Stocksbridge lacking the killer instinct

James Knowles volleys in Sheffield's first equaliser on the hour v Sutton Coldfield
James Knowles volleys in Sheffield's first equaliser on the hour v Sutton Coldfield

There are lots of sides to our game and last week we saw them come out in force, when we had a great FA Vase success, a club reaching the final of the Presidents Cup, another notching their biggest away win of the season while in stark contrast two relegation-threatened teams suffered heavy away defeats.

I travelled to Marston Road to watch Stocksbridge Park dip to their biggest defeat of the season, 5-1 at Stafford Rangers. Unbelievably they had 70 per cent of the play but their poor finishing cost them dear.

Hogan finally managed to score but their display had a stark relegation feeling about it. Luckily results went their way with other struggling clubs all losing to leave them just four points from safety.

Meanwhile Mitch Ward, after serving the club so well for four seasons, has joined Belper Town.

They face a must-win Saturday when North Ferriby United visit The Look Local Stadium and much to their credit, the committee are allowing all spectators in free of charge, with the hope that they will get behind the players and be encouraged to come back to the best stadium in the area.

Sheffield FC came home with a deserved point after a hard battle at Sutton Coldfield. They trailed 3-1 and were down to 10 men after Turner was sent off with just three minutes remaining but a goal by Hadfield and two last minute efforts by Williams and Knowles saw them gain a 3-3 draw. Sheffield, who are now fourth, 10 points behind the leaders, continue their push for a play-off place when they host New Mills on Saturday.

Handsworth, despite losing leading scorer Dave Cockerill to Staveley, beat First Division Winterton Rangers 2-1 to reach the final of the Presidents Cup, courtesy of a brace of goals from Richard Tootle in the final five minutes.

To round off a great week they beat Askern Villa 3-0 with Smith, Bates and Hill finding the net to make it five games without defeat and leave them third in the table, six points behind the leaders with three games in hand. They face a stern test when they travel to face Eccleshill United on Saturday.

Hallam had their biggest and best win of the season, a resounding 5-1 victory at highly-rated Rossington Main with goals from Morris two, Getleff, Todd and Sykes. They’ve lost only once in their last six games and move up to 10th in the table but they must maintain that form on Saturday, when they visit title favourites Glasshoughton Welfare.

The big derby game at Park Road lived up to all expectations, despite the weather, as visitors Dinnington Town beat Worsbrough Bridge 2-1. Goals from Wade and Cartledge and a superb performance from keeper Hands, helped extend Dinnington’s unbeaten run to five games but Worsbrough have only themselves to blame as their forwards squandered numerous chances. A McFadyen penalty was their lone reward.

Dinnington face a mouth watering home clash against Rossington Main on Saturday while Worsbrough should get back to winning ways when they host bottom club Askern Villa.

Liversedge silenced a big crowd at Green Lane when they took the lead against Parkgate but some inspired football, their best of the season, saw the Steelmen recover to win 4-1 with a brace from Swindells who became our first player this season to hit 20 goals. Hannity and new signing Outram, from Stocksbridge, completed the scoring. I’ll be with them whenat a vastly improved Barton Town on Saturday.

Next to bottom Maltby Main, put up another excellent showing before going down to a 3-2 defeat at highly placed Winterton Rangers.

I have left the best until last this week - Staveley’s superb 3-1 FA Vase fourth round victory at Western League Premier Division leaders Willand Rovers courtesy of second half goals from Tom Jones, Ryan Damms and a 45 yard skier that sailed over the keeper’s head from substitute Dave Cockerill.

Then after a 450 miles round trip they should have been off on their travels again on Tuesday, to face First Division Teversal in the League Cup third round but the match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Despite dropping to fourth, Staveley are only seven points behind the leaders with two games in hand and on Saturday they’re on the road again, this time at Hall Road Rangers in a crucial league game.

Two late goals shattered Worksop Town’s hopes in their FA Trophy second round home clash against Newport County at they went down 3-1. McDonald scored their goal as the visitors scored twice in the final four minutes.