Excellent Stocksbridge beat Stalybridge


Steels came away with a well deserved win, they absolutely dominated the first half and could have gone one up in the first few minutes, but Stalybridge keeper Grant Shenton made an excellent double save firstly from Adam Hinchliffe and then Scott Ruthven.

Steels took a well-deserved lead on 17 minutes when Nathaniel Crofts did well down the Steels right to turn home a low cross into the box from Harrison Biggins.

Three minutes later and Stocksbridge were two up. Ruthven’s shot was well saved by Shenton, and from the resulting corner, Matt Reay headed into the back of the net.

Darren McKnight pulled one back for the home side on 30 minutes with an excellent strike from just outside the area giving David Reay no chance.

Just before the break Steels increased their lead with a 35 yard curling strike from Adam Hinchliffe. Steels went into half time 3-1 up looking fairly comfortable.

Steels could have increased their lead just after half-time but Shenton made another excellent save from Nathanial Crofts.

Celtic pulled a goal back on 51 minutes, Liam Dickinson smashed the ball long from the edge of his own box, Reay had to back-peddle and push the ball onto the bar, Andy Owens followed up and scored from close range.

The last 15 minutes was pretty much one way traffic, the home side piling on the pressure to get a equaliser. And it seemed like everything was going against Stocksbridge when the referee added 8 minutes on at the end of the game.

Steels held out for a well deserved win they now travel to Nuneaton Town on Saturday in the 1st Round proper.