Non-League Football: Early goal sparks Stocksbridge

Stocksbridge Park Steels James Knowles holds off a challenge from Matlocks Liam Needham
Stocksbridge Park Steels James Knowles holds off a challenge from Matlocks Liam Needham
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Stocksbridge boosted their Premier Division survival hopes with a 3-1 win over high-riding Matlock Town at Bracken Moor.

James Knowles fired Steels ahead after just 34 seconds. Lavell White equalised with a good finish just past the half-hour but Nathan Joynes, with a clinical finish on 62 minutes, and Danny South from the penalty spot three minutes later saw Stocksbridge take the spoils as the Gladiators finished with ten-men after Danny Holland saw red with 20 minutes left (Full report and pictures in Friday’s Grassroots).

Sheffield FC got their play-off hopes back on track after two successive defeats with a 1-0 victory against ten-man Lincoln United.

It saw Ian Whitehorne’s men move to within six-points of the Division One South play-off places with a game in hand - and they should have won by a greater margin.

In very blustery conditions at Ashby Avenue it took the sending off of Lincoln’s Sean Wright midway through the first half to bring the game to life.

Wright was given a straight red after he followed an overzealous challenge on Brandon Cardwell with a head-butt on him.

Soon after Andy Gascoigne burst through the middle to force Craig Turner into a fine save.

There was a scare for Club at the start of the second half when the hosts wasted a good chance to take the lead. But Sheffield started to dominate with Ben Algar rattling the woodwork from distance then Zeph Thomas and James Gregory forced the overworked Turner into top drawer saves with Thomas putting another opening in the side netting.

However, Sheffield finally made the break through with 15 minutes remaining. Warren Burrell drilling a shot through a crowd of bodies after a corner had only been half cleared

Substitute Joel Purkiss went close to making the points safe with a fine shot that Turner was equal too but one goal proved enough.

Worksop Town stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games with a 3-1 home win over Grantham Town to stay third in the Premier Division and move to within two points of leaders Skelmersdale United

The visitors went closest to breaking the deadlock rattling the bar in the first half.

However, the in-form Tigers edged in front on 54 minutes when substitute Connor Higginson finished off a good Worksop move.

Leon Mettam won and converted the penalty which saw the home side double the lead 12 minutes later. Grantham pulled one back on 73 minutes through Malachi Lavell-Moore but the Tigers sealed the points when Mettam burst through to rifle home his 30th of the season in stoppage time.

Jake Picton struck deep into injury time to earn ten-man Frickley a 1-1 draw at Buxton. Lee Morris fired Buxton into a 15th minute lead which looked sufficient especially when Frickley had defender Sam Denton sent off after the break for two yellows.