Ilkeston Town F.C. 2 Stocksbridge Park Steels 5
The Steels impressive league form continued yesterday, at Ilkeston Town, with a clinical destruction of one of the leagues big guns.
The Steels fast and furious pace along with sharp crisp passing, was breaking through the home defence with ease, and on 19 minutes after several earlier chances, a fine move was finished in style as Scott Ruthven headed past the home keeper.
Almost immediately from the kick off the hard working midfield broke down another home attack, and sent Josh Nodder clear with a defence splitting pass for him to smash in the second goal.
It then looked like the flood gates were going to open, Ilkeston had little to offer and on 25 minutes Scott Ruthven was on target again to make it 3-0.
The home side decided to make some early changes, but wth no effect, and on 40 minutes Scott Ruthven completed his hat trick.
The second half started in similar fashion with the home side looking dejected and the home supporters trying desperately to lift their side, which if anything spurred on The Steels, and with the front 3 of Nodder, Mangham and 18 year old Whitham, who ran the home captain Marshall ragged, it took only 4 minutes for Ruthven to score the 5th.
But the game was far from over, and from another swift counter attack, centre back Reece Fielding, weaved his way through several defenders, before being taken out by Robertson, the referee waved play on and a long clearence to the home attack, and from the resulting corner, a penalty was conceded from which Marshall hit the underside of the bar and scored on 64 minutes.
Steels keeper Ed Hall was again in fine form, with 3 top class saves, and it was on 84 minutes that the home side netted a second goal.
Man of the Match Scott Ruthven for the goals, but the whole team played a massive part, WELL DONE
Thank you Ilkeston for your Hospitality
The wins moves us back up the table, and only 3 points behind next Saturdays visitors Table Topping Carlton Town, come and cheer the lads on.