Evo-stik League: Benny Igi-Ehon gets Sheffield off the mark at home

Benny Igi-Ehon
Benny Igi-Ehon

Sheffield FC got their first home win on the board, beating Newcastle Town 2-1 in a Division One South game that shouldn’t had been as close as the scoreline suggests.

It looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon at the Coach and Horses ground.

The visitors equalised midway through the second half against the run of play after Andy Kiwomya’s side had dominated the game, creating a hatful of chances yet failing to add to Shaq McKenzies first-half goal.

Thankfully Benny Igi-Ehon popped up with a late winner to give Sheffield the three points the performance had merited.

Igi-Ehon headed wide from a James Gregory cross before having a close-range header ruled out for offside, while at the other end Club keeper Jamie Green had to push a speculative long-range effort on to the bar

Sheffield made the breakthrough on 20 minutes as McKenzie took advantage of a sloppy back-pass to round the keeper and roll the ball into an empty net.

It was almost 2-0 moments later as McKenzie on the angle drove his shot over the crossbar from Green’s long ball. Conor Glavin was next to miss the target, firing over the bar before Jacques Joblin’s stinging drive forced the Newcastle keeper into an excellent save.

The pattern continued after the break with Sheffield on the front foot as firstly Igi-Ehon was denied by a another smart save from the Newcastle shot-stopper who was keeping his side in the game. Stuart Ludlam then hit the woodwork with a curler after cutting inside.

However, Sheffield were hit by a sucker-punch on 64 minutes as Newcastle leveled things up out of the blue after Tim Sanders got in on goal to tuck his shot under Green.

Club were soon back on the offensive with Igi-Ehon hitting the post from Gregory’s neat pass, then Ben Turner saw his free-kick pushed over the top.

Kiwomya, though was not to be denied his first home win when, with 10 minutes remaining, Sheffield got their just reward as Igi-Ehon thumped home Turner’s inviting cross.

Stocksbrisdge Park Steels saw their 100% league record come to an end but remain unbeaten in five following a 2-2 draw at Kidsgrove Athletic, a result that cost them top spot in Division One South.

Manager Chris Hilton will see it has two points dropped after watching his side twice let leads slip.

Lee Garside headed home a Rory Coleman cross to give Steels an 11th-minute lead. But a lack of concentration allowed Kidsgrove to equalise in firs- half stoppage time, then, after Garside had hammered home a cross to restore Stocksbridge’s advantage on 68 minutes, a defensive error 17 minutes from time gifted the home side a second equaliser.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce remain unbeaten in three at home but it was another frustrating afternoon as Craig Elliott’s side were held 3-3 by Daventry Town.

Gary Stroher with a good run and finish put Shaw Lane in front on 15 minutes, with Lee Bennett soon adding a second knocking in the rebound after Gavin Allott’s effort had been saved.

The visitors fought back to level the scores after the break but Shaw Lane looked to have won it when Adam Priestly restored the lead in the 90th minute only for Daventry to go straight back down the other end to level things up once more.

Premier Division Frickley Athletic extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-0 victory at Colwyn Bay.

Jacob Hazel nodded in from a corner to give Frickley an eight minute lead with Macauley Parkinson’s 20-yard curler sealing the points 10 minutes after the break

Buxton and Matlock Town lost out 3-2 against Stourbridge and Skelmersdale United respectively after seeing leads slip away.

Tomorrow: Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Ilkeston FC, Matlock Town v Halesowen Town, Stamford v Buxton. Division One South: Leek Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Loughborough Dynamo, Sheffield FC v Lincoln.