Steels edge towards safety

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RELEGATION threatened Stocksbridge Park Steels moved to within two points of safety in the Evo-Stik Premier following a 1-1 home draw with Frickley Athletic.

Steels had the better of the first half making the breakthrough on 18 minutes. Brett Lovell knocked a through ball for Muldoon to chase down with a defender and as keeper Steve Dickinson raced out of his goal the ball ricochet back to Muldoon to leave the striker an easy finish. Steels went close to a second, Richard Stirrup rattling the post. Frickley hit back to level on 65 minutes, Brad Grayson prodding home from a corner to the far post. The visitors almost snatched it four minutes from time but Ben Scott made a stop from Ryan Mallon then did even better from Ollie Ryan’s follow-up with a point-blank save.

In Division 1 South, Sheffield FC eased to a 2-0 win at third from bottom Brigg Town to go back to the top of the table. Club deservedly took the lead with a good finish from Andy Gascoigne after an through-ball from James Knowles. And it was Knowles who sealed the points with the second after the break, cutting in from the left to hit a superb strike into the far corner.

In the NCEL, Hallam grabbed a last gasp goal to beat Rossington Main 3-2. The Blues took the lead through Aaron Moxam. The lead was short lived as Main hit back to level three minutes later with a quickly taken Zeph Thomas free-kick. Hallam regained the lead on 35 minutes when Dwayne Wiley rose to head home a Ben Kistell corner. Within two minutes of the restart it was all square once more, Jordan Hatton hooking over the keeper.

However James Cooke’s driven cross was turned in off the underside of the crossbar by Jordan Bownes to give Hallam the points.