Stocksbridge win but Sheffield FC slip up on first day of season

Sheffield FC manager Andy Kiwomya looks on as his side slipped to a   home defeat against Carton Town. Photo: Ian Anderson
Sheffield FC manager Andy Kiwomya looks on as his side slipped to a home defeat against Carton Town. Photo: Ian Anderson

The new Evo-Stik season kicked off in contrasting style for the two Sheffield clubs.

Andy Kiwomya’s tenure got off to a disappointing start at Sheffield FC with a 2-1 home reversal against Carlton Town after letting slip a 1-0 lead at the break.

But Stocksbridge Park Steels did just the opposite recovering from 2-1 down to beat Market Drayton Town 3-2 at home.

Club dominated the first half at the Coach & Horses ground.

Jon Lufudu headed them into a deserved 25th minute lead after James Knowles’ free-kick had been flicked on. It shlould have been more but the home side squandered several chances.

After Benny Igi-Ehon almost doubled the lead smacking a powerful shot against the crossbar in the 49th minute Anthony Howell equalised on 62 minutes after a defensive mix-up. Josh Rae tucked away a rebound for the winner on 71 minutes and it could even had been worse if not for some fine saves for debutant keeper Conor Mitchell.

Liam McFadyen headed Stocksbridge n front against Market Drayton on 20 minutes but the visitors levelel d just after the half hour Delroy Fox clipping a shot over Sam Andrew. They took the lead on 59 minutes through Scott Ryan on a counter attack after Lee Garside had been denied by a smart save at the other end.

It took Steels just three minutes to equalise, Corey Gregoryscoring with a close range header.

Garside then missed apenalty fter Harrison Biggins had been brought down but Garside’s blushes were saved when Critchlow was played in on goal on 65 minutes to calmly tuck ihs shot under the keeper for the winner

Shaw Lane Aquaforce scored twice in the dying minutes to win 2-1 at Tividale on their Evo-Stik League debut.

They trailed to a Chris Rabone goal but Lee Bennett diverted a Joe Thornton shot into the net on 88 minutes and a minute later Adam Priestley hit home the winner.

Frickley Athletic suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Matlock Town who scored twice in the last four minutes.

Jameel Ible headed the Blues into a 77th minute lead but Michael Harcourt’s free-kick saw the Gladiators equalise before sub Joel Purkiss grabbed a last-gasp winner on his league debut.

Goals in each half from Ashley Burbeary and Liam Hardy got Buxton’s campaign off to positive start beating Darlington1886 2-0 at the Silverlands.

Due to the FA Cup extra-preliminary round there were just a handful of league games, all in Division One.

Hallam consolidated their place at the top with a third straight league win with a 4-1 victory at Lincoln Moorlands Railway.

Steve Brammer hit a hat-trick with an own goal completing the tally. Ben Clucas scored for the hosts who had a defender sent off on 55 minutes after taking out Brammer just outside the area.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic made it two wins from three with a 2-0 victory at Rossington Main with first half goals from Oliver Fearon and a Jack Portman header following a corner. It would have been more had it not been for some excellent saves from Rossington keeper Simon Dye.

Dronfield Town crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Curtis Woodhouse’s Hull United.

Fixtures - Tuesday, Evo-Stik: Premier Division: Darlington 1883 v Frickley Athletic, Matlock Town v Salford City, Ramsbottom United v Buxton.

Division One South: Goole AFC v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Shaw Lane Aquaforce v Sheffield FC.

NCE Premier Division: Garforth Town v Worksop Town, Handsworth Parramore v Liversedge.

Division One: Dronfield Town v Knaresborough Town, Hallam v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.

Wednesday - FA Cup extra-prelimianry round replay: Maltby Main v Ashton Athletic.

NCE Premier Division: Athersley Recreation v Tadcaster Albion, Staveley MW v Armthorpe Welfare.

Division One: AFC Emley v Hall Road Rangers, AFC Mansfield v Rossington Main, Penistone Church v Hull United.