Sheffield FC stuttering

Stocksbridge Park Steels v Chasetown....Steels Matt Telling gets to grips with Chasetowns Courtney Pitt
Stocksbridge Park Steels v Chasetown....Steels Matt Telling gets to grips with Chasetowns Courtney Pitt

Sheffield FC are facing a mini crisis in their bid for a play-off place in Division One South.

They again dropped two more home points as Newcastle Town held them to a 1-1 draw - Andy Gascoigne grabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot early in the second half - to leave them with just three points from a possible 15.

Despite this they were still fifth when they visited Lincoln United on Tuesday but again two goals inside two minutes left Sheffield trailing. Thankfully they hit back and goals by Modest and Higginson salvaged them a point but it’s now six matches without a win for Mark Shaw’s team.

Sheffield now face a crucial match at Leek Town on Saturday who are only four points behind them with two games in hand.

Meanwhile Stocksbridge Park seem to be heading for safety after they completed their first winning double of the season with a 2-0 home success over Chase Town, courtesy of two goals from Richard Stirrup.

It left them four points clear of the four relegation places in the Evo-Stik Premier Division but they are without a game on Saturday.

Both Sheffield and Stocksbridge are involved in intriguing Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Senior Cup quarter-final ties next Tuesday against Handsworth and Frickley respectively.

In the other Senior Cup quarter-finals, Staveley face Worksop and County Senior League minnows Penistone Church bid to cause an upset when they visit Hemsworth Miners Welfare next Wednesday.

Handsworth, who are currently second in Division One of the Baris North Counties East League, had to work hard last Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to eight games and move to within three points of the leaders with two games in hand.

They left it late to gain a deserved 2-1 win at Bottesford Town with two goals from Sam Smith to bring his tally to 23 for the season so far and I wonder how long they can hang on to this prolific young striker? Handsworth now face seven crucial matches in March starting on Saturday when they entertain a double-seeking Shirebrook Town at Olivers Mount knowing three points will take them to the top of the table,

Dinnington Town’s win machine churned out another three points with a 3-2 success at Teversal where veteran Cartledge hit his 11 of the season while Roper and Smith completed a fine day to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

They now face two more very tough away games, at Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday and title favourites Albion Sports next Tuesday.

Unfortunately it all went wrong for Hallam who made a dreadful start and were two goals down inside 20 minutes against Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

But they fought back and were back on level terms by half-time thanks to Man of the Match Sam Eckhardt who stepped up from the Under-19s to cap a fine display with two goals.

Hemsworth took a firm grip on the game after the break and ran out easy 4-2 winners to end Hallam’s four match unbeaten run.

The outstanding performance of the day in the Premier Division was at Green Lane where Parkgate hammered Pickering Town 6-1 and that after being a goal down. Brian Cusworth and Lipka each scored twice and Luke Fletcher and Worsfold completed the rout.

It moved them up to seventh as they extended their unbeaten league home run to nine matches.