Ref’s whistle is chest in time as Club throw away two-goal lead

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SHEFFIELD FC were held to a 2-2 draw by New Mills at the BT Local Stadium last night after letting slip a two-goal lead. It was a game that Mark Shaw’s men should have won but then could have lost following a controversial ending. Jason Bradley marked his home debut by giving Sheffield a fourth minute lead.

The former Owls youngster swivelled on the edge of the box to strike fine effort into the bottom corner after a cross the right. James Knowles flashed another effort just wide of the post before Club doubled their advantage on 21 minutes when Nathan Modest pounced on a rebound after the visitors’ keeper had pushed away Conor Higginson’s low drive.

New Mills got one back eight minutes from the break when Carlos Meakin steered home a cross from inside the six-yard box.

It stayed that way into the second minute of stoppage time when the visitors snatched the equaliser.

Club failed to deal with a cross into the box and when it was turned back into the middle Deakin was there once more to tuck the ball away through a sea of legs with Sheffield keeper Dan Whatsize unsighted. The game ended in controversy after New Mills thought they had scored the winner.

Whatsize mis-hit his goal-kick. Ben Deegan just outside the box chested the ball down before slamming it back into the net only to find the referee had blown the final whistle a split second earlier.