A youthful Sheffield FC got back on track with a first league win in five games - a 1-0 win at Newcastle Town, which also saw Club keep a clean sheet for the first time in 16 outings.
Curtis Woodhouse’s side defended solidly, whilst creating chances to edge an extremely tight contest in which Club fielded six players under the age of 18.
Sheffield gave debuts to new recruits, defender Elliott Green, winger Aaron Rice and striker Jordan Thomas who have all been signed on-loan from Blue Square Premier Lincoln City where Woodhouse served as coach under boss David Holdsworth.
The winner came in the 16th minute in what was Sheffield first real attack of note after the hosts had made the brighter start. Chris Adam made a surging run into the box only to upended by defender for a clear-cut penalty to leave Andy Gascoigne to confidently stroke home from 12-yards.
Newcastle responded with Paul Whalley seeing his looping header hit the bar from a free-kick, while from another set-piece Jack Harrison went close as the hosts pressed for an equaliser before the break.
Sheffield could have increased their lead early in the second half with Jamie Hadfield heading inches over, then Adam firing just wide after being put through by substitute Shaq McKenzie.
But it was Green who came to Sheffield’s rescue, clearing off the line before Gascoigne blazed a late chance over the bar, but it mattered not as Sheffield held on for a deserved but hard earned three points.
Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped to a first defeat in five games losing out 4-3 at Nantwich Town after playing for 82 minutes with 10 men.
It came after central defender Nick Swirad was wrongly sent-off when clearly winning the ball in a challenge.
Will Senior had headed Steels into a third minute lead from an Alex Callery free-kick but the red card five minutes later changed the game.
Josh Lane headed in from a corner two minutes after Swirad’s red card to level the scores then Lane was on target again nodding in from another corner to give Nantwich a 22nd minute lead before Darren Moss made it 3-1 just past the half hour.
Sean Cooke seemingly wrapped up the points with Nantwich’s fourth on 80 minutes but a later rally had the home side hanging on.
Jordan Thewlis latched onto a long ball to reduce the arrears on 84 minutes then Thewlis was on hand to slot home a Cole Payne cross four minutes later but Nantwich held firm as Steels piled on the pressure.
After their FA Trophy exploits against Mansfield Town just five days earlier, Matlock Town were brought down to earth with a bump with a 1-0 defeat at lowly Whitby Town.
And the goal that proved to be decisive arrived inside the first minute, Craig Farrell finding the unguarded net from distance after Gladiators keeper Jon Kennedy’s had been charged down.
TUESDAY - Doodson Sport League Cup First Round: Sheffield FC v Garforth Town. Premier Division: Stafford Rangers v Buxton.
WEDNESDAY - Premier Division: Worksop Town v FC United of Manchester.