Steels sunk by five goals at leaders

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Stocksbridge Park Steels were well beaten 5-1 at Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders FA Halifax Town to increase their relegation fears.

Steels keeper Ben Scott was forced into a brilliant save inside the first five minutes after from Jamie Vardy after the former Steels striker had raced into the box. But the home side soon took control with two goals inside the opening 24 minutes from Danny Holland. However, Stocksbridge hauled themselves back into the game just before the half hour mark when Mark Ward played in Jack Muldoon to score with a neat finish under the keeper.

The pivotal point in the game came on 50 minutes when Steels were awarded a penalty and the chance to draw level only for Ward to blaze over. Halifax made the most of the let-off with Tom Baker adding the third from the penalty spot. Holland hit the home side’s fourth to complete his hat-trick before Vardy got on the score sheet against his former club six minutes from time knocking home the rebound after Scott had saved his initial effort.

In Division 1 South, Sheffield FC recorded a 3-2 win over Stamford at the BT Local Business Stadium, Dronfield.

Ant Lynam gave Club the lead and although the visitors hit back to level through Paul Malone goals from Andy Gascoigne, penalty and Tom Roes buck his first for the club put Sheffield 3-1 up before Stamford pulled on back late on through Ryan Ollie.

It’s often said when you at the bottom of the table nothing goes your way. Well Hallam boss Julian Watts will certainly subscribe to that.

Looking for at least a point that would see them climb off the bottom of the Koolsport Premier Division table, the Blues took a 2-0 lead against Selby Town with goals from Matt Sykes and Aaron Moxan only for the game to be abandoned after 25 minutes after the fog descended

Two unanswered goals on Tuesday saw Handsworth complete a league double over Leeds Carnegie at Throstle Nest earning Russ Eagles side a second away win in three days.

James Mitchell opened the scoring on 64 minutes. Dave Cockerill sealed the points with the second.