Lyle Taylor opened his Sheffield United account as the visitors won this under-21 friendly at Alfreton Town, writes James Shield.
The centre-forward edged David Weir’s team, which also included Tony McMahon and new loan signing Conor Coady, in front nine minutes after the re-start after Sean McGinty’s shot had tested the goalkeeper.
Coady, who completed his loan move from Liverpool earlier in the day, went close before the break with Callum McFadzean also trying his luck from long-range.
Terry Kennedy, who replaced McMahon during the interval, had earlier struck the post.
McMahon, the former Middlesbrough defender, was making his long-awaited return from injury.
Ryan Flynn also featured for the first time since aggravating a hip complaint during pre-season training.
Cleveland Taylor could not steer the ball home for Alfreton after Tom Shaw’s excellent 75th minute pass.
Jamie McDonough demonstrated excellent tenacity to send McFadzean scampering through as United responded but the youngster was eventually crowded-out.
Whitehouse tested Ross Atkins during the closing stages when Taylor, electing not to shoot, clipped an 81st minute free-kick towards the far post.
Alfreton Town: Atkins, Wood (Franklin (Weldon 60), Westwood, Fenton (Kempson 73), Shaw (Meadows 81), Law, Clayton (Webster 70), Ramsey-Dickson (C Taylor 46), A Taylor (Purkiss 46), Meadows (Palmer 46).
Sheffield United: Howard, McMahon (Kennedy 46), Higginbotham (Barry 55), Hill (Hodder 60), Flynn (Ironside 46), Coady (Whiteman 60), Taylor, McFadzean, Smith (McDonagh 55), Whitehouse, McGinty. Not used: Willis.
Referee: James Adcock.
Goal: Taylor (54).