Evo-Stik League: Home comforts for Sheffield FC sees them end season on high note

Ross Goodwin heads Sheffield FC's winner against Goole AFC. Pic: Barry Dyke
Ross Goodwin heads Sheffield FC's winner against Goole AFC. Pic: Barry Dyke

Sheffield FC ended their home campaign on a positive note with an entertaining 2-1 victory against Goole AFC at the Coach & Horses ground.

Victory ended a run of three defeats on the spin and gave Club a first win in four games against Goole this term.

James Colliver’s men had to do it the hard way, though, coming from a goal behind after Nick Guest gave the visitors a ninth-minute lead.

Brian Cusworth, on his return to the side from injury, brought Sheffield level six minutes later with a trademark header and with just a minute of the first half remaining, Sheffield got their noses in front as Ross Goodwin climbed above his marker to score with a downward header from Matt Roney’s corner.

An end-to-end second half provided no further goals and the only blot on Sheffield’s copybook came in stoppage time when substitute Alec Denton was shown a second yellow card after kicking the ball away.

Stocksbridge PS, meanwhile, completed a league double over Loughborough Dynamo after coming from a goal down at half-time to run out comfortable 5-1 winners.

The home side took a fifth minute lead when Eddie Samba pounced on a loose ball in the area to tuck away from close range.

But Chris Hilton’s men were back on level terms 11 minutes into the second half as Adam Hinchliffe side footed in from a corner.

Stocksbridge had turned it around seven minutes later as Loughborough failed to deal with another corner, leaving Scott Ruthven to steer home after Matt Reay had laid the ball off

David Reay was called into action at the other end, saving well from a header. But it was Steels that were in control and it came as no surprise when they added a third on 85 minutes, through Joe Lumsden.

Ruthven scored his second in the 90th minute with a spectacular lob over the goalkeeper from 45 yards.

And, in the fourth minute of time added on, Rory Coleman put the icing on the cake curling in a superb free-kick as Steels made it five wins in an unbeaten seven match run.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce will have to settle for a place in the play-offs after a 2-2 home draw against Kidsgrove Athletic all but ended their feint title hopes, while Frickley Athletic climbed up to seventh in the Premier Division after beating Barwell 1-0 at home. April has been an excellent month for Buxton with four straight wins.

The latest came in a 2-1 victory against Hyde United at the Silverlands courtesy of goals from Joel Bembo-Leta and Spencer Harris nine minutes from time. But Matlock Town were beaten 2-0 at home by leaders Blyth Spartans.

n Fixtures, Tuesday: Premier Division: Buxton v Frickley Athletic, Workington v Matlock Town.

Division One South: Chasetown v Stocksbridge PS, Market Drayton Town v Sheffield FC, Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Tividale

Thursday: Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Stourbridge.