Non-League: End of the FA Cup road for Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels

Bamber Bridge scrambled the ball clear to thwart another Stocksbridge attack. Gillian Handisides
Bamber Bridge scrambled the ball clear to thwart another Stocksbridge attack. Gillian Handisides

Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels’ FA Cup campaigns came to an abrupt end as both were knocked out by Evo-Stik Premier Division opponents.

Having enjoyed success in the extra-preliminary round, it was also the end of the road for Handsworth Parramore and Penistone Church as both suffered home defeats.

However, Parkgate might be struggling in the league but they seem to have a taste for the FA Cup as Billy Fox’s men pulled off a shock win, knocking out Evo Stik East Division side Brighouse Town 2-0 in their own backyard – two stunning first half goals in the space of eight first half minutes from Tim Whittaker and Elliott Simpson, from 35 yards, sending the Steelmen through.  

And Parkgate will also be joined by Staveley MW, Maltby Main and Frickley Athletic in Tuesday’s first qualifying round draw.

Stocksbridge were left to rue missed first half chances as Bamber Bridge went through 3-1 at Bracken Moo, despite Aaron Moxam equalising and Liam McFadyen rattling the crossbar with a header early in the second half.

“I’m disappointed not have gone through or at least earn a replay. We had enough chances particularly in the first half,” said boss Chris Hilton.

Sheffield FC’s 5-1 defeat at Hyde United was a little harsh on Gavin Smith’s side with the hosts scoring four inside the last 20 minutes after Club had dominated the opening exchanges of the second half.

Sheffield grabbed a consolation in stoppage time when Marc Newsham hooked home from close range.      

Handsworth Parramore boss Jas Colliver was an unhappy man after watching his team bow out 1-0 at home against Congleton Town. “I cant keep defending the players,” said the Ambers boss. “Once again we’ve conceded from our own mistake. The lads need to take responsibility and defend better.”

The only goal arrived five minutes into the second half when Emini Adedgebenro took advantage of hesitancy in the defence from a long ball to curl home a fine finish. Handsworth had gone close  just before the break when Lee Hill saw his header cleared off the line.

Penistone Church crashed out 3-1 against Runcorn Town. The visitors had led 2-0 inside the opening 22 minutes and Tom Scrivens go one back early in the second half, but Runcorn grabbed a third 15 minutes from time to go through.

A disappointed Penistone boss Ian Richards said: “I think the team that defended the best won the game but I think the best team over the 90 minutes lost. It was one-way traffic the second half. I cant fault the lads’ performance and endeavour, it just wasn’t our day.”

On the plus side Maltby Main came from a goal down at Evo-Stik league side Runcorn Linnets to win 2-1.

The home side had deservedly led through Paul Shanley’s fine finish just past the half hour mark.

The Miners worked their way back into the tie creating a couple of openings before finally levelling the scores on the stroke of half-time as Ross Duggan hit his fourth goal of the season.

Maltby grabbed what proved to be the winner on 69 minutes with a goal worthy of winning any game, Danny Frost hitting a first time effort on the angle into the far corner.

Staveley MW eased through to the next round, beating Lutterworth Town 3-0 at Inkersall Road, Adam Baskerville, Jahmal Riley and Robson Doolan on target.

Frickley made light work of NCEL side Liversedge going through 10-1 after the visitors had taken a third minute lead. But Liversedge were blown away with goals from Jacob Hazel (2), Dan Palmer (2), Jack Burton (2), Tyler Walton and Sam Liversedge.

Fixtures, Monday 3pm: Evo Stik League: Premier Division: Buxton v Hyde United, Gainsborough Trinity v Matlock Town

East Division: Cleethorpes Town v Frickley Athletic, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Sheffield FC

Tuesday, Toolstation NCEL: Division One Hallam v Parkgate.