Steels in deep trouble after 3-0 defeat

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Stocksbridge Park Steels’ relegation fears worsened with a 3-0 defeat at play-off hopefuls Blyth Spartans.

In a first half that was short on clear-cut chances, Daniel Maguire had Blyth’s best chance on 35 minutes with a close range snap shot that Jack Ward managed to block, while Steels went close a minute before the break when Matt Hamshaw forced the keeper into a good from just outside the box.

However, Stocksbridge found themselves behind on 53 minutes when Paul Robinson drilled a low shot past Ward. Steels never look like recovering once Maguire doubled the lead on 75 minutes, tapping in the loose ball after Ward had made a fine save. Blyth put the result beyond doubt with the third five minutes from time when Neal Hooks had time and space in the area to shoot home.

South might have grabbed a consolation effort but put a free header wide at the far post. Stocksbridge remain third from bottom but are now 11 points adrift of the safety mark.

Worksop Town, who were without leading scorer Leon Mettam through injury, slipped to a first defeat in 13 league games, 1-0 at Matlock Town, and dropped from second to third.

The Gladiators made a lively start with Lewis McMahon having an effort cleared off the line then seeing his glancing header drift just wide of the far post.Matlock deservedly went in front on 22 minutes with what proved to be the winner as former Tiger Cecil Nyoni headed in from a Joe Leesley free-kick. Alex Pursehouse went close for Worksop with a shot that forced Jon Kennedy to tip over the bar.

Frickley Athletic stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a 1-1 home draw against Whitby. Luke Hinsley gave the home side an 18th minute lead but Town hit back to level through Mark Robinson on 56 minutes.

Sheffield FC’s home game against Carlton was postponed following an 11pm pitch inspection by local referee Alan Hull due to standing water on the pitch. Buxton’s trip to Ilkeston FC also fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.