Impressive Steels draw at Leek


Leek Town 1 Stocksbridge PS 1

Steels came away from this midweek visit to Leek Town with a well deserved point, but it could have been so easily three.

The home side started the more lively of the two and took the lead in the 11th minute, a shot from Rob Stevenson was deflected for a corner and after scramble in the goalmouth Francino Francis scored from close range.

It wasn't until half way through the half, Ben Chapman in the Leek goal had to make a save, diving low to turn Scott Ruthven's (pictured) shot around the post.

Nathaniel Crofts had a couple have good chances later on in the half, Chapman was of his line quickly to make a block and minutes later Morris cleared off the line. Just before half-time Steels came close again after Brodie Lichfield shot just wide of the post.

Steels were all over the home side for most of the second half, just after the break the impressive Adam Hinchliffe produced a fine save from Chapman and then in the 59th minute his fierce shot came back off the post.

It wasn't long before Stocksbridge were back on level terms Scott Ruthven scoring from close range.

From then on it was all the visitors, Biggins had a couple of close attempts, one of them was only inches above the crossbar.

Chapman made another good save from Hinchliffe and so it continued, but in the last minute Leek could have pinched the points when Tim Grice shot low and it was only David Reay's outstretched leg that saved the Steels.

Stocksbridge now have a home game on Saturday against Loughborough Dynamo.