Ravens Steel The Points From Stocksbridge
Six goal second half thriller
This was definitely the old cliche of a game of two halves as The Ravens ran out winners 4-2 at Owen St with a debut goal from Tom Byrne, strikes from Jake Woolley and Alex Dean plus a wonder goal from Nat Watson.
With Jared Holmes suspended and Ellis Storey only fit enough to be named on the bench Tommy Brookbanks restored Barry Deacon and Josh Morrall to the starting line up.
With a strong wind blowing around Owen St decent football was at a premium in the first half which the visitors prbably just about had the better of. They created the first chance of the game when tricky winger Kler Heh got to the bye line and crossed in for Richard Stirrup to toe poke the ball just wide when e was well placed to score. Stocksbridge again pressed and another cross, this time from Danny Critchlow was put in but Lee Garside again spurned a great opportunity.
Coalville's first chance came on the half hour mark as Watson floated the ball in from a corner and centre half Jamie McAteer saw his header go over the bar. The home side were finally finding a bit of rhythm and Josh Raven crossed for Woolley but his shot was saved by Sam Andrew.
At half time Brookbanks brought on Tom Byrne for his first team debut in place of Morrall and switch to a 3-5-2 formation. It didn't take the new man long to make his mark. The second half was less than two minutes old as Dean put in a great cross from the right and Byrne put his diving header past Andrew to score with his second touch.
Jacob Lever broke down the wing and his cross was headed behind by Sam Saunders. The corner came in and Liam MacFadyen rose highest to head the ball past Bowles.
The Steels were on level terms for two minutes before Byrne was in the thick of the action again. He crossed from the right and top scorer Woolley got across his man to glance in his 21st league goal of the season.
Coalville's third is a definite contender for goal of the season and would have graced any level of game. Nat Watson picked the ball up in the centre cirlce, clanced up and noticed Andrew off his line and let fly with a shot from the halfway line which flew into the goal without bouncing.
As the game went into injury time Alex Dean recived the ball in the penalty area and having avoided a challenge hit a low shot past the despairing Andrew.
The scoring wasn't over as substitute Joshua Wright hit a powerful 25 yard which left Sean Bowles rooted to the spot.
In the end Coalville have played better than this and lost in recent weeks but the three points are still welcome as they look to finsih the season on a high.