Hilton’s Steels young guns march into play-offs

Josh Nodder on the attack for Stocksbridge Park Steels during the victory at Kidsgrove. Picture: Gillian Handisides.

Chris Hilton’s Stocksbridge Park Steels young guns propelled themselves into BetVictor South East play-offs zone after extending their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-0 victory at Chasetown.

Instead of the usual heroes Danny Frost and Scott Ruthven, Ross Goodwin and Kurtis Turner were the goal-scorers for Stocksbridge. Goodwin scored early and Turner sealed it late-on.

Because of injuries, suspensions and unavailability issues, Hilton’s constantly learning side endured a blip in December, but the Steels have began 2020 with a bang.

The Steels march into the top five will revive fading memories of the 2017 play-offs charge which saw Harrison Biggins and co cruelly lose to Spalding United after extra-time in the semi-final tie.

Goodwin netted the opener and in the second half, both red hot Ruthven and and Josh Nodder were both denied by good saves from home goalkeeper Curtis Pond.

The game remained on a knife-edge until the last ten minutes when Turner struck gold with a low strike from inside the penalty area.

Frickley Athletic lost 1-0 at Loughborough Dynamo.

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