Sheffield FC were pegged back three times in a thrilling encounter at The Novus Stadium on Saturday, but were able to hold on for another point on the road, extending their unbeaten run to a sixth week with a 3-3 draw against Kidsgrove Athletic.
It was the “Donny Young ‘Uns” that did all the damage for Club, with Cody Prior grabbing a goal, whilst Rieves Boocock capped an impressive display with a brace.
The game started in a lively fashion with Sheffield looking dangerous up the slope, but despite all the pressure, it was Grove’s hitman Ant Malbon who was the first to get a strike on target, forcing a decent save from Jonathan Hedge.
On the half hour mark the game sprang to life, the Kidsgrove defence backed off giving Cody Prior far too much space at the edge of the area, with the young midfielder smacking a low drive beyond the diving Kieran Harrison.
Six minutes later the hosts leveled, Rhys Thompson hit a fierce shot that Hedge could only parry into the path of Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, who made no mistake with the goal at his mercy.
The response from the visitors was instantaneous, Regan Hutchinson burst down the left wing, placing the ball to the edge of the box where Rieves Boocock hit a fine curling strike into the far corner.
Just before half-time Kidsgrove pulled another back to make it 2-2; Josh Lunstram’s corner was not dealt with by Jonathan Hedge, allowing James Butler to react and hit a left-footed strike through the defence and into the net.
That would have been a justified scoreline based on the balance of play, however in injury time Jordan Chapell showed great tenacity and vision, threading a ball through the back four for Boocock to finish with a flourish to take Club into the break 3-2 up.
Naturally the second half was a more tame affair, however it didn’t take long for the next goal, with Richard Duffy and Rhys Thompson combining to tee up Wiggins-Thomas with his second.
The entertainment value continued without any further goals, as Club saw two strong penalty appeals waved away by referee Declan Brown who added to the end-to-end thriller by allowing play to flow wherever possible, whilst Kidgsrove pressed against the tiring Sheffield youngsters in an attempt to snatch all three points.
Hedge was able to keep a couple of Malbon headers at bay, with the keeper making a great stop to deny Lundstram, followed by Lee Cooksey putting his body on the line to block Kyle Blake’s rebound to ensure Club went home with a well-earned and highly deserved point.
Kidsgrove Athletic: Kieran Harrison, Ben Hart, Alex Morris, Sam Hall, Richard Duffy, James Butler, Rhys Thompson, Kyle Blake, Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, Anthony Malbon, Josh Lundstrum
Subs: James O’Neill, James Jennings, Kingsley Adu Gyamfi, Dominic Kurasik
Sheffield: Jonathan Hedge, Stuart Ludlam, Robert Darkin, Lee Cooksey, Rian McLean, Adam Chapman, Regan Hutchinson, Jordan Chapell, Marc Newsham, Rieves Boocock, Cody Prior
Subs: Max Rhodes, Lewis Butcher, Matthew Roney, Joe Stacey, Gavin Smith