• First Team VS.  Gresley F.C. (3 : 0)
  • First Team VS.  Gresley F.C. (3 : 0)
  • First Team VS.  Gresley F.C. (3 : 0)
  • First Team VS.  Gresley F.C. (3 : 0)

First Team VS. Gresley F.C. (3 : 0)


Saturday, 6 April, 2019 - 15:00 - Evo-Stik League East Division

A clinical second half performance from Sheffield Club gave them three vital points in their play-off ambitions, writes Stuart James, whilst adding further woes to Gresley in their attempt to avoid relegation from Step Four. After a battle in the first half, Club ensured all three points with three goals without reply, as Johnny Pugh, Marc Newsham and Luke Rawson all found the back of the net to give a 3-0 victory. With Sheffield playing up the slope in the first half, it was they who went close in the opening seconds, with Johnny Pugh’s effort going close after good build up from Alfie Eagle, Marc Newsham and Ben Turner. 

 Gresley soon found their stride, and went very close following a Marc Branch corner, Lei Brown being denied by a goal line clearance by Alfie Eagle. Moments later Kane Lee was denied by Jordan Amissah in the Sheffield goal, with the keeper seeing the deflected low shot very late and doing well to parry to safety, with Amissah doing well to deny another effort from Lee a few minutes later. In injury time Gresley had their best chance to get something from a dominant half, with Callum Riddell the one denied in a goalmouth scramble, as his attempt was cleared off the line by Ben Turner. With the advantage of the slope in the second half, Club were quick to take advantage, and on 49 minutes they took the lead. Mark Branch conceded a silly free-kick on the edge of the area, hauling John Pugh down from behind, and from the free-kick up stepped Pugh to curl a beauty into the far corner giving Ben Allsop no chance. 

 Whilst it was all Sheffield from here, chances were at a premium, as the conditions were starting to lend themselves to a scrappy aerial battle in midfield. One moment of quality came when Mitchell Dunne was set free from midfield, with the striker’s dipping effort from 20 yards beating Allsop all ends up, only to rattle the crossbar and bounce to safety. The introduction of Luke Rawson started to pay dividends almost immediately, with the substitute playing a neat one-two with Marc Newsham, ending with Newsham seeing his shot whistle inches wide. 

 This was to be the prelude of a scoring spree, as seconds later Rawson robbed Branch on the wing to set Ted Cribley free, Cribley showing great vision to pick out Newsham in the middle who coolly chipped the ball over the head of Ben Allsop and into the net. Two was soon to become three as Club’s relentless pressure cause yet more sloppy play in the Gresley defence, this time Alfie Eagle was the one to gain possession to set Marc Newsham free on goal, and showing great unselfishness squared the ball to Rawson, who had no problem sweeping the ball home for 3-0. With the match all but sewn up, the chances started to dry up, with Club’s best opportunity coming from James Gregory, a strike from distance that went just over. As a last hurrah the hosts finished with a bit of spirit, with substitute Spencer Weir-Daley clipping the bar with a shot from the right and following it up seconds later with a shot just wide of the far post. 

 Gresley FC: 1 Ben Allsop, 2 Cameron Steele, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Albert Lansdowne , 5 Mark Smith, 6 Jacob Sturgess, 7 Callum Riddell, 8 Bradley Lawley, 9 Kane Lee (Devante Reittie 61'), 10 Micha Edwards (Connor Deards 72'), 11 Lei Brown (Spencer Weir-Dailley 82') Subs: 12 Joshua Mckenzie, 14 Spencer Weir-Dailley, 15 Jake McIntosh, 16 Devante Reittie, 17 Connor Deards 

Sheffield FC: 1 Jordan Amissah, 2 Ben Turner, 3 Alfie Eagle, 4 Richard Patterson (Andrew Gascoigne 51'), 5 Ashley Grayson, 6 Adam Chapman, 7 John Pugh (Edward Cribley 63'), 8 Samuel Wright, 9 Mitchell Dunne (Luke Rawson 75'), 10 Marc Newsham, 11 James Gregory Subs: 12 Jamie Yates, 14 Luke Rawson, 15 Andrew Gascoigne, 16 Edward Cribley, 17 Elvis Otim Attendance: 172