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Bankers Pavilion - Match centre

Sheffield Bankers
Sparta Dronfield
S Bulloss (14')
Full time
Sat 8 Nov 10:30 - Sheffield & District Fair Play League - Division 3B

Bankers continue to lose


Despite meeting only 2 weeks ago the Bankers faced the return leg of Sparta Dronfield at Goodwin Sports centre, thankful for the all weather pitch.

Despite meeting only 2 weeks ago the Bankers faced the return leg of Sparta Dronfield at Goodwin Sports centre, thankful for the all weather pitch after a deluge of rain.

Bankers welcomed back Kieran Moore and Nick Van De Sijpe, as they looked to put aside last weeks disappointing performance, however a lack of chances would once again vex the Bankers, despite a much improved effort in terms of work rate and possession, mistakes and a lack of ruthlessness were punished servely as Sparta ran out 5-1 winners.

Ref Mike Moore’s comment that the score wasn’t a reflection of the closeness of the actual contest did little to atone the mood of the Bankers camp, who were once again questioning their lack of bottle, as there majority share of possession seemed to be rendered pointless due to an inability to create chances.

Early on Bankers were confident and probing with their play, however Dronfield took the lead when a slick through ball down the right was dispatched into the far corner, a well taken goal that capitalized on poor Bankers play. Bankers quickly set about responding though, Kieran Moore let fly with a long range arrow that the keeper spilled and was lucky to see swatted away for a corner as Baxter retrived, the keeper was beaten though moments later, a John Stott clipped pass was brought down superbly by Baxter, Bulloss struck fiercely from the edge of the area and his shot managed to squeeze past the keeper, despite him getting both his hands and being in front of the ball. Manager Mason commented that it was a dreadful piece of keeping and probably the worst he had ever seen at Goodwin…

Bankers leveling though lasted less than 10 minutes, A throw down their right hand side wasn’t headed far enough clear of the box and a 2nd tidy finish of the game from Dronfield saw the Bankers go behind, reeling from the goal Bankers were soon 3-1 down, hesitation between Hallett and Sykes saw a Dronfield striker wriggle in between them and dispatch the ball into the Bankers net, Bankers were facing insurmountable odds when Dronfields towering Midfielder/Forward rose well at a corner to head in an unstoppable effort despite John McDougall getting his head to it on the line and tight marking from Malpass.

4-1 down at the half the call was for focus and concentration, the issue focused the Bankers, the 2nd half saw the Bankers forcing Dronfield back into their own half, however strong amounts of possession and control yielded little scoring chances, the Dronfield keeper was continuing to show he had a Mason-esque mistake or two left in him, spilling a Fletcher freekick that was well driven in across the surface, and failing to cleanly collect a number of looping balls into the box, with there need to get a goal becoming greater though the Bankers were leaving ever increasing holes at the back as they pressed their back line high up the pitch to keep the pressure on, Sykes was called into action as he made a brave lunge at the feet of Dronfields striker who had broken free of the Bankers defence, at the other end Van De Sijpe weaved through on goal before dragging a shot agonisingly wide. However Sparta rounded off the rout though with a fifth goal, hitting Bankers on the break and curling a shot in despite a hand from Sykes.

With the game ending all that remained was for manager Mason to engage in a bout of embarrassing squabbling, erked by Dronfields continued inability to be 10 yards from the ball at freekicks, Mason would later comment that the modern day youths inability to use approximation in every day life is indicative of the complete and utter bastardisation of the Maths curriculum.

Managers comments – joking aside, today felt extremely familiar to last seasons collapse, loads of pretty possession, but very limited touches of the ball in the other teams box, the opposition keeper commented that he had grown bored, as we continued to fail to generate meaningful chances. There is an element of Spurs about us at times, as we manage to allow our heads to drop in games that don’t appear to go are way and end up getting routed. Teams capatilse on our mistakes, but we seem unable to force opposition into making similar errors. - Adam Malpass – Solid performance and very close to a goal.

Adam Malpass

Player of the Match

Adam Malpass

Key moments

Goal Steve Bulloss scores for Sheffield Bankers
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As it happened

  • Sheffield Bankers
  • Sparta Dronfield
  • 0
  • Steve Bulloss Goal 14:00'
  • Richard Baxter Assist 14:00'

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Team selection

Sykes, Ben Sykes, Ben
McDougal, John McDougal, John
Al-Asadi, Naz Al-Asadi, Naz
Malpass, Adam Malpass, Adam
Davies, Glyn Davies, Glyn
Butler, Jake Butler, Jake
Moore, Kieran Moore, Kieran
Bulloss, Steve Bulloss, Steve
Fletcher, Matt Fletcher, Matt
Baxter, Richard Baxter, Richard

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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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