Lincoln United 3 Stocksbridge Park Steels 4
By: Adam Allcroft
Stocksbridge Park Steels won a seven goal thriller away at Lincoln United thanks to a piece of fortune from a Lewis Whitham shot.
In what was a great advert for non-league football, Stocksbridge were able to beat Lincoln United 4-3 during their visit to Ashby Avenue. They took the lead through a fantastic header from Matthew Reay only to be pegged back by a penalty from Matthew Cotton. In the second half the Steels stretched out to a 3-1 lead due to an impressive brace from Joe Lumsden though Lincoln did get it back to 3-3 with Cotton and Smith scoring. The winner came from a Lewis Whitham shot which took a heavy deflection from a Lincoln defender before going in.
Luke Mangham had the first sight on goal. Despite the fact he was surrounded by multiple Lincoln United defenders, he managed to worm his way into some space though his shot was always curling away from the goal.
Stocksbridge still got the early opener though. They got a free kick midway through the Lincoln half and Josh Nodder looped in a perfect cross for Matthew Reay to head in his second goal in two games. There was no better way to start for the Steels!
Steels did press for a second but both sides have chances. Harry Millard had a shot for Lincoln from long range that was deflected into the hands of Ed Hall while Joe Lumsden headed on from another well taken Nodder free kick.
A notable incident was when a great ball was played into the box for Rob Smith who just couldn’t get on the end of it. Lincoln claimed for the penalty but it was not given.
They’d get one later for a Stocksbridge trip in the box. Cotton stepped up and waited for Hall to dive before firing into the opposite end. And the entire result could have flipped just moments later when Hall couldn’t hold onto a shot and a scramble ensued. Stocksbridge survived and held on until the end of the first half.
The second half would be a thriller and a fantastic advert for non-league football. Stocksbridge put the pressure on as they looked to retake the lead and they soon got it. Callum Foster made a rare mistake in the Lincoln defence and Lumsden took advantage to race free in the box. After setting his feet in the box, he fired home to give the lead back to the Steels.
And soon it’d be 3-1. It was another superb ball which fell to Lumsden on the left inside the box and he smashed it right through a defender and Michael Antkowiak in the Lincoln goal to give them what seemed to be a comfortable lead.
While the match seemed over, Lincoln to their credit were able to fire back. From nothing, a ball was looped and Cotton rose highest above his marker to get his header past Hall.
Lincoln then piled the pressure on and weren’t too far from scoring when Cotton’s free kick was saved by Hall. But they did eventually get their equaliser. A fantastic through ball was played for Robbie Smith and while he miscontrolled it at first, he was able to get back onto to it to score past an onrushing Hall.
Momentum was turning in Lincoln’s direction but a bit of fortune won the game for Stocksbridge. Whitham tried a speculative effort only for it to deflect off a Lincoln defender and go on. It was cruel for the Whites who had fought hard to get back into the game, but felt deserved for Stocksbridge after all of their own effort.
Lincoln did press to try and get the equaliser but Stocksbridge held on even almost got another goal from a counter themselves only for Johnny Pugh’s shot to be deflected over. After a flurry of late corners from Lincoln came to nothing, the full time whistle was blown and the Steels escaped with all three points.