Sheffield 1 Stocksbridge PS 1
With Star Striker Luke Manghan, Reece Fielding and Kurtis Turner all unfit for the short trip to Dronfield, Chris Hilton was grateful Ross Goodwin was able to start his first game for 3 months, and that Nenad Smiljanic had recovered from his knock on Wednesday.
Pushing Scott Ruthen into the Center Forward role with Danny Frost making a start, the Steels were quick of the mark, and the lively Josh Nodder created the first chance within the first minute, but it was Sheffield who took the lead after only 2 minutes, when Rob Darkin rose unchallenged from a corner to head home.
Fearing the worst after the recent run of form, the lads really attacked the game, and the well disciplined back 4, gave very little away.
The second half was end to end and the large 420 plus supporters certainly had value for money.
The Steels pushed and controlled large periods of the game, and the architect of most moves going forward Nodder caused plenty of problems for the home defence, and with one of the best moves of the match Ruthven was put through on goal with only the keeper to beat, but failed to convert.
Looking like we were going to miss out again, Danny Frost turned and fired the equaliser on the 84th minute, this was to be the last chance of the game, and both sides will be happy with a point.
On the plus side it was good to see such a positive performance, and we still have a very good chance of the play offs, the returning players from injury are a bonus, and once the full squad is available who knows.
Come and cheer the lads on next Saturday, when we are at home versus Loughborough Dynamo F.C.