A comprehensive defeat at the hands of Dodworth saw the Steel’s winless away record continue, the hosts went into half time with the lead but it wasn’t until the second half when it went beyond the visitors reach, with a hat trick from Liam Owen, a brace from Jack Owen and a cool finish by league top scorer Calan Rollinson.
Dodworth were the first to test one of the keeper’s on this wet Barnsley afternoon, Matt King equal to Jack Owen’s half volley on the turn, holding it well despite the torrential rain.
The Steels’ replied almost immediately, Addie Gadour’s low driven effort was also held well by the host’s keeper. Gadour being involved again as he is fouled by Tom Batty, despite the free kick being deflected for a corner, that was as far as it went.
The game became stagnant, and the only action was a low corner which bounced into the Steels box, the ball did make contact with J.Owen but nothing significant enough to be a cause for any concern.
As the rain thundered down harder, mistakes crept in, and a defensive mix up from the visitors forced King to make a reaction save and tip over Jamie Horbury’s attempt. A barrage of the Steels goal ensued and King was once again called into action, this time at full stretch palming away an effort which came from a short corner.
These mistakes were to be the bane of the Steels who failed to clear from a Dodworth free kick after it hit the wall, the quickest to react to the situation was the league’s top scorer Calan Rollinson who fired the ball beyond the Steels keeper into the corner.
The Steels’ were under pressure from the start of the second half, and within 5 minutes the deficit was doubled. J.Owen was played into the Steels box and wasn’t able to be moved off the ball as he lifted it over the onrushing King.
The men from S36 struggled to get out their own box, and the defence began to cave in as Liam Owen was played straight through on goal, and with a cool low finish put the hosts 3-0 up.
Stocksbridge did almost reply, Declan Slater with a driving run into the host’s box, after evading a handful of challenges his shot got no further than the back of a black and red shirt.
Some impressive committed running from Dodworth second half sub Chris Walker saw him drill the ball low into the box for Liam Owen, the Steels defence couldn’t catch up as he fired the ball into the net and put the host’s out of sight.
It was almost a fifth, however King was to thank after saving J.Owen’s effort with a out stretched hand to deny the hosts.
Despite King’s heroics, Walker again was the one to launch the ball into the box, this time slightly higher for J.Owen who gratefully tapped it in at the far post.
Despite the pressure the Steels didn’t give up and had an attempt on goal, Gadour’s pass was good enough to beat the offside trap but Lancini’s finish wasn’t enough to beat the keeper.
Stocksbridge’s misery was compiled when King’s save to deny J.Owen fell straight to the feet of Liam Owen who, despite the challenge from Luke Battle, put the game beyond any doubt, if it wasn’t done already.
A day to forget for Stocksbridge who’s disappointing away form continues, and it won’t get any easier with a trip up next to Wakefield.