First Team vs. Worksop Town (3 : 1)
Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup
Sheffield FC made surprisingly easy work in progressing to Round Two of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup, writes Stuart James, as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Worksop Town. The hero of the evening was undoubtedly Conor Hall, who’s hat-trick of clinical finishes killed off the Tigers, with a late Jack Andrews header a mere consolation for the hosts.
Club were expecting this to be a similar stumbling block as last season, where ex-SFC manager Mark Shaw came back to haunt his old employers, beating Andy Kiwomya’s side 1-0. This time there was only one winner from the off as Sheffield got a dream start; a miss-hit clearance from goalkeeper Chris Butt in the 4th minute evaded everyone in midfield, eventually finding HALL unmarked who skipped away to tuck the ball under Jon Kennedy.
It was 2-0 on 30 minutes, as Sam Finlaw threaded the ball to Pat Lindley, who in turn passed inside to HALL, again the Sheffield United loanee made no mistake with the finish.
There was a worrying five minutes just before the break, as the Sheffield FC injury jinx struck again, this time seeing both wide players Liam Royles and Mohammed Hamid hobble off after heavy challenges.
It was all over as a contest just before the hour mark, another aimless ball into Club territory was headed out and clear by Hafeez Hamzat, a big header that sailed over into the path of HALL who was calmness once again to make it 3-0.
Town pulled one back on 70 minutes, as ex-Clubbie Charlie Dawes’ corner picked out substitute ANDREWS in the box, who powered home his header – his first touch of the game.
Despite pulling a way back into the game, Worksop never really looked like pulling the result back in their favour, with Sheffield looking comfortable soaking up the pressure and more likely to score on the counterattack.
Worksop’s misery was complete three minutes from time, as Conor Hall once again found himself clear through on goal - and probably fearing it would be another certain score for the young number 9 – Kieran Fenton pulled the Sheffield player to the floor, with referee Luke Watson having no hesitation in brandishing a red card.
Worksop Town: Kennedy ©, Hodder, Fenton, Booth, Lawrence, Adams, Dawes, Harrison, Husbands, Scott, Sibenge. Subs: Andrews, Jordan, Hawkins, Pugh, Johnson.
Sheffield FC: Butt, Foster, Hamzat, Goodwin, Hadfield, Magee, Royles, Finlaw ©, Hall, Lindley, Hamid. Subs: Denton, Ingham, Ramsey, Gregory, Treasure.
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