First Team vs. Chasetown (1 : 1)
Evo-Stik League First Division South
Sheffield FC battled to a well-earned 1-1 draw against play-off bound Chasetown, writes Stuart James, and as a result ensured mathematical safety against the feared drop to Step Five football.
The Scholars were good value for money as far as their league position suggested, taking a 38th minute lead through George Cater, with the home side producing a response that summed up the past month with a spectacular equaliser from Jamie Yates on 67 minutes.
Club started the brightest, but it was the visitors that made the first chance, with young keeper Jamie Yates making a good save from James O’Neill’s header from a Will Whieldon corner.
Sheffield showed some good football after breaking from a good advantaged played by referee Kenwyn Hughes, with Andrew Gascoigne, Ben Turner, Waide Fairhurst and Joel Purkiss combining to force a stop from Curtis Pond.
Purkiss went close moments later with a header, after some excellent play down the right once again involving a lively Gascoigne, with Alex Brown providing a telling cross.
It would be fair to say at this point the hosts were well and truly on top, and following a James Gregory break down the wing, Brown’s effort at the back post was wide of the mark.
The home side’s fragility at the back is one thing that has caused concerns of late, and it was almost a calamity of the highest order with Julian Lawrence crashing a header against his own bar, with no Chasetown player in the vicinity.
Chasetown eventually took the lead just before the break; a drive from Jack Langston was only parried out by Ingham, allowing CATER an easy finish from close range.
The restart saw Sheffield doing all the pressing, going close with a ball across the face of the goal, with no-one able to get the vital touch.
Despite doing all the pressing, it was Chasetown who had the better of the chances, with Matt Hardman blasting wide after a Cater assist, and Ingham producing another fine stop from Nick Wellecomme.
The scores were levelled midway through the half in spectacular fashion, a ball across the park dropped straight into the path of YATES who sent a dipping volley from 30 yards, giving Pond absolutely no chance.
Both teams started to look leg-weary however the high tempo continued for the rest of the game, but the chances dried up, with the best effort in the last 20 minutes falling to Chasetown’s Langston who pulled his shot narrowly wide.
Sheffield FC: Ingham, Turner, Brown, Winter ©, Lawrence, Chapman, Yates, Gascoigne, Fairhurst, Purkiss, Gregory. Subs: Lindley, Worrall, Morrison, Wigley, Roney.
Chasetown: Pond, Hayward, M.O’Reilly, Baker, O’Neill, J.O’Reilly, J.Lovatt, Langston ©, Wellecomme, Whieldon, Cater. Subs: Mzungwana, Dundas, Hardman, C.Lovatt, Smith.
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