First Team vs. Market Drayton Town (9 : 0)
Evo-Stik League First Division South
Sheffield FC ran up the 2016/17 season’s highest score in the Evo-Stik Division One South on Tuesday evening, writes Stuart James, as they coasted to an astonishing 9-0 victory over a shell-shocked Market Drayton Town.
After hitting the Gingerbreadmen for five at Greenfields earlier on in the season, Club continued the rich form against the Shropshire outfit, giving a massive confidence boost after failing to win since January.
Club started the game with a series of early attacks, and should have taken an early lead if not for a fine block by Ash Rawlins in the Drayton goal, denying what looked to be a comfortable chance for Matt Roney.
The lead eventually came in the 14th minute, Alex Pursehouse putting the ball into the mix, with skipper Lee Cooksey rattling home from close range.
It was 2-0 on 25 minutes, as a long ball over the top was flicked on by Danny South’s head, giving Alex Rippon a clear run on goal – one that was finished with a cool head, putting the hosts well in control.
Sheffield weren’t having it all their own way and Town pressed on regardless to try and get back into the game, with the hosts thankful for a spectacular save from Chris Butt, tipping over a drive from distance by the impressive Will Whieldon.
The third goal came on 31 minutes, another ball into the box saw James Gregory get to the ball first, with his little chip deflected into the goal beyond by Rawlins.
Alex Rippon – making his home debut – was having an impressive show, and found himself once more behind the defensive line with only the keeper to beat moments later after an exquisite through ball from debutant Brad Nicholson, this time Rawlins came out on top, deflecting the ball inches wide of the post.
The chances were coming thick and fast, and after Danny South missed the target, Alex Rippon’s header from a powerful Matt Roney cross went inches over.
It was 4-0 on 37 minutes, more chaos in the visitors’ box saw Pat Lindley drive the ball against the bar, Danny South however was there to volley the ball home through the crowd of bodies.
The second half was only moments old when Sheffield got their fifth, Alex Rippon tripped in the box for a penalty, up stepped Matt Roney who was calmness personified to strike home.
Ten minutes later it was 6-0, Alex Rippon tickled the ball to James Gregory in the left wing channel, his low cross left the defence stranded and Matt Roney the task of putting home from a tight angle.
As Sheffield continued to pile forward, Drayton’s misery continued, and they found themselves down to ten men shortly after. Danny South bursting through the middle, being upended on the edge of the box by James O’Neill, with referee David Jones showing a red card.
Despite getting an absolute thumping on the scoreboard, the visitors continued to throw forward, and nearly got their consolation when substitute Aiden Houghton’s drive was deflected over the bar.
The one man advantage didn’t seem to be having much effect on the game, however the introduction of pocket dynamo Mohammed Tijani livened things up, and within a minute had helped add to the total.
Tijani’s bow into the game saw him combine nicely with Danny South, setting the ball up on a plate for Alex Rippon, who made no mistake from close range.
Seven soon became eight, as another ball from the right picked out Danny South, who dropped his shoulder to create space for a fine drive.
The mauling was completed in the last ten minutes, as substitute Liam Royles’ corner created chaos in trhe box, with Alex Rippon completing his hat-trick by driving the ball through the mêlée.
Sheffield FC: Butt, Pursehouse, Nicholson, Lindley, Cooksey ©, Magee, Roney, Goodwin, South, Rippon, Gregory. Subs: Royles, Gascoigne, Ibrahim, Morton, Hanna.
Market Drayton Town: Rawlins, Gregory, Buxton, Ellis, McMullen ©, O’Neill, Campbell, Beddows, James, Whieldon, Covey. Subs: Porter, Haughton, Whittingham, Edge, Davies.
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