Late, great rally earns a vital point for Sheffield

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Ten-man Sheffield FC scored twice in stoppage time to rescue a point in a 3-3 draw at Division One South play-off rivals Sutton Coldfield Town after Ben Turner had been sent-off.

Scott Richards curled in a fine 20-yard effort to give Sutton the lead at half-time. Club levelled through James Knowles only for Mark Bellington to restore Sutton’s lead.

When Town made it 3-1 through a Luke Chapman penalty on 82 minutes following a foul by Tuner for which the defender was shown the red card, Sheffield looked out of it. However, Dan Williams pulled one back in the first minute of time added on before Jamie Hadfield headed home a dramatic last gasp leveller as fourth-placed Sheffield maintained their six point cushion over Sutton, just outside the play-off places.

Stocksbridge Park Steels Premier Division survival hopes were dealt a blow with a crushing 5-1 defeat at Stafford Rangers to remain fourth from bottom.

Steels had gone into the game knowing three points would lift them out of the drop zone, but they were stunned as Stafford established a 3-0 lead midway through the second half.

Chris Morris gave the hosts a 29th minute lead with a low shot after Steels had made the brighter start with Brian Cusworth and Jack Muldoon both going close.

It was 2-0 through a Jonathan Sheldon deflected effort with Neville Thompson bundling home the third.

Stocksbridge rallied with Brett Lovell seeing his effort touched onto the post before Scott Hogan rifled home on 79 minutes. But Thompson hit his second and Stafford’s fourth in the 90th minute before Robert Stevenson broke away to make it five with the last kick of the game.

Frickley Athletic picked up a valuable point in a goalless draw against third-placed Northwich Victoria to pull six points clear of the bottom four.

Both sides were reduced to 10-men midway through the first half with Frickley’s Lincoln Adams sent off along with Northwich’s Tom Field following a fracas.

Buxton stay third bottom after a 3-1 home defeat against high-riding Chorley. Chris Denham gave the visitors the lead but the Bucks equalisedwhen Bradley Barraclough headed in. Chorley regained the lead through an Adam Roscoe header with Steve Foster’s speculative long range strike sealing the points.

Matlock Town were controversially beaten 2-1 at Kendal Town, who led 1-0 through an Ashley Dunn 20-yard drive. The hosts were awarded a 54th minute free-kick and with the referee still lecturing the Gladiators defender, the kick was played quickly to Rory Winter to tuck away and despite Matlock’s protests the goal was allowed to stand. Ben Hunter volleyed home to halve the deficit.

Tuesday - FA Trophy Second Round: Worksop Town v Newport County.