First Team vs. Rotherham United (0 : 3)

Tuesday, 17 July, 2018 - 19:30

Sheffield FC put up a good showing against a strong Rotherham United side, however a late flurry gave the Millers an emphatic looking victory, with the visitors winning 3-0.

As expected Rotherham made all the early pressing, with both Jon Taylor and Michael Smith having efforts on goal, neither really testing the Sheffield keeper. 

Club looked lively, and were far from shy going forward, with former Clubbie loanee Laurence Bilboe doing well to bravely stop Marc Newsham. 

The home keeper Sam Turton, making his first start for the World's First, was tested for the first time in the game from a David Ball shot - fortunately for the hosts it was well dealt with. 

With ten minutes of the first half remaining the Millers were awarded a penalty, Sam Wright judged to have tripped Ryan Williams just inside the area, however Turton was more than up to the task saving Smith's spot-kick and the following two rebounds. 

Rotherham started to turn the screw before the break, Ball forced a good one handed save from Turton, from Taylor's resulting corner Richard Wood headed against the bar, with Ball heading Ryan Williams' cross wide. 

It took just three minutes of the second half for the visitors to break the deadlock, Turton could only parry Taylor's shot, with Smith having the easiest of tap-ins. 

Club went perilously close to equalising on the hour, Andrew Gascoigne's free-kick deflected onto the bar, with Bilboe beaten all ends up. 

With fifteen to go Sheffield went close again, as Jamie Yates free-kick was half cleared, with Ant Mackie's shot from 20-yards-out being spectacularly saved by Bilboe. 

Turton cemented his man of the match award, making another fine reflex save, denying Joshua Kayode's shot from close range.

There was nothing the keeper could do in the 87th minute, as a quick throw on the left wing found Smith on the edge of the area, with the lanky striker spinning to volley a spectacular finish to make it 2-0.

Seconds later it was 3-0, as Jon Taylor had his shot parried out, giving another easy finish from close range with Ball tapping home. 

Sheffield FC: Turton, Turner, Eagle, Wright, Winter, Lawrence, Yates, Gascoigne, Newsham, Osborne, Gregory. Subs: Hutchinson, Mackie, Mohammed, Hastings, Downes, Dawes, Kay, Fairhurst, Ingham.
Rotherham United: Bilboe, Hird, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock, Taylor, Williams, Palmer, Smith, Ball, McGinley. Subs: Kayode, Parkin, Hames