Club secured their first post-Covid friendly win on Tuesday evening, as they braved tropical conditions at the Forest Town Arena, to run out comfortable 3-0 victors over AFC Mansfield.
Sheffield started the livelier of the two in the sweltering temperatures, and took the lead when the trialists of Holmes and Watson combined to open the scoring, Jack Holmes making the most of a Jordan Annable error to give Jack Watson the opportunity to stab home from close range.
Holmes – son of ex-Clubbie legend Darren Holmes – gave an impressive display in midfield, being the one who seemed to be pulling the strings in the first half.
Despite looking the better of the two sides, the visitors never really tested the ex-Sheffield FC keeper Hugo Warhurst, with the Bulls going closest with an overhead kick by Ross Duggan not going too far off the mark.
The second half was a more even affair, and it took until just before the drinks break for Sheffield to grab a second, with Alex Wonham weaving through the home defence before finishing with a well-placed shot with his wrong foot.
The scoring was wrapped up 15 minutes from the end, a sublime 40 yard ball by Adam Chapman released Max Rhodes on the edge of the area, who in turn finished with an excellent half volley with cannoned off the crossbar into the back of the net.
Sheffield FC: Hedge, Darkin, Green, Ludlam, Magee, Prior, Deakin, Jordan, Holmes, Grayson, Watson. Subs: Downes, Chapman, Hackford, Wonham, Nyamsi Hendji, Rhodes, Thwaites, Yates, Evans, Gashi, Townrow, Russon.
Credit to Dan Westwell for the photographs.