Super South volley gives Steels vital win at fellow strugglers

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Relegation-threatened Stocksbridge Park Steels came away from the Premier Division’s whipping boys Droylsden with a crucial 3-2 victory.

Nathan Joynes celebrated signing a new contract by giving Steels a 43rd minute lead with a clever back-heel that went in off the post.

Droylsden, who had picked up just two points from their previous 22 league outings, hit back five minutes after the break as Domaine Rouse nodded the home side level.

Rouse then missed a penalty but made amends whentucking away a low cross to put the home side 2-1 up. However, Brett Bowden-Lovell quickly headed in the equaliser from a corne before Danny South with a superb dipping 18-yard volley on 76 minutes gave Stocksbridge only their second away win of the season.

It was a case of déjà vu for Sheffield FC as they saw their promotion hopes take a knock after Division One leaders Leek Town came from behind to score twice inside the last seven minutes to snatch a 2-1 victory at Dronfield.

It mirrored the game at Harrison Park on the opening day of the season when the Staffordshire side also came from a goal down to win by the same scoreline.

It looked like Club would avenge that defeat when on 54 minutes Zeph Thomas curled a beauty into the top corner. However, with seven minute remaining Leek levelled it up when Daniel Smith got on the end of a knock down in the box., then in the first minute of time added on Dan Shelley stabbed home from close range to condemn Sheffield to a second successive defeat against one of their promotion rivals.

Promotion rivals Worksop Town and FC United shared a pulsating 4-4 draw at Gigg Lane. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the break through a Tom Denton header and Jack Muldoon. United hit back early in the second half with two goals in as many minutes from Greg Daniels and Tom Greaves but Leon Mettam restored Worksop’s lead on the hour from the penalty spot after Denton had been fouled.

Back came the home side once more with Greaves levelling. Then United looked to have snatched it when Matt Wolfenden volleyed home on 80 minutes but Tigers leading scorer Mettam pounced from 12-yards four minutes from time.

Frickley Athletic had to settle for a point against relegation rivals Stamford despite the visitors having to play the last 19 minutes with just ten-men. Stamford went ahead on 66 minutes through Nabil Shariff’s 25-yard strike then after Gavin Allott had equalised from the penalty spot six minutes later, the hosts laid siege to the away goal but couldn’t find the winner.

Buxton won 1-0 at Witton Albion thanks to a Lee Morris close range effort on 55 minutes. Matlock Town came from behind to beat Trafford 3-2 with goals from Shaun Tuton, Michael Harcourt and a James Ashmore volley.