Away victory for Steels


AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0 Stocksbridge PS 2

Steels moved into the playoff places after their 6th win in a row beating AFC Rushden and Diamonds 2-0 last night at The Dog and Duck ground.

The home side had the first effort on goal after Shawn Richards fired straight at David Reay from distance. Minutes later Joe Lumsden had a shot on goal which well saved by Matt Finlay in the Diamonds goal.

Ben Rhodes forced a good save from Finley when he shot from just outside the area. On 17 minutes Stocksbridge made the breakthrough, a Harrison Biggins corner which had to be taken for a second time after a defender wasn't 10 yards away met an unmarked Matt Reay who thundered a header into the top corner.

Just before the half hour mark Steels were awarded a free kick from 25 yards out and Harrison Biggins scored beating Finley low and to his left, 2-0 to The visitors.

Just before the break Steels could have gone three up when Ben Rhodes hit a fierce shot from distance but it was well saved by Finley who tipped it over for a corner.

Diamonds started the second half the lively of two teams but Stocksbridge defended well for the whole game and looked dangerous on the break, Scott Ruthven had an early effort which went into the side netting, and Joe Lumsden had a shot from range go just wide.

At the other end David Reay in the Steels goal was on top form saving well from Ben Fords long range strike, and just before the end he blocked a from close range, the rebound fell to Dan Quigley who shot wide from 8 yards.

Stocksbridge should have increased their lead in stoppage-time when Joe Lumsden shot wide.

The full-time whistle was blown shortly afterwards to give a well deserved victory for Chris Hilton's side.


Eco-Power Environmental Stadium, 

Bracken Moor Lane, 

Stocksbridge, 

Sheffield, S36 2AN.                                                   

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