Stocksbridge stay top after latest win - Sheffield FC tie at home

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Stocksbridge continued their excellent start with a fourth win on the spin beating Carlton Town 2-1 at home to stay top of Evo-Stik Division One South.

Steels dominated the first half taking a 2-0 lead into the break. It had taken Chris Hilton’s men just 11 minutes to break the deadlock. Adam Hinchcliffe nipped past his marker near the bye-line before crossing for Corey Gregory to tuck home. Carlton’s keeper Curtis McDonald then denied Gregory a second after he had got clear on goal.

However, Steels doubled their lead on the half hour mark this time Gregory turning provider cross for Hinchcliffe to tuck away a left foot shot at the near post. McDonald then twice came to the visitors rescue saving from Hinchlffe and Gregory to prevent Stocksbridge wrapping up the points before the break.

Steels went closer still to a third on 66 minutes when from a Hinchclffe free-kick Harrison, Biggins saw his header hit the post with the keeper beaten.

However, with 10 minutes remaining Carlton pulled one back when Daniel Gordon burst through to score with a firm strike but it proved no more than a consolation effort as Stocksbridge ran out worth winners.

Sheffield FC came from two goals down at home against Spalding United to draw 2-2. Leading 1-0 at half time, the Tulips looked on their way to a third win in four when they doubled their advantage against the run of play midway through the second half.

But substitute Matt Roney pulled one back from the penalty spot for his 50th goal for the club with 10 minutes remaining. Then with time running out Ben Turner popped up to score with a looping header following a goalmouth scramble and it was no more than Sheffield deserved.

Frickley Athletic picked up their first win of the new season beating Mickloever Sports 2-0 at Westfield Lane. Luke Hinsley hit the opener with Royale Johnson wrapping up the points with eight minutes to go.

Matlock Town won 3-2 at Rushall Oylimpic with goals from Joel Purkiss, Niall McManus with ex Parkgate forward Nathan Forbes-Swindells grabbing the decisive goal.

Buxton made it two wins from two at the Silverlands beating Skelmersdale United 2-1. Warren Burrell with a first half header and Liam Hardy with a second half penalty.