Saturday's South Division action review

By David Watters

With most of the teams near the top of the EVO-STIK League South table on Buildbase FA Trophy duty on Saturday, only four games took place, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

Stocksbridge Park Steels were the only side in the top half in action and they were unable to take advantage as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Bracken Moor by surprise strugglers Belper Town.

But in the end, Steels will be grateful for a point that lifts them into fourth place as they trailed to Leandro Browne`s 33rd minute opener right until stoppage time. Stockbridge earned themselves a corner with seconds remaining. The ball was delivered into a crowded penalty area, where goalkeeper David Reay remarkably got the final touch to rescue a point in the 94th minute!

The teams in the bottom two at start of play, Gresley FC and Romulus, met at The Moat and shared a 2-2 draw.

Not quite as dramatic a finale as at Stocksbridge, but Reece Morris gave the Moatmen a 29th minute lead that Jack Jeys cancelled out after 42 minutes and then scored to put Roms in front just past the hour-mark. Keenan King equalised 10 minutes from time.

Market Drayton Town are improving under new boss Carl Abbott and won 1-0 at new boys Peterborough Sports, thanks to an 11th minute Ryan Seal effort.

And Lincoln United pushed themselves to within a place and a point of twelfth-placed hosts Loughborough Dynamo after winning 2-0 with goals from Jack McGovern in the very first minute and Matt Cotton after 25 minutes.

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