Sheffield FC chalked up their biggest win of the season with an impressive 6-1 demolition of Market Drayton Town on Tuesday evening.
Having seen leads slip away in the previous three outings, Club made sure there was little chance of that happening at the Greenfield Sports Ground with an impressive first 45 minutes, which saw Jordan Broadbent’s side take a 3-0 lead into the interval.
Ashley Longstaff, on his return to the team following a car accident, fired Sheffield into a fourth minute lead after pouncing on a defensive error. There was a scare for Club when Market Drayton hit the crossbar with a long-range effort that deflected onto the crossbar, off Joe Green’s hands.
Sheffield were soon back on the offensive with Matt Roney forcing a good save from the ‘keeper at the near post. John McGrath then blasted a decent chance over the bar, while the home keeper again came to his sides rescue with a brilliant save from Longstaff’s header.
However, the second goal Sheffield had been threatening arrived in the 36th minute. James Gregory, who was playing his 50th consecutive game, exchanged passes with Roney following a mazy run to score with a clinical finish. Longstaff put the gloss on a dominant first half, bursting through to thump home the third two minutes from the break.
Town hit the woodwork for a second time on the stroke of half-time but Sheffield ended any hopes of a comeback with a fourth on 54 minutes, when Gregory ran clear to score his second from McGrath’s perfectly weighted pass.
Joel Purkiss stretched the lead further on 75 minutes after getting past the last defender to fire home, with Ben Turner making it six two minutes from time following a well-worked free-kick.
Market Drayton managed a late consolation effort but it couldn’t deflect from what had been an excellent performance from Club - which was topped when Ben Algar made a late cameo appearance following his long battle with injury.
“It was a great performance from the boys, considering we had so many injuries,” said Broadbent. Sheffield are in midweek action again next Tuesday when they host promotion chasing Leek Town.