Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC crash in night to forget

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It was a bad night for Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC with both going down to heavy defeats.

Steels suffered a second half collapse as Leek Town came from a goal down at the interval to win 4-1 at Bracken Moor. Rory Coleman gave Steels a ninth minute lead, curling in 22-yard free-kick into the top corner. Leek responded and it took a good save from Liam Flynn with his feet to keep the score level.

The Staffordshire side were back on level terms two minutes after the break through Sam Hall who then hit his second to edge the visitors in front. Liam Sutton added the third 12 minutes from time before Matt Bell piled on the agony.

Sheffield slumped to a second defeat in four days going down 5-2 at third-placed Gresley. Club were first to threaten when Jamie Hadfield sent a volley just wide from a Matt Roney corner. However, the hosts broke the deadlock on 14 minutes, Kerian O’Connell getting away down the left to slide the ball past Joe Green.

Alex Steadman stretched the lead after Rhena Obed had given the ball away. Ashley Longstaff headed just wide as Sheffield looked to get back in the game. But Gresley went further ahead on 33 minutes with O’Connell grabbing his second.

Steadman made it 4-0 midway through the second half before Matt Roney pulled one back on 72 minutes from the penalty spot. However, Steadman completed his hat-trick two minutes later to put the result beyond doubt and although Longstaff tapped in from Joel Purkiss nod down it came too late to affect the outcome.Frickley Athletic went down 3-1 at Matlock Town, while Buxton stay second in the Evo-Stik Premier despite losing 3-1 at Grantham Town.

In the NCEL, a second half equaliser from Scott Whittington earned Parkgate a 1-1 draw against Heanor Town at Green Lane.

Maltby Main were thrashed 7-0 at Pickering Town, while Armthorpe Welfare were well beaten 4-0 at home by Thackley