Saturday's South Division action review

3 months ago By David Watters

The football in EVO-STIK League South on Saturday came second on Saturday after the game between third-placed Alvechurch and Gresley at Lye Meadow was abandoned after a spectator suffered a heart attack, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

Thankfully Church fan Rick Edwards made it to hospital after being looked after by the club's medical staff and was reported to be recovering in hospital on Saturday night.

As far as the football went, Basford United`s lead at the top of the table was 'cut' to 16 points after they were held to a goalless draw at Bracken Moor by sixth-placed Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Corby Town are second after beating Spalding United 3-1 at Steel Park to maintain their fantastic run under still caretaker boss Steve Kinniburgh.

The Steelmen had to come back from being a 15th minute Ben Davison goal down before Kettering Town loanee Ben Bradshaw equalised seven minutes later. Then Cameron Healey after 57 minutes, and Phil Trainer on 71 minutes, sealed the home side`s win.

Bedworth United and Frickley Athletic are fourth and fifth respectively after both won on Saturday.

The Greenbacks won 3-2 at the Lyme Valley Stadium against mid-table Newcastle Town, breaking the deadlock through Levi Rowley nine minutes into the second half. Aaron Bott equalised on 73 minutes but Kieron Brehon six minutes later and then Luke Keen on 86 minutes made it 3-1 to the visitors, with Sam Wilson`s stoppage time second for `Castle making it a nervy finale.

Frickley enjoyed a good 1-0 win at another top six contender, Cleethorpes Town, thanks to a goal eight minutes from time from Jameel Ible.

Stamford AFC are level on points with Stocksbridge in seventh after being held to a 1-1 draw at Carlton Town, whose Ben Hutchinson cancelled out Bradley Wells` 37th minute opener for the Daniels in the 52nd minute.

Chasetown are eigth and also on 34 points after beating Kidsgrove Athletic 4-0 at The Scholars.

Jack Langston after 27 minutes and Oli Hayward four minutes later had the hosts two-up at the break, with Langston again immediately after the interval and George Cater 10 minuets later wrapping up a comfortable win.

At the other end of the table, bottom-markers Romulus won for only the fourth time this season to date at fast-falling Market Drayton Town.

The Roms won courtesy of Yohan Rutty-Smith after 55 minutes and Jordan Francis on 69 minutes and are now only two points behind second-bottom Gresley and third-bottom Kidsgrove.

Sheffield FC looked to be heading for a 1-0 win at Loughborough Dynamo as Rob Worrall`s 23rd minute goal led until stoppage time at the end of the game when Louis Keenan popped up with Dynamo`s equaliser.

Lincoln United pushed Peterborough Sports closer to the bottom of the table after winning by the odd goal in five away. But the Whites left it very, very late, especially frustrating for Sports who played with ten-men for all-bar the opening seven minutes after Liam Marshall was shown a straight red card.

Paul Grimes broke the deadlock to give the visitors the lead 10 minutes after half-time, only for new boy Adrian Mizia to come off the bench and equalise on 68 minutes and then just three minutes later, Mark Jones gave Sports the lead. However, subs Ryan Oliver on 90 minutes and then, with the last kick of the game, Jack Wightwick, turned the game in Lincoln's favour.

At Christchurch Meadow, Jordan Johnson broke the deadlock there on the hour-mark to put visiting Leek Town in front against Belper Town. Dan Trickett-Smith added a second on 67 minutes, with Alex Steadman`s 88th minute penalty all the Nailers could muster in response.

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