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Steels Reserves 0-2 Dodworth Miners Welfare

The Steels were convincingly beaten by a well trained and conditioned Dodworth side. Despite early chances it was the away side who eventually triumphed.

A first half double from Danny Barlow including a curled free kick on the half hour mark and a neat finish later on in the half was enough to sink the Steels to only their second defeat of the season at Bracken Moor.

Dylan Gregory was the first to have an attempt on goal for Stocksbridge under the floodlights after Luke Webster’s flick on fell straight to his feet, baring down on goal his ambitious chip, after spotting the visitors keeper off his line, floated just over the bar.

Minutes later, after some lovely passing play, Daswell put in an inch perfect pass into Brandon Whitfield who fired agonisingly wide from the middle of the area.

The Steels defence were certainly kept on their toes at the other end and were thankful to see Jack Wilson’s 6 yard effort fly over the bar after being found unmarked at the back post.

Alas, the deadlock was broken on the half hour mark with a free kick from Danny Barlow on the left hand side which curled over the wall into the Tom Kirkland’s near post.

The Steels attempted to respond with a free kick of their own which was curled into the box by Whitfield but it frustratingly missed a yellow and blue shirt, especially Vrzal who came flying in at the far post.

Against the run of play it was the visitors who doubled their lead. The Steels lost possession amongst their own back line after a moment of confusion, Barlow capitalised, wriggled past Will Middleton’s challenge and slotted it into the bottom corner.

The second half saw a dogged start which didn’t provide either side a clear cut chance, the best attempt Stocksbridge had at breaking through was a brilliant piece of vision from Sol Hancock who broke up a Dodworth attack and almost created one of his own but the pass wasn’t quite weighted enough.

Dodworth felt like they should’ve had a third after a cross found its way to the far post to Aaron Brotherton. He skipped over the keepers challenge, and at an awkward angle his effort thankfully rattled the outside of the post.

The home side did have an attempt of their own with a long throw in from Mackenzie Stocks which again just failed to find a yellow and blue body.

A fine piece of goalkeeping at the other end prevented a Dodworth third, Barlow again with a free kick but the curling effort was saved well to the bottom left by Kirkland.

Ultimately Stocksbridge couldn’t find a breakthrough and fell to a rare home loss at the hands of an athletic Dodworth side.

 

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