STEELS CRASH OUT OF FA TROPHY


Stocksbridge PS 1 Pickering Town 3 (aet)

Having had so many chances to win the original tie on Sunday, Steels went into the replay full of confidence, and it was clear from the start, from the controlled football we played that we should have no problem getting the result we so needed, both for financial reasons and to have a decent cup run for our faithful supporters

However it was not to be, Pickering took the lead after 35 minutes, when for some reason the whole Steels defence stood and watched as Matty Turnbull headed home from a free kick.

Now under pressure the Steels started to get rattled, and ill discipline from some senior players constantly questioning referees decisions, stopped the flow of the game, with Lewis Whitham causing the away defence havoc playing out wide, it was only a matter of time before we would score, but chance after chance went begging, until Jordan Lemmon found himself in the opposition box, to meet a clearance with his left foot, that fired into the net.

Manager Chris Hilton then decided to make changes, taking Cameron Foulkes off from midfield and replacing him with Steve McDonnell, which backfired as we lost all shape and rhythm, and just constantly hurled long balls forward, which the Pickering defence handled with ease, the game finished 1-1 at the end of Full Time.

As the game went into extra time Pickering took control, and again another silly mistake on the edge of our box was punished by Ryan Blott from the free kick, we were now chasing the game, Trench was taken off and replaced by Swinburn, which only proved to be another opening for the visitors, as a Steels attack was broken down, a quick ball from the back into open space had a Pickering forward, Sam Cable clear through to score the third. A very disappointing evening for the fans that had turned out, but i am sure lessons will be learnt from this as we go again at Spalding on Saturday