South Shields 2 Stocksbridge Park Steels 1
by David Bradley Steels travelled up to last seasons FA Vase winners South Shields looking to progress in the Integro cup.
The game was played in horrendous conditions and both teams did well to play good football and pass the ball around. It was Shields who had the 1st chance when Sullivan shot only to be blocked by the Steels defence.
Steels then endured several corners, 11 in all of the game of which none were a threat to the Steels goal.
Steels had to make 2 subs in 1st half, all due to injury. Firstly Scott Ruthven had to go off with a foot injury after a Shields player won the ball but followed through only for the referee to miss the incident.
Then Jack Poulton had to go off injured just after South Shields scored.
It was Richardson who scored for Shields sliding in on the back post after what seemed to be a foul on a Steels player in the centre of the field.
Shields sprayed the ball out wide left and then crossed across the face of goal for Richardson to score.
2nd half and it was David Reay (pictured) who was in tremendous form to keep the score down to one, making point blank save one after another. It was not until the 88th minute when Tom Charlesworth decided inexplicably pass the ball across the penalty area.
The ball hit a shields player and Reay and no option to race out and try and stop the ball and player which resulted in a penalty. Sullivan Coolly slotted the ball into the corner.
All would have seemed wrapped up for Shields, but steels had other ideas. They went straight up the other end and scored and it was a goal to remember for the Steels youth player Oliver Warren who started with the juniors from the age 8/9. He volleyed a wonderful goal into the middle of the goal in front of 605 South Shields supporters.
Shields held on the final few minutes and Steels went out the league cup.