Blades have cutting edge in competitive pre-season test
Ossett United were defeated 2-1 by Sheffield United in a competitive first home game of pre-season at Ingfield.
They applied themselves well against the Premier League club’s young line-up, and led at the break through Stuart Mott’s strike.
The Blades turned the game around in the second half to take the win, but there were plenty of positives for Andy Welsh’s side to take as they gear up for the new campaign.
It was a quiet opening 20 minutes before the first chance came Ossett’s way, with Alex O’Keefe shooting over the bar after Tom Greaves had robbed a defender of possession in the area.
The opening goal came after George Broadbent had brought down Nick Guest at the expense of a free kick. Jack Vann’s set piece struck the crossbar, with Mott seeing his first attempt from the rebound blocked before thumping the ball in from a wide angle at the second time of asking.
Only in the final moments of the half did the visitors have their best opportunity, but United’s defence proved resolute. Chris Chantler blocked the first effort from Mallon and Andy Monkhouse then got in the way of a strike from a trialist, before the ball came back to Mallon and he put it over the top.
Sheff Utd proved more threatening after the break, equalising five minutes into the second half. Mallon’s effort from distance was scuffed but Reece York kept it alive, sending a shot back across goal that was blocked by goalkeeper Brett Souter but fell kindly for Jake Young to tap in.
On the hour mark, the South Yorkshire side took the lead as an unfortunate slip allowed a trialist to run through on goal and finish into the bottom corner.
Zac Brunt placed his shot from 20 yards just over the bar and Kyron Gordon headed wide as the Blades continued to threaten, while Elliot Harrison nodded a header narrowly past the post at the other end.
Guest fired a strike into the side netting as Ossett searched for a leveller, but Vann headed off target with the final chance of the game as Sheff Utd held on for the win.
United play Hemsworth at Ingfield on Tuesday kick off 19:45 and FA Trophy winners Fylde at home on Saturday, kick off 3pm