Steels win through to cup quarters

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Stocksbridge Park Steels are through to the quarter-finals of the Evo-Stik League Cup after coming from a goal down to beat Premier Division rivals North Ferriby United 3‑2 at Bracken Moor last night.

The visitors made a bright start, taking a fourth minute lead when a Luke Thompson cross from the right was steered past Ben Scott by Jonathan Creek from 12 yards.

Steels were level seven minutes later, defender Richard Haigh heading in from a Luke Fedorenko corner.

It was followed by a spell pressure that saw two chances fall to Jack Muldoon that went begging, while Andy Ring missed from no more than five yards.

However, Stocksbridge gained the reward their play had deserved when they took the lead on 34 minutes. New signing Chris Hall from Alfreton Town, whipped in a dangerous cross that saw Ferriby skipper Paul Foot slice the ball into his own net.

Ferriby were back on level terms two minutes after the break through an Alex Davison penalty following a foul by Haigh on Davison himself.

But Steels regained the lead on 58 minutes with what proved to be the winner. Stuart Ludlam’s cross from the right being met by a bullet of a header from Richard Stirrup.

Hall almost marked his debut with a goal sending a shot inches over the crossbar, while Scott did well to push a late Gary Bradshaw effort onto the bar before Stocksbridge had Muldoon sent-off in stoppage time for a late challenge.

Matlock Town are also through to the last eight after beating Barwell 3-0 at home. Goals came from Liam King, Ross Hannah and Anthony Wilson on his debut.

It was a bad night for Sheffield FC after they went down 4-2 at Glapwell in Evostick One South, despite twice leading. Brain Cusworth gave Club the lead a minute before the break and although the hosts levelled through O’Conner Higginson on 63 minutes, Greg Wright nudged Sheffield in front once more four minutes later.

However, Ian Holmes came off the bench to score twice in two minutes to turn the game on its head before Higginson sealed the points with five minutes remaining.

Frickley Athletic remain in the Premier Division drop zone after a goalless draw against relegation rivals Whitby Town at Westfield Lane.

In the Koolsport Premier Division, Dinnington Town remain deep in relegation trouble after a 2-0 home defeat against Lincoln Moorlands Railway, while Armthorpe Welfare twice came from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at Liversedge.