Stocksbridge PS 1 Carlton Town 0
By: Dave Rhodes Photo: Ian Revitt
After a disappointing display against Pontefract on Saturday Steels were back in search of league points as they entertained Carton Town on Tuesday evening.As both teams lined up it was clear to see that the Carlton Town eleven was a big, powerful side and that Park Steels were in for a physical encounter.
The game started with little to report as each team set about their task but Steels were determined to get back on track and showed real spirit and character as they refused to be bullied.Long throws were a constant threat for the away side as Kerian Walker threw into the box from long distances but McFadyen and Beatson won most of the heading duals.
The game was a stalemate with few chances created. Greaves saved well from close range as Ben Hutchinson looked certain to score and then he came out to claim an in-swinging corner under real pressure in a crowded 6 yard boxTyler Williams did well for Steels with trickery down the left and right but defenders were strong, blocking efforts and anticipating crosses well.
HT: 0 – 0
Carlton came out of the blocks fastest and tested Greaves with McFadyen clearing the ball off the line after a shot by Aaron Opoku from close range with Greaves beaten after a sequence of corners.
Then at the other end Williams caused panic down the left crossed into the box where a Wiles shot was blocked on the goal line as defenders flooded the area.There was nothing to choose between two committed and determined sides until late in the game when things certainly livened up from the Park Steels perspective.
Park Steels substitutions were made on 75 minutes, Rhodes came on for Swinburn and Mangham for Moxam.
A long range effort from Stirrup flashed past Steggles left hand post and Wiles shot was well saved as Steels started to gather a little momentum.
On 85minutes a Beatson pass down the left was met firmly in the air by Mangham whose flick around the corner found Williams 25 yards out, Williams fed Rhodes who burst between two defenders on the edge of the box and calmly slotted the ball past the advancing Jack Steggles into the corner of the net.
A well deserved outcome for Steels as they bounced back from the weekends berating in style. Chris Hilton and his staff must be pleased with the endeavour, spirit, character and will to win as his squad starts to gell as a group.
Full Time: SPS 1 – 0 Carlton Town FC