New strikers helped light up the night for Sheffield FC as they moved into second place in the Evo Stik Division One South table.
Warren Burrell, from Harrogate Town and James Knowles, from Matlock Town, were both on target along with Matt Roney in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Kidsgrove Athletic.
It followed their extraordinary game at Loughborough Dynamo which they won courtesy of a three-goals-in-12 minutes second half spree.
They led 1-0 at half-time and then went 3-1 down but bounced back to grab a 4-3 victory their goals coming from Williams two, Roney and Harrison, while Dynamos had two players sent off late in the game.
Club entertain Leek Town on Saturday, a team who seem to have had more problems off the pitch than on it but they will still be hard to beat.
Managerless Stocksbridge Park turned in another sterling show as they drew 0-0 away at third-placed Chorley. Sadly though it is now four games without a win and three without scoring a goal and precious though the point was it leaves them second from bottom in the Premier Division and seven behind the safety zone.
They entertained Bradford Park Avenue in the League Cup third round on Tuesday and despite a late equalising goal by Muldoon, they drew 1-1 after extra-time only to lose the penalty shoot out 4-3. Stocksbridge face a must-win league game against Saturday’s visitors Rushall Olympic while next Wednesday brings a relegation six-pointer at Whitby Town, who are a place below them in the table.
Parkgate have a plum tie at home to Bedlington Terriers in the FA Vase second round and I will be among those watching them. The Steelmen should be in good heart after taking three points at home to Winterton Rangers, with in-form Swindells taking his goal tally to six in four games with a brace. Shepherd scored the other to leave them sixth in a tightly packed table.
They have now gone four games without defeat but my worry is their defence against a North East side who are mid-table in the Northern League but have lost only once in their last eight games.
Staveley got back to winning ways when Ryan Damms hit his 14th of the season to seal a 1-0 win at Long Eaton United. Then on Tuesday I went to Bridlington to watch a great game against in-form Scarborough Borough who were a place above them with two points more. Chris Coy put Staveley ahead after three minutes only for Scarborough to equalise a minute before half-time. Then after surviving a lot of second half pressure, substitute Joe Thornton silenced the partisan crowd with a stunning strike two minutes into injury-time to give Staveley a 2-1 victory that takes them to fourth in the table.
However, they will need to be right in form again on Saturday, for their Vase visit to Ashville, who top the West Cheshire League. If there is no replay they face Brighouse Town at Inkersall Green in a Premier Division clash next Wednesday.
Bottom of the table Maltby Main’s spirited fightback almost paid dividends at Barton Town. They trailed 3-0 but pulled it back to 3-2 thanks to goals from Whittington and Clay but an equaliser proved elusive.
However, there are signs that the team are building up confidence, as last the 2-1 Senior Cup defeat at Staveley proved, when Mellon scored and I thought they were worth at least a draw. Maltby now have two tough home games that they simply must win against Hall Road Rangers on Saturday and next Wednesday’s visitors Arnold Town.
In Division One, Hallam’s three match run looked like continuing at Eccleshill United after a Todd penalty had put them ahead at half-time, but a three goal blast by the home side saw them crash to a 3-1 defeat to leave them 12th in the table. They start a four match home run on Saturday when Grimsby Borough come calling and I’ll be there next Tuesday to watch them against third placed Pontefract Colliery.
Worksop Parramores title dreams stayed on track with a 1-0 win over Shirebrook Town - Andy Woods scored the only goal - to keep them level at the top on points but with a better goal difference. They host third placed Pontefract Colliery on Saturday.
Handsworth’s inconsistent form reared its head again when goals by Cockerill and Johnson gave them a tight 2-1 victory over Houghton Main in the Senior Cup followed by a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Louth United. AFC Emley lie in wait on Saturday.
It’s hats off to little Worsbrough Bridge, who made it five games without defeat with a rousing 7-1 success over Yorkshire Amateurs. It was their best win in years as a hat-trick from Podmore, two from Ringrose and one each for Turner and Ruthven took them up to sixth in the table, their highest-ever placing. They face a testing visit to Louth United on Saturday.
Dinnington Town’s season continues to go backwards after their crushing 4-0 defeat at Askern Villa. They have only scored three goals in their last six games and conceded 10, which could get worse next Wednesday, when they visit Shirebrook Town in the Wilkinson Trophy second round.