Kidsgrove Athletic and Sheffield FC play out a six goal thriller


Kidsgrove Athletic were forced to share the points with Sheffield FC as they came from behind three times to draw 3-3 with the South Yorkshire side in an entertaining game at the Autonet Insurance Stadium.

James Butler, who scored his first goal for the club and, a brace from Ruben Wiggins-Thomas ensure the Grove took a point in this game.

After a slow start to the match, it burst into life on 28 minutes when Cody Prior picked up a loose ball and, found the back of the net from just outside the area.

However, the Grove were level on 35 minutes when Josh Lundstram’s cross made its way to Wiggins-Thomas who rifled it into the net.

Kidsgrove were level for just three minutes when Rieves Boocock saw his shot deflect past Kieran Harrison after linking up with his teammates.

The crazy first half continued just a minute before the interval when a corner was played to Butler and, the defender produced a strikers finish to make it 2-2. It was a great way for the former Stoke City youth team player to get his first goal for the club.

Just seconds before the half-time whistle Boocock got his second of the afternoon when he was able to beat the offside trap and score. This was despite the appeals of the Kidsgrove defence who were adamant that Boocock was offside.

The final goal of the afternoon came just nine minutes into the second half when Richard Duffy got forward before playing the ball out to Rhys Thompson. The winger crossed the ball into the box for Wiggins-Thomas to sweep home and, get his second of the afternoon.

Sheffield had two penalty appeals turned down in the remaining half-an-hour of the match. The main one being when Harrison hauled down Boocock as the keeper attempted to get the ball, however, the referee said it was just a collision.

While at the other end of the pitch, Lundstram could have had his first goal for the club when he evaded the tackle of a covering Sheffield defender. The Crewe Alexandra loanee was able to get his shot away, however, it was palmed away by Johnathan Hedge.

The result sees Kidsgrove jump up into 13th place in the league table as we start the month of December. They are next in league action on Saturday as they visit Spalding. Before that, they will welcome Market Drayton Town in the Intgero Sports Cup on Monday night.