Steels bow out of the Trophy


Nuneaton Town 3 Stocksbridge 1

Photos: Ian Revitt

Stocksbridge were knocked out of the FA trophy after valiant effort at national north league side Nuneaton Town eventually losing 3-1.

David Reay was in excellent form throughout the game and in the first few minutes he pulled off two excellent saves, firstly diverting a David Morgan free kick on to the crossbar and then he got down low to save a well directed header from Reece Styche.

As the half went on Steels began to grow into the game and they enjoyed one or two chances of their own, Scott Ruthven had a decent chance when he found himself with just the keeper to beat, but his shot was saved by Dibble in the Nuneaton goal.

On 42 minutes Steels took the lead, it came from Harrison Biggins and it was an absolute stunner. The Stocksbridge midfielder pulled the trigger from fully 25 yards and sent a shot goalwards that left Dibble with no chance.

Less than 9 minutes into the second half Nuneaton took the lead through former Sheffield United forward Joe Ironside who's powerful header flew past Reay in the Steels goal.

And then with a few minutes to go right back James Clifton scored an easy tap in after the ball had gone loose following a fierce cross.

Steels have equipped themselves well during this FA Trophy run. They concentrate on the league with a home game on Saturday against Northwich Victoria.