Stocksbridge PS 2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 3
By: Paul Webster
Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped to a second successive home defeat, losing to a late goal against AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Bracken Moor.
Steels, though, will be kicking themselves after fighting back from 2-0 down to draw level - where they looked the more likely winners until gifting the visitors all-three points.
Rushden were in front on 16 minutes when Nabil Sharrif netted from the penalty spot, despite ‘keeper David Reay getting a hand to the spot kick. Stocksbridge did have the ball in the net on 38 minutes but it was wrongly ruled out for offside, and Steels were hit by sucker punch right at the start of the second half, after some sloppy defending allowed Lewis Wilson to head in from close range at the back post.
Stocksbridge were back in the game on 49 minutes when Harrison Biggins converted a penalty awarded for handball. Ruthven then sent a good chance over the bar from a Josh Meade cross before Steels drew level on 76 minutes.
Lumsden turning smartly in the area to fire into the far corner. It seemed the home side would go on and win from there but disaster struck on 86 minutes. The visitors won a corner and David Reay spilled leaving Nabil with a simple tap in.