Sheffield slip to shock defeat

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Sheffield FC slipped to what can only be described as a very disappointing 3-2 defeat at Division One South basement boys Spalding United despite two goals from debutant Ant Lynam.

The hosts had gone into the game six points adrift at the foot of the table having lost the last nine on the bounce, and with just two wins in all from 30 league outings. But the Tulips rocked Chris Dolby’s side to earn a first league win in 16 games and send Club down to a third defeat in the last four.

Sheffield started well enough with Robbie Clarke firing just over the crossbar from a free-kick, while Brain Cusworth put another opening into the side netting. However, Club suddenly found themselves a goal down on 26 minutes when Gary Pawson headed in a corner at the near post.

Jamal Shahin took advantage of some sloppy defending to give the home side a 2-0 lead two minutes before the break. But former Dinnington striker, Lynam, signed from Rainworth 24 hours before the game, rifled in a powerful 25-yard free-kick in first half stoppage time to put Sheffield back in contention.

Spalding restored their two goal cushion eight minutes after the interval as Josh Nodder got the better of keeper Dan Whatsize in a one on one situation after Club had given the ball away. Lynan gave Sheffield a lifeline slotting home his second from close range with 18 minutes remaining, knocking in the rebound after a Matt Roney effort had been parried. But Spalding held on to for a priceless three points.

Dolby is hoping to bolster his squad with two new signings ahead of tomorrow home clash against Glapwell, one of which is expected to be a defender following the news that central defender Scott Lowe has left the club.

In the Premier Division, Buxton climbed back in the play-off places after a 1-1 draw at promotion rivals Kendal Town. The Bucks took a 36th minute lead when Mark Reed pounced on a rebound after Mark Ridley’s effort had been blocked. But Kendal grabbed a share of the spoils just before the hour through a low Danny Williams drive despite keeper Scott Hartley getting a hand to it.

Stocksbridge Park Steels game at Premier Division leaders FC Halifax Town along with the games involving Frickley Athletic at home against Retford United and Worksop Town’s encounter with promotion rivals Northwich Victoria at Cannon Park were amongst those postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Fixtures -

Tuesday - Premier Division: Colwyn Bay v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Glapwell.

Wednesday - Premier Division: Buxton v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Worksop Town v Retford United.