Spalding 1 Stocksbridge 1
By David Bradley
It was all about Rory Coleman at Spalding United. The game was played in atrocious conditions, the pitch was more like a mud bath from the 70s than a surface we are all used to playing on these days.
The pitch was Steels ultimate downfall. It started In the 1st half when Spalding played a through ball to Siddons and what looked liked a great tackle from Matt Reay the ball pudding and went trickling past David Reay and in off the post.
(video: Robin Vaughn)
Steels then hit the crossbar when Lumsden should have scored. Spalding then 5 minutes later hit the post with a wonderful curling shot from Varley and the rebound went luckily straight into David Reay’s arms. But then Steels were awarded a corner kick and Coleman swung it in and to everyone’s amazement the ball went straight in the net.
The only player who celebrated was Rory Coleman as his teammates were shocked as anyone. But Rory Coleman wasn’t finished as Steels was awarded a penalty in the last minute of the game after Jack Poulton was bundled over in the penalty area. The ball wouldn’t stay in the on the spot so was moved forward slightly.
As Rory went to kick the ball the mud was effecting his run up and his standing foot. He could only shoot the ball into the post. After the game Rory said “he was gutted for the penalty miss and apologised for his miss”.
Overall a 1-1 draw was fair result on a poor pitch.