MATCH REPORT: Stocksbridge 0 Barnsley 0

New boy: Barnsley signing Tony Silva at full strength against Stocksbridge.                          PICTURE: steve ellis
New boy: Barnsley signing Tony Silva at full strength against Stocksbridge. PICTURE: steve ellis
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Stocksbridge earned a creditable draw against Championship Barnsley whose manager Keith Hill gave a debut to new signing Toni Silva from Liverpool.

Silva showed some neat touches and tricky play down the right, linking up well with another of the Oakwell new boys Mido.

Silva should have given Barnsley the lead on 38 minutes after a great through ball split open the Steels defence but he wanted too much time and saw his hot well saved by Peter Collinge in the Stocksbridge goal.

Mido had the ball in the net on 42 minutes, tapping home a low cross, but it was ruled out for offside. Then two minutes later Silva tried to be a little too clever after going past two defenders in the box then Collinge but the keeper kept his composure to make a fine blocking save.

Stocksbridge had made a bright start with Scott Hogan heading over on the stretch then Matt Carr volleying a half chance over from 16-yards following a corner inside. Hogan also saw a 25 yard free-kick whistle just past the upright in the first half

Collinge came to Steels’ recue in the second half, making a fine block from Mido who tried to turn in a cross from the left. Silva was taken off on 55 minutes and Mido followed 10 minutes from time. Stocksbridge substitute keeper Adam Billard made two excellent saves inside the last 15 minutes from quick Barnsley attacks. But it was not all one way traffic by any stretch of the imagination as Steels sub Cole Payne hit a low drive from the angle of the area that Ben Alwick was forced to push away

Stocksbridge: Peter Collinge, Daryll Weston, Ben Turner, Matty Carr, Lincoln Adams, Alex Callery, James Booker, Gavin Lee-Ellison, Scott Hogan, Kevin Sanasy, Laurence Hunter.

Barnsley: Ben Alwick, Scott Wiseman, Matty Steade, Rob Edwards Stephen Foster Bobby Hassel, Toni Silva, Jordan Clarke, Mido, Trialist A, Trialist B.