Marske United 1 Stocksbridge PS 0
By: Dave Rhodes
Back on the east coast for Steels as they travelled up the A19 to high flying Marske United. The game started brightly for Steels against a strong looking Marske side unbeaten at home this year.
Both Ruthven and Coleman will feel disappointed they couldn’t have taken decent opportunities to score and Litchfields one v one dragged wide, was a golden chance to take the lead, all within the first twenty minutes or so.
Steels defence held strong and limited the Marske attackers to very little, certainly the Steels lads were growing in confidence as the game progressed.
A sequence of Marske corners were dealt with comfortably albeit one far post header that was cleared off the line by the excellent Charlesworth, this apart, Steels should feel happy with their effort, organisation and team play in an even first half.
HT: Marske Utd 0 – 0 SPS
The Marske central defenders dominated most of the open play exchanges in the final third of the pitch and Steels found it hard going to competes effectively here... but Steels kept at it and probed forward with real intent in the first ten minutes of the second half.
Good inter change of passes down the right initially and then a long switch across the pitch put the Marske defence under a little pressure as a corner was conceded. Taken by Coleman the corner was swung in left footed, the ball dropped kindly to McFadyen central to goal 8 yards out who half volleyed the ball high over the bar.
Another chance goes begging, then a killer blow for Steels on 67 minutes when the referee failed to award a clear foul on Ruthven in his own half. Steels boys half stopped as all expected the whistle to blow...it didn’t and this brief hesitation allowed a penetrative run from midfield, a soft goal to be conceded as the ball was struck well from 18 yards central to goal with Amissah the away keeper, getting a hand to it but failing to keep it out of the net.
Steels kept going with terrific heart and spirit, Litchfields header off the line and Rhodes volley from close range was typical of the way the season was going for the Steels. Marske will certainly be up there when the season ends and Steels should take the positives on a good overall performance. Lady luck not with the away side again but the level is tough and chances missed are starting to take its toll.
Full Time: Marske Utd 1 – 0 SPS