GS: Mark Poyner 1-F Jed Darley 1-F Matthew Rhodes 4-F,F,F,F
The start of the ‘B’ team season saw them play some very competitive games at a sunny Adel.
Huge concentration and commitment, and lots individual skills, from all our players saw us come through to gain promotion, as the team with the best record of the five team group.
Sheffield B kept their shape, and passed the ball very well to run out 3-0 in their first game, against Huddersfield Dragons. Marcus Williamson took advantage of some excellent set up play by Jed Darley to take an early lead.
This was soon added to by Mark Poyner, making the most of great work on the ball by Jamie Rhodes.
Mark played the support role for the final goal, neatly put way by Ethan Bustani, with Sheffield B running out easy winners.
The next game, against a very strong Halifax A team, was altogether more competitive.
Ethan Bustani had a shot very well saved by the Halifax keeper, with the ball breaking to allow a speedy attck at the other end.
Great work in goal by George Clark, Charlie Purcell and Alex Groeger in defence kept things level, until the finally defence cracked under great Halifax pressure.
One nil down and with time running out, a very neat break and support work by Jed Darley saw Mark Poyner level things just before the final whistle.
A well-earned, and hard fought draw.
York B proved equally difficult opponents in the third game. Good work by Jed Darley and a well taken finish by Ethan Bustani saw Sheffield take an early lead.
A fine save by George Clark protected the lead, as did fine work by Alex Groeger and Charlie Purcell, until great pressure by York saw them level the game. With a minute to go, fine support work by George Clark, and Mathew Rhodes, eventually saw Ethan Bustani tuck away the winning goal.
Results in other games went in Sheffield’s favour, and the final game against a tiring Bingley Bees saw Sheffield run out comfortable 6-1 winners.
An early goal by Mark Poyner settled Sheffield down after the previous two hard fought games. Relentless attacking seemed to be yielding little reward, and matters worsened when a breakway goal by a brave Bingley team levelled the game despite a huge advantage for Sheffield in terms of possession.
Jamie Rhodes’s introduction from the subs bench saw the tide finally turn in Sheffield’s favour, with Jed Darley tucking away yet another ball coming off the keeper’s pads, before four goals by Matthew Rhodes, taking great advantage of slack marking at the far post.
Player of the day was Matthew Rhodes, for his solid defensive work in earlier games and excellent attacking in the final matches. Excellent distribution and very mature captaincy by Jamie Rhodes ran him a close second, and a fine debut in goal by George Clark also took the eye, but in truth every player contributed solidly to what was a series of excellent team performances- played in great spirit.