Local football: Steels ease drop fears with win

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STOCKSBRIDGE Park Steels made it two wins out of two at home in the space four days beating Stafford Rangers 2-0 in the Evo-Stik Premier Division to ease their relegation fears.

It saw Steels pull six points clear of the bottom two and move to within three-points of fourth from bottom Grantham Town with three games in hand.

Alex Callery gave Stocksbridge the perfect start with a goal after just two minutes curling a fine effort round the keeper from just outside the area. Goalkeeper Ben Scott was once more in fine form making some terrific saves as Rangers probed for the equaliser before the break.

Steels doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half when Nick Swirad got the last touch to a Chris Bettney corner as a defender tried to clear, after which the hosts comfortably saw the game out without any real scares.

Managerless Worksop Town ended a run of three defeats on the spin with a goalless draw at Frickley Athletic.

In the NCEL, Hallam bounced back after ending a run of three defeats on the spin by beating Clipstone Welfare 2-0 at Sandygate Road. Conor Sellars put the Countrymen ahead on 33 minutes tapping in a Paul Lavender cross at the far post.

The home side sealed the points with the second five minutes after the break, Craig Getliff heading home.

Martyn Lee scored an 89th minute equaliser for Parkgate in a 1-1 draw at Thackley. Askern Villa lost 2-0 at Selby Town.