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Bankers Pavilion - Match centre

Sparta Dronfield
Sheffield Bankers
Full time
N Van De Sijpe (20', 55'), J McDougal (65'), S Hallett (82')
Sat 25 Oct 10:30 - Sheffield & District Fair Play League - Division 3B

Day of firsts sees Bankers win on the road.


First ever career goal for Steve Hallett puts end to Sparta uprising, as Bankers run our 4-2 winners against league rivals Sparta Dronfield.

First ever career goal for Steve Hallett puts end to Sparta uprising, as Bankers run our 4-2 winners against league rivals Sparta Dronfield.

Matt Fletcher took up the duties in net and manager Mason and Riz Akthar came into midfield and Rich Baxter came back into the starting lineup to lead the forward line, the first victory of the day came with the coin toss and the Bankers choosing to kick up the slope into the sun first half, the starting eleven knew that there could be no place for complacency, having seen former players player of the year, Kieran Moore take his place on the bench for his return, along with first team mainstay Matty Taylor, flanked by Jimmy Whydle, John McDougall and Jake Butler, a fierce looking Bankers team that was it’s own motivation tool.

Bankers begun the game showing the stronger credentials, at the back Bankers were dealing with attacks coming their way and Fletcher was commanding his box and distributing well, and at the top end of the pitch, a quick break down the left saw the ever busy Steve Bulloss work the ball to Nick Van De Sijpe, VDS tricked his way inside two Dronfield markers, before coolly slotting the ball home into the far corner. The goal seemed to stir Dronfield into life though, with Bankers now finding themselves under a barrage of pressure, Dronfield’s winger had snuck into space unmarked at the back post, and after controlling the ball he curled a shot wide much to the relief of the Pav’s, no doubt the striker was put off by the imposing frame of mini Neuer in goal.

Sparta then had a glorious chance to level, with the Bankers backline appealing for an offside, the Dronfield striker baring down on goal managed to strike his own legs despite being one-on-one with the keeper, allowing Fletcher time to get out and close down the angle to save the follow up, a block from the impressive Rob Parker was then needed before a challenge on the striker was made by Mason that resulted in a goal kick, with the Bankers having somehow dodged 4 bullets in one go, the half followed the pattern of Dronfield pressing but failing to find a killer edge or through ball as the Bankers adjusted their pressing and line with aplomb to limit the chances to mainly shots from deep outside the area, at the other end Van De Sijpe nearly added a 2nd goal, again slaloming in from the right, he hit a sweet curling left footer that beat the keeper but struck the inside of the post before rolling the full length of the line, Baxter made it to the rebound but his tight angled shot found the side net. Before the half was out the post would once again save the Dronfield keeper, with Van De Sijpe controlling before side footing from inside the area, only to see his shot clipped the outside of the post this time.

Half time saw the introduction of Moore and McDougall, who took the places of Mason and Akhtar, Akhtar in particularly having shone despite the tough conditions, as he strung together some of his trade mark mazy runs and played time and time again beat the Dronfield enforcer despite it being an encounter of David versus Goliath’s taller brother.

With the slope now in their favour the Bankers strung together an impressive 20 minute spell, Bulloss unwavering defensive responsibilities were not holding back his attacking contribution, as he weaved himself inside and outside opponents, working the ball to Baxter, who from deep near the goal line found Van De Sijpe who had made an excellent run to get himself free in the area, again controlling before firing home. Baxter nearly added a 3rd when beating the keeper to a through ball with a lunge, that took the ball narrowly wide, a goal that would have really capped off an excellent and mature display from Baxter, particularly first half as time and time again he held the ball up and brought others into ball and gave the midfield a target to play into.

The introduction of Matty Taylor and Jimmy Whydle did result in a 3rd goal though, a sweeping cross field ball from Taylor was volleyed home by John McDougall, into the top right hand corner, a superb goal from McDougall, that finally saw him open his account after crashing several efforts into the bar last season, and a goal that will surely see it in consideration for goal of the season at the end of the season.

At 3 nil Bankers were coasting to victor, Moore and Malpass were finding passes with ease, and Parker and McDougal were rampaging down the right and Taylor was impressing in his competitive debut with mazy runs, however against the run of play a free kick in the Bankers half was smashed home by a Dronfield player, passing Fletcher after taking a tricky bounce right in front of him, Dronfield quickly added a 2nd, their winger breaking free down the right crossed into the area, and the cover that the Bankers had back conspired against them, Fletcher getting a slight touch on the ball only lead to Malpass jumping out the way, leaving it to hit teammate Parker before trickling into the net. Dronfield’s sideline erupted, Bankers went blue with colourful language, with those on it fearing a repeat of the abysmal end of the previous game, however Steve Hallett was not prepared to allow that to happen, Bankers immediately refound their control, once against establishing themselves with control of the possession that lead to a corner, Taylor’s low drilled corner was met by Hallett, who volleyed the ball home from 7 yards out, too powerful for the keeper who got a hand to it but couldn’t prevent it from caressing the back of the net, Hallett ran shell shocked back to the half way line, no doubt desperately trying to think what the term for an own goal in the correct net is called…

Managers Notes – 90% of our game was excellent, we battled and kept our shape under increasing amounts of pressure first half, playing some excellent fluid counter attacking football when we could. 2nd half we really upped our game, taking a commanding 3-0 lead that was fully deserved. However we need to adjust our mentality not to get careless and sloppy when we get a seemingly comfortable lead. Once again being our own worst enemies. - Steve Bulloss – Once again a fantastic performance from Bulloss, relentless defensive work rate from Steve can sometimes be taken for granted and over looked. However first half in particularly Steve really helped to drive the game to the opposition as well as doing more than his share of chasing and harrying in our own half, involved in the build up of the first two goals, only withdrawn from the game due to the change in shape and system.

Honourable mentions – Rob Parker and Rich Baxter, both who put tremendous performances for the team for their respective positions, and perhaps didn’t get the honours they deserved, or one they didn’t want! (A goal for Baxter, and a Hallett for Parker.)

Steve Bulloss

Player of the Match

Steve Bulloss

Key moments

Goal Nick Van De Sijpe scores for Sheffield Bankers
Goal Nick Van De Sijpe scores for Sheffield Bankers
Goal John McDougal scores for Sheffield Bankers
Goal Stephen Hallett scores for Sheffield Bankers
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As it happened

  • Sparta Dronfield
  • Sheffield Bankers
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  • Nick Van De Sijpe Goal 20:00'
  • Adam Malpass Assist 20:00'
  • Nick Van De Sijpe Goal 55:00'
  • Richard Baxter Assist 55:00'
  • John McDougal Goal 65:00'
  • Matt Taylor Assist 65:00'
  • Stephen Hallett Goal 82:00'
  • Matt Taylor Assist 82:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. City Central 25 61
2. Sheffield Bankers 25 43
3. Langsett Pumas 25 40
4. Sparta Dronfield 25 35
5. Ecclesfield Eagles 25 31
6. United4Communities FC 25 28
7. Olympic Crookes 25 20


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