Steels cruise to fourth win on the trot

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IN-Form Stocksbridge Park Steels look to have all but secured their Evo-Stik Premier Division status after a 2-0 victory at Burscough last night.

It made it four wins on the spin and put Gary Marrow’s side 10 points clear of the drop zone.

After a scrappy first half Steels took control in the second and deservedly went in front on 82 minutes when Colin Marrison curled a fine effort over the keeper from just inside the area.

Burscough never really looked like getting back into it as the home side were put out of their misery when Steels added a second in the last minute, Mark Ward taking advantage of a poor back header to nip in and slide the ball past the keeper.

After three defeats on the trot Worksop Town got their play-off hopes back on track with a comfortable 4-1 over fourth-placed North Ferriby United at Cannon Park to move to within two points of a play-off place.

The Tigers went in front in the ninth minute; a Chris Bettney corner was hit deep to the far post where Sam Duncum hit a fine half volley back across goal into the far corner. Duncum was the architect of the second on 18 minutes, going past a defender down the left before hitting a driven cross that Luke Beckett did well to divert past the keeper with the ball coming to the striker with pace and at an awkward height.

Worksop extended their lead three minutes after the interval with Duncum drilling in his second of the night. Ferriby pulled one back through Chris Bolder on 71 minutes but the Tigers wrapped up the points six minutes later, Ben Tomlinson latching onto a ball over the top to fire home from just inside the area. Worksop might well have had a fifth in the final minute had Tomlinson not put his effort over the bar when clear on goal.

Buxton hopes of finishing runners up was dealt a blow with a 1-0 defeat at Whitby Town where former football league striker Andy Campbell grabbed the winner on the hour mark.