First Team vs. Tadcaster Albion (4 : 3)

Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 - 19:45
Evo-Stik League East Division

This was a game that had it all, outrageous goals, penalty saves, a rousing comeback and late drama, but most of all it was a game that was a fine tribute to non-league football by two of the Evo-Stik's most entertaining sides. 

Having met at the start of the season at The Home of Football, with then visitors Tadcaster Albion running out 4-3 winners, it was a complete reversal in a ridiculously engrossing contest as Sheffield won by the same scoreline. 

The scoring frenzy started in the third minute, following a Sheffield corner seemingly breaking down, only for Richard Patterson to drop a shoulder and send in an inch-perfect cross on to the head of Ash Grayson to give the visitors the lead. 

Moments later Taddy keeper Michael Ingham was called into action to stop it quickly becoming two, getting down well to block a Declan Bacon shot after the striker had broken behind the hosts' back-four, with Ingham repeating the feat minutes after to deny Bacon once again. 

Sheffield were the team well and truly on top at this point, Tadcaster tried to push out of their territory, however it was Grayson and Luke Rawson who went closest to adding to the scoreboard.

Club made it two on 36 minutes, Andrew Gascoigne's slide-rule pass through a startled Tadcaster defence, Declan Bacon's first touch was deceptively ropey... his second was a rattling drive that left Michael Ingham helpless. 

It was almost a carbon copy five minutes before the break, again Bacon was slid into space, this time though the striker's shot whistled the wrong side of the post. 

In injury time of the first half Albion got back into the game, pressure from Casey Stewart saw Stuart Ludlam trip in his own area, with the ball falling for Joe Lumsden who made no mistake from close range. 

The crowd was still filing back from their half time refreshments when the scoring recommenced, as James Gregory picked up the ball in his own half and ran... and ran... and ran... and the finished as cool as you like to restore Sheffield's two goal advantage. 

That advantage didn't last long though, Tadcaster went straight on the offensive, and once again Club were undone with the ball falling through to Lumsden who scored his and Albion's second. 

The home side were in the ascendency now, and Lumsden could have had a hat-trick minutes after, only to be denied by a remarkable last-ditch tackle by youngster Alfie Eagle. 

It was only a matter of time before the equaliser came, and just before the hour mark Tadcaster levelled, with Harry Coates jumping unmarked in the box to head home a corner. 

Wave after wave of Tadcaster attacks followed with Sheffield well and truly on the ropes, and following another great stop from Jonathan Hedge, Tadcaster were awarded a penalty after Aiden Savory was upended in the box. 

In keeping with the nature of the game, Lumsden stepped up to secure his hat-trick and complete a remarkable turnaround, Hedge though had other ideas and saved the penalty kick. 

As if reinspired by the reprieve, Club went up the other end, Gascoigne recycling a mêlée to head to the edge of the box, where Adam Chapman swung a ridiculous first time volley from over his shoulder and into the top corner. 

Lesser teams would have been deflated by this, but to their credit Tadcaster pressed on, and should have levelled on more than one occasion. 

Stewart made space on the flank, before teeing Lumsden up with a gift of a chance, amazingly the prolific striker skewed wide from four yards out.

Ant Buckle wasted a great chance in injury time, shooting wide, and whilst Club did everything to survive, it was Hedge to the rescue stopping a drive from Savory. 

The whistle brought relieved celebrations from the breathless away side, who now move into third spot above Pontefract, with the fifth win in a row.

Phew!

Tadcaster Albion:  Ingham ©️, Barkworth, Walters, Roper, Coates, Miller, Howarth, Davidson, Lumsden, Savory, Stewart. Subs: Mycoe, Burn, Buckle, Rose
Sheffield FC: Hedge, Grayson, Eagle, Patterson, Ludlam, Chapman ©️, Cribley, Gascoigne, Bacon, Rawson, Gregory. Subs: Yates, Darkin, Pugh, Newsham, Dunne.

Attendance: 
202

Man of the Match: 
Ash Grayson

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