Non League Football: Sheffield FC show a bit of something extra

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Sheffield FC are still on cloud nine after an extra time cup cracker at the Coach and Horses on Tuesday night.

Having drawn 3-3 on Saturday, Club finally saw off Basford United, 2-1 in their FA Cup replay to set up a tie with Shepshed Dynamoes on September 13.

A big crowd in Dronfield witnessed a superb match and the scene was set in the first eight minutes when Nightingale gave Basford the lead after 58 seconds and both teams had a player cautioned.

Basford were the better side up to half time but their aging legs told after the break when Ashley Longstaff headed Sheffield level on 58 minutes.

Then in extra time Basford lost their composure completely when they had a player carried off and were down to ten men and it got worse when they had a player sent off and one removed from the dug outs.

Then with three minutes remaining Joel Purkiss hit Sheffield’s winner with a great 25 yard free kick and even then Basford were reduced to eight players when a substitute was sent off, leaving them well beaten after a controversial cup tie that Sheffield deserved to win.

Saturday is “Non League Day” and it is hoped fans across the city will turn out in force to watch our sides.

On Saturday Sheffield return to the Evo-Stik Division One South as they travel to Loughborough Dynamoes hoping to improve on their tenth place in the table, whilst next Tuesday Gresley F.C. visit the Coach and Horses ground.

Stocksbridge Park made a quick and deserved exit from the FA Cup when after their worst showing for some time they crashed out at home 2-0 to Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

But for some great keeping by man of the match Liam Flynn, the scoreline might have reached double figures.

So after three straight defeats and no goals scored and Joynes out suspended, they are slipping down the table at an alarming rate and on Saturday they entertain next to the bottom Carlton Town whilst next Wednesday they visit top of the table Leek Town.

In the Toolstations North Counties East Leagues First Division Hallam made it four defeats in a row when they lost 3-1 away at newcomers Penistone Church with only a Danny Flynn goal to show for their troubles.

So without a point and eleven goals conceded manager Steve Toyne must strengthen his poor defence if they are move out of the bottom two places when on Saturday they visit they visit the team just above them Winterton Rangers.

In the FA Cup Handsworth Parramore were two down at half time away at Carlton Town and even a Sam Smith goal failed to find them a draw they deserved as they lost 2-1.

This week in the Toolstations North Counties East Leagues Premier Division third placed Handsworth entertain a struggling Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday and then visit Albion Sports on Wednesday.