Loughborough Dynamo 5 Stocksbridge PS 1
Report: Dave Rhodes Photos: Ian Revitt
With manager Chris Hilton looking for consistency, mid table Steels were on the road again as they travelled to lowly Loughborough Dynamo. On paper the fixture was a chance to gain three points and to put pressure on the top six. In reality the game was far from an easy venture and three points were never there to be had as again the team didn’t perform to expectations, as an effective unit in most aspects of the game.
The home side pressed forward with ease, with an extra man in midfield they caused the visitors back four problems from the onset and soon went 1 – 0 up after a right wing cross was met at the far post by the head of the unmarked Demidh.
Confidence grew in the Loughborough ranks and men pressed forward into the Steels final third with bright one touch play down each flank. It was 2 – 0 after 20 minutes when again men were not tracked in the final third, this time it was Ryan Robbins who smashed the ball home from close range.
Steels tried to rally a little and did keep the ball well in the middle section of the pitch but where it mattered, tended to fail. A shot on the turn by Moxam was straight at the goalkeeper who saved comfortably.
Williams was a constant threat down the left and deserved his goal when he gathered the ball expertly on the half way line after Steels had broken clear. Turning on the ball he used his pace to speed past two defenders and to slot the ball home from 15 yards after the home goalkeeper had committed himself.
Charlesworth and McFadyen were left to deal with runners and again it was too easy as the home side sliced through into the box gaining a penalty after a trip on Demidh. The penalty was missed when Amissah saved well to his right.
Could have been worse, as an uneventful first half for Steels came to a close.
HT: Loughborough Dynamo 2 – 1 SPS
Rhodes on Swinburn off on 45 minutes
The home side were well organised, brighter and cleverer around the box than the visitors, Stirrups desperate lunge giving away another penalty all put paid to any chance of a Steels revival as the spot kick, taken by Robbins was drilled hard and high to Amissah left hand post giving him no chance.
3 – 1 down and further substitutions made Ruthven on for Moxam and Poulton for Charlesworth as Steels changed personnel and formation in an effort to get something. But at this point looked disjointed and unlikely to break a spirited and determined Loughborough outfit.
Mistakes at the back and in midfield were punished by the confident home side as they made easy in roads forward.
Further goals from Demidh and substitute Reittie finished off another poor performance from Steels. A dejected and shell shocked Park Steels were left wondering where to go next in this topsy-turvy, upside down start to the campaign.
FT: Loughborough Dynamo 5 – 1 SPS
Saturday 6th October is the next date for you diary as Park Steels take on Belper Town 3 pm KO