REPORT: Nailers blow lead three times to lose at Stocksbridge
It was a night of disappointment for Belper Town who contrived to relinquish the lead on three occasions only to lose in the closing stages to Stocksbridge Park Steels.
The Nailers travelled to Bracken Moor determined to maintain their good run of form which had seen them win three and draw one of their opening five league games.
And it didn’t take long for the Nailers to make their mark as they opened the scoring in the sixth minute when good work from Steve McDonnell provided the opportunity for Piteu Crouz to tap the ball in from close range.
While Belper tried their best to extend their lead at Bracken Moor, Steels moved on to level terms in the 32nd minute when Joe Lumsden fired home following a corner kick, and the scores remained unchanged at half time.
The Nailers were back in front in the 51st minute when Sam Wright headed in from close range but Belper’s joy was relatively short lived as Joshua Nodder brought Steels back level again with a 60th minute left foot volley.
Undeterred, Belper fought back again and the Nailers restored their single goal lead when substitute Brodie Litchfield scored with a header, and the question now was; could the Nailers hang on to their lead this time, or even extend it?
Unfortunately the Nailers lost their grip on the lead when Luke Manghan headed home on 83 minutes, and worse was to come barely two minutes later when Mangham scored again to put Steels ahead for the first time in the game.
Belper didn’t create any further opportunities to claw back a point, and all in all, considering that they had held the lead on three separate occasions, it was a disappointing outcome for the Nailers.
Stocksbridge Park Steels: Crosby, Lemon, Trench, Turner, Reay, Fielding, Whitham (Thompson 90), Goodwin, Mangham, Lumsden (Ruthven 45), Nodder. Subs Pugh, Kenyon, Greaves.
Belper Town: Overton, Rhodes, Nelthorpe, Gregory, South, Robinson, Robson, Wright (Dawes 87), McDonnell, Crouz ((Litchfield 25), Woodcock 85)) Curtis. Subs not used: Ridley, Dolan.