First Team vs. Frickley Athletic (0 : 4)
Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup
Sheffield FC crash out of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup in the Second Round, writes Luke Phelps, after a 4-0 defeat to Evo-Stik South rivals Frickley Athletic.
The home team made 6 changes to the side to drew 2-2 away to Stamford last weekend. Andrew Gascoigne drops to the bench with Ricky German and new-signing Cecil Nyoni amongst those not in tonight’s team.
James Gregory, Joel Purkiss and Jamie Yates all start after featuring on the bench against Stamford.
Sheffield FC kicked off under the lights, and should arguably have been behind within the first minute of play. A deflection looping over the Sheffield defence and falling onto the head of Frickley’s Danny Frost who’s tame effort was smothered by home keeper Ben Ledger.
Ledger had a busy opening 10 minutes, again denying Frost on two separate occasions with a couple of strong saves to keep his team in the game.
At the other end of the pitch, Sheffield’s first chance of the game fell to Lewis Price who danced his way through several Frickley defenders in the penalty box but fired straight at keeper Seb Malkowski.
It was the visitors who struck first, striker Hazel (17) nipping in at the near post to finish after a well-worked moved down the right flank, 1-0 Frickley.
Hazel, who scored a hat-trick against Sheffield FC in the FA Trophy last month, looped a fantastic volleyed effort towards goal just minutes after scoring, only to be parried wide by Ledger.
Frickley were pushing for a second goal, and almost found it when captain Jameel Ible headed towards goal twice in quick succession, but the centre half couldn’t convert.
Sheffield FC grew into the game and started to link the passes together, they couldn’t however prevent Frickley from doubling their lead. Steve Hopewell slipped through Frost (33) who converted the rebound after Ledger saved his first effort.
Both Hopewell and Frost had chances before the break, but couldn’t find a way past Ledger to add a third to what was a dominant half.
HT: 2-0 Frickley Athletic.
Manager Mark Shaw introduced attacking midfielder Andrew Gascoigne at half time, and the home side started the half positively.
It was the substitute who had Sheffield’s first chance of the half, heading wide from a Ben Algar free-kick.
Midfielder Sam Finlaw picked up a yellow card and gifted the opposition a dangerous free-kick, but striker Hazel could only drill his effort into the wall.
The game was slipping away from Sheffield FC who had been the better side in the opening 20 of the second half, and Shaw introduced pacey forward Frank Koroma to the game to try and find a way back into this tense cup-tie.
Frickley had a period of pressure with 15 to go, Hazel setting up Jack Burton who drilled his shot straight at Ledger, before Hazel himself clipped the crossbar with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
Minutes later that man Hazel (74) wriggled his way through the Sheffield defence and drilled a shot towards the far-right corner. Ledger got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out, 3-0 Frickley.
The deficit was four not long after, substitute and former Sheffield FC man Fabian Bailey (82) came back to haunt the home side, towering a header in from the near post to make it 4-0 to the away side.
Both sides look fatigued as they played out a scrappy final ten minutes of the game, the home side having possession down the right as they did for much of the second half, but failing to trouble Malkowski in the Frickley goal.
Sheffield FC: Ledger, Turner, Algar, Harrison, Lawrence, Adams ©, Price, Finlaw, Purkiss, Gregory, Yates. Subs: Magee, Gascoigne, Dawes, Koroma, Roney.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Darker, Hough, Burton, Ible ©, Patterson, Bloor, Hazel, Hopewell, Frost, Dugdale. Subs: Starcenko, Armit, Bailey, Doherty, Stancliffe.
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