Double defensive lapse costs Stocksbridge game

Nathan Joynes of Stocksbridge Park Steels takes control of the ball as he holds off a Sutton Coldfield Town defender. Picture: Ian Anderson
Nathan Joynes of Stocksbridge Park Steels takes control of the ball as he holds off a Sutton Coldfield Town defender. Picture: Ian Anderson
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There were defeats for both Sheffield’s Division One South teams.

Ten-men Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped up 2-0 at home against Sutton Coldfield Town, while an injury time goal sent Sheffield FC down to a 2-1 defeat at promoted Tividale.

Steels boss Chris Hilton will reflect on two sloppy pieces of defending which were the only difference between the two teams.

Harrison Biggins had already forced a good save out of Lee Evans with a 22- yard effort that had the Sutton keeper at full stretch to push away. But the visitors scored on 11 minutes when Will Senior’s defensive header fell into the path of Justin Richards who set-up Reece Leek to score with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Sutton doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Steels failed to deal with a cross into the box. The ball dropped to Danny O’Callaghan who struck a first time effort high into the net from 16-yards. Any hopes Stocksbridge had of getting back into the game virtually vanished with the sending off of Biggins on 65 minutes after lunging into a tackle.

Sheffield looked to be on their way to a well earned point at Tividale until a moment of madness in stoppage time. Brandon Cardwell was caught in possession inside the box by the hosts ‘Leigh Downing with the Sheffield defender subsequently hauling down his opponent leaving the match official little option other than to award a penalty that Downing duly converted.

Tividale had edged in front on six minutes in their first attack through as Lewis Taylor-Boyce drilled hom.

Sheffield fought back to equalised on 35 minutes. Joel Purkiss had already gone close when the forward was in the right place at the right time to sweep home a James Gregory cross from close range. Gregory had an effort cleared off the line in the second half as Sheffield looked for a winner, but in the end the point they had so richly deserved was taken away from them.

In the Premier Division, Frickley Athletic grabbed a point with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Halesowen Town. The home side had taken a 10th minute lead through a Daniel Bragoli header but Matt Young found the net with a 30-yard free-kick deep into time added on.

Derek Niven hit a 90th minute equaliser as Buxton snatched a 1-1 draw at Ashton United , while Matlock Town also had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw against Blyth Spartans with Danny Holland cancelling out the visitors opener just before the break.

* Stocksbridge v Sutton Coldfield is our two-page match of the day in The Star’s 16-page GrassRoots sports pull-out on Friday.