Stocksbridge return to winning ways

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Stocksbridge Park Steels ended a run of thee defeats on the trot with a superb 3-1 win over promotion chasing Matlock Town at Bracken Moor last night, which saw Steels climb out of bottom three of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

The visitors made a bright start, but it was the home side that broke the deadlock through a Mark Ward penalty. The Gladiators hit back seven minutes before the break, top scorer Ross Hannah running onto a pass to beat Scott. Stocksbridge regained their lead inside the first minute of the second half. A foul on Ward produced a free-kick from which the Steels player delivered the perfect ball into the middle for Andy Ring to tuck away a shot.

The visitors responded with Adam Yates firing narrowly wide while Hannah missed a good chance to level from 15 yards but fired wide of the target.

However, Steels wrapped up the points with the third on 82 minutes. Brett Lovell’s long ball out of defence seized upon by Jack Muldoon who raced away to beat the keeper with a precise 20-yard lob.

It was a disappointing night for Sheffield; they were beaten 4-2 at Dronfield by Kidsgrove Athletic. Club trailed 4-1 at the break - they were undone by three headed goals from set pieces in a seven minute spell before adding a fourth four minutes before the break. Sheffield’s only reply came from Andy Gascoigne. Chris Dolby’s side at least won the second half thanks to Brain Cusworth’s 70th minute penalty.

Koolsport Premier Division leaders Parkgate had to come from behind to preserve their unbeaten home league record in a 1-1 draw against Maltby Main.