Stocksbridge show some Steel to end losing streak

Jamie Smith
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In one of the most unlikely results of the day, Stocksbridge ended a run of 14 successive defeats with a 0-0 draw against Kings Lynn Town.

Steels, who hadn’t kept a clean sheet all season at Bracken Moor, went into the game already relegated, but on another day striker Jamie Smith could have had a hat-trick.

Steels boss Darren Schofield was delighted to have ended the losing streak, and admitted: “It almost feels like a win!”

Ten-man Sheffield FC went down 3-2 at Loughborough Dynamos to another late goal, after fighting back from 2-0 down at the interval.

Nathan Watson gave the visitors a fifth minute lead after weaving his way clear in the box, before scoring his second 10 minutes before the break.

Club pulled one back nine minutes into the second half from the penalty spot, Matt Roney picking himself up after being brought down in the area to score his first goal of the season.

Parity was restored on 78 minutes when Sheffield were awarded a second penalty after a push on Jamie Hadfield and this time Andy Gascoigne stepped up to convert for 2-2.

With Club in the ascendancy it looked like they might go on and take all three-points. However, it all went wrong inside the last couple of minutes when firstly Hadfield was sent-off for a second yellow card before in time added on Loughborough were awarded a penalty that Watson converted to complete a hat-trick and deny Club a share of the spoils.

Frickley Athletic received a stay of execution from relegation. Karl Rose’s side were well beaten 4-1 at Rushall Olympic where Gavin Allott hit a late consolation effort. But with relegation rivals Marine also losing, Frickley were handed a reprieve although their relegation will be confirmed if the fail to beat neighbours Stocksbridge at home this afternoon.

Leon Mettam scored all three goals as play-off bound Worksop Town beat Blyth Spartans 3-2 to set a new NPL goal-scoring record of 119 goals.

Mettam also passed the 50-goal barrier.

Matlock Town had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw at Nantwich, and Buxton beat bottom of the table Droylsden 4-2.