Grayson back in groove as Stocksbridge edge nearer safety

Stocksbridge star Brad Grayson
Stocksbridge star Brad Grayson
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Stocksbridge edged closer to safety as a 1-1 draw with promotion chasing Gresley FC made it four points from the last two outings.

It would have been maximum points had it not been for a Gresley stoppage time equaliser.

Brad Grayson had earlier given Stocksbridge the lead on the hour, and only some good saves from the visitors’ goalkeeper Liam Roberts kept Gresley in the game.

It was Grayson’s first goal since scoring twice in a 3-2 win at Newcastle Town at the beginning of December - but boss Chris Hilton has never doubted the striker would get back amongst the goals.

“I’ve had no worries about Brad,” said Hilton.

“He’s been getting into scoring positions every week he just needed one to go into the net.

“All strikers go through barren spells, but he’s worked hard, got his goal and was unlucky not have scored a couple more.

“I’m sure now he’s got one he will go on and get a handful before the end of the season.”

Hilton was without the services of Rory Coleman, Jacob Lever, Danny Critchlow, Martyn Scully, Lee Thompson and Sam Andrew against Gresley.

Lee Garside was named on the bench, with the skipper carrying an ankle knock.

Nevertheless, the Steels boss felt his patched up side should have come away with all three points.

He said: “I thought we passed the ball really well and caused them (Gresley) a lot of problems.

“We deserved to win the game and although I would have settled for a point beforehand, the late equaliser was a bit of a sickener.”

Hilton admitted that Garside had been rested over the last couple of games.

“Lee’s done really well this season and wants to play in every game,” the Steels boss said.

“He’s been carrying an injury niggle so I thought it was ideal time to give him a little breather.

“Lee is not the sort of player that throws his toys out of the pram when he’s left out.

“He understands it’s a squad game.”

Garside is the club’s leading scorer this season, with 10 goals.