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Steels Reserves 3-1 Wombwell Main

An inspiring comeback from the Steels saw them overcome Wombwell Main at a sun-kissed Bracken Moor. The visitors took the lead through a Sam Jones header, but Stocksbridge fought back and goals from J.Middleton, Defalco and Gregory earned the Steels a deserved win.

The sun blazing down on Bracken Moor must’ve gone to the heads of both sets of players, the first 15 minutes or so saw little action, the first effort on goal coming from Sol Hancock who’s half volley from a corner flew over the bar.

In the mid stages of the first half Womack had to be alert to come and claim a throughball, beating Cian Guest to it after 15 had weaved into a dangerous area. Not long after that Vrzal was called into action after a game of pinball broke out inside the Steels box, the Czech got a boot to the ball at a crucial time to force the corner, from which the visitors rattled the bar.

The Steels were knocking it round well, playing some good football in all three zones however a killer final ball was the only thing preventing the home side from going ahead.

Despite this, it was the Stocksbridge keeper who would be called into action last after a nod down fell to Jamie Knox on the edge of the six yard box, but Womack was equal to the low drilled shot.

The second half began with much more life, the Steels saw the best of it and should’ve taken the lead; a high press from the hosts forced the visitors centre-back to head back to his keeper but it was intercepted by Dylan Gregory who laid it off to Luca Defalco with his back to goal, after doing the hard bit and spinning his man he couldn’t keep this guilt edged chance down.

Against the run of play, Wombwell played an inswinging cross which Womack came to claim, however he lost his aerial duel with Owen Jones who somehow got the better and nodded into an empty net

The lead wouldn’t last, not on Jimmy Middleton’s watch, Leighton Sawyer spotted the forward on a tantalising run and he didn’t fail in playing an inch perfect throughball to Middleton. Once inside the box, there was no doubt on what the scoreline would become.

Stocksbridge, incensed by the equaliser, were hungry for more. Some great midfield battling from Hancock halted a building visitor attack long enough for Jimmy Middleton to pinch the ball and drive forward aggressively, once at the byline he cut it back to Defalco who anticipated the ball and lifted it over the keeper and into the far corner.

Confidence and good football in abundance, Stocksbridge strutted their stuff and no one was to deny the ever-hard working Gregory who, with less than five minutes to go, fired a bullet which was always destined for the net. The Wombwell keeper picked the ball out for the third and final time as Stocksbridge built on their impressive home record.

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