First Team vs. Worksop Town (1 : 2)
Sheffield FC lost out in a short-notice friendly on Wednesday, writes Stuart James, as they were beaten 2-1 by a very familiar looking Worksop Town side.
The Tigers fielded a squad that contained no less than eight former Clubbies and took the lead on 5 minutes as one of them – Matt Sykes – hit a sweet volley beyond Jamie Ingham, following a deep Deegan Atherton cross.
The rest of the first half was a muted affair, Sheffield looking tired after their German exploits of the weekend, with their best chance a free-kick from Andrew Gascoigne that was deflected just off target.
Both teams came out for the second half fired up, and there were some tasty challenges going in from both sides, with the game finally waking from its slumber.
The chances eventually started to come, Ant Mackie had a decent shot parried out by Dave Reay, whilst at the other end Kyle Jordan headed over for Worksop.
There was however an undercurrent of niggliness creeping in, which bubbled over on the hour mark as Town skipper Jamie Price went too far in a challenge on Gascoigne, and following the mêlée was given an enforced substitution by referee Martin Beard.
His replacement – another formed Sheffield player – Ross Goodwin, made an instant impression, heading just over the bar.
Club grabbed an equaliser on 73 minutes, as Jamie Yates played a short one-two with Leon Osborne from a corner, skipped the full width of the penalty area before curling a beauty into the corner of the net with Reay beaten all ends up.
That parity lasted just two minutes, as a long through ball from Harley Wilson was misjudged by Jamie Ingham, with the ball bouncing over the keeper’s foot into the empty net.
Worksop Town: D. Reay, Atherton, Royles, Woolley, M. Reay, Pemberton, Price (C), Nyoni, Simpson, Jordan, Sykes: Francis, Templeton, Wilson, Wraith, Goodwin, Brunt, Poole.
Sheffield FC: Ingham, Turner, Kay, Winter, Lawrence, Magee, Roney, Gascoigne, Newsham, Fairhurst, Gregory. Subs: Dunne, Osborne, Yates, Mackie, Mohammed, Dawes, Chappel.