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Report: Stocksbridge Park Steels 1-2 Spennymoor Town

Lunsden 44′ Curtis 85′  Ramshaw 87′

Late headers from James Curtis and Rob Ramshaw secured a hard fought comeback victory against a well drilled Stocksbridge Park Steels outfit.

Tommy Miller made a host of changes from Tuesday’s comfortable win at Whitby Town, with Joe Tait, James Curits, Mark Anderson, Jason Kennedy and Charlie Hindson coming in, as well as two Trialist’s.

Rob Ramshaw had a chance to open the scoring within a minute when he latched on to a ball over the top, but his shot skidded wide of the post.

Mark Anderson had an opening minutes later but his effort from distance was tame and collected by Ed Hall in the Stocksbridge net.

The home side showed bursts of potential, particularly through winger Nathan Crofts, and he fired wide of Dale Eve’s post after jinking past a challenge.

Stocksbridge Park Steels, who play in the Northern Premier League South East Division, forced Eve into a save when Ross Goodwin fired straight at the keeper.

Following a lull in the game, Moors had a big chance to take the lead when Trialist found himself clear in on goal, but his effort was tipped behind by Hall.

A scrappy and uneventful contest looked certain to head into the break goalless, but, following a misplaced pass, Stocksbridge broke and Joe Lusden finished past Eve at the second attempt.

Miller sent John Lufudu on at the break and the full back was immediately involved, shooting wide before winning a corner.

It was evident that Miller’s instructions at the interval were to push forward a further ten yards, but despite pinning Stocksbridge in their own half for the opening phase of the second half, Moors struggled to create any notable chances.

However, that changed when Ramshaw was wrestled the the ground past the hour mark, giving Taylor the chance to level proceedings from the penalty spot.

Moors’ number nine wasted the opportunity, slamming a shot against the post.

There was further frustration for Taylor fifteen minutes from time when he blazed over the bar following a neat touch and spin.

Just when it seemed Moors would have to accept a rare pre-season defeat, captain Curtis rose highest from a cross to power a header past Hall.

Moments later, a deep cross was headed back into the six yard box by Taylor, allowing Ramshaw to nod in from close range.

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