Top Marrison header sees Steels clinch maiden victory

In control: Chris Glarvey, left, in action for Stocksbridge Park Steels against Stafford Rangers.              Picture: Peter Revitt
In control: Chris Glarvey, left, in action for Stocksbridge Park Steels against Stafford Rangers. Picture: Peter Revitt
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AN EXCELLENT headed first half goal from Colin Marrison proved enough to give Stockbridge Park Steels the points against Stafford Rangers at Bracken Moor.

Marrison timed his run to perfection to get in front of a defender to powerfully head home a Kevin Davies 33rdminute cross.

Rangers made the brighter start with Luke Chapman going close with a free-kick that was deflected wide of the post.

Rangers seemed to fade after going behind and Brett Lovell almost extended the lead on 51 minutes with a flicked header that dropped inches wide of the far post.

However, the visitors should have levelled on 64 minutes but substitute Neville Thompson headed over from a right wing cross when it looked easier to score. It was the last real scare for Steels as Gary Marrows men comfortably held on to pick up their first win of the season.

Frickley Athletic twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Northwich Victoria as the Blues bounced back from a 6-0 drubbing at Chorley in the last outing.

Matlock Town celebrated their first win and clean sheet of the season beating Kendal Town 1-0 at the Reynolds Stadium. The goal that separated the two teams came in the 14th minute from the penalty spot.

Ian Holmes was clearly pushed in the back before the striker dusted himself down to beat the Kendal goalkeeper into the roof of the net with the resultant spot-kick. The Gladiators had to see out the last six minutes with ten-men after midfielder Gareth Davies was sent-off for a second yellow card.

Buxton remain pointless after three games after a narrow 1-0 defeat at early pacesetters Chorley as the home side made it three wins from three. The match was decided on 72 minutes when Steve Foster was tripped inside the area before picking himself up to put away the penalty.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC, the oldest club in the world, slipped to a second successive 2-1 away defeat in the space of five days, this time losing at league new comers New Mills.

Andy Gascoigne scored on the stroke of half time from the spot for Club after Connor Higginson was brought down inside the area.

PREMIER DIVISION: (Tonight) Bradford Park Avenue v Worksop Town.

TUESDAY: Buxton v Rushall Olympic, Frickley Athletic v Matlock Town, North Ferriby United v Stocksbridge Park Steels.

DIVISION ONE SOUTH: Sheffield FC v Grantham Town.