The U21s squad added the County Senior League title to the League cup winners and the Sheffield and Hallamshire junior cup winners trophies in what has been an incredible first season for the new squad.
Great credit to the Manager, Richard Holmshaw and his coaching staff Jonathan Middleton and Phil Kidder for their invaluable input throughout the season.
It was always going to be a tough trip across town to Olivers Mount particularly when the Handworth team needed to win the game in order to win the league...The first half started with Handsworth the more lively team showing more desire and spirit than their SPS counterparts who were always second best and slow to react. Handsworth certainly realising the importance of the fixture and what was at stake.
Sloppy work in central midfield led to a Handsworth long throw deep in SPS territory, the ball going out for a corner after the SPS defence couldn’t deal with the pressing play from the Handsworth boys. From the resulting corner, on 22 minutes Handsworth went in front when the second ball was sliced right footed from 12 yards into the top corner giving the SPS goalkeeper Josh Womack no chance.
Just before half time Jack Whitehouse was sent on to steady the ship replacing Adam Thomas.
HT...Handsworth 1 – 0 SPS
The second half was a completely different story with SPS dominating play in all areas of the pitch and showing signs of getting back into the game. On 65 minutes a penalty was awarded to SPS when Oli Warren, showing great feet was scythed down just inside the 18 yard box. Joe Singleton firmly slotting the ball home to the goalkeepers right.
SPS were well on top but had to be on their mettle to prevent Handsworth from catching them on the break. Astute substitutions from Sven Holmshaw solidified the shape and helped press the game in the right areas.
A long throw from the corner flag by Pickford into the Handsworth box was not cleared properly and from the resulting goalmouth scramble Tyron O Kane stabbed the ball home from 6 yards on 75minutes.
Handsworth should have equalised on 85 minutes when the ball was volleyed over the bar from close range. SPS managed the game out well and over the 90 minutes deserved the 3 points.
Well done to all the lads this year they have been a credit to the club in what has been a memorable season...