Old boy returns to haunt Club as Steels lose again

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Sheffield FC suffered their heaviest league defeat of the season going down 5-1 at Dronfield against promotion chasing Mickleover Sports.

Club made a bright start when Andy Gascoigne forced a good save from the visitor’s keeper. Then Steve Woolley had Martin at full stretch once more pushing his effort over the crossbar.

However, it was Mickleover that snatched the lead on 28 minutes - scored by former Sheffield player Zeph Thomas, who tapped home after a scramble in the box.

The visitors left Club with a mountain to climb with two quick fire goals just before the break. Chris Palmer doubled the lead with a neat chip on 44 minutes, and a minute later Sports had a third when Simeon Oshoboke slotted through the legs of keeper Liam Mitchell.

Marc Goodfellow’s far post header made it 4-0 early in the second half before scoring his second on 64 minutes with an simple tap in.

Sheffield pulled one back on 75 minutes through a Jamie Hadfield header at a corner but it was scant consolation. The season end can’t come quick enough for relegated Stocksbridge Park Steels after the Bracken Moor club slumped to a 11th successive defeat - losing out 2-0 to play-off contenders Ashton United.

Steels started brightly enough with Matt Telling having a 25-yard effort deflected wide, then Danny South would have given the home side the lead had it not been for great block from the Ashton keeper.

The visitors, though, began to get on top and it took a timely tackle from Richard Haigh to prevent Ashton going ahead.

Ben Scott then made a superb point blank save to ensure the sides went in level at the break.

But eight minutes into the second period Ashton went ahead. A Stocksbridge attack broke down leaving the visitors to counter quickly and Martin Pilkington curled a shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Ashton doubled the lead when on 57 minutes when substitute Matty Chadwick cut inside to score with a low drive, after which the points never looked in doubt.

Worksop Town maintained their title challenge edging past Droylsden 4-3.

Leon Mettam gave Worksop a 22nd minute lead but they were rocked by a Sam Madeley equaliser nine minutes from the break.

Tom Denton restored the Tigers’ lead on 51 minutes then headed in his second on 68 minutes that appeared to wrap up the points. Droylsden hit back with Madeley netting his hat-trick, but Clarke came to Worksop’s rescue with the winner six minutes from time.

Frickley Athletic slipped deeper into relegation trouble following a 2-0 home defeat against AFC Fylde.

Matlock Town went down 2-1 at leaders FC United of Manchester, while Buxton drew 2-2 at the Silverlands against Stafford Rangers.