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'Second XI' impress

FT: Sheffield FC 0    2 Tamworth

23 July 2008

If the side that faced Eastwood on Monday night could be called the first eleven by virtue of more overall appearances so far in the pre-season games, then the second string that impressed at the Bright Finance Stadium, Sheffield are knocking on their teammates doors very loudly for the game against FC United of Manchester on Saturday and boss Gary Mills can't help but be very happy with the performance.

The players run out at Sheffield FCFrom the back to the front the side impressed with passing flowing football around a Sheffield side that worked hard and also had a few chances of their own.
Cameron Jones forced a save early on from Martin Kearney and Jake Sheridan set up Stuart Hendrie but his shot was charged down.
But it was Luke Edwards, returning for his first run out after injury who opened the scoring just short of the half hour mark when the ball fell kindly and he duly lobbed the keeper from 30 yards - the ball bounced just a few feet short of the goal line and went into the roof of the net. (1-0)
Jones and Sheridan impressed down the left in the first half while in the second Dean Lea and Stuart Hendrie showed some excellent touches amongst the intelligent moves that involved most of the team who looked settled and knowing of their roles and the whereabouts of their teammates.
Jones hit a good shot just off target towards the end of the first period and Sheridan and Graeme Law combined a number of times to feed Jones who found himself being frustrated with two defenders on him by this time.
HT: 1-0
The second goal came almost immediately after the restart when Jake Woolaston cut back from the by-line to set up Sheldon, on for Edwards, to fire home from 15 yards (2-0) and Sheldon was denied later on by a very good save from sub goalkeeper Mark Furniss from close range.
Hendrie perhaps should have done better with a one on one which split the home defence wide apart with Furniss only for the home custodian to deny him while at the other end Ransome twice denied Matt Roney's driven efforts.
Jones again showed good skill to go past a couple of defenders but was unable to get a shot on target and Sheldon stole the ball off the toes of the advancing keeper before hitting the side netting in what was a thoroughly enjoyable run out by Tamworth at the home of the oldest football club in the world.

Tamworth:
Ransome, Burgess, Law, Woolaston, Mcaughtrie, Warburton, Lea, Hendrie, Edwards (Sheldon 35), Jones, Sheridan
Unused subs: Smith, Foster, Hildreth, Wright, Rodman, Lyttle, Langdon.

A programme was issued for the game.

HT: Sheffield FC 0    1 Tamworth

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