Too early for promotion talk says Stocksbridge boss

Adam Hinchcliffe - among the goals for Stocksbridge. Photo: Peter Revitt
Adam Hinchcliffe - among the goals for Stocksbridge. Photo: Peter Revitt
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Stocksbridge are top of the Evo-Stik League One South table after 2-1 wins over Basford United and Carlton Town over the past week made it four out of four.

Steels are one of only four teams in the Evo-Stik League still boasting maximum points alongside Premier Division Blyth Spartans and Scarborough Athletic and Northwich Victoria of Division One North.

Steels came from behind at the break to beat Basford with goals from Richard Patterson on his return from injury and Adam Hinchcliffe’s thunderbolt two minutes from time.

Corey Gregory opened the scoring against Carlton on 10 minutes with Hinchcliffe getting the second just before the half hour mark. Steels totally dominated the first half totally and would have been further in front but for some excellent savers from the Town keeper.

Stocksbridge hit the woodwork early in the second half but the visitors pulled one back with a harshly-awarded penalty late on to make for a anxious last few minutes.

Not surprisingly boss Chris Hilton is delighted with his side’s start apart from one small criticism: “I’m really pleased with the start we’ve have made. We’ve deserved the points in all the games we have played.

“The football we played in the first half against Carlton is the best since I’ve been here. If I’ve got one slight grumble it would be that we haven’t taken our chances in games. Had we done that we would have had a hatful more goals, but that’s is really nitpicking to be honest.”

Hilton played down any talk of a promotion push: “Its far too early in the season to even think about that. Our first target is 40 points. That’s 12 we’ve got now so we have another 28 to get. Its important we get points on the board while we are on a crest of a wave because every team goes through a bad patch at sometime.”

Meanwhile, defender Martyn Scully has joined Retford United on-loan to get in some much-needed football after injury, while Jake Lever has signed for Ossett Town on a permanent deal following his loan spell at Retford.