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It's ten out of ten for Steeton
12:29pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in Sport
Steeton 2 Littletown 0
Steeton went an impressive ten points clear at the top of the Premier Division with their tenth victory on the bounce.
Nearest challengers Bay Athletic have five games in hand on the Chevrons, who have some tough fixtures still to play, but points in the bank at this stage could be crucial.
Again it was a case of a side coming to Summerhill Lane intent on packing the defence and making it difficult for Steeton to break down.
The home side made one change from the previous week, with leading scorer Lee Reilly suffering from flu. he dropped to the bench with Andy King returning to the starting line-up.
Steeton started the game in fine form, with King getting round his full back and laying on a lovely ball to Jamie Longley who, from the edge of the six-yard box, pulled his effort wide.
Andy Holden then broke into the box seconds later and struck the upright as Steeton looked to get off to a flier.
Chris Simpson then managed to wriggle free in the box and pulled his shot just wide before King again went close.
A long throw from Matty Kershaw then caused havoc in the Littletown box and the ball ended up bouncing off the foot of the post for a goal kick.
Steeton took the lead on the half-hour mark when Longley chested the ball to the on-rushing Arley Barnes, who fired into the roof of the net.
It was no more than they deserved in a half that they had dominated.
Damien Whiteoak and Simpson both went close to increasing the lead, while at the other end Littletown had their first strike on goal on the 40-minute mark.
Holden cut in from the right and shot over with the last kick of the half as Steeton looked to double their advantage.
The second half was a more even affair, with Littletown now being forced into being more attack-minded.
They threw an extra man up front in order to take the game to Steeton.
Kershaw headed over from Holden’s cross as the hosts looked to get a further stranglehold on the game.
The second goal arrived after 57 minutes as Pete Hanson won the ball and fed Holden, whose inch-perfect pass found Longley.