Sheffield FC blanked out

Warren Burrell gave an outstanding performance as makeshift centre-half for Sheffield FC v Loughborough Students
Warren Burrell gave an outstanding performance as makeshift centre-half for Sheffield FC v Loughborough Students

Sheffield FC’s disappointing home performances continued when they were held to a goalless draw by Loughborough Dynamo.

It was only the second time this season they’ve failed to score at home in the league but they’ve taken just four points (all draws) from their last five games at their BT Look Local Business Stadium.

They dominated the first half but couldn’t score and in the end they had to thank new keeper Mimms for a penalty save after the break.

Fourth-placed Sheffield look to regain that winning feeling with successive home games against Goole AFC on Saturday and Shepshed Dynamo next Tuesday.

Stocksbridge Park slipped back into the relegation dogfight when a Wolfenden hat-trick condemned them to a 3-0 defeat at FC United of Manchester.

It was a black day all round as injured skipper Brett Lovell was ruled out for the remainder of the season while three of the four clubs below them all won to leave them just a point clear.

Stocksbridge now face a tough four days with a visit to Ashton United on Saturday and next Tuesday’s attractive home derby against Worksop Town, who are just four places higher in the table.

There were three big wins for our clubs in the Baris North Counties East Premier Division. Third-placed Staveley kept up their promotion push with a 3-1 victory at Barton Town with Damms, Walker and Tooton all finding the net to leave them six points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

All eyes will be on the must-win showdown at Inkersall Green on Saturday as Staveley, unbeaten in eight league games, entertain fifth-placed Parkgate who have lost only once in 15 league games and are just seven points adrift of top spot.

The Parkgate goal machine rattled in another six without reply against a poor Lincoln Moorlands side with goals from Needham two, Swindells, Cusworth, Barlow and Cardwell to make it 20 goals in their last four games.

They have eight games left with only three at home and after the Staveley clash they host Hall Road Rangers next Tuesday in a League Cup third round tie.

Next to bottom Maltby Main gained a great three points at Nostell Miners Welfare where a 55th minute Rob Branagan goal gave them their first win in seven games. It left them four points adrift of safety although five of their remaining seven games are at home, starting with the visit of Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.

In Division One top of the table Handsworth came from two goals down to beat second placed Pontefract Colliery 3-2 with a brace from Sam Smith and one from Faffy Gwindi to take them three points clear.

I’ll be among the crowd for what should be a classic encounter at in-form Dinnington Town on Saturday.

Dinnington were undone by a last minute goal at third placed Glasshoughton Welfare as they dipped to a 2-1 defeat. Gregory got their goal.

It all came on the back of their best result of the season, when they beat Albion Sports 5-2 in Bradford with goals from Roper, Ramsden, Wade, Cartledge and Trench.

Hallam struggled to gain a point in their 1-1 home draw against Eccleshill United with Getliff netting their equaliser.

Then on Tuesday in their third of six successive home games, they faced a poor looking Louth United outfit at Sandygate and goals by Wiltshire and Eckhardt gained them a 2-1 victory. Hallam entertain AFC Emley on Saturday.

A Nolan penalty and a goal from Allott earned Worksop Parramore a 2-0 win over Teversal and they followed up with a stunning 6-1 home victory over struggling Yorkshire Amateurs despite going a goal down. Allott two, Hatton, Staniforth, Holmes and Nolan were the men on target.

They travel to second placed Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday and host Askern Villa next Tuesday.

I watched Worsbrough Bridge beat a poor 10 men Louth United 1-0 thanks to a McFadyen penalty and then on Tuesday they gained a convincing 4-1 home win over Askern Villa thanks to goals from Ruthven 2, Podmore and Roberts. Bridge entertain third placed Pontefract Colliery on Saturday.