Match Report: Kidsgrove Athletic 2-1 Stocksbridge Park Steels
By Shahed Popat
Kidsgrove Athletic put an end to their winless run of ten games after coming back from behind to beat Stocksbridge Park Steels 2-1.
Anthony Malbon almost put the Grove in front in the opening minutes of the game. He received from defence and took on two players and got his shot off, but Stockbridge goalkeeper Jordan greaves made a good save to his near post to deny Malbon.
The opening goal came in the 32nd minute for the visitors, Stocksbridge midfielder Brodie Litchfield put them forward. Litchfield received the ball on the edge of the box, cut into his right and curled the ball in to the bottom corner.
Ryan Austin substitutions in the second half were a turning point in the game, Dan Skelton replaced Rhys Thompson and Lewis Bergin came on for Jackson McKeever.
Skelton and Bergin both returned to the club this week after leaving the club due to work/personal commitments.
Kidsgrove came close to equalise in the 60th minute, Alex Lingard put in a dangerous ball in to the box and the Stocksbridge goalkeeper decided to punch the ball out but did not get enough power on it, the ball fell to Eric Graves who failed to head the ball on target.
The home side kept attacking in the later stages of the game and it payed off in the 70th minute when Eric Graves was brought down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Grove midfielder Kyle Diskin sent the away sides goalkeeper the wrong way to equalise the game.
The winning goal came in the 86th minute for the home side, Kyle Diskin’s corner was cleared to the edge of the box and the ball fell to Leon Ashman who blasted the ball in to the bottom corner.
Kidsgrove next fixture is on Saturday the 31st March 2018, they take on Alvechurch FC at the Novus Stadium and Kick off will take place at 15:00 pm.