First Team vs. Newcastle Town (1 : 2)
Evo-Stik League First Division South
Manager James Colliver must be wondering what he has to do to get Sheffield FC back to winning ways, writes Stuart James, after seeing his side dominate against third placed Newcastle Town – only to lose 2-1 in the cruellest of circumstances.
Club dominated the game for just about all of the 90 minutes at The Home of Football, and were left shaking their heads in disbelief, as James Askey put the visitors up in the 42nd minute. Pat Lindley drew the home side level on 57 minutes, however in keeping with the theme of the afternoon, Newcastle stole the victory on 66 minutes when Hafeez Hamzat steered into his own goal.
Sheffield started the game as if they had a point to prove, and were soon on top, with Sam Finlaw directing traffic from the off. Mohammed Ahmed made an impressive return to the Club early on, making an audacious turn that left the Castle defence flat, and sending a ball to the back post that Niall O’Brien scrambled behind for a corner.
It seemed only a matter of time before the hosts opened the scoring, and when Matt Roney sent a free-kick into the box for Lee Cooksey to head back across goal, Ross Goodwin’s header over the bar probably heralded the start of a trend.
Matt Roney sent a corner in, Goodwin volleyed, the ball deflected wide. Another corner into the box, Goodwin rose unopposed, this time he steered his header well wide.
Ollie Ryan had promised quite a bit in the opening minutes too, however he exited the scene on 26 minutes, limping off with a hamstring pull to be replaced by the returning Reece Treasure.
Roney had a fantastic mazy solo run that left the away side chasing shadows, again though it ended in the same way – close, but no goal.
Then three minutes before the break Newcastle won a corner, Sam Bryant hooked it in, the ball was headed back across goal to ASKEY who directed the ball home.
The second half saw pretty much the same direction of play, but on 57 minutes Sheffield were rewarded from a Roney free-kick, with LINDLEY stooping at the back post to bravely head home.
Any hope that Sheffield had of capitalising on that goal was snuffed out just ten minutes later; Jamie Hadfield was penalised for a handball, Bryant sent the ball into the box – missing everyone – except HAMZAT at the back post who was unable to avoid the ball steering into the net off his leg.
Sheffield FC: Hernandez, Foster, Hamzat, Goodwin, Cooksey ©, Magee, Roney, Finlaw, Ryan, Lindley, Ahmed. Subs: Hadfield, Ingham, Ramsey, Treasure, Royles.
Newcastle Town: Dillon, Bradbury, O’Brien, Smith, J.Askey ©, L.Askey, Cocks, Black, Cole, Lovatt, Bryant. Subs: Vickers, Baker, Beaumont, Downs.
|Lee Cooksey ©||