Battling Steels make point

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels came away with a well deserved point from a highly entertaining goalless draw at promotion-chasing Buxton last night.

The only surprise was that the game remained goalless at the interval after an open 45 minutes that had seen both Scott Hartley in the Buxton goal and Ben Scott forced into good saves.

The visitors best opportunity fell on the half hour mark when Colin Marrison played a fine through ball for Andy Ring to hit on the half volley that Hartley saved at full stretch.

After the interval, Scott made a great save on the goal line to deny Buxton’s top scorer after a scramble in the Steels box. But it was Stocksbridge that came closest when Ring cut in from the right to hit a shot towards the far corner that had Hartley beaten only for the ball to strike the upright.

There was an extraordinary game in the Koolsport Division One at the Welfare ground where AFC Emley were entertaining Handsworth.

The visitors took the lead through Alex Torr with the goal timed at six seconds.

But Emley fought back to level through Steve Kenworthy a minute before the break before the game turned on 50 minutes when Handsworth had Mick Godber sent-off for a second yellow card. After which it became the Kenworthy show as the Emley striker hit five more goals as the host ran out 6-1 winners.

Games involving Worksop Town against Retford United at Cannon Park and Maltby Main’s trip to Hall Road Rangwere postponed due to waterlogged pitches.