Sheffield FC let another win slip away on Saturday, as they were pegged back after a dominant first half, drawing 1-1 at Ilkeston Town.
Club welcomed back Mitchell Dunne after re-signing for Sheffield from Gainsborough Trinity, and set up in a very attack minded 4-3-3 formation, and it had the home team on the back foot from the first whistle.
This positivity was rewarded in the 19th minute as Sheldon Jordan showed neat footwork on the left, setting Ted Cribley free with a run on the byline and having time and patience to pick out Jordan who had continued his run to the penalty spot, with the big striker slotting home for his first goal for the World’s First.
Sheffield could easily have added to their tally as they continued the pressure on a shell shocked Ilson defence, with the new pairing of Jordan and Dunne ripping through the back four to tee up Marc Newsham, who in turn forced a fine save from ex-Clubbie Ross Durrant.
From the resulting corner Cribley played a low ball to the near post, where Newsham was able to return the ball to the winger, only for Cribley to rattle the crossbar with a thumping drive.
Robins’ keeper Durrant was a very lucky participant moments after this, a cross from Newsham bobbled in front of the keeper, and although the Ilkeston stopper could only palm the ball across the goal, there was no one to add the vital touch.
Just before the break Club had yet another opportunity, as Ben Turner was put through following another outrageous flick from Jordan, with Dunne unable to steer the end product on target and missing by a matter of inches.
The second period was a much more even affair, with Ilkeston making the better start of the two teams, and finally starting to test the Sheffield defence.
Town’s skipper Chris Robertson played an incisive pass through the middle, with Reece Fyfe picking up the ball, before forcing a solid stop from Jonathan Hedge.
Ten minutes after the restart it was 1-1, a ball into the middle saw Alex Marshall flick the ball on, with Kieron Wells getting in to nod the ball over Hedge into the empty net.
Sheffield almost regained the lead immediately, as Newsham put Dunne in free on goal, with Durrant pulling off a fingertip save to deny a dream return.
Ilkeston managed to control the game for much of the second half, but were unable to really trouble the visitors, with Hedge not tested to much degree with the game eventually fizzling out to a stalemate.
Ilkeston Town: Ross Durrant, Fabian Smith, Kieran Fenton, Reece Fyre, Christopher Robinson, Thomas Marshall, Jermaine Hollis, Fernando Bell Toxtle, Kieran Wells, Alex Marshall, Kole Lambert
Subs: Jaime Walker, Richard Stainsby, Daniel Mullarkey, Billy Bennent, Dean Freeman
Sheffield FC: Jonathan Hedge, Ben Turner, Damian Magee, Robert Darkin, Stuart Ludlam, Adam Chapman, Edward Cribley, Louis Thwaites, Marc Newsham, Mitchell Dunne, Sheldon Jordan
Subs: Danny Deakin, Regan Hutchinson, Lee Cooksey, Ashley Grayson, Jordan Chapell