Stocksbridge Ps 4 Leek Town 3
By David Bradley
Steels continued there unbeaten run, against Leek Town when they had to come back from behind 3 times to win.
The game started off at a hectic pace which continued all through the 1st half.
Steels were excellent in the 1st 10 minutes and keeping the ball and the 1st chance went to Brodie Litchfield just inside the area, but he totally miss kicked the ball and it flew waywards.
But in the 12 minute, against the run of play, Leek broke and Jordan Johnson stroked the ball home from 18 yards after the Steels failed to clear.
But you couldn't get a quicker response than 1 minute later, Stocksbridge drew level 4 passes from kick off and great individual work from Alex Wiles saw the midfielder level the scores.
Brodie Litchfield then knew it wasn't his night when he was sent through with only the keeper to beat, he skied over the bar.
Steels were soon punished for a second time as Leek went through only for Matt Reay to upend Tim Grice. Grice picked himself up and slotted the ball home from the penalty spot.
Within 4 minutes the game was all square again as the excellent Scott Ruthven managed to squeeze the ball home.
The game was open and was played at hectic pace for the rest of the half. But both teams will have been happy at half time. The conditions were making it difficult in the second half but credit to both sets of players who continued to play excellent football.
On 67 minutes Tim Grice once again slotted home from 18 yards after the Steels defence failed to clear their lines. But once again the home side were resilient and within 10 minutes Steels were level. Ruthven played an excellent through ball to Lumsden who slotted home coolly. With the score at 3-3 it was anyone's game, it was open there were chances for both teams.
It was Stocksbridge that got the decisive goal on the 88th minute when Wiles did brilliantly on the left to pull the ball back to Lumsden who slotted home from 18 yards, that sent the Steels faithful wild.
Steels held out the final few minutes to hold onto a great victory, and now move up to 7th in the league.