Loughborough Dynamo 0 Stocksbridge PS 0
By: David Bradley
Stocksbridge earned a well deserved point on the road with 0-0 draw at Loughborough.
It’s four undefeated for the Steels and they have to thank the Manchester United loanee Jacob Carney for that, with two world class saves and several other good saves.
Loughborough were tough to breakdown and were quick to come forward and when Karl Dimdha hit a shot from 20 yards, it looked destined to end up in the back of the net. But out of nowhere Carney flung himself across the goal to stop the shot, the ball dipped just as Carney was flying through the air, but somehow managed to get a hand on it and send it over the bar, a truly remarkable save.
Loughborough hit the bar in the 1st half but it was covered by Carney. Steels struggled to get the ball to the frontmens feet in the 1st half, but dug in and battled to half time without conceding.
The 2nd half was little more open with Loughborough still pushing and when a ball came across the Stocksbridge 6 yard area it went pass everyone until it reached Norris who struck the ball well, only to see Carney save on the line with his leg and clear the danger.
Stocksbridge had more chances in the second half and went very close when Nodder struck a shot from 20 yards that rebounded off the post, but no one was there to follow it up.
Carney had to called up again this time as Steadman raced through this time Carney stood tall and got to the ball 1st and took the full blow of Steadman on his mid-rift.
Both teams had chances later but neither could convert and in the end a draw was a fair result.