First Team vs. AFC Emley (4 : 1)
Sheffield FC ran out comfortable winners in their latest pre-season game on Tuesday evening, writes Stuart James, as they beat an energetic AFC Emley side 4-1 at the Welfare Ground. A brace from Andrew Gascoigne on 3 minutes and 63 minutes led the way for Club, with James Gregory (30) and Mohammed Tijani (72) grabbing the others, and Matty Jackson scoring a consolation for the hosts on 32 minutes.
Sheffield had the ideal start to the game, when Gregory’s ball from the right picked out GASCOIGNE on the edge of the area, and after one touch the prolific midfielder drove the ball under the keeper.
Club should have extended their lead after James Gregory once again put the ball into the danger area, with Ben Algar having a free header, which disappointingly went wide. Joel Purkiss could also have added to the tally, as Jack Turnbull picked him out with a raking ball, only to see the keeper make a vital save.
The second seemed to come out of nothing, as GREGORY picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, and decided to take his chances with spectacular results that left the goalkeeper floundering.
That deficit was halved moments later, as Brett Souter could only parry an effort into the path of JACKSON, who had the easy job of slotting into the empty net.
The second half saw more attacking football from Sheffield, and the experienced Scott Maxfield was the next to put in an excellent through ball, with Purkiss once again denied by the keeper.
Derry Robson produced some outrageous skill to leave the defence in his wake, sending the ball through to Andrew Gascoigne, once more though the keeper came to the rescue.
There was no stopping GASCOIGNE minutes later, a long ball from Turnbull picked out the Sheffield man, the first-time volley was only palmed out, with the follow up making it 3-1.
Charlie Dawes was denied from making it four, as another good save kept the score down, after Gascoigne sent the substitute free.
The scoring was complete when Dawes turned provider, setting the ball to TIJANI on the left, with the youngster curling an outrageous shot that sailed into the top corner from an awkward angle 25 yards from goal.