Stocksbridge Park Steels extended their unbeaten home league run to seven games with a 1-1 draw against promotion chasing Marine.
It took a tremendous 90th minute goal from substitute Ryan Harrison to earn Steels the point but it was no more than Chris Willcock’s men deserved against a Marine side that had led from the ninth minute.
Kicking with the strong wind at the backs the visitors had the majority of the early play, which was rewarded when Paul Brown struck home a superb 25-yard effort after Steels had only half cleared a corner. Neil Harvey wriggled clear in the box but Ben Scott in the Steels goal was equal to the striker’s angled shot.
Stocksbridge came more into the game and went agonisingly close to an equaliser when Scott Hogan skipped past three defenders and from the edge of the box saw his low drive shave the post.
Harvey missed two golden opportunities to double the Merseysiders lead inside the first 10 minutes of the second half but with only Scott to beat put both wide of the post.
Willcock’s men began to pile on the pressure in the last 25 minutes with the lively Hogan twice denied by Ryan McMahon in the Marine goal, while Jack Muldoon was only a whisker away with a stinging drive.
However, just when it looked like Marin would hang on Richard Haigh’s shot won a corner. When the flag kick was floated over the visitors thought they had got the ball away. But Harrison had other ideas as the former Bradford City winger struck a stunning 30-yard volley to leave the keeper with no chance to mark his first goal for the club in some style.
Frickley Athletics’ slide continued with a 3-0 defeat at Matlock Town that leaves Peter Rinkcavage’s side just two points above the drop zone and with just one point from the last eight games, while for the Gladiators it brought a first time in nine games.
Lee Holmes gave the home side a 12th minute lead after Frickley keeper Steve Dickinson had palmed out a cross. It got worse for the visitors when Ollie Ryan was sent off five minutes before the interval for an elbow. Matlock doubled their advantage two minutes after the break when Holmes headed in from a free-kick with Benjamin Hunter sealing the points with the third 20 minutes from time.
Relegation battling Buxton rocked title chasing Northwich Victoria with a late equaliser to earn a shock point in a 1-1 draw. The second-placed Vics had taken the lead just before the hour mark through Jordan Johnson, which had looked like being decisive until Bradley Barraclough headed in from a James Baxendale 89th minute corner to earn an unlikely share of the spoils.
Worksop Town saw a two goal lead slip away as Kendal Town hit back to win 5-3 at Sandy Lane and send Simon Clark’s side down to only a third defeat in the last 22 outings.
Jamie Jackson fired the Tigers into an 18th minute lead with Matt Young tapping home the second two minutes later after a great run from Jackson into the area.
Gary McKevatt pulled one back on 23 minutes with a superb 30-yard strike into the roof of the net. McKevatt levelled the scores four minutes before the break with a chip over debutant keeper Mario Ziccardi before the striker complete his hat-trick from close range three minutes after the break to put Kendal in front.
Alex Taylor hit a fourth on the hour with Ciaran Donnelly tapping in to make it 5-2 on 71 minutes to put the game beyond Worksop, who reduced the arrears through Mark Hudson’s stoppage time penalty.
Sheffield FC extended their unbeaten away league run to five games with a 3-2 victory at Huckanll Town as Mark Shaw’s side cemented their place in the play-off places.
Jack Barnett fired Club into a second minute lead direct from a free-kick after a foul on Andy Gascoigne. Seven minutes later Anthony Gregory headed the host back on level terms but Gascoigne restored Sheffield’s lead on 19 minutes with a tremendous long range strike.
Three minutes after the break Nathan Modest extended the lead after latching onto Gascoigne’s through ball, and although Grant Ryan pulled one back on 58 minutes Club held on to stay fourth in Division One South and six-points ahead of Sutton Coldfield Town who one place outside the play-off places in sixth.
Today - Division One South: Ilkeston FC v Sheffield FC.
Tuesday - League Cup Fourth Round: North Ferriby United v Worksop Town.
Wednesday - League Cup Fourth Round: Matlock Town v Frickley Athletic, Witton Albion v Buxton.