FA CUP EXIT AT THE FIRST HURDLE


Stocksbridge PS 1 Bamber Bridge 3

Report: Dave Rhodes, Photos: Chris Clancy

FA Cup magic was in the air at the Look Local stadium on Saturday when Bamber Bridge FC from the Northern Premier League provided the opposition. A strong summer breeze washed over the ground blowing end to end as the teams took to the field.

A tough looking encounter was expected by the Stocksbridge faithful who had turned out in their numbers creating a great atmosphere.

Steels had started really well and looked comfortable in the opening exchanges but it was Adam Dodd the Bamber Bridge left back on 5 minutes who cut inside on the half way line, attacked the space unchallenged and threaded a ball through for Milligan to strike into the net, left footed high to Greaves left. 0-1

Steels reaction was fantastic and on their first attack equalised through Aaron Moxam as he poked home, left footed from 6yards after Alex Wiles shot was blocked, 1-1 after 7 minutes!

The game settled but it was Steels who pressed and looked like scoring, the busy Scott Ruthven scorching effort from 22 yards nearly caught out Danny Roccia the away keeper as he dived to tip it over the bar as it looked a certain goal, then a great move down the right with Turner and Rhodes provided the same player a chance that he hit well but just crept by the far post.

Certainly Steels were on the front foot and looked dangerous going forward, a corner from the left was cleared as Bamber Bridge brought everybody back to defend.

Then Moxam tried to lob the keeper from 20 yards out but the ball went over.

Steels kept the Premier league team at bay and were an organised solid unit limiting the away side to only a few half chances.

HT 1-1

Steels started the second half really well and were proving hard to break down but the influential Jamie Milligan Bamber Bridges veteran midfield player was finding space and coming further into the game and needed to be watched carefully.

A Steels corner taken by Turner was met perfectly by McFadyens head 12 yards out only for the ball to crash against the bar and then Luke Mangham should have done better with only the keeper to beat from 10 yards.

On 70 mins Milligans quality was there to see again when he clipped a terrific free kick over the three man wall and into the corner of the net from 18 yards. The diving Greaves was unlucky not to get a firm left hand on it but the kick was too good going in at the side of the post. 1-2

Greaves was the busiest goalkeeper for long periods in the second half as the away side controlled the tempo of the game and passed and moved positively going forward. And on 85 minutes opened up the Steels left side easily as a pass found Alistair Waddecar on the edge of the box, his deflected shot left Greaves wrong footed and sailed into the net.

Steels can feel happy that they created chances against a top notch side which should give them confidence and if they had taken chances may have caused an upset but, that’s life and it just wasn’t to be today.

Next up its Sheffield Club on Monday in the league 3pm kick off

FT SPS 1 – 3 Bamber Bridge FC

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