First Team vs. Prescot Cables (2 : 2)
Ten-man Sheffield FC were denied at the death on Saturday at the Home of Football, writes Stuart James, as Prescot Cables grabbed a last-ditch goal to draw in the FA Trophy.
It was a bright start by Club, with the first effort coming after Alfie Eagle put James Gregory through on the left, with Gregory’s shot bravely blocked by keeper Ben Barnes.
At the other end, Jordan Wynne finding himself in plenty of space, only to hook the end product wide.
Sheffield took the lead on 30 minutes, some neat work on the left teeing the ball up the edge of the area, with Sam Wright volleying home.
Ten minutes later Cables levelled the score, a half-hit shot was palmed out by Adam Kelsey, allowing Jack Lenehan to tap into the empty net.
On the hour Club had the ball in the net once again, with Nenad Smiljanić launching the ball into the mix, and Marc Newsham looping the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net – only to have the goal ruled out for a dubious offside.
Seconds later Club struck the woodwork from a James Gregory strike, and after continuing to press, were rewarded on 66 minutes, after Mitchell Dunne was hacked down in the area by Ben Barnes – with Dunne stepping up to send the keeper the wrong way.
Sheffield were reduced to ten men on 70 minutes, with Stuart Ludlam seeing red for a second yellow card, and Matt Hamilton hitting the post from the free-kick.
Some good work from Johnny Pugh picked out Gregory, who in turn weaved his way through, shooting and forcing another decent save from Barnes.
In injury time Prescott levelled the tie to take it to a replay, as a break down the right saw the ball whizzed across the area, with Josh Klein-Davies slamming in from close range.
There was still time for drama in the last minute of injury time, Ehsan Mohammed found space on the right, Johnny Pugh sliding in at the back post and missing the target by inches.
The replay will be at Hope Street on Tuesday night.