Boss blasts Stocksbridge defence

Julian Banton, Stocksbridge, on loan from Sheffield United
Julian Banton, Stocksbridge, on loan from Sheffield United
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Stocksbridge manager Darren Schofield has criticised his side’s defending following their latest defeat.

Steels’ winless run stretched to eight games as three first half goals saw Whitby Town leave Bracken Moor with all three-points from a 3-0 victory.

The Seasiders led through a 10th minute Graeme Armstrong effort before two goals from former Middlesbrough, Leeds United and Carlisle striker Craig Farrell sealed Stocksbridge’s fate, the third coming six minutes from the break following a mix up between Ben Scott and Nick Swirad

A disappointed Schofield said; “We just can’t keep a clean sheet at the moment, it’s so frustrating.

“We’ve not defended crosses into the box properly and been punished, the third is just a complete misunderstanding but it shouldn’t have happened.”

Schofield thought his side did much better in the second half.

“Their keeper made a great save from Jules (Julian Banton) and we’ve had a couple of other good chances to get back into it but we’ve left ourselves with too much to do.”

Steels remain 11 points behind the4 safety mark after relegation rivals Frickley Athletic lost 2-0 at home against Ashton Athletic to stay just two points above the drop zone.

Stocksbridge kick-off February at mid-table Ikeston FC on Saturday at the start of a crucial month for the club.

Barwell, who are just outside the relegation places visit Bracken Moor next Saturday followed by a visit to Trafford the following week before Steels round off the month at home against the side currently next to bottom Stafford Rangers.

Schofield knows his team must take maximum points from the two home games and hope to pick up something at Ilkeston and Trafford to give themselves any chance of staying up.