First Team vs. Loughborough Dynamo (0 : 6)
Evo-Stik League East Division
Sheffield FC suffered an embarrassing defeat on Tuesday evening, writes Stuart James, as they were hit for six by free-scoring Loughborough Dynamo.
It was a disastrous first half performance that caused all the damage for the visitors, as they were taken apart in clinical fashion, with Dynamo rattling in four before the break.
Dynamo set the tone from the off and pushed forward, being rewarded with the opening goal in the 14th minute when good work by Josh Riley down the right, which saw him playing the ball to Karl Demidh who curled his shot into the net from the corner of the area.
A minute later it was two nil to Dynamo, with Sheffield at sixes and sevens at the back, allowing Ryan Robbins to rifle in a low cross from the left-hand side, which Alfie Eagle turned into his own net.
Sheffield’s cause was hardly helped by some eccentric decisions by referee Elliott Kaye, with the man in the middle baffling and frustrating both benches with a series of judgements that had players,
Supporters and coaching members scratching their heads and laughing in disbelief.
The third goal eventually came from another dubious call from the officials, as Danny Gordon played a pass over the top to Demidh who was at least five yards offside, who took advantage to run onto to net his second.
Demidh completed a first half hat trick and netted Dynamo’s fourth from the penalty spot on 36 minutes, after Luke Foster was dragged down in the area by a frustrated Daz Winter, as the hosts took a free kick.
Sheffield were more competitive in the second half; however, the damage had already been done, and it had become a matter of damage limitation and trying to restore a bit of pride from the last 45 minutes.
Ryan Robbins scored the fifth on 54 minutes, when Charlie Young played a through ball that the prolific striker took past Ross Durrant, strolling the ball into the net.
The scoring was completed on 66 minutes after more slack Sheffield defending, when Liam Read hit a far post cross that Robbins won, setting up Young who fired home.
It was a measure of how one-sided the contest was when Sheffield finally made their first meaningful shot on goal, just eight minutes left, with Mitchell Dunne getting a strike not far off target.
This was Sheffield worst ever Northern Premier League regular season defeat, and the worst in league football since a 6-0 home loss to North Ferriby United, all the way back in April 1996.
Loughborough Dynamo: Taylor, Riley, Keenan, Holmes ©, Foster, Thorogood, Young, Reid, Demidh, Robbins, Gordon.Subs: Thornberry, Steadman, Reittie, Brown, Esnar.
Sheffield FC: Durrant, Turner, Eagle, Wakefield, Lawrence, Winter, Yates, Gascoigne ©, Newsham, Dunne, Pugh. Subs: Fairhurst, Mohammed, Gregory, Smiljanić, Wright.