FOOTBALL: South grabs Steels a point against strugglers

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Struggling Stocksbridge Park Steels picked up only their second point of the season with an 89th minute equaliser despite bottom of the table visitors Eastwood Town playing with 10 men for 89 minutes.

Jermaine Hollis was sent-off after one minute and 18 seconds for clipping the heels of Steels debutant Saul Otobo.

After a drab, goalless first half Stocksbridge finally woke up in the second creating a string of chances. Alex Callery hit a 22-yard shot just over before Otobo put a header straight at the keeper. Janni Lipka, one of three players on debut along with Martin Ormesher and Otobo, fired another opening over, while Danny South headed wide.

However, against the run of play and with their first real effort on target Eastwood snatched the lead 14 minutes from time when Paris Simmons hit a fine volley into the far corner of the net.

Stocksbridge threw defender Brett Bowden-Lovell forward and with just a minute of normal time remaining they grabbed a deserved equaliser when South took down a Laurance cross to lash a low effort from a tight angle into the net.

Frickley Athletic remain in the bottom two after a 1-0 defeat at ten-men Rushall Olympic left them without a league win in seven. The hosts had Dave Walker sent-off on 20 minutes following a challenge on Frickley’s Jake Picton. Frickley’s Grant Allott heading against the bar then struck a 20-yard effort inches over with James Gaichem also going close. But Rushall grabbed the winner on 65 minutes as Grant Beckett blasted home.

Worksop Town remain in the bottom half of the table as Stafford Rangers came from behind to win 3-2 at Sandy Lane. Worksop had been 2-1 up through Leon Mettam, who three minutes later turned provider for the on-loan Tom Denton to tuck away.

Matlock Town slipped to a fifth defeat in seven beaten 3-1 at home against Blyth Spartans despite an opener from 25 yards by former Sheffield Wednesday player Matt Hamshaw on his debut.

Sheffield FC went out of the FA Trophy beaten 2-0 by two first half strikes at Evo-Stik Division One North high flyers Trafford.

After the break Brandon Cardwell and Charlie Weir hit the woodwork but there was no way back for Cutis Woodhouse’s men once James Knowles saw red on the hour following a late challenge.

TUESDAY - Premier Div: Frickley Athl v Ilkeston Town, Grantham Town v Matlock Town, Hednesford Town v Worksop Town, Witton Albion v Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Division One South: Gresley FC v Sheffield FC.

Wednesday - Premier Division: Buxton v Ashton United.