Sheffield FC let slip a 2-1 advantage to lose at Garforth

Lewis Pearle battles for the ball
Lewis Pearle battles for the ball
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There will be no repeat of last season’s FA Cup heroics as Sheffield FC fell at the first hurdle, losing 3-2 in the Preliminary Round at Garforth Town.

There will be no repeat of last season’s FA Cup heroics as Sheffield FC fell at the first hurdle, losing 3-2 in the Preliminary Round at Garforth Town.

However, Parkgate remain in the competition after coming from two-nil down to draw 2-2 with Hall Road Rangers.

Staveley Miners Welfare brought Evo-Stik side Goole AFC back to Inkersall Road for a replay following a 1-1 draw. But Armthorpe Welfare went one better by dumping Evo Stik League One high-flyers Brigg Town out 2-0 at Church Street.

Sheffield made a promising start at Garforth but it was the hosts who struck the first blow, poor defending allowing Matt Mathers to put his side 1-0 up on 19 minutes. Club hit back to level eight minutes before the break, full-back Tom Burgin hitting a powerful strike beyond the goalkeeper. Callum Harrison’s quickly taken free-kick on 64 minutes then had Sheffield in front.

However, two goals in as many minutes from Adam Priestly and Alex Fisher meant it will be Garforth that host Frickley Athletic in the next round.

In the Baris NCEL Premier Division, Retford United extended their unbeaten league run to five games but had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw against promotion rivals Bridlington Town.

Warren Hatfield gave the Badgers a third minute lead only for it to be cancelled out by a James Bennett equaliser a minute later. Craig Hogg nudged the seasiders in front on 63 minutes but Barry Payne levelled with 10 minutes remaining.

Maltby Main were thrashed 6-0 at home by Winterton Rangers. It left the Miners without a win in seven outings, whilst the victory sent Rangers a point clear at the top.

In Division One, Andrew Wood’s sixth minute goal was enough to give leaders Worksop Parramore a 1-0 win at Teversal.

But just goal difference separates the top two with second-placed Handsworth winning 4-0 at Grimsby Borough.

Lee Hill and Dave Cockerill (pen) put the visitors 2-0 up at the break. Cockerill then hit Handsworth’s third on the hour with Alex Torr’s fine solo effort sealing the points 12 minutes from time.

Dinnington Town made it three without defeat in all competitions but were held to a goalless home draw against Yorkshire Amateur while Worsbrough Bridge were thumped 6-0 at Eccleshill United

Lee Holmes bundled home the only goal of the game on 15 minutes to give Rossington Main a 1-0 win and the bragging rights at local rivals Askern Villa.

TUESDAY: FA Cup Preliminary Round replays: Staveley MW v Goole AFC, Hall Road Rangers v Parkgate.

League Cup Second Round: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Rossington Main.

Division One: AFC Emley v Yorkshire Amateur, Askern Villa v Handsworth, Louth Town v Dinnington Town.