Woolley special all in vain as Club crash

There was disappointing 3-1 defeats for both Stocksbridge Park Steels and Sheffield FC with Steels beaten at Bracken Moor against play-off hopefuls Marine, while Club were went down at Market Drayton Town who had started the day second from bottom in Division One South.

Steve Woolley gave Sheffield a 13th minute lead with a fine 25-yard strike but Duncan Swann-Horley levelled for the strugglers two minutes before the break after a corner had been parried by keeper Dan Whatsize.

In what was an unforgettable second half for Club Tom Rogers nudged the hosts in front on 80 minutes with a fine strike before Darryl Profitt wrapped up the points with the third a minute later.

Stocksbridge boss Garry Marrow missed his side's defeat due to illness and his side are now just outside the relegation zone. There was little to choose between the teams in the first half. There was an early scare when Ben Scott had to push away a free-kick, while Steve Hawes cleared off the goal line as the visitors made the brighter start.

Stocksbridge came more into the game with Stuart Ludlam having a powerful drive acrobatically headed clear then Brett Lovell wasn't far away just before the break with a header that went just over the bar.

Marine though had much the better of the second period andtook control with two goals inside the first 15 minutes. The Premier Division's leading scorer Jamie Rainford broke the deadlock on 55 minutes with a looping header with former Retford United striker Neil Harvey heading in a cross at the near post four minutes later.

The visitors extended their advantage on 73 minutes when sub Richard Haigh needlessly conceded a penalty for a push on Harvey near the byeline leaving Steve Hussey to smash the resultant spot kick straight down the middle. Lovell, who had been sent up front, pulled one back a minute later with a close range header but it proved to be just a consolation effort.

In the Premier Division Ross Hannah bagged the only goal of the game to give Matlock Town a 1-0 win at relegation haunted Frickley Athletic Hannah struck in the 74th minute with his 28th goal of the campaign as the Gladiators Climbed to fourth, while Frickley stay third from bottom.

Buxton consolidated their third place with an emphatic 7-0 home win over bottom of the table Retford United. Mark Reed netted twice in four minutes to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead with Mike Towey extended the lead on the half hour mark with Kieran Lugsden effectively ended the game as a contest with the fourth on 34 minutes. Towey bagged his second of the game midway through the second period with Kamahl Whight adding a sixth on 80 minutes with Reed completing his hat-trick a minute later.

Alfreton Town moved back to the top of the Blue Square North after twice coming from behind to win an eight goal thriller 5-3 at the Impact Arena.

FIXTURES - Tuesday, Premier Division: Matlock Town v North Ferriby United, Stocksbridge Park Steels v Worksop Town.

Division One South: Sheffield FC v Spalding United.

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