Sheffield Athletic 1 Handsworth 5

By Michael Clarke

By Alex Southern

League Cup 2nd Round

Sheffield Athletic played host to higher league opposition Handsworth F.C. From the outset the quality of Handsworth shone through, although the home side kept things tight at the back until an unfortunate slip from Kane Lawrence, whilst in possession, left Liam Greenfield clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat which he did by comfortably slotting the ball beyond goalkeeper, Jamie Stewart.

If you thought this early goal might have killed Sheffield Athletic off, you’d be wrong. A rare cross from Lewis Cheryl was poorly defended by Handsworth and, in a crowed penalty area; the ball eventually fell to Sheffield Athletic striker Oatis Thorne who poked the ball under the Handsworth keeper.

The equaliser didn’t change the course of the game and after endless pressure Handsworth finally regained the lead on the stroke of half time. Although with a hint of offside a defence splitting pass from Liam Greenfield set up Jordan Turner who unselfishly gave it back to Greenfield who passed the ball into an empty net with the opposing goalkeeper being stranded in no man’s land.

Half way through the second half Handsworth made it 1-3 through a terrific solo run by Luke Broadbent which saw him skill his way past three defenders on the left wing, he then cut inside and fired the ball into the top corner of the goal which left the Stewart with no chance of saving it.

Handsworth continued to run riot over the home sides defence and made it 1-4 after a dangerous low cross from Liam Greenfield, Luke Broadbent got his second of the afternoon by slotting the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

Handsworth finished their excellent performance with a fifth goal. A well worked free-kick by Jordan Stocks was beautifully headed into the far post by Alex Rippon. There was to be no cup upset for Sheffield Athletic and I think they could have no complaints in saying that they were beaten by a stronger team.

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