It was a competitive, fast paced contest at Causeway Lane on Tuesday evening, as Sheffield Club battled to an entertaining goalless stalemate against Premier Division outfit Matlock Town.
Despite the lack of goals, the contest was far from lacking in drama, as the visitors missed a penalty and the hosts struck the post.
The first half was evenly matched, and Matlock should have taken advantage of an early skirmish which saw the referee award an indirect free-kick six yards from goal after a pass back, with the Sheffield defence doing enough to get bodies behind the ball to stop the shot.
It was Sheffield who came closest however on 30 minutes, with big keeper Jon Stewart making a decent save from a Ryan Viggars penalty kick, after the Sheffield United loanee was brought down in the area having rounded the keeper.
Stewart once again came to the home side’s rescue, as an Adam Chapman free-kick from 30 yards out was powered goalwards, and the keeper doing very well to make a solid stop.
After the break it was more of the same, Matlock were forced into making a change between the sticks with Gladiators’ manager Paul Phillips stepping up to replace the injured Stewart, but despite this no one was able to break the deadlock.
Matlock Town: Stewart, Walker, Turner, Yates, Qualter, Trialist, Byrne, Harris, Hughes, Chippendale, Dolan. Subs: Copin, Coveney, Potts, Lees, Kendall, King, Phillips
Sheffield FC: Hedge, Burns, Green, Chapman, Magee, Cooksey, Deakin, Prior, Viggars, Jordan, Wonham. Subs: Maguire, Newsham, Gashi, Purkiss, Roney,