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Steeton denied as Gayle hits late winner
Bay Athletic 3 Steeton 2
Steeton suffered last-minute heartache as reigning champions Bay Athletic came from a goal down to snatch the points.
The visitors suffered a blow when goalkeeper Phil Rishton was ruled out through injury. Paul Linyard was drafted back in, while Tim Hird was handed his full debut in central midfield.
Persistent drizzle throughout the morning had produced a surface that was conductive to a fast passing game.
Steeton had the first opportunity when Andy King fired over after good work from Danny McNulty. But it was the home side who struck the first blow when Simeon Fletcher crossed from the left and Craig Burns superbly lobbed the ball back across goal, giving Linyard no chance.
Kitson Gayle headed wide from close range as the home side began to turn the screw. Gayle then missed a great opportunity when Linyard punched through a ruck of players and, with himself and Sam Rooke on the floor, the Bay number nine sliced wide.
Steeton were struggling to get a grip on the game and chances were limited as Damien Whiteoak and Hird tried to take charge of the midfield.
So it was slightly against the run of play when they levelled as Michael Rhodes slipped in Andy Holden and his cross clipped the heel of a defender to give Bay keeper Graham McClachlan no chance as the ball spun over his head.
Now Steeton were finally on the front foot and King tested the keeper, who did well to block, while Adam Spencer struck a first-time shot that McClachlan blocked with his legs.
The second half saw a much more open game, with both sides throwing men forward at every opportunity.
Fletcher had a shot blocked by Linyard’s legs, while at the other end Lee Reilly dinked the ball over the keeper only for it to creep just over the bar.
Bay should have take the lead when a cross from the right was met by Carl Aitken, who wastefully headed wide.
And it was Steeton who edged in front when a quick free-kick was fed in to King, whose shot was blocked only for Holden to be quickest to react.
The lead only lasted five minutes. Linyard was penalised as he tried to claw the ball away and Gayle stepped up to confidently smash the penalty home.
Both sides pushed for a winner and it was the home side who grabbed it at the death. Ben Harrison was allowed to slip the ball through to Gayle, who smashed home from close range.
Steeton boss Roy Mason said: “It was a great game and, despite a shaky start, we matched Bay in every area.
“I was disappointed for the players, who really put in a shift and deserved something from the game.
“Bay have proved to be the team to beat over the past few seasons but we have shown vast improvement and have now proved that we can compete with them on an equal footing.”
Steeton: Linyard, Rhodes, McNulty, Kershaw, Rooke, Whiteoak, Holden, Hird, Reilly, Spencer (Longley), King: Subs not used: Hanson, Barnes, Rishton.
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