Stocksbridge PS 0 Pickering Town 2
By: Dave Rhodes Photos: Chris Clancy
Pickering Town provided the opposition today at the Look Local Stadium and with both teams too near the bottom for comfort as the game takes on a six pointer feel to it. A chilly afternoon for a good home crowd to endure as a changed Steels side look to warm them up with a much needed winning performance.
Steels came out of the blocks strongly and created good chances for Wiles, Ruthven and Williams, all blocked by Pickering defenders packing the six yard box. Another shot by Williams was straight at Charlie Andrew the away goalkeeper and Manghams header from Colemans out swinging corner was just over. A positive first 20 minutes for Steels with some good approach play and passing phases. Great work down the right by Rhodes, Wiles and Mangham gave Williams the opportunity to fire a low cross across the face of the goal only to see the ball, frustratingly, zip past all.
Encouraging signs for Steels who never really looked in danger and were largely in control of the game at this point. But how goals change the course of games...a sloppy ball across the Steels midfield lines was picked up by a Pickering forward who immediately sent Josh Greening scurrying in on goal, Amissah was quick to react but only half blocked the effort from 16yards out as the ball rolled over the line.
Steels really never recovered from this set back as Pickering seized the opportunity by forcing corners and pressing forward but without testing Amissah to any degree.
Half Time: Pickering Town 1 – 0 SPS
Low on confidence the Steels boys would need a special Half Time team talk from the managers as they strive to overcome a torrid sequence of misfortune and lady luck of late. Certainly when you are down at the bottom end of the league luck goes against you and that’s a fact, but in football you make youre own luck by sheer hard graft, working as a collective unit, getting back to basics and forcing the tides of misfortune to change. Dont stop believing.
The second half was a largely uneventful affair. Confidence is such a big requirement and such a big thing in football that when its low individuals start to over play, over do things and take the easy options.
The game was littered with offsides from both sides which impacted on any sort of attractive passages of play from each team.
On 75 minutes Pickering went further in front with a poor goal conceded by Steels. Amissah may be disappointed as he was slow to react, down to his right after the lively Josh Greening scuffed a left footed effort from 20 yards past him low into the corner of the net.
Steels great efforts to achieve something were largely disappointing as they just couldn’t find an end product.
Mc Fadyens free header from Colemans corner just missing was a highlight and typical of how things were going for Steels as the ball went the wrong side of the post.
Pickering saw out the second half with ease and Charlie Andrew, the away keeper having a quiet day at the office, is becoming all too familiar for the Steels loyal supporters.
Next up at the Look Local its Spalding United on the 1st Dec with a 3pm ko.