First Team vs. Ramsbottom United (1 : 3)

Saturday, 8 October, 2016 - 15:00
FA Trophy

There was no Happy Return for Sheffield FC as they exited the FA Trophy competition at the first opportunity, writes Bill Towning, as a calamitous opening 20 minutes had the visitors reeling and three goals down. Although Club had plenty of chances in the first half, only one was taken and Ramsbottom were able to ride out any pressure applied by Sheffield in the second period and secure themselves another home tie in the next round. 

Disaster struck in the 3rd minute when Hadfield and Hernandez failed to deal with a long ball down the line, the ball being cut back in to Gareth Seddon who had the simplest job of tapping into the empty net. Club responded and Matt Roney had a decent effort clear the crossbar, but with only 10 minutes on the clock found themselves 2 - 0 down when a free-kick fell to Matt Atherton, his header looped over the advancing Hernandez and into the far corner of the goal. Following another good attempt by Roney, Sheffield found themselves again caught out at the back, although Hamzat cleared a first attempt off the line, Oliver Crankshaw fired home through bodies to make it 3-0 to the hosts. 

Having gifted the Home side what turned out to be an unassailable lead, Sheffield now began to play with purpose and created further chances to get back on terms, a good ball forward found Connor Hall, he passed to Alec Denton and his shot was blocked and from the corner Ross Goodwin headed wide. Manager James Colliver decided to change things around on the half hour with James Gregory making his first start of the season replacing Jason Foster. With 33 minutes gone Sheffield had another corner, the ball fell to Hadfield on the left of the goal area and he was able to take a touch and score with an accurate shot into the far corner. Gregory himself had Sheffield's next opportunity a good strike in from the left well claimed by Ramsbottom 'keeper Shelton, and at the end of the half Denton went very close with a good effort having been put through by Hamzat and Roney. 

Steve Hernandez had suffered a back injury during the first half and was replaced by 16-year old Jamie Ingham making his first team debut. Sheffield began the half on the front foot, Denton sent away on the left and Hall and Roney just couldn't force his good cross home. At the other end Ingham made a good catch from Ryan Salmon's snap shot, but most of the play in the second period took place in the Ramsbottom half of the pitch. Club had a succession of corners, but Ramsbottom defended well; the best chance of the half saw Hall receive a super pass from Sam Finlaw, run into the penalty area and fire across only for Goodwin's shot to miss the target by a couple of feet. From another corner, Hamzat headed the ball wide of target, and on 75 minutes Reece Treasure replaced Finlaw who had picked up a knock. As Sheffield tired, Ramsbottom had a couple of chances to put the game beyond doubt, Salmon hitting the woodwork with a ferocious shot and Jake Cliffe missing from close range with the goal gaping.

Ramsbottom United: Shenton, Roscoe, Mannion, Freakes, Thompson, Linwood, Crankshaw, Green, Salmon, Seddon ©, Atherton. Subs: Botham, Cliffe, Meaney, Taylor, Cookson.

Sheffield FC: Hernandez, Foster, Hamzat, Goodwin, Hadfield, Magee, Roney, Finlaw ©, Hall, Lindley, Denton. Subs: Treasure, Ingham, Ramsey, Cooksey, Gregory. 

Attendance: 
253

Players

Squad Player Goals
Sam Finlaw ©
72
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Alec Denton more
Ross Goodwin more
Steve Hernandez
45
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Jamie Hadfield O more
Connor Hall more
Jason Foster
27
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Damian Magee more
Pat Lindley more
Hafeez Hamzat more
Matt Roney more
Substitutes
Squad Player Goals
James Gregory
27
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Jamie Ingham
45
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Reece Treasure
72
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