First Team vs. Derby County (1 : 1)

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 - 19:30
Friendly

Sheffield FC draw 1-1 with nearby rivals Derby County in this mid-season friendly, which featured several players from the development team and trialists, writes Luke Phelps.

After an open start to the game Grant Ryan put the home side in the lead just before the break. Visiting Derby got back into the game midway through the second, when Jaden Mitchell-Lawson finished from close.

Manager Mark Shaw made four changes to the side that beat Newcastle Town at the weekend. Julian Lawrence, Jamie Yates, Callum Harrison and James Gregory all start in place of Jamie Hadfield, Cecil Nyoni, Sam Finlaw and Andrew Gascoigne.

Sheffield kicked off under the lights as they faced a Derby team led by youth coach and former Premier League midfielder Rory Delap.

The opening stages of the game were a very open, but neither team had much to talk about. Derby's first chance of the game fell to Jordan Brown when he picked up a corner on the edge of the box, but blazed a half-volley over the bar.

Delap’s side consisted mainly of youth and development players, his team however began to have the better possession in the first fifteen minutes. Tyler Williams began the game as he finished the last one, using his blistering pace to get in behind the Derby defence but failing to craft any chances.

Neither team was creating chances, the home side were almost gifted one however, when forward Grant Ryan chased down the keeper who fumbled his clearance, a Derby defender was on hand to clear.

County's Mitchell-Lawson had a similar style of play to Sheffield’s Williams, and looked to be the biggest threat for the visitors. He too could not create a goal-scoring opportunity for his side.

Morgan Whittaker had half a chance for the visitors when he opted to shoot instead of cross, but sent his shot high over Louis Jones goal.

Sheffield had a chance themselves not long after, when striker Ryan who scored against Newcastle at the weekend, but curled his effort wide of the post from twenty yards.

It was Ryan who got the game’s first goal and just minutes after his first effort of the game. Winger Gregory cut into the Derby penalty box from right, and set-up Ryan (42) for a goal which he dispatched confidently.

The game had suddenly sprung into life, after taking the lead Sheffield let Derby’s Cameron Cresswell through, only to put his effort over Jones’ goal and brought an end to the first half.

It was almost the worst restart possible for Sheffield, when Mitchell-Lawson picked up a stray back-pass and weaved into the penalty box. The winger's shot on goal was met with a firm save by the legs of Jones.

Yates featured in central midfield for club today, usually featuring higher up the pitch. He had a chance after the restart when the ball bounced to him on the edge of the box, but Yates skewed his volley wide.

Ben Algar was another player who started in an unfamiliar position today. The Dronfield-born winger played behind Ryan in the ‘number 10’ role today, and tested Derby's Sam French when he fizzed a shot in from 25 yards.

As the clock kept ticking, Derby continued to have possession in Sheffield’s half and came close to a chance when Buchanan drilled a low ball into the box from the right-hand side. Defender Adam Chapman was on hand to clear the danger.

Almost out of nowhere, County were back on level terms. A good passing move saw a ball split through the Sheffield defence and into the path of Mitchell-Lawson (71), who slotted past Jones into the bottom left corner.

The pressure was coming thick and fast now from Derby, Whittaker had a spectacular curling effort pushed out for a corner by an equally good save from Jones in the Sheffield goal.

The Home side didn’t have much in the way of attacks in the second half, but had a couple in quick succession. First it was youth defender Lawrence who’s strike from range was comfortably saved, and then youth player Luke Francis who burst past Derby defenders and found himself one on one with French, who was equal to the shot.

The equaliser looked to have taken the sting outbid the game, as both teams’ players out the final ten.

Sheffield FC: Jones, Turner, Lawrence, Chapman, Brown, Williams, Yates, Harrison, Gregory, Algar, Ryan.

Derby County: Fryatt, Buchanan, Rashid, Thomas, Minkley, Wise, Brown, Dixon, Whittaker, Cresswell, Mitchell-Lawson

Attendance: 
91

Players

Substitutes
Squad Player Goals
Ben Ledger
80
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Reece Dalton
71
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Matt Roney
80
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Lewis Price
63
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Mohammed Tijani
71
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Damian Magee
63
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Charlie Dawes
71
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Luke Francis
63
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Squad Player Goals
Tyler Williams
71
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Jamie Yates
80
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Callum Harrison
63
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Louis Jones
80
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Julian Lawrence
82
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Grant Ryan
63
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Benjamin Turner
63
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Adam Chapman more
James Gregory
71
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Alex Brown
63
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Ben Algar
71
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