The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By David Lawrence

BLADES boss Nigel Ad­kins was Lane. im­pressed with Non-League Worces­ter af­ter they put in a bat­tling dis­play in de­feat at Bra­mall

An early Jose Bax­ter penalty was all that sep­a­rated the sides un­til the nine min­utes from time, as the vis­i­tors held their own with goal­keeper Nathan Vaughan at the top of his game.

But fur­ther strikes from Conor Sam­mon and Kieron Free­man sealed their fate and Ad­kins was re­lieved.

“Thank­fully we’ve got our­selves through the round,” he said.

“We did our home­work on the op­po­si­tion and gave them the re­spect they de­served and we gave their lads an ova­tion when they came off, as I think that’s im­por­tant as well. I was at Ban­gor City so I know what it’s like and how dif­fi­cult it is.

“I’m re­ally pleased we’ve scored three good goals – it was a good game. Their goal­keeper made some great saves – he has prob­a­bly pulled off four worldies.”

City had 2,000 sup­port­ers at Bra­mall Lane and they were given some­thing to cheer af­ter just six min­utes when Ashley Vin­cent let fly from 20 yards, forc­ing Ge­orge Long into a fine fin­ger­tip save.

But it was the League One side who took the lead on 19 min­utes. Che Adams skipped into the box, where he was up­ended by Sam Minihan. Referee Si­mon Ben­nett pointed to the spot and Bax­ter made no mis­take.

Buoyed by the goal, the home side be­gan to take con­trol and the ex­cel­lent Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce was de­nied by an ex­cel­lent save from Worces­ter keeper Vaughan, who pushed his curl­ing shot onto the cross­bar and away to safety.

Camp­bell-Ryce was caus­ing the City defence all sorts of prob­lems and the vis­i­tors made a change early in the sec­ond half, re­plac­ing Minihan with Tyler Weir.

And this seemed to bol­ster things up with the Non-League out­fit slowly edg­ing back into the game.

With Vaughan keep­ing the Blades at bay at one end – he pulled off an­other fine save to deny Free­man – the vis­i­tors al­most grabbed an equaliser at the other. Dan Nti’s cross found sub­sti­tute Tris­tian Dunk­ley but he just failed to steer the ball be­yond Long in the United goal.

Bob Har­ris hit the Worces­ter bar with a free-kick be­fore Sam­mon stabbed in a sec­ond on 81 min­utes, Camp­bell-Ryce with the cross.

The vis­i­tors pushed to get back into con­tention but they were un­done for a third time on 90 min­utes when good work from Free­man saw him cre­ate an open­ing and wrap things up from close range.

City joint-man­ager Carl Hee­ley said: “It has been fab­u­lous and I couldn’t have asked any­thing more of the boys – they were mag­nif­i­cent.

“We were right in the game for 80 min­utes but ob­vi­ously the sec­ond goal killed us off.

“But we were two inches away from an equaliser and if that goes in then who knows what might have hap­pened.”

PIC­TURES: Sport Im­age

PENALTY PAID: Jose Bax­ter scores the first goal for Sh­effield United from the spot

ALL OVER: Kieron Free­man cel­e­brates his goal



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