Sheffield FC go seven games without a win; Stocksbridge cling on to faint hopes

Striker Joe Lumsden scored on his return to the side from  injury.  Photo: Gillian Handisides
Striker Joe Lumsden scored on his return to the side from injury. Photo: Gillian Handisides
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Manager Chris Hilton’s said before the match he believed Stocksbridge Park Steels’ teams play-off hopes had gone.

But his side restored a glimmer of hope with a 3-2 win at Loughborough Dynamo to complete a quick-fire league double and move to within eight-points of the top five with a couple of games in hand.

Full-back George Grayson with a rare goal headed Stocksbridge into a 18th minute lead from Nat Crofts pin-point cross.

Joe Lumsden, who was making his first start afteran injury lay-off, doubled the lead on the stroke of half time.

Loughborough pulled one back through Louis Keenan; Brodie Litchfield restored the two-goal cushionbefore Dynamo pullrf one back in time added on.

A lucky late goal saw Sheffield FC lose 2-1 at Kidsgrove Athletic and stretch the winless streak to seven games.

James Colliver’s side that opened the scoring on eight minutes when Jamie Gregory swept home Sheffield’s first goal in five games from Pat Lindley’s pass.

Sheffield enjoyed a good spell of pressure and Ross Goodwin went close to doubling their lead with a shot that the home keeper did well to push round the post.

The home side hit the woodwork for a second time just before the break when Kyle Diskin somehow managed to hit the crossbar from a couple of yards out.

Kidsgrove levelled through Aaron Johns and it needed a fine save from Butt to keep out Clayton’s bid to make it two after some neat inter-passing.

Sheffield looked to on their way to coming away with a decent point until the 79th minute when Dan Skelton’s low drive from just outside the box was going wide until it struck the knee of Anthony Malbon to deflect inside Butt’s left hand post for he winner.

The game ended on a sour note when Malbon was lucky to be shown only a yellow card for a reckless tackle on Gregory.

The Division One South title race is far from over after leaders Shaw Lane AFC slipped 3-1 at Belper Town. Gavin Allott scored the Ducks’ consolation as Shaw Lane were beaten for only the fourth time this season as their lead at the top was cut to six-points over Witton Albion,who have two game sin hand

Frickley Athletic’s fears of relegation from the Premier Division deepened following a 1-0 defeat at relegation rivals Ilkeston FC, while Matlock Town secured a 3-0 home win against Ashton United with second goals from Michael Williams, Marcus Dinanga and Adam Yates.

Buxton thrashed ten-man Skelmersdale United 6-0 through Liam Hardy 2, Jamie Green, Greg Young, Brad Grayson and Joe McGee .

Premier Division: Buxton v Frickley Athletic, Nantwich Town v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Market Drayton Town, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Belper Town.

Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Semi-Final: Shaw Lane AFC v Penistone Church.