Stocksbridge PS 1 Wisbech Town 0
By: Dave Rhodes Photos: Peter Revitt
After a two week break Steels were back in action in the league against newly promoted Wisbech Town. Home debuts for Reece Fielding and Mitchell Langton signed from Ossett United and Tadcaster respectively.
It was blustery conditions at Bracken Moor and the firm ground made it difficult for clean passing play as both teams cancelled each other out during a scrappy first half an hour or so. The first real opportunity for Steels was Litchfields tamely hit shot straight back at Daniel Swan, the away keeper, when he had made a hash of a clearance, hitting the ball straight at him when the goal was gapping.
Wisbech were picking up second balls now and forced two corners on the bounce. It was Adam Millson who connected with a looping header that was easily dealt with, on the line by Grayson.
Steels were guilty of trying to get forward too quickly, consequently giving the ball away too cheaply, but did start to get a foothold in the game as half time approached.
Half Time: SPS 0 – 0 Wisbech Town
Steels started the second half with a little more intent and conviction but found a resilient Wisbech side tough to break down, indeed it was the away side who very nearly took the lead on the counter when Toby Hillard out muscled Fielding, with only the goalkeeper to beat in a one v one situation, Greaves was out quickly and saved well on the edge of the area.
The impressive Charlesworth was starting to pull a few strings for Steels as they pressed forward but Wisbech held firm. Wrong decisions in the final third was a problem for Steels as they struggled to probe forward effectively and a point for each team looked on the cards.
New players in the team coupled with a rustiness through not playing was always going to impact on the overall performance and so it proved with little cohesion through the side really. But what a dramatic end to the game it was and if you are going to score a winning goal then 90minutes on the clock is about the best time to do it.
A good interchange of play down the left by Langton and Ruthven saw a low drilled cross delivered from the by line by Ruthven , shoot across a packed six yard box and with all defenders missing the ball at the front post, there was Rhodes (pictured) under pressure from tracking defenders. steaming in central to goal with great determination and desire to force the ball home from close range.
A welcome three points for Steels that should bring confidence to the team...next up is a long away trip to the north east where they meet up with top team Morpeth Town.
Full Time: SPS 1 – 0 Wisbech Town