Toolstation NCEL, it was a dreadful day in Division One where both our teams suffered heavy defeats. Hallam had their third loss in a row as they lost 3-0 at home to Selby Town, and on Tuesday they went down 2-0 against in-form Penistone Church. On Saturday I will be at Park Road for their derby against Worsbrough Bridge and next Tuesday they welcome second-placed Pontefract Colliery to Sandygate.

Worsbrough Bridge fared no better when they crashed to a humiliating 5-0 defeat away at Louth United last Saturday.

Then on Tuesday they faced visitors Pontefract Colliery and were 2-1 down at half time.

But it all went wrong when goalkeeper Jarrard Oxley was rushed to hospital with a broken leg, and they lost 7-1.

In the Premier Division, Handsworth Parramore were far from their best last Saturday and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Armthorpe Welfare.

On Saturday they make the trek to lowly Liversedge with only three wins in eight league games to their credit whilst next Tuesday they have their biggest night of the season, when I will watch as they entertain Frickley Athletic in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Semi Final.

I was at Muglet Lane last Saturday to watch Maltby Main lose 4-1 to arch neighbours Parkgate, with man of the match Graham Oliver hitting a hat trick.

On Saturday they travel to neighbours Armthorpe Welfare.

Parkgate were full value for their third win in a row and on Saturday they entertain Nostell Miners Welfare.

Next Tuesday they travel to Glasshoughton Welfare.

Staveley suffered a major setback last Saturday when they lost 3-2 at home to Pickering Town. On Saturday they visit Athersley Recreation, whilst next Wednesday Garforth Town are the visitors to Inkersall Road.