Sheffield blast back to make it four unbeaten

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Sheffield came from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Division One South leaders Coalville Town at Dronfeld to extend their unbeaten league run to four games. But Stocksbridge were well beaten 4-1 by Whitby Town at Bracken Moor as Steels Premier Division survival hopes took a knock.

Coalville led 2-0 through Cameron Stuart and Ryan Robbins but Club pulled once back just before the half hour when Richard Stirrup’s shot was handled and up stepped Steve Woolley to confidently convert the resultant penalty.

However, just three minutes later Coalville restored their two goal cushion as Robbins hopeful cross looped over the head of Billard.

Sheffield hit back once more on 63 minutes. Andy Gascoigne sending Jack Muldoon racing clear to score from a tight angle. Just two minutes later Club were level with Gascoigne again the architect playing in Woolley to curl in a fine effort for his 16th goal of the season.

Sheffield might have won it had it not been for a brilliant save from the Coalville keeper to keep out a Jamie Hadfield header. The game ended on a slight sour note when Matt Roney was sent off for a second yellow card.

Stocksbridge would have climbed out of the relegation zone had they avoided defeat against Whitby Town but in what was a poor performance Steels can have few complaints over the outcome.

Shane Henry gave the visitors a 10th minute lead but Steels debutant Alec Denton wasn’t far away with a fine 22 yard effort before Matt Hamshaw saw his 25 yarder superbly tipped over.

However the visitors doubled their lead after Richard Haigh’s misplaced header led to a cross that saw Tom Portas nod homet.

The hosts fell further behind on 48 minutes when Henry trucked away a pass across the box from 12-yards to make it 3-0.

Stoksbridge managed to pull one back on 88 minutes through Jordan Thewlisbut Whitby had the last word as Craig Farrell curled a fine effort into the far corner.

TUESDAY - Sheffield Senior Cup Quarterfinals: AFC Emley v Stocksbridge, Frickley Athletic v Athersley Recreation, Rossington Main v Staveley MW, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Sheffield FC.

WEDNESDAY - Premier Division: Matlock Town v FC United of Manchester