Non-League Football: Mixed fortunes for local side

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Stocksbridge Park Steels stretched their unbeaten run to four games but made hard work of 2-1 win at Evo-Stik Division One South’s bottom club Kidsgrove Athletic.

Harrison Biggins had already rattled the home sides cross bar with a tremendous 35-yard strike when Rory Coleman gave Steels a seventh minute lead tapping in from Lee Garside’s square pass for his first goal for the club.

Martyn Scully rattled the Kidsgrove woodwork for a second time as Stocksbridge looked to add to their early lead.

Kidsgrove came out on the front foot in the second half with Steels thankful to some fine saves from goalkeeper Liam Flynn to keep the lead intact.

However, with eight minutes remaining the home side looked to have grabbed a share of the spoils with an equaliser. But Chris Hilton’s side were not to be denied and with just a minute left on the clock Lee Thompson bagged the winner after beating the keeper in a race for the ball.

Lady luck seems to have deserted Hallam completely after their game against Clipstone at Sandygate Road was abandoned on 69 minutes due to fog with the Countrymen leading 3-0 at the time.

Astonishingly Hallam had gone into the game having lost all 11 league outings while Clipstone boasted a 100% record from 10 games.

Elsewhere, in the top of the table clash in the NCEL Premier Division, Handsworth Parramore came away from promotion rivals Shaw Lane Aquaforce with a good point from a 2-2 draw after twice fighting back from going behind with goals from Gareth Griffiths and a Sam Smith header.

Staveley Miners Welfare romped to a 4-0 win at Retford United with goals from Ryan Damms (penalty), Nathan Forbes and a late Kurtis Morley brace, while Penistone Church won 5-3 at Hall Road Rangers.