Lincoln United 1 Stocksbridge PS 5
Manager Chris Hilton was forced into two changes for our annual midweek game at Lincoln, Todd Jordan replaced Liam McFadyen in the centre of Defence with Jack Poulton replacing Alex Wiles.
The home side had the first chance of the game when Matt Cotton had a shot which produced an excellent save by David Reay.
On 11 minutes, after some prolonged pressure from the visitors, Stocksbridge were awarded a corner from which Scott Ruthven (pictured) headed home from close range.
Fifteen minutes later Lincoln's defensive frailties were exposed yet again, another Rory Coleman corner was headed home this time by central defender Matt Reay.
Unfortunately for Stocksbridge his game didn't last much longer, for some reason he handled the ball on the line and was consequently sent off by referee Kenwyn Hughes.
From the resulting penalty brother David made a fabulous save and Steels we're still two goals to the good.
The deficit was reduced by Lincoln's Matt Cotton on 38 minutes giving David Reay no chance in the Steels goal. Minutes later inform striker Joe Lumsden missed after finding space down the right, but it wasn't long before he put things right scoring just before the break after good work again from Rory Coleman.
Just after the break Steels increased their lead, this time Richard Stirrup scoring on 50 minutes. Twelve minutes later and Stocksbridge got a 5th goal, this time Joe Lumsden was the scorer assisted by the lively Brodie Lichfield.
David Reay in the Steels goal was excellent all the way through the game, in the second half he made good saves from Lincoln captain Phil Watt and substitute Connor Robinson.
On 73 minutes, Steels were rewarded a penalty after Brodie Lichfield was brought down in the area, Joe Lumsden rattled the crossbar and the ball rebounded to safety. With Stocksbridge piling on the pressure in the last ten minutes, it could have been only been 6 or 7, Lumsden, Litchfield, and substitute Lee Thomson all had good shots on target.
Yet again, an excellent away performance by the Steels, on Saturday they travel to Corby Town after moving into a top four on goal difference.