Under 21s Crash to Ambers in Local Derby
Handsworth Parramore Under-21’s put 4 past Sheffield FC Under-21's to go top of the Worksop Van Hire North Midlands Division 1.
Sheffield were coming off the back of a strong 4-0 win at Staveley Miners Welfare, but were beaten 4-2 in their last home game against local rivals Hallam FC.
Five of Handsworth’s opening six games this season had been away from home, winning two and drawing three. The visitors hadn’t won in three games however, the last win coming against Sheffield FC earlier in the season which finished 5-3 to Handsworth.
It was the long ball that facilitated goals from Parris Dixon and Harry Mitchell for Handsworth in the first half. Dixon finished mid-way in the second before Owen Derwent headed in from a corner
The win moves Handsworth to the top of the table thanks to goal difference, whilst Sheffield remain in 4th.
The Home side started sloppily and could've been a goal down within seconds, Handsworth striker Mo Saeed couldn’t keep his shot down.
Seconds later winger Sam Kay slipped in Luke Francis who's parried effort fell straight to Kay, who should've put Sheffield ahead but missed the target.
The game began to settle but it was Handsworth having the better possession. Dixon looked lively and had a long range effort easily saved, before firing wide from inside the box after a loose ball feel his way.
Sheffield's next best chance came when full-back Sam Gibson swung in a free kick which fell to the feet of Harry Taylor who couldn’t find the finish as the defence swarmed him.
The game got it’s first goal when Handsworth forward Thiago Bravo slipped through Dixon (27) who finished coolly into the far past under keeper Jamie Ingham, 1-0 Handsworth.
Minutes later the deficit was two. Saeed brought down a long ball and cut inside to feed in Mitchell (30) who again had time and space to make it 2-0 Handsworth.
Sheffield grew into the game leading up to half time but couldn't craft a goal-scoring opportunity.
HT: Sheffield FC U21 0-2 Handsworth Parramore U21.
Sheffield started the second half well, fashioning a chance for striker Luke Francis who couldn't find the target after poor communication in the Handsworth defence gifted him the ball.
Dixon caused problems for Sheffield all game and forced a corner from keeper Ingham when he saved at his near post after the struck from the edge of the box.
The visitors seemed fatigued as their dominance began to wear off, allowing Sheffield a period of pressure.
As the home side were doing so they were hit on the counter and should’ve been punished. Full-back Ellis Moore whipping a delightful ball into the box which was met by a sliding Bravo, who couldn’t convert from close range.
The game was simmering out but found life when Dixon (72) ran with the ball after a good move down Handsworth's left, and calmly netted into the far corner past Ingham, 3-0 Handsworth.
The Home side were looking for a consolation goal but lacked the cutting edge in the opposition’s third, James Hastings looked most likely to provide a goal but failed to test Jake Lancini, who had a quiet night in goal for Handsworth.
Ingham was tested from distances a few times in the final minutes but nothing to trouble him.
FT: Sheffield FC U21 0-4 Handsworth Parramore U21.
Handsworth made it four shortly after, when a penalty box scramble gave them a corner. It was substitute Darwent (76) who nipped in front of his marker to head home, 4-0 Handsworth.
Sheffield FC Under-21: Ingham, Evans, Gibson, Jewitt, Pedler, Howe (c), Kay, Taylor, Francis, Gadour, Hastings.
Handsworth Parramore Under-21: Lancini, Samuels, Moore, Mitchell, Tyler, Cropper, Howson, Turner (c), Bravo, Dixon, Saeed.