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Sheffield FC 1, Gresley 3: Match report

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

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GRESLEY finally broke their run of away defeats with a solid victory at Sheffield FC last night.

The Moatmen claimed their first win on the road since the start of December despite being reduced to 10 men after Lucas Harrison saw red for vehemently contesting the decision to award a penalty in the 66th minute.

Alex Steadman (pictured) opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half before Tim Whittaker levelled controversially from the spot.

Gresley looked like they might collapse away again, but Eric Graves' delicate lob and Zibusiso Nyatito's strike with a minute remaining gave Gresley a richly-deserved away win and three well-earned points.

Manager Martin Rowe made changes to the side that suffered defeat at Carlton on Saturday, with Hayden Johns coming in at right back in place of the injured Mitch Hanson, while Marc Strzyewski was put into midfield as Jamie Barrett returned to his usual centre half role alongside Liam Guest.

Royce Turville was given a start and Rob Spencer recovered from a bout of illness to take his place on the right.

Gresley started brightly, with Spencer hitting a volley just wide of the mark before Andrew Gascoigne's free-kick from just outside the area was superbly turned away for a corner by keeper Mats Morch, diving low to his left.

The visitors struck back with Turville hitting a shot on the turn wide of the far post.

On the half-hour mark, Gresley were forced into a change when the unfortunate Spencer received an accidental bang on the side of the head which resulted in blurred vision, and was replaced by Nyatito.

Gresley took the lead just before the break when Turville helped the ball on for Steadman to run onto and he finished coolly, slotting the ball across keeper Liam Mitchell and into the far bottom corner of the net.

The lead was almost doubled a minute later when a free-kick from the left by Harrison was met by Turville, but his header went the wrong side of the far post.

Sheffield made a change at half-time, bringing on Joel Purkiss for Brandon Cardwell and it seemed to have the desired effect as they began to press Gresley back.

The pressure should have seen them level but Gascoigne somehow conspired to hit a shot high over the bar from the centre of the goal.

Gascoigne hit his next shot, a volley at the far post, even higher and far wider when again well placed.

However, Sheffield levelled in somewhat controversial circumstances as a ball in the area seemed to ricochet off Barrett and onto the top of Guest's shoulder, giving the young defender no chance of moving out of the way.

To Sheffield's credit not one of them appealed for a penalty, but one person in the ground adjudged it as a misdemeanour, with the assistant referee bringing it to the attention of referee Mark Foster, who awarded the spot kick.

The Gresley players were incensed by what they thought was the wrong decision, and after Gascoigne converted the spot kick, Harrison continued to make his views known, resulting in a straight red card for the young defender.

However, the Moatmen did not let their heads drop and they began to get back on top, with Strzyzewski firing a shot wide of the far post.

With 17 minutes remaining, Turville was replaced by newcomer Bradley Wells, and 10 minutes later he played in Graves, who looked up and - seeing Mitchell well off his line - clipped a delicate lob over the stranded keeper and into the net.

The game was wrapped up with a minute left of normal time as Steadman picked out Nyatito, who found the net with a dipping shot over the head of Mitchell.

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