Sheffield FC on FA Cup trail

Matt Roney scored on his 350th appearance for Sheffield FC
Matt Roney scored on his 350th appearance for Sheffield FC

Whilst Sheffield have struggled on the road this season it’s been just the opposite at Dronfield which is fast becoming a fortress.

Club made it four wins from four at home on Tuesday after overcoming a nervous start to beat Gresley 3-1 as Mick Wadsworth’s side bounced back from a 4-1 defeat at Loughborough Dynamo four days earlier that left Sheffield without a point from three away trips.

Gresley’s away mirrors that of Sheffield with the visitors going into the game on the back of three straight away defeats in league and cup.

But it could have been different with a little more fortune early on with an effort that skimmed the crossbar before going even closer moments later with a lob that Sheffield were thankful to see hit the post.

But it was Club that broke the deadlock on 20 minutes with Joel Purkiss getting his fifth of the season with a low speculative effort from around 35-yards out.

The lead was doubled eight minutes later. James Gregory was sent tumbling in the area after being played in by Purkiss.

And fittingly on his 350th appearance for the club the evergreen Matt Roney stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot for his fifth goal of the campaign.

The visitors hauled themselves back in the game with Kieran O’Connell halving the deficit 10 minutes from the interval.

The goal breathed new life into Gresley but they had the wind taken out of their sails six minutes into the second half as James Gregory restored the two goal cushion with a fine individual effort that left three players chasing shadows.

Substitute Mark Fereday might well have added a fourth near the end only to pull his shot wide of the target.

Sheffield will now look to keep their home winning streak going when they host Loughborough Town in the FA Cup tomorrow.