STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels gave their Premier Division survival hopes a massive boost after coming from behind to win 4-1 at Buxton.
Slack defending allowed Bradley Barraclough to fire the hosts into a 12th minute lead. But Steels hit back when Mark Telling picked out Brian Cusworth with a through pass for the veteran to slot home.
Steels were indebted to Scott in the second half when the keeper made three saves in quick succession. However, it was Steels that took the lead on 64 minutes. Jack Muldoon raced away down the right before crossing for Telling to sweep the ball into the top corner. Five minutes later Stocksbridge got the third when substitute Scott Hogan latched onto a clearance to fire home just a minutes after coming off the bench. Steels wrapped up the points with the fourth on 86 minutes with Hogan bagging his second from just inside the box after cutting in from the right.
Frickley Athletic edged closer to the trap door after a 2-1 home defeat against Whitby Town. Andy Appleby gave the visitors a 17th minute lead but Athletic looked to have salvaged a point when Oliver Ryan levelled 14 minutes from time only for Matt Tymon to earn the visitors all-three points deep into stoppage time.
Worksop Town had to settle for a point from a goalless draw at North Ferriby United. The Tigers had the game’s best chance on 12 minutes but the effort was saved by the keeper’s legs when through on goal.
In NCEL Division One, Handsworth boosted their promotion hopes and took the bragging rights in a 2-0 victory at Hallam. Dave Cockerill blasted home the opener from the penalty spot on 29 minutes following Dwayne Wiley’s trip on Faffy Ghinoi. The visitors sealed the points with the second on 63 minutes when the Blues lost possession allowing Sam Smith to score inside Lewis Naylor’s left had post.
Dinnington Town started 2012 by beating Worksop Parramore 1-0 at Phoenix Park. Matt Smith headed the only goal of the game on 65 minutes from a Jon Roper corner. Rossington Main won 3-1 at bottom of the table Appleby Frodingham with goals from Willie McGhie and a Jordan Hatton brace.
In the Premier Division, Parkgate came from a goal down and a man down to earn a 1-1 draw at Retford United. Liam Davis was sent-off on 36 minutes for an alleged stamp. Carl Haslam gave the Badgers the lead a minute later but with four minutes left Joe Leesley curled in a free-kick.
Liam Foulds grabbed a first half hat-trick added to a Greg Mason penalty to earn Maltby Main a 4-1 win over in-form Armthorpe Welfare.