In an encounter between two sides at opposite ends of the table, it was time for Sheffield 1s to step up their game and get a strong result against an unbeaten Liverpool John Moores 1s side.
However, it wasn’t to be for Sheffield who still only have three points from what is now, six games, after a 3-0 defeat at Norton Playing Fields.
The boys in Black and Gold started well as they saw a good deal of the ball in the opposition’s half early on, although it only took Liverpool several minutes to gain their composure which they maintained throughout the game.
Liverpool’s structure was evidently disciplined as they took advantage of the lack of pace shown by Sheffield’s front line, led by Alex Bradshaw.
Sheffield’s structure appeared to favour an approach that would get the ball out wide and crossed into the target man, but Liverpool’s high line made that near enough impossible for them.
This led them to look shaky on and off the ball, with their midfielders regularly diving in unsuccessfully and if they did win the ball, they lost it soon afterwards.
However, Sheffield 1s did regain control of themselves when their midfield and defence started to sit back and defend as a compact unit, forcing Liverpool to shoot from range on multiple occasions.
When they went forward, most of the action came down Sheffield’s left-hand side as they continually attempted to vacate the wide areas, which made that area of the pitch as compact as both teams’ defences.
Left-back Callum Wilson, who was frequently present in this, gave Sheffield their first real chance with a lovely set piece which Captain, Will Saxon, got on the end of, only to be denied by Liverpool’s well positioned goalkeeper, Dominic Garner.
The start of the second half saw Liverpool JM’s midfield increase their intensity, which lead to a goal from Elliot Pond who finished off a smooth passage of play on the edge of the 18-yard-box.
Sheffield’s midfield couldn’t cope with the raised intensity, which drove them to make an array of mistakes.
This inevitably led to a second goal that stemmed from another fantastic build-up, that was again, tucked away by Pond.
Pond sustained his strong display as he looked to turn provider with a perfectly weighted ball onto the head of Ryan Beigan, who smashed the near post with his effort.
Towards the end of the game, Liverpool JM sat back and let Sheffield apply some attacking pressure of their own. However, Liverpool were too strong in the air, which again, foiled Sheffield’s style of play.
Liverpool’s aerial superiority was displayed one last time as they executed a textbook corner that was nodded in at the near post by Ethan Taggart.
Sheffield 1s were unfortunate not to take more from the game after a strong display in the first half, but Liverpool 1s were too strong in the second half as they progressed in their hunt for the Northern 1A title.