Spalding United 0 Stocksbridge PS 1
By David Bradley
Steels recorded a 1-0 win away from home at Spalding United.
In a game of few chances Steels had to battle a sticky pitch and a resilient Spalding defence. Ruthven had a chance in the first half to put Steels in front but put his header wide of the post after he was left free to head the ball anywhere.
Mangham and McFadyen both should have had penalties for fouls in the box but the referee was having none of it.
The Second half was similar to the first only this time it was that man again Luke Mangham who ended his goal drought and scored his 11th goal of the season. The ball played into the box and came to Mangham’s feet, who turned three Spalding players and slotted home past Duggan in the Spalding goal.
Chris Hilton was certainly pleased as he celebrated with the Steels travelling supporters. Stockbridge then defended brilliantly Ludlam and McFadyen, Trench and Lemon and not to forget Ed Hall were immense and upfront Whitham was keeping the ball and running down the clock well in the corners. Steels eventually held out and won 1-0 without Spalding having a shot on goal.