Stocksbridge move up to second with late header; fine away win for Sheffield FC

Richard Patterson heads Steels' late winner. Photo: Peter Revitt
Richard Patterson heads Steels' late winner. Photo: Peter Revitt
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Richard Patterson headed a dramatic late goal for Stocksbridge Park Steels against a spirited Rugby Town side to earn a 1-0 victory they had hardly deserved.

In the fifth minute of time added on Rugby defender Mason Rowley gave away a needless free-kick out on Steels left for a challenge on substitute Jack Poulton.

And when Harrison Biggins clipped in the kick Patterson rose majestically to score with a glancing header that gave the keeper no chance.

Rugby’s new manager Dale Belford was not happy with the amount of stoppage played but perhaps should have vented his anger at his defender for conceding a silly free- kick with just seconds left on the clock and with Poulton going nowhere.

The visitors made a lively start and David Reay had to make a good early save from a corner, pushing a header round the post.

Steels then had a good chance on 16 minutes when a cross found Lee Garside unmarked but he could only hit the bar instead of the net. Three minutes later Garside had a header well saved with Danny Critchlow putting the rebound ove after his first effort had been blocked.

The game then descended into a scrappy affair with both sides giving the ball away cheaply although Reay had to make a decent save just past the hour pushing a snap shot past the post.

The introduction of Bradley Grayson livened things up a little. The striker might well had marked his return to the club with a goal in the 80th minute had a defender not got a vital touch to Poulton’s cross as Grayson shaped to volley home.

The win saw Stocksbridge go second in Division One South and stretch their unbeaten home record to five games

Sheffield FC enjoyed a superb day on the road winning 4-1 at Daventry Town who had gone into the game second in the table and unbeaten in six.

James Gregory gave Club the perfect start with a goal after just two minutes which was all of his own making. The winger picked up the ball 10-yards inside his own half before going on a surging run to slide the ball wide of the advancing keeper.

Matt Roney went close to doubling the score with a shot across the face of goal that went narrowly wide of the far post.

Daventry though grabbed an equaliser on 28 minutes as James Tricks latched onto a long clearance. Sheffield regained the lead seven minutes later when Shaw McKenzie volleyed in Gregory’s cross.

Club extended the advantage on 52 minutes with Gregory scoring his second of the game looping a header over the keeper from a Roney cross. Jamie Green made a fine save to prevent the home side pulling one back before Andy Kiwomya’s side put the result beyond doubt with fourth nine minutes from time, Benny Igi-Ehon finding a yard of space in the box to rifle home.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce climbed up to fifth after condemning Gresley FC to a third straight home defeat after first half goals from Matt Thornhill, Gavin Allott added to Lee Morris effort just before the hour.

Frickley Athletic’s seven match unbeaten run came to an end as the hosts conceded twice inside the last six minutes as Halesowen Town ran out 2-1 winners after Jacob Hazel had given the hosts a 34th minute lead.

Two goals in as many minutes just before the break sent Buxton down to a 2-0 defeat at Mickleover Sports.

Matlock Town had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw against Colwyn Bay at Causeway Lane, Edward Cribley’s 25th minute strike canceling out the visitors early opener.

Tuesday’s fixtures -

Premier Division: Buxton v Ashton United, Rushall Olympic v Frickley Athletic.

Division One South: Stocksbridge Park Steels v Coalville Town.