Struggling Steels suffer heavy away defeat

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Stocksbridge remain anchored in the bottom four of the Evo-Stik Premier Division after a 4-0 defeat at Matlock Town last night.

The Gladiators edged the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the break given to them by Ben Algar on 18 minutes.

Steels keeper Ben Scott denied Nathan Joynes from eight yards with a fine save, while Ian Holmes somehow fired wide from inside the six-yard box.

Stocksbridge’s best chance came in the 15th minute when Jack Muldoon flashed a low shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

Brian Cusworth headed against the crossbar early in the second half. But it all went pear shaped as Matlock scored twice in four minutes. Holmes beat the offside trap to double the advantage on 65 minutes with Algar slotting home goal number three from a Joynes cross. Substitute Tyeisse Nightingale wrapped up the points on the break with five minutes remaining.

Worksop Town beat Rushall Olympic 2-1 to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

The Tigers dominated the opening stages creating a number of chances only to fall behind to a counter attack on 28 minutes.

Ahmed Obeng got down the right to hit low cross to the far post that was turned back into the middle where Obeng had continued his run to knock home from close range.

Ashley Burbeary levelled two minutes before the break and Jamie Jackson grabbed the winner six minutes from the end.

Hallam made it two away wins in five days beating Shirebrook Town 2-0 in the NCE League.