Steels’ quality just too much for gritty Armthorpe

On target: Steels' Jack Muldoon fires in a shot  against Armthorpe.      Picture: Steve ellis
On target: Steels' Jack Muldoon fires in a shot against Armthorpe. Picture: Steve ellis
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STOCKSBRIDGE overcame a Armthorpe Welfare 3-1 in their first qualifying round FA Cup replay at Bracken Moor with all the goals coming in the second half.

Steels fullback Anthony Lloyd made a tremendous goal line clearance to prevent Joe Winsden giving Armthorpe an 18th minute lead. Brian Cusworth, on his debut, had a great chance but saw his shot from 18 yards was saved by Jamie Green in the visitors’ goal.

Steels had another chance on 25 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Jack Muldoon had been brought down. But Green, who in the first match had saved a Lloyd penalty, this time denied Colin Marrison.

Three minutes later a clumsy challenge by Jamie Riordan brought Armthorpe a penalty, and this time Ben Scott saved from Adam Lee.

The deadlock was broken on 55 minutes when Cusworth headed in from a Marrison free-kick. Five minutes later Steels went two up with a 25-yard Andy Ring angled drive into the far corner.

Armthorpe pulled one back on 65 minutes, substitute Stewart Preston sending Lee scampering away to score with a good finish on the run past Scott.

Stocksbridge restored their two-goal cushion five minutes later. Substitute Mark Ward flicked the ball on for Ring to score with an acrobatic mid-air volley from 12-yards. Stocksbridge now meet Blue Square North side Colwyn Bay at Bracken Moor on Saturday, October 1.

In the Baris NCEL, Dinnington Town lost 6-1 at home to Albion Sports.