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North Ferriby 3-1 Steels

Stocksbridge paid the price for a poor first half as they lost 3-1 to North Ferriby.

A big what if moment happened early on into the game. After withstanding an early barrage from North Ferriby, the Steels got to the other end of the pitch and played a dangerous ball into the six-yard box. Jack Dolman had the first effort which was blocked on the line, and Jack Watson’s similar attempt ended the same way. Luke Rawson also tried to finish from a narrow angle, but North Ferriby’s wall on the line could have kept the nearby Humber out.

At the other end, Stocksbridge were punished for not taking their chance. Levi Tarbottom was allowed to advance forward without anyone stopping him and so he left off a powerful shot that smashed into the back of the net, leaving Ben Townsend with very little chance of stopping it.

Luck was not on Stocksbridge’s side, though North Ferriby were doing well making their own. Josh Whitley was causing problems down the left and his shot would be deflected. It fell perfectly though to Tom Corner who was at the far end of the six-yard box and he was able to volley in from close range.

And before the end of the half, it would get worse. North Ferriby were looking to finish the game off and it seemed like they had done it when Tarbottom got his second of the game with a powerful header.

However, that wasn’t the end of the first half. Stocksbridge went forward and Tom Charlesworth’s cross looped towards the far end of the box. Alex O’Connor was there and he put in a decent header, but Tom Jackson in the North Ferriby goal seemed to have it covered. He would juggle the ball into his own net, giving Stocksbridge a surprising lifeline.

In the second half, Stocksbridge looked confident that they would be able to stage a very unlikely comeback. They went forward with purpose and O’Connor wasn’t far off his second when his stinging shot was palmed away well by Jackson. The goalkeeper was doing well to make up for his error in the first half, making an impressive save from Rawson’s header to keep North Ferriby’s advantage.

However, the game would be over when the Steels were reduced to ten men. Tom Charlesworth had already been booked for a late challenge in the first half. Amir Birchill took advantage of this by targeting him with his pacey runs, and eventually got what he wanted, a late lunging challenge from Charlesworth which saw the full-back given his marching orders with no complaints from the Stocksbridge bench.

There would be a bright moment as Stocksbridge would bring on Kyle Austin. The 17-year-old defender is another product of the the pathway system and with Olly Nowak already on the pitch, it was the first time in a long time Stocksbridge had two players from their youth system playing in the first team together.

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