Club prove a point again as boss rues missed chances

Joel Purkiss (no10) celebrates his 54 minute goal to put Sheffield FC  2 - 1 up vs Loughborough Dynamo
Joel Purkiss (no10) celebrates his 54 minute goal to put Sheffield FC 2 - 1 up vs Loughborough Dynamo
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For the third time in eight days, Sheffield FC had to settle for a point at home after being held to a 1-1 draw by Romulus.

Joel Purkiss put them in front inside the first minute, but Romulus drew level on 58 minutes when James Reid tucked the ball past keeper Liam Mitchell after getting onto the end of a long ball.

Zeph Thomas looked like he might get a late winner but this time the striker was denied by an excellent save from Roms keeper Lewis Exall.

Sheffield manager Ian Whitehorne said: “I’m disappointed we haven’t won, because over the 90 minutes we were worthy of all three-points.”

Worksop Town climbed up to third in the Premier Division - and within five points of leaders Chorley - after edging an entertaining affair 3-2 against neighbours Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Both sides had chances in the opening exchanges before the Tigers broke the deadlock on 26 minutes, when Tom Denton turned in a Leon Mettam cross.

Steels hit back to level on 34 minutes with a classy goal from Nathan Joynes, who went past two defenders before curling in a shot from the edge of the box.

However, the home side restored their lead a minute later when Shane Clarke got away down the middle to thump a shot past keeper Jack Ward.

Four minutes into the second half and Worksop stretched their lead further when Ben Turner was adjudged to have held Denton in the area, leaving Mettam to put away the resulting penalty.

Stocksbridge pulled one back just before the hour mark through a Matt Telling free-kick.

And despite late pressure from the visitors , Worksop managed to hold on to what could prove to be a crucial three points on a day the top two both failed to win.

Frickley Athletic came from a goal down to clinch a big three points after a 2-1 home win against relegation rivals Barwell.

Ten-men Matlock Town beat second-placed Skelmersdale United 2-1.

Buxton had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw at Rushall Olympic despite Liam Hardy and Josh Davis putting them 2-0 up inside 42 minutes.