Sheffield FC held a young Sheffield Wednesday side to a hard-fought goalless draw at the Coach and Horses ground on Thursday evening.
The world’s oldest football club proved a far stronger test for the Owls’ development squad than fellow non-league outfit Hallam had three nights earlier – Wednesday runing out 6-0 winners on that occasion.
In fact it was the hosts, plying their trade in the Northern League Division 1 South this season, who had the better of the admittedly few chances in a rather tepid pre-season affair.
The best opportunity of the first half arrived in the 19th minute, when a volley from Sheffield’s Charlie Dawes forced goalkeeper Dan Wallis into a low diving save to stop the ball finding the bottom corner.
As the second period wore on, the game began to look destined to end without a goal as veteran forward Matt Roney wasted a golden opportunity – directing a free header wide of the target just yards out from goal.
Wednesday made a late push for a winner and Jordan Thorniley almost found the net in the dying minutes when he was picked out by a short free kick before directing the ball over the crossbar from inside the area.
The contest ultimately ended goalless, however, which probably offered a fair reflection of the evening’s action.
Sheffield FC’s next pre-season outing comes on Wednesday when they travel to Clipstone, before hosting Matlock Town the following Saturday.
Sheffield FC (0)
Starting Line-up: Chris Butt, Liam Royles, Jack Walters, Ross Goodwin, Stuart Ludlam, Hafeez Hamzat, Jahmal Smith, Sam Finlaw, Brian Cusworth, Michael Towey, Charlie Dawes
Subs: James Gregory, Jack Siddall, Will Wraith, Joe Knowles, Damian Magee, Mason Barlow, Matt Roney, Nat Jessop, Liam Greenfield, Rob Ludlam, Jonathon Fusco
Sheffield Wednesday (0)
Line-up: Dan Wallis (Arijus Brazinskas), Elliot Percival, Matt Penney, James Murphy, Darryl Lachman (Jordan Thorniley), Jake Skelton, Jon Centeno (Jordan Lonchar), Charlie Hayford, Devante Rodney (Preslav Borukov), Warren Clarke, Fraser Preston
Unused subs: Connor Kirby, Lewis Price, Stefan Gavrilov, Luke Ferguson
Date: 21st July 2016
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
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