Sheffield FC notes: Club continue to shine on the road, despite troubles at home

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While Sheffield continue to struggle at home, their away form has been just the opposite - after a hard earned 2-1 win at Chasetown on Tuesday made it seven undefeated on the road.

It was the perfect tonic for Club following their 3-2 reversal against Romulus last weekend, which brought up an eighth loss in their last nine on home soil.

Chasetown were seeking a league double having won 6-2 at Dronfield last month and were in front on seven minutes when Nathan Waite turned to hit an unstoppable shot past Jake Eastwood. Club responded immediately with Joel Purkiss netting a super left foot shot from just inside the area.

It took a clearance off the line to deny Purkiss his second at the start of the second half but Sheffield didn’t have long to wait for a second goal.

On 52 minutes Jamie Gregory rifled a shot into the far corner. As the home side pressed for an equaliser Eastwood made a brilliant point blank save, before Ian Ross capped an excellent game with a headed clearance to keep the lead intact as Sheffield dug deep to earn a hard fought, but well deserved, win.

Manager Jordan Broadbent that said: “We’ve gone there with a young side and grinded out a result.

“Joel (Purkiss) has led the line superbly and got a good goal. It was backs to the wall at times but Ian Ross and John McGrath have done brilliantly, pulling the kids together.

“Jake (Eastwood) has also made two fantastic saves to keep us in the game. Overall I think we fully deserved the win.”

The win at Chasetown was officially dedicated to one of Sheffield’s most loyal supporters Bert Bennett, who passed away at the beginning of the week: “Bert came to every game this season home and away and we dedicated the win at Chasetown to him. He would have been very proud,” said Broadbent.

Sheffield play their final home game of the season on Tuesday when they host Carlton Town.