Brad Grayson, who has rejoined Stocksbridge
Brad Grayson, who has rejoined Stocksbridge
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Stocksbridge boss Chris Hilton ended his search for a new striker by landing Brad Grayson from Goole AFC.

Hilton had been on the lookout since the departure of Nathan Joynes at the beginning of the month and was delighted to have signed Grayson who was being persued by other clubs.

“Brad will give us something different. He has got pace and likes to run at defenders,” said Hilton.

Grayson had a brief spell at Bracken Moor towards the end of last season after former boss Darren Schofield signed him from Matlock Town. He then moved to Australia to link up with Adelaide side Cumberland United, signing for Evo-Stik Division One South rivals Goole on his return at the end of the summer.

Hilton has also brought in Kieran Scargill a competitive central midfielder from Athersley Recreation.

Both players made their debuts in the 2-0 defeat at Carlton Town which left Hilton disappointed with the result but not the performance. “The lads, they gave me everything,” said the Steels boss. “We created six or seven really good chances, hit the bar and post and had another cleared off the line. If we continue to create that many chances then we are going to win more games than we lose.”

Rory Coleman had one effort cleared off the line and also hit the post and the bar. Steels were also denied a clear penalty when Grayson was pulled back in the area.

“If we had still been playing now we wouldn’t have scored, it was just one of those games,” said Hilton.

The defeat left Stocksbridge in 18th of 22 teams and six points outside the bottom two. But with hree of the next four games at Bracken Moor against Loughborough Dynamo, Spalding United and Chasetown with a just a trip to Newcastle United sandwiched in between on Saturday December 6, Steels will be hoping they can take advantage and start to climb the table.