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McNulty's strike wins it for Steeton
12:49pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Kirkburton 1 Steeton 2
Under the shadow of the Emley Moor TV mast, Steeton came from behind to secure the points after falling behind to a wonder strike.
Steeton made one change from the 2-1 home victory over Storthes Hall, with Andy Foster slotting in at right back due to the unavailability of Michael Rhodes.
The Chevrons started in the ascendancy, getting plenty of joy down the hosts’ left-hand side and could have gone ahead as early as the fifth minute.
Andy King’s good work allowed him to play in Lee Reilly, who beat the offside trap only to see his shot cannon off the right-hand post from a tight angle.
Kirkburton’s game-plan was clear – get the ball forward as quickly as possible to bustling centre forward Damien Sykes, but Sam Rooke and Matthew Kershaw at the heart of the defence dealt with this threat.
Kirkburton were being restricted to pot shots from outside the penalty area and, after ten minutes, Phil Rishton got down easily at his right-hand post after a slip by Andy Foster.
Reilly curled a shot wide after a precision ball from Adam Spencer, while Andy Holden fired over after interchanging passes with King.
Steeton should have gone ahead after 37 minutes when King again fed Reilly, who took advantage of a slip by a defender and rounded the keeper, only to shoot weakly, the defender clearing off the line.
Three minutes later, Kirkburton’s policy of shoot on sight nearly paid off when Rishton had to tip over.
However, a minute later, and against the run of play, Kirkburton took the lead when Jordan Tindle was allowed to drift inside and rifle the ball home from 25 yards.
The second half continued as the first had, and with Jack Ogalbe and Damien Whiteoak mopping up the loose balls in midfield, Steeton continued to dominate but Whiteoak blazed over after a mazy Holden run.
Parity was restored on the hour when Spencer found Reilly in space, and he tucked the ball home.
Nicky McNally replaced King but this did not upset Steeton’s rhythm and, with their superior fitness, they deservedly went ahead in the 75th minute when the home defence allowed Holden to find Danny McNulty from a short corner, and he curled the ball home from the edge of the box.
Kirkburton then huffed and puffed but keeper Rishton was rarely troubled.
Delighted Steeton assistant manager Rob Horton said: “It’s never easy going to Kirkburton, but I thought all the players put in a great shift and we thoroughly deserved the points.”
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