STEETON were brought back down to earth after finishing on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller at Atherton LR in the NWCFL Division One North on Saturday.

Goals from Jack Lynn and Andy Briggs saw the Chevrons twice take the lead in an action-packed first half, but two Travis Boyles stunners and a Luke Nicholls header saw the hosts complete the turnaround shortly before the interval.

In a second half where both sides lacked quality, an Amarzou Yacin penalty secured the points for the hosts with four minutes remaining, though there was still time for Kayle Price to continue his electric form, with his spot-kick reducing the arrears in injury time.

Attacking up the slope, Steeton made a lively start and were again ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Joe Snowden intercepted the ball before finding Briggs, who had the freedom of the right wing to cross for the onrushing Lynn to smash in his second of the season at the far post.

Minutes later, the visitors came close to doubling their advantage when Atherton goalkeeper Joel Fletcher handled the ball outside of the box, but Toby Jeffrey’s free-kick delivery was put narrowly wide by Briggs.

Both goalkeeper Jordan Moorhouse, making his first appearance of the season to replace the injured George Bristol, and captain Jerry White, made crucial blocks as Atherton pushed forward, but the pair could do little to prevent the equaliser with 19 minutes on the clock.

After being played in by Sam James, Boyles drove forward before curling a thunderous 30-yard strike past Moorhouse and into the bottom right corner.

However, the Chevrons were back in front seven minutes later, with Lynn repaying the favour by crossing for an unmarked Briggs to power a diving header into the back of the net.

That only fuelled the hosts, who twice came close to scoring, before Yacin and Boyles played a one-two, the latter unleashing another 30-yard screamer past an outstretched Moorhouse.

From the restart, Atherton won a free-kick that was headed clear, but the resulting corner caused havoc inside the Steeton penalty area, with Nicholls heading the ball home from close range to put his side in front.

Despite being a goal down, the visitors started the better of the two sides after the interval and were perhaps unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty when Price appeared to have been tripped inside the box.

The introduction of Tom Robinson ten minutes into the half saw Steeton improve, with Mo Farhan Subhani and Price fizzing efforts wide of the post after being played in by the experienced midfielder.

With chances few and far between for either team, the match became feisty at times, with both sides seeing players go into the book.

Steeton pushed everyone forward in search of an equaliser, but left themselves vulnerable to the counter, with Boyles continuing a man of the match display by winning a penalty in the 85th minute.

Yacin stepped up to take the spot-kick, sending Moorhouse the wrong way and sealing the points for the hosts.

The Chevrons did pull a goal back in the second minute of injury time when a Toby Jeffrey corner was handled on the line by James, who was then sent off, with Price making no mistake from the spot with a powerful strike that was parried into the roof of the net.

The result sees Steeton leapfrogged by their opponents and drop to 14th, with all attention now turning to a local derby at Ilkley Town tonight (kick-off 8pm).