STEETON enjoyed a mixed Christmas with a win and a defeat to remain bottom of the North West Counties League Division One North.

The Chevrons grabbed a last-gasp 1-0 win at Nelson on Boxing Day, but crashed to a 4-1 home defeat against Garstang on Saturday.

Against Garstang, it was first blood to Steeton as Toby Jeffrey put them 1-0 up after two minutes when he beat two defenders.

Roy Mason's side held out until three minutes before half-time when Garstang's Ric Coar headed home.

During the second-half Garstang dominated, scoring a further three times.

It took them just a minute into the second period before they took the lead, as Alan Coar struck home.

Hothersall increased Garstang's advantage nine minutes from time and, to add insult to Steeton's injury, five minutes from time, a corner was spilled by home goalkeeper Danny Thorpe and Alan Coar tapped it into the empty net.

The defeat sees Steeton bottom with just 19 points from 22 games, a point behind second-from-bottom Bacup Borough, who have three games in hand on Roy Mason's. Their victory sees Garstang move up to third from bottom on 22 points and they have four games in hand on the Chevrons.

Meanwhile, Steeton did enjoy some festive cheer on Boxing Day with a dramatic victory at seventh-placed Nelson.

Steeton's first chance of a scrappy contest came in the 12th minute when Kayle Price's header from a Jeffrey cross went over the bar.

Mason's men had a penalty appeal waved away seven minutes later when Price was brought down in the box after being put through by James Ngoe.

Nelson then enjoyed a good spell but Steeton recovered as both Jeffrey and Ngoe both had chances, which were denied by the home goalkeeper.

It was the hosts who dominated the start of the second period and they hit the post but Steeton managed to get through this spell unscathed.

Thorpe came to his side's rescue in the 68th minute, racing off his line to put the Nelson striker off.

Steeton responded and Jeffrey went close with a neat half-volley just over the bar from the edge of the box.

But Price was Steeton's hero as he secured three crucial points in the 92nd minute. He struck with an excellent lob from a tight angle.

Steeton will be hoping a new year brings a fresh outlook when they kick off their games in 2020 on Saturday. They welcome 15th-placed St Helens Town to Cougar Park (3pm kick-off).