Shaw full of praise for new signings after Stocksbridge win
Sheffield picked up some vital points yesterday when they defeated Sheffield rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels 2-1 in The Evo-Stik First Division South, writes Luke Phelps. In challenging conditions, they battled with 10-man Stocksbridge till the very end, coming from behind late on to grab the win.
After a cagey start Sheffield grew into the game and were unlucky to not be going in for half-time with the lead. The restart was similar and 10 minutes in Stocksbridge goalkeeper David Reay was shown a straight red card for handling the ball outside the box. Mark Shaw's men were well and truly in the driving seat, but it was hosts Stocksbridge who took the lead on 75 – a lead which lasted no more than a minute when youngster Luke Francis came off the bench to score his first senior goal for Club.
With less than 10 minutes remaining skipper Adam Chapman scored a goal which will be talked about for some time to come, picking out the top corner with a thunderous strike from thirty yards out. The win means Sheffield are now 4 games unbeaten on the road, starting their new year in the best possible way.
Speaking after the game, manager Mark Shaw said: “We did really well today... the effort, the attitude and the application was superb. We’ve got to give them credit when they do well. It was lucky for us because we had an extra day to prepare because we didn’t have a game on Saturday - Stocksbridge had 2 days to prepare.”
The game was contested between two sides desperate for New Year win and emotions were high on the side-lines: “I’m that kind of person” said Shaw, “I try to get my point across, try and get the best out of the players. I’ve been disappointed over the last few weeks, just not having that chance to get the results we deserve.”
Shaw’s team selection featured several new signings and he claims they’re settling in well. “Leon (Osbourne) has come in today up front - We needed a striker and he’s done really well.” Another debutant was Reon Potts who came off the bench and was pivotal in the equalizing goal: “I know Reon from when I was at Sheffield United – a very good player and I’m sure he’ll have a bright future.”
Next up for Sheffield is Spalding on Saturday in what will be their first home game of 2018. Speaking ahead of the fixture, Shaw said: “We’ve got to see what we're like with injuries, that’s the first thing... We’re trying to do a few deals just to improve the squad and to give people who are injured that little bit of time to recover.”
See Sheffield in action next Saturday from 3pm at The Coach & Horses.