Words: Devon Cash
Sheffield FC put in an excellent performance as the world’s oldest football club beat Worksop Town 4-0 at Sandy Lane.
Club controlled the majority of the game and limited Worksop to half-chances in order to leapfrog the Tigers into 12th place.
The first chance of the game fell to Sheffield FC on 12 minutes. Club countered from a Worksop corner, as they looked to send Mitchell Dunne through on goal. The ball deflected off the back of Dunne and into the path of Cody Prior, whose sliced half-volley from the edge flashed wide of the upright.
Jack Brownell then went close for the home side as his low drive from thirty yards forced a routine save out of Jonathan Hedge down to his right.
On the 25th minute, the crowd conducted a round of applause to remember the tragic passing of Jordan Sinnott last weekend. There was also a minute’s silence just before the game got under way.
On the half-hour mark, Marc Newsham went close to opening the scoring after the forward cut inside the body of Max Pemberton before stroking the ball past David Reay; however, his effort was thwarted by a clearance from Atherton.
Newsham, however, made no mistake with his next effort as the forward latched onto a through-ball from Sheldon Jordan before tucking his effort past Reay.
The rest of the half was very slow paced with both sides unable to create many chances, meaning Sheffield went into the break ahead.
The second half was heavily controlled by the away side.
Danny Deakin went close as sharp movement on the edge of the area allowed the substitute to wriggle away from Pemberton before he fired wide of the target.
Worksop were then forced to make a change, as Niall Smith took a tumble three minutes into the second period. He was replaced by Steven Wankiewicz, who returned from a knee injury.
Pemberton, who had been moved to left-back, then went close when he arrowed Craig Mitchell’s flick-on wide of the top right corner.
Moments later, Worksop should have been level when the ball fell into the path of McDonnell from a corner; however, the winger volleyed across goal and wide.
On the hour, Dunne hit the crossbar as he hooked a knock down from Jordan onto the frame from the penalty spot.
Dunne made it two after 72 minutes as he took advantage of a horrendous error from David Reay, which allowed the forward to comfortably slot home into an empty net.
Worksop looked dejected after the second goal, as Sheffield FC went on to put the game to bed.
With nine minutes remaining, Louis Thwaites added a third as after a good interchange of passes in the centre, he provided the fine finish needed into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
A minute later, FC struck the final blow when Deakin curled home from the edge following a mazy run from Dunne.
The final minutes saw the visitors hold onto possession to see out their first win in ten.
Worksop will look to get back on track on Tuesday night as they travel to Sutton Coldfield Town.
Goals: Newsham (31’), Dunne (72’), Louis Thwaites (81’), Deakin (83’)
Worksop Town: David Reay, Ben Rhodes (Connor Brunt), Niall Smith (Steven Wankiewicz), Steven Woolley, Deegan Atherton, Max Pemberton, Daniel Patterson, Jack Brownell, Craig Mitchell (Freddy Tracey), Steven McDonnell, James Gregory
Unused Subs: Lynton Karkach, Matthew Templeton.