Gazza nets on 200th game in Club stalemate

Andy Gascoigne squares the ball for Joel Purkiss (2nd left) to put Sheffield in front agains Kidsgrove
Andy Gascoigne squares the ball for Joel Purkiss (2nd left) to put Sheffield in front agains Kidsgrove
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Sheffield FC put a dent in Coalville Town’s Division One South title aspirations, by holding them to a 2-2 draw.

And it wasn’t a case of Club holding second-placed Town to a stalemate, either.

Indeed the visitors were happy to leave with a point after coming from two goals down to snatch a late equaliser.

Even then, it took two tremendous saves from visiting goalkeeper Sean Bowles to prevent Mark Fereday then Joel Purkiss earning Ian Whitehorne’s side a first win in seven.

Sheffield broke the deadlock on 23 minutes when Richard Stirrup found the net with a left foot volley from the edge of the box.

Andy Gascoigne marked his 200th appearance for the club by putting Sheffield 2-0 up on 34 minutes, heading home from close range.

Coalville were back in the game a minute from the break when Reece Lester rifled an unstoppable effort past keeper Liam Mitchell from the edge of the box.

Sheffield were dealt a blow when they lost Woolley through injury early in the second half with Gascoigne also making an early exit having not fully shaken off the effects of a midweek illness.

Mitchell made another top drawer save to keep out Ben Saunders’ powerful header. But there was no denying Saunders the equaliser on 82 minutes when the former Worksop man got on the end of a long ball to hit a 20-yard volley beyond Mitchell.

Although Coalville pushed forward in search of the winner the best two chances fell to Sheffield on the break, and in the end the visitors were grateful to their shot-stopper for a hard earned point.

Despite reports to the contrary on social media sites, Stocksbridge Park Steels are not as yet relegated following their 1-0 defeat at Trafford.

However, the inevitable will be confirmed this Saturday if Steels fail to beat Trafford in the return fixture at Bracken Moor.

The goal that separated the two teams came in the 26th minutes when Paul Ashton’s 30-yard cross on the angle found the top corner to leave Steels without a win in 15 outings.

A minutes silence was impeccably observed before Worksop Town’s home clash against Marine, following the death of long time clubman and Non-League paper correspondent Mike Tunningley last Thursday after collapsing at home.

The Tigers players paid their own tribute with a five star performance, winning 5-1 to maintain their play-off place.

Tom Denton volleyed in a Leon Mettam cross to give Worksop a fifth minute lead.

Jonathan Stewart saved from the penalty spot to keep the lead intact, before Tom Burgin doubled the advantage with a looping header seven minutes before the break.

Denton lashed home Worksop’s third just past the hour, bringing up the Tigers’ 100th goal of the season.

Jack Muldoon fired home the fourth from Denton’s throughball, with Mettam putting the icing on the cake with his 40th of the campaign before the visitors netted a late consolation effort.

Frickley Athletic remain in relegation trouble following a 2-1 defeat at Nantwich Town.

They are now just two points clear of the drop zone, and had earlier gone in front thanks to James Ghaichem’s 56th minute strike.

Buxton eased their relegation fears after Liam Hardy brace earned a 2-0 win at Ilkeston FC, while Matlock Town were beaten 2-0 at home by relegation threatened Stafford Rangers.