Best-of-the-season display for Steels

Stocksbridge Park eased their relegation fears with a best-football-of-the-season performance against Matlock Town.

The 3-1 victory, courtesy of goals from Ward, Ring and Muldoon, took them two places above the four relegation places in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.

With Luke Ferorenko from Belper Town, now in their ranks, Stocksbridge entertain Burscough on Saturday followed by North Ferriby United in the League Cup third round who have already beaten Gary Marrow’s side three times this season.

Sheffield Club failed to build on their great 3-1 away win at Division One South rivals Quorn when they crashed to a 4-2 home defeat against Kidsgrove Athletic. Cusworth, two and Roney found the net at Quorn and it was great to see Purkiss returning to the club after a spell in America. Gascoinge gave them an early lead on Tuesday and although Cusworth was again on target it wasn’t enough against a very good Kidsgrove side.

On Saturday another in-form team, Grantham Town are the visitors while next Wednesday Sheffield go to Glapwell.

Disappointment also for Staveley in their FAVase tie against a rugged Rye United. It proved to be a real let down as they slumped 3-0 after the worst performance I have seen from them in many years. Keeper Matthewson had a nightmare giving away two goals that killed off any hope they had of getting a result. However, he was not alone as their defence were slow, their midfield was played out of the game and their forwards were never a threat.

They are, however, still four points clear at the top of the Kool Sport Division One table and on Tuesday they were looking to restore lost pride against visitors Glasshoughton Welfare and they did just that as goals by Fox two, Damms and Tahar gave them a 4-0 victory and marked it with their 100 goal of the season in league and cup. They travel to Askern Welfare on Saturday where they should gain the three points on offer.

In contrast Dinnington Town are struggling to stay out of the bottom two relegation places in the Premier Division. With just two points from a possible 16, Steve Toyne signed up Simmonite, from Handsworth and Mulgrew, from Parkgate, and both are due to make their debuts at Scarborough on Saturday. Lincoln Moorlands visit Phoenix Park on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Parkgate had a great 3-2 win at home to top-of-the-table Farsley Celtic with Worsfold again showing what a good player he is with two outstanding goals and Swindells scoring the other. Then on Tuesday night they entertained the division’s form team, neighbours Maltby Main and were held to a 1-1 draw with Worsfold hitting their equaliser in front of another big crowd. Parkgate slipped back to second place in the table after Farsley won 2-0 at Winterton.

Their credentials though are sure to be tested on Saturday when they travel to face Arnold Town followed by Tuesday’s visit to Winterton Rangers. “Our best ever team” was how one supporter summed up Maltby Main who continue to astound everyone with their excellent football. Brighouse Town were the latest team to come under the Miners hammer when they crushed them 5-0 away with goals from, Jones two, Branagan, Shepherd and Woods on his final appearance for the club.

It was their biggest win of the season and extended their run to nine league matches without defeat. Their point at Parkgate was fully deserved with Warren again scoring their goal to extend their unbeaten run to double figures.

Despite the loss of assistant manger Julian Watts to Hallam they are in a confident mood for the visit of neighbours Armthorpe Welfare to Muglet Lane on Saturday.Handsworth have a home encounter against bottom club Appleby Frodingham on Saturday while Worsbrough Bridge, who are enjoying their best ever season with a run of six games without defeat, host Rossington Main on Saturday.