Steels slip deeper into trouble

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Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped deeper into relegation trouble when letting slip a 1-0 goal to lose 3-1 at second from bottom Stafford Rangers.

Stafford, who had parted company with their manager former Wolves striker Andy Mutch two days earlier, made a lively start forcing Jack Ward into an early save.

Steels should have taken the lead when Danny South twice got in behind the Rangers defence but was denied by keeper Jon Brain.

Eight minutes before the break Stocksbridge made the breakthrough through Nathan Joynes whose shot took a big deflection to leave the keeper wrong footed.

But three minutes later James McCarthey steered home a cross from close range. Rangers had turned it around five minutes into the second half when Karl Ashton was left unmarked to head home. Stocksbridge’s hopes of salvaging anything from the wreckage vanished on 88 minutes as Daniel Cope rifled home the hosts’ third from distance.

Sheffield FC had three-points snatched from their grasp as Market Drayton Town struck twice in stoppage time to grab a 3-2 victory after Club had looked home and dry.

The home side took a sixth minute lead through Rob Stevenson’s dipping volley. Andy Gascoigne brought a smart save out of the keeper, while Zeph Thomas blazed over when well placed.

Sheffield came out with all guns blazing in the second half and had Market Drayton on the back foot. Whitehorne’s men finally got their reward in the 75th minute when Andy Gascoigne rifled home at the far post. Club looked to have won it when they went 2-1 up with seven minutes remaining, Joel Purkiss curling in a superb free-kick from the edge of the area.

However, James Askey got his toe to a cross in the first minute of stoppage time to draw the home side level but worse was to follow when with only seconds left on the clock Martyn Davies nodded in the winners from another ball into the middle.

Worksop Town slipped to a second defeat in four days losing 3-2 at promotion rivals AFC Fylde. Joe Booth fired the home side into a third minute lead but the Tigers hit back to equalise six minutes from the break through a Jack Muldoon penalty after a spot of shirt tugging. On the stroke of half-time Mitcham Husbands thumped home a fine effort to put Worksop 2-1 ahead. Parity was restored on 58 minutes when Matty Blinkhorn pounced from close range and Fylde grabbed what proved to be the winner five minutes later as the unfortunate Jake Scott turned a cross into his own net.

Frickley Athletic were beaten 2-1 at Marine where they were left to rue a Gavin Allott penalty miss just after the hosts had gone 2-0 up on 56 minutes. Allott made amends by pulling one back with a fierce drive on 83 minutes and almost snatched a point with a late effort that hit the post.

Buxton lost further ground on the play-off places following a 2-1 home defeat against Rushall Olympic despite Lee Morris giving the Bucks a sixth minute lead.