Steels lose at home to Gresley

Steels opening home game of the season was a rather disappointing one as far as the result was concerned, losing 2-1 to a decent Gresley side.

Neither side had many chances in the first half although the majority of the ones that happened fell to Stocksbridge.

Sam Fewkes had a long-range shot which just cleared the bar and a Ash Burbeary cross found Scott Ruthven who's shot was blocked by Rob Peat in the visitors goal. Minutes later a Burbeary corner was headed into the side netting by captain Liam Macfadyen.

For the visitors Courtney Meade should have done better when he beat Steels keeper David Reay to a long-range pass but his shot went well wide.

The second half was a much brighter affair and Steels created a chance straight after the break when Ash Burbeary's long-range shot forced a good save from Rob Peet who managed to deflect the ball away for a corner.

Gresley took the lead on 62 minutes whe a shot was handled on the line by Liam McFayden giving the referee no choice but to give a penalty and to show the Steels captain a straight red card. Pearson Mwanyongo made no mistake from the spot.

Despite having only 10 men steels hit back within minutes when Scott Ruthven (pictured) latched onto a misplaced pass and scored from long-range.

Stocksbridge had a couple of chances to go ahead Joe Lumsden shot wide, and midfielder Harrison Biggins had an effort which was saved well by Peet.

Gresley took the lead on 74 minutes through Tendai Chitiza who did well strike in a low shot past David Reay.

Steels now travel to Handsworth Parramore on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round.

Eco-Power Environmental Stadium, 

Bracken Moor Lane, 


Sheffield, S36 2AN.                                                   

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