Steelers boys on their mettle to beat Bradley
SW STEELERS maintained their Division One title charge in the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League with a fine 4-2 win at AFC Bradley.
The visitors took the lead when Dave German floated a superb free-kick to Luke Borrill who headed home.
Minutes later, Borrill was then brought down in the area, giving Steelers a chance to double their advantage.
Kyle Bensley stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot kick to put his side two up.
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The deficit was halved just before the break when Stu Turner finished his chance well for Bradley.
However, Bensley couldn't be stopped in the second half, and he went on to grab two goals in two minutes and complete an impressive hat-trick.
He first converted a cross from close range before striking an unstoppable free-kick from 25 yards minutes later.
Bradley did get a consolation goal late on through Luke Martin, but Steelers could have made it five at the death when they were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon.
However, goalkeeper James Fenty, who had come up from the back to take the spot kick, saw his effort saved by his opposite number Olly Boyd.
After the game, Steelers secretary Les Brechin said: "This was not a good game to watch – it was a typical first game back after the Christmas break.
"We were lucky in that we had few chances but thankfully we came away with three points."
He added: "Next week will be a sterner test when we play top-of-the-table Humberston.
"We've not come across them before on our way up the divisions.
"We know they have proven goalscorers in Louis Grant and Liam Davis and we'll have to play better than we did at the weekend to come away with anything."
In Division Three, Zane Cape's brace set East Trans Pelham on their way to a 4-2 away win at Millfields.
Josh Burns and Ben Drinkall were also on the scoresheet for Trans who leap-frogged their opponents to go second.
RIS FC hit Tap and Spile 2nds for six in their Division Four clash.
Tap took an early two-goal lead before RIS' Jon Blackman found Sean Smyth with a fine cross, and Smyth finished smartly in the bottom corner to pull one back.
Tap soon restored their two-goal advantage, but when Smyth was found again on the edge of the area, he chested the ball down and volleyed spectacularly into the top corner.
After the break, Danny Scrimshaw's superb 20-yard strike equalised for Tap to bring the scores level at 3-3.
Jake Nicholls then found Cameron Smyth who slotted cooly past the goalkeeper to put RIS back into the lead.
Scott Davidson then rounded off the win by knocking in another two goals to ensure that a late strike for Tap was only a consolation, as the score finished 6-4.