Sheffield FC rocked by shock Cup exit

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Sheffield FC suffered a shock FA Cup exit last night, going out at the preliminary stage beaten 2-1 at the BT Local Business Stadium by Abbey Hey from the second tier of the North West Counties League.

Club had all of the early play with Jared Stephens having an effort pushed round the post then Brandon Cardwell seeing his header go just wide.

Sheffield paid dearly for not taking their chances as the visitors snatched the lead just before the break with a neat finish from John Hardy.

Hardy extended the lead after the interval as Sheffield struggled to stamp any authority on the game. There was a ray of hope for Curtis Woodhouse’s men when Ellis Wall stole in to head home from a corner late on but Abbey set up a home tie in the first qualifying round against Atherton Collieries on Saturday.

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Stocksbridge Park Steels conceded two late goals for the second time in four days as Blyth Spartans snatched a 3-2 victory at Bracken Moor.

The visitors led 1-0 at hal-time courtesy of Rob Dale’s 18-yard effort.

Steels hit back to equalise just after the break with Scott Hogan marking his return from suspension with a low drive under the keeper. Brett Lovell edged the home side in front from the penalty spot on the hour mark following a foul on new signing Danny South. But Dale levelled inside the last 10 minutes before Craig Farrell grabbed the winner in stoppage time from close range to leave Stocksbridge without a win in six.

Frickley Athletic went down 3-1 at Matlock Town, while Worksop Town were beaten 2-0 at North Ferriby United.

In the Baris NCEL, Parkgate continued their fine run of form with a resounding 4-0 win at Pickering Town.