Steels bounce back

Jamie Hadfield scores Sheffield's second goal. v Warrington
Jamie Hadfield scores Sheffield's second goal. v Warrington

What a contrast for Stocksbridge Park. Another dreadful showing last Saturday saw them hit rock bottom as they went down 2-0 to next-to-bottom Burscough in their Evo-Stik Premier Division clash.

It meant they’d only taken two points from their last 10 games during which time they’ve only scored 10 goals.

Fast forward to Tuesday night when they lifted the doom and gloom with a superb 3-1 victory at Chase Town to climb off the bottom and give their fans hope of better things to come.

Jack Muldoon scored a fine solo goal to put the Steels ahead and although the home side levelled five minutes before the break, a second half brace from Brian Cusworth sealed their first away win of the season.

On Saturday they resume their FA Cup battles with a visit to Blue Square North club Droylsden in the third qualifying round and I will be with them. Despite a nickname of ‘The Bloods’ on a ground at the back of the Butchers Arms, I’m sure we’ll be made welcome!

Sheffield Club had to work hard for a 2-2 draw in their FA Trophy preliminary round home clash against a very lively Warrington Town side, who can count themselves unlucky not to have won. True Club had five main players out through injury or suspension and they led twice through Hadfield and Gosling but they were slow in defence and not very convincing up front.

It was a totally different story in the reply on Tuesday when Sheffield turned in one of their best displays of the season to win 3-2. Conor Higginson scored twice in the first half and after Warrington had drawn level, Gascoinge scored a deserved winner late in the game although it required a late penalty save from Dan Whatsize to retain their lead.

Club are now second in Division One South, two points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand and they’ll be looking for a maximum return on Saturday when lowly Market Drayton Town are the visitors. Belper Town drop in next Tuesday for a League Cup second round tie.

In the Baris North Counties East League’s Premier Division, Staveley have lost a little of that killer instinct. They were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Armthorpe Welfare who scored twice in the final nine minutes after goals by Damms and Eagers looked to have sealed victory. They’ve now dropped to seventh after a run of just one win in their last five league and cup games, something manager Billy Fox must address quickly. On Saturday they visit mid-table Liversedge who have already lost three home games this season.

Parkgate are enjoying a good run, after their scrappy 2-1 success at bottom club Pickering Town with Woods and in-form Worsfold hitting the net. It extended their league run to seven without loss as they moved into second place, just a point behind leaders Bridlington Town who they entertain in a Match of the Day showdown on Saturday.

Sadly, at the other end of the table, Maltby Main are deep in relegation trouble after suffering a 6-0 home hammering against Scarborough Athletic and to add to their woes they had Middleton sent off. A run of nine leagues for just one point leaves them one place above relegation and it’s the seventh time this season they have failed to score, plus they’ve still to keep a clean sheet. Yet they beat Kinsley Boys 4-2 after extra time in the Senior Cup first round with Mason two, Whittington and Beaumont all scoring. On Saturday they visit fifth-placed Retford United.

In Division One Worksop Parramore finally got back to form and beat a good Eccleshill United 2-0 with goals from Davis and Smith to go top of the table. It was their first win in three games but they could extend their points gap with a home double-header against Grimsby Borough on Saturday and Yorkshire Amateurs next Tuesday.

Handsworth are having a poor run and it showed when they lost 2-1 at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Pontefract Colliery after Cockerill had given them an interval lead. It is now one win in five league games and on Saturday they entertain AFC Emley who have gone nine league games without defeat, and are sixth in the table, just two places behind their hosts.

Hallam too, are finding it hard to win a game after their 3-2 defeat at Teversal, their goals coming from Kistell and Getleff. I watched them face Teversal again at Sandygate, in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy second round on Tuesday and after an excellent game Hallam were cruelly beaten 3-2. Danny Wiltshire and Dwayne Riley scored their goals.

Now, just two places above the relegation places, Hallam have two crucial league games at Sandygate against second placed Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday followed by Bottesford Town next Tuesday.

Dinnington Town are just a place above Hallam, despite beating bottom club Appleby Frodingham 4-3, with McKenzie two, Reet and Cartledge scoring their goals. Steve Toyne’s young squad face a stiff test on Saturday at home to Teversal who have lost only once away this season.

Despite goals from Podmore and McFadzean Worsbrough Bridge crashed 3-2 at home to Shirebrook Town. They entertained a very good Albion Sports side on Tuesday and despite Kelsey giving them an interval lead, Bridge had to be content with a point after a 1-1 draw.

Next up is a trip to Pontefract Colliery on Saturday followed by a home clash against Grimsby Borough next Tuesday.