Tadcaster Albion 1 Stocksbridge PS 1
By: Dave Rhodes Photo: Ian Revitt
After a poor performance and result last time out Steels manager Chris Hilton will be keen to overturn things and gather a little pride and confidence back to his squad. Tadcaster Albion provided the opposition at the Ings stadium as Steels were back on the road again.
In terms of league positions there was nothing really between the two teams and so it proved on the pitch too as the first half an hour passed without the goalkeepers having much to deal with overall.
But on 32 minutes a left wing corner was swung in far post for the home side, unmarked, the Tadcaster central defender headed the ball back towards goal only for McFadyen to mistime his headed clearance with the ball looping off the back of his head and over the helpless Jordan Amissah into the net.
Steels rallied well with good inter changing play but just couldn’t find the creativity required to break down a well organised Tadcaster outfit.
HT: Tadcaster Albion 1 – 0 SPS
Tadcaster came out of the traps quickly and immediately put the away side under pressure with long diagonal balls but Steels held firm and dealt with them admirably. Steels earned a sequence of corners as the game became end to end but nothing came of them. Mangham was busy up top and earned a free kick on 60 minutes after he was brought down just outside the box on the left.
Ruthven claimed the ball, set himself and struck a fierce right footed drive that deflected off the wall and into the net with the home goalkeeper left flat footed as he went the wrong way, expecting the ball to drop to his right. 1- 1 and Steels were deservedly back in the game.
Then five minutes later a glorious long range strike from Coleman hit the bar. But Tadcaster were a good footballing side and were always a threat with clever approach play across all areas of the final third as they pressed intelligently forward.
Unfortunately Steels were reduced to ten men when Williams was given a straight red card for a late tackle which led to an immense rear guard effort for the last 15 minutes. Steels back line superbly marshalled by McFadyen and Charlesworth dealt with everything thrown at them. A few close calls and an offside goal but overall Steels were magnificent to a man as they showed terrific courage, team spirit and attitude to hold onto the point.
Next home fixture is Belper Town on Saturday 6th Sept with a 3pm ko
Full Time: Tadcaster Albion 1 – 1 SPS