Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Frickley Athletic 1 v Alvechurch 2 - EvoStik NPL (South)

Tuesday 20th February 2018
EvoStik Northern Premier League (South)
The Big Fellas Stadium AKA 'Wezziecana',
Westfield Lane, South Elmsall
Frickley Athletic (1) 1
Tyler Walton 11
Alevchurch FC (1) 2
Josh March 39
Luke Yates 64
Attendance 224
Thanks to Ruth Simpson for the team sheet and to Ryan McKnight and that Spencer Fearn bloke for their generosity.
For a gallery of some professionally done photographs from tonight's game, click here: ONION BAG
Great work as always Jerry mate.
The last time that these two sides met, back in August, a goal apiece from Tom Turton and Josh March, either side of half time, gave Alvechurch a 2-0 win at Lye Meadow, on an afternoon that 'Church' became the only side to keep a clean sheet against Spencer Fearn's Blues this season, which is actually quite an achievement on the part of tonight's hosts, to say that this impressive record is still intact as of right now, towards the end of February. Even though Frickley misfired at times and had spells when they struggled to get a foothold in tonight's game.
Because of Frickley's recent points deduction, which was well publicised in the Non League Paper (on the front cover and page three) this week; they started the night in third place on fifty three points, while Alvechurch were in fifth, on fifty two points, with three games in hand on their South Elmsall based opponents; meaning that this result saw the visitors leapfrog over their hosts and climb into second place, much to the obvious delight of the away supporters who'd made something like a four hour midweek round trip to be see their team in action. Credit where it is due.
In the aforementioned newspaper article, the Northern Premier League chairman spoke of the "absolute priority" of clubs adhering to a robust system of regulations; but with so
many clubs falling foul of the rule book, would it be considered impertinent of me to ask, if it would be too much trouble for the league(s) and FA themselves to take the initiative to revise and simplify their own procedures and publications, to avoid such problems occurring quite so often in the future, instead of over-complicating their own legislation.
At times, the role of a club secretary can be akin to tip toeing, blindfolded, through a cluttered minefield of ambiguity, in a pair of bloody great big hobnail boots, while coming under fire from all sides... even your own.
Much is made in certain learned circles, where the honourable pastime of association football is discussed, about Alvechurch being a village team, who play at a respectably high level the non league football pyramid, having reached the Northern Premier League (South) by virtue of being champions of the Midland Football League Premier Division last season.
But a quick glance at the most recent population census of cities, towns and villages in the United Kingdom (yes folks, Wikipedia has been keeping me company, through those insomnia gripped wee small hours again), reveals that the West Midlands based smallholding (just off the M42, near Bromsgrove, eleven miles to the south west of Birmingham) actually has 75 more inhabitants than South Elmsall itself. And the local club round these parts used to play in the Gola League (Football Alliance)... or the National League/Conference as you younger readers might call it these days. Mind you, the Blues glory days, save for several Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Final appearances, are becoming so distant a memory, that they were filmed in black and white.
It was difficult to gauge, from the comfort of a spacious back row seat, quite how much the the stiff breeze that was blowing across this beautifully preserved time capsule of a traditional football stadium, was dictating the flow of the game and the tactics employed by both sides to overcome it. But initially, the Blues made a lively started while their visitors were obviously well geared to make an immediate transition to the requisite level of quality needed to thrive at this higher level.
Frickley opened the scoring in the eleventh minute, when Tyler Walton, directed the ball past Charlie Price, to net his first ever goal for the home side, after Gavin Allott had collected a long ball on the edge of the area, facing away from the goal and threaded a defence splitting pass with a deft back heel.
But Yusifu Ceesay went close to levelling things up almost straight away, when he fizzed the ball narrowly past the upright with a free kick from eighteen yards out.
Jamie Ashmore drilled a right wing post into the Blues goal mouth, from which Jordan Nadat got in front of Hugo Warhurst and his marker as he steered the ball just inside the near post.
Not for the first (or last) time tonight, the visitors manager Ian Long loudly voiced his severe displeasure when the goal was ruled out for offside.
Obviously the referee's assistant had a better sight line of the incident that me, but I'd have to say that must have been a close call and a very tight decision... and within a minute Nicky Darker almost rubbed salt into Alvechurch's wounds, when his shot on the turn skimmed wide of the target off Price.
As this evenly balanced first half chugged along towards half time, Teddy Bloor had to be alert to another dangerous cross from Ashmore into the Blues six yard box and he intercepted the ball and swept it away at the expense of a left wing corner, with Nadat homing in, in an attempt to reach the ball.
The flag kick was fielded and half cleared out towards the far side of the area, but amid a scramble Alvechurch managed to hook it back across the six yard box to where Josh March got his head to it and planted the ball past Warhurst. Meaning that March has scored against Frickley on both occasions that he as played against them.
The one apiece half time score was just about a fair reflection on how the game had gone thus far, although the 'Church' were beginning to impose themselves more towards the end of the opening forty five minutes.
HT: Blues 1 v Church 1
Frickley took the game to their West Midlands opponents at the outset of the second half, as Darker and Jacob Hazel combined down the left, before the latter crossed towards Tom Dugdale, but Andy Parsons rose to head the ball away from danger.
Hazel cut in from the left and rushed a speculative shot, that had little in the way of accuracy about it, but enough power and pace to reach the corner flag on the far side of the pitch.
Allott fed a pass out wide to Hazel and continued his run to meet the return ball, five yards from goal, but it got caught up under his feet as he tried to direct it towards the Alvechurch goal.
In the sixty fourth minute, Luke Yates netted what proved to be the decisive winning goal for the visitors, after March had rolled a sideways pass to Nadat whose cross was met by Yates with what could only be described as a pirouette and well dispatched back-heel combination, as the ball found
the back of the net, via Warhurst outstretched fingers.
The visiting supporters celebrated for all they were worth and thought that their side had sealed the win with a third goal, after March set up Yates who drilled the ball past Warhurst, but they were denied by the offside flag again, although this time around it was far more of a clear cut decision than the Nadat's episode in the first half.
The air raid siren sounded and the visitors area was put under siege as Frickley adopted a horses for courses direct approach, while Nicky Darker's long range throw ins became a dominant feature of the closing exchanges.
But having got their noses in front, Alvechurch weren't going to let the home side back into it now and they showed an admirable amount of back to the walls strength to hold on for the three points, which, all things considered and on the balance of things, they probably deserved, in my humble opinion.
FT: Frickley Athletic 1 v Alvechurch 2
Frickley now travel to Bedworth on Saturday, before facing a tricky hurdle in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup at Swallownest in a weeks time.
Alvechurch, who showed tonight that they are a very worthwhile addition to the NPL, entertain Peterborough Sports at home this coming weekend.

Mansfield Town 5 v Grimsby Town 0 - Central League (Reserves)

Tuesday 20th February 2018
Central League (Reserves)
at Kirklington Road, Rainworth Miners Welfare FC
Mansfield Town (4) 5
Jacob Mellis 20, 40
Lee Angol 21, 24
Paul Digby 82
Grimsby Town (0) 0
Admission £3 inc team sheet
Attendance 104
A very one sided game, that saw a strong Stags line up, take on a predominantly youthful visiting Mariners side.
The score would've been far more top heavy in the the home side's favour, if they hadn't taken their foot off the gas in the second half.
Mansfield needed to give some game time to some of their first team squad and Grimsby's development will have benefited no end from coming up against a team of full time pros, pretty much the same way that the Stags youngsters will have done when they were beaten at Port Vale last week.
Beating other youth teams week in week out, is all well and good, but it doesn't harm anybody in the youth ranks to come up against a tough as teak men's football team every so often, to demonstrate to them (the upcoming players) just how high they are going to have to raise the bar to make the grade.
LINK: MTFC v GTFC (RESERVES): THE66POW PHOTO GALLERY

Monday, 19 February 2018

THE66POW: FORTHCOMING FIXTURES (FEBRUARY & MARCH)

THE66POW schedule February/March 2018:
Fingers crossed, that any time soon the climate is going to stop decimating the non league fixture lists to the extent that it has been doing of late. 
I've really been enjoying all of the Football League/FA Cup/League Cup excursions that I've been making predominantly recently, but I still need my regular supply/fix of the grassroots stuff too.
All of the plans that I've detaileded below are 100% provisional and 110% liable to late alterations.
It had become a fairly pointless exercise plotting too many fixtures in advance, when there were inevitably going to be so many postponements, virtually each and every day/night, over the past month or so.
Truth be told, I could actually show up just about anywhere at the moment... so have the kettle on ready just in case.
Forthcoming games:
Tue 20 Feb - Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town - Central League (Reserves) - 1PM
Tue 20 Feb - Frickley Athletic v Alvechurch - EvoStik NPL (South) - 7.45PM
Sat 24 Feb - Birmingham City v Barnsley - EFL Championship - 3PM
Tue 27 Feb - Grantham Town v Warrington Town - EvoStik NPL Prem - 7.45PM
Sat 3 Mar - Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City - EFL Championship - 3PM
Tue 6 Mar - Mansfield Town v Lincoln City - EFL League 2 - 7.45PM
Wed 7 Mar - Worksop Town v Handsworth Parramore - NCEL Prem - 7.45PM
Sat 10 Mar - TBC
Tue 13 Mar - Stapenhill v Clifton All Whites - EMFL - 7.45PM
Fri 16 Mar - Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Retford FC - CMFL North - 7.45PM
Sat 17 Mar - Harworth Colliery v Askern - CMFL North - 3PM
Tue 21 Mar - Selby town v Shirebrook Town - NCEL Div 1 - 7.45PM
Wed 22 Mar - Nostell Miners Welfare v Hallam - NCEL Div 1- 7.45PM
Sat 24 Mar - Wyberton v Horncastle Town - Lincs League Challenge Cup - 14.30PM
Tue 27 Mar - England v Ukraine - UEFA U21 Qualification Round - at Bramall Lane - 6PM
Fri 30 Mar - Mansfield Town v Accrington Stanley - EFL League 2 - 3PM
More games to be added in due course

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hallam 3 v Swallownest 0 - NCEL Division 1

Saturday 17th February 2018
Toolstation NCEL Division 1
at Sandygate
Hallam FC (1) 3
Callum Greaves 11
Mitchell Dunne 81, 88
Swallownest FC (0) 0
Admission £5. Programme £1.50
Attendance 184
For more photos from this game, click HERE
Thanks to Mark Radford for the team line up details
Having made light work of getting through the back roads of Sheffield and the usual Saturday bumper to bumper traffic, en route from my first game of the day at Hillsborough, I entered 'the oldest football ground in the entire known universe', around ten minutes before kick off, after doubling my journey time driving around in circles looking for a place to park in one of the side streets in the vicinity.
A few minutes after I'd paid my five pounds to get in and purchased a programme, Dean Bamforth, the third in
command to Scott Bates and Stephen Whitehead in the managerial hierarchy at Sandygate dashed into the ground, with just moments to spare.
Apparently he had been delayed when his photo shoot for the new 'Man at Poundstretcher' catalogue had overrun... and he had to skedaddle across "right onto Manchester Road and left at the Crosspool Tavern" in double quick time, still wearing their new Winter/Spring range.
Swallownest got the game underway and woosh! 
The first half seemed to pass by in no time at all, as an absorbing game of football ensued, played at a breakneck pace, featuring two sides giving it their all and charging up and down the infamous Sandygate slope to their hearts content, as the lumpy and bumpy surface cut up in places and added to a certain amount of unpredictability to how the ball was going to behave.
Danny Mullooley almost gave 'Swall' the lead inside the opening three minutes, but his shot was blocked, virtually on the line.
But as the game continued at a rare old pace from end to end, Hallam took the lead on twelve minutes, when Pat Carrig combined, out on the right, with Jake Currie,who dropped a shoulder and saw off two challenges to make himself a yard of pace, before powering forward and drilling the ball across the face of James Pollard's goal, where it a nick off of Jay Atkin, the Swallownest central defender and fell kindly for Callum Greaves, who picked his spot and cracked a shot off into the back of the 'top end' goal from ten yards out.
Dave Darwent, the hosts keeper, was in a determined mood this afternoon, as per usual and having thwarted Jack Denton, when he was tested with a slightly deflected shot, he also got across his goal well to keep out Ollie Grady's effort from long range moments later.
In front of Darwent, Liam Flint was putting up a great display of battling resistance to protect his keeper.
Sam Smith unselfishly laid flicked the ball sideways to Currie, who managed to divert the ball towards the visitors goal, in spite of Atkin trying to get inside his shorts with him, but Pollard was well placed to deal with the situation.
The 'Swall' keeper was called into action again moments later, when he did well to claim a long, high ball aimed towards Smith.
Jay Short challenged for the ball as Darwent gathered it up, and as the Hallam keeper cleared his lines, they exchanged a few words.
The conversation went something along the lines of: "Steady on old chap you almost kicked my gloves there"... "Well, it was there to go for, but might I offer you my profound apologies if I alarmed you in any way". I think that is what I heard anyway.
Micah Bishop drilled a ball that Pollard could only parry but as the ball fell to Cannig, it sat up on a bobble (possibly two) and his shot fizzed wide of the right hand post.
As the first half reached it's conclusion, Lloyd Gelsthorpe, who'd been making a nuisance of himself down the right flank all afternoon, crossed towards Lill, but Flint managed to intercept the ball and deny the diminutive yet prolific striker the opportunity to level things up from close range.
HT: Countrymen 1 v Swall 0 
Many of the great and goodly characters of local football had made their way to Sandygate this afternoon... and Ryan Hindley (currently between jobs) was there too. The guy always has me in hysterics (even when he doesn't mean to be funny), and I think it is fair to say that the mutual banter score was level between us today, with no offence intended or taken either way. 
Which is how local football should be. 
But I cannot post details upon a blog that is apparently suitable for a family audience, because embarrassed parents might have to field awkward questions along the lines of: "Dad, what is an 'involuntary erection in Morrisions' when it's at home". Those who need to know, will already know, those who don't... err, stay out of supermarkets!
Swallownest will probably be disappointed that the final result, perhaps didn't entirely reflect the balance of play, but between Dave Darwent, who continued to confound the visitors in the second half and Mitch Dunne, who is ironically a former Swallownest Under 19 player, the visitors were edged out by a few moments of individual application, that gave Hallam that little bit more impetus and juice in their tank to win the day.
Looking at both subs benches, there would've been a decent five aside match to be add there, given the quality of the strength in depth both sides have been building on, as they've quietly got on with their business this season.
It was the subs who kept the tempo of the game high when they entered the fray.
Gelsthorpe played the ball forward to Mitch Ward, who knocked to Short on the edge of the area, took the return pass and tried his luck with a curving shot from eighteen yards, but Darwent moved to his right and got behind the ball with the setting sun shining straight into his goalmouth, potentially causing the Hallam keeper sighting problems.
Mitch Dunne raced forward, chasing a flick on from midfield, but his shot from the left hand side of the visitors goalmouth was blocked.
Dunne was soon back though, feigning a step over on the right flank before forcing Pollard to save down by his left hand upright.
As the game entered it's final ten minutes, it could still have gone either way, but when Smith poked the ball into the path of Dunne for him to sprint after and he beat Pollard in a race to reach it before nudging the ball beyond the advancing keeper and into the back of the net, the pitch wasn't the only hill that Swallownest now had to climb.
Jay McFadzean was introduced late in the game for the visitors and he was soon involved in some goalmouth action, but Connor Chappell blocked the 'Swall' players first shot, with his posterior and when the ball came back to McFazdean, his second attempt deflected wide off of Flint's back. Top marks for putting yourselves in the line of fire you pair.
Hallam wrapped the game up with a minute left to go, when Dunne fed Sam Fewkes' overlapping run to his left with a cheeky back heel, then ran forward to meet a low ball into the mix from Fewkes, to steer the ball home from eight yards. It was a quality move to provide a fitting finale to a very lively and competitive game.
FT: Hallam 3 v Swallownest 0

Sheffield Wednesday 0 v Swansea City 0 - FA Cup R5

Saturday 17th February 2018
Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
at Hillsborough Stadium
Sheffield Wednesday (0) 0
Swansea City (0) 0
Admission £20. Programme £3.
Attendance 19,427
On Christmas Eve 2017, Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal, having led the Owls to the play offs in the previous two seasons, left Hillsborough by mutual consent, after a run of indifferent form and poor results, had seen his side slip to fifteenth in the Championship table.
As Carvalhal departed, the club owner Dejphon Chansiri said: "I maintain a huge amount of respect for Carlos as
a coach and as a person and he will always be welcome at Hillsborough." I don't think that anybody expected him to be back quite so soon though.
On December 28th, the highly respected Portuguese coach took up his seventeenth managerial position since 1998, with his sixteenth club (he had two spells at Vitória de Setúbal 2003-04 and 2007-08) Swansea City and he immediately transformed the struggling South Wales team's season, where he has led them up the Premier League table and out of the relegation places, since his arrival at the Liberty Stadium.
Believe it or not, Swansea are actually second in the top flight's current form table, having lost just one of their previous eleven games in all competitions since Carvalhal's arrival. For the record, the Swans had only won five of their previous twenty three games this season before he was appointed.
Following the Owls 3-1 FA Cup Fourth Round win v Reading and the Swans 8-1 Fourth Round Replay thrashing of Notts County, Wednesday and Swansea found themselves paired together in today's Fifth round tie. It's a funny old game football, innit Saint!?
Incidentally details of several Owls (and Worksop town) games are available to view on Devon Cash's excellent blog, that can be found by left clicking this LINK
Last weekend, following on from their thrashing of Notts County, Swansea beat Burnley 1-0 in a Premier League fixture, while Jos Luhukay's side drew one apiece at Oakwell on Saturday against Barnsley, then picked up three points on Tuesday night, against third placed Derby County at Hillsborough, to ease their increasing worries that sliding ever closer to a potential relegation battle, as they built up a nine point cushion above the drop zone.
Certainly, on the afternoon that the Owls were dismembered by Birmingham City, when I visited Hillsborough for a Championship fixture earlier this month, they looked to be heading downhill faster than the French 'Snowboard Cross' gold medal winner Pierre Vaultier at the currently ongoing PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
A work associate of mine who apparently supports (but never watches) Sheffield Wednesday, told me that his team were too big to go down and had never been in any danger of getting into trouble at any time.
Poke the bee's nest that is football with a provocative stick at your peril, I say.
Incidentally, he's the same bloke who believes Alice cooper is a woman, thinks that Lobo's 1971 chart hit: "Me and You & a Dog Named Boo", is the greatest song ever recorded in the entire history of popular music... he's obviously never heard Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Nothing Rhymed", or "The Streak" by Ray Stevens ('Don't look Ethel!'), and has a notion that the internet is just a passing fad. that will never catch on.
To be fair to him though, the Lobo (real name Kent LaVoie) composed, canine influenced tune, did actually reach number 1 in New Zealand and stayed at the top of the hit parade there for four whole weeks... so now you know kids ;-)
Anyway, steering quickly back on topic from wherever this blog was just heading off on a tangent: Sheffield Wednesday FC turned 150 years old at the beginning of this season and have been celebrating the landmark accordingly.
Today, the first ever honour they won, 150 years ago this week, the Cromwell Cup, was on display in the 'Owls Megastore'.
The Cromwell Cup is the second oldest trophy in world football, pre-dated only by the Youdan Cup.
The 1868 Cromwell Cup Final was played at Bramall Lane in February 1868 where Garrick FC provided the opposition.
Wednesday won the game and subsequently lifted this highly polished trophy, by virtue of a 1-0 scoreline, after extra time.
Sheffield Wednesday:
Cameron Dawson, Jack Hunt, Frederico Venancio, David Jones, Daniel Pudil, Morgan Fox, George Boyd, Jacob Butterfield (Joey Pelupessy, 70), Adam Reach, Ross Wallace (Lucas Joao, 80), Atdhe Nuhiu.
Unused subs - Joe Wildsmith, Glenn Loovens, Ash Baker, Connor Kirby, Frederik Nielsen.
Swansea City:
Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Connor Roberts, Kyle Naughton, Mike van der Hoorn, Kyle Bartley (capt), Martin Olsson (Sam Clucas, 79), Luciano Narsingh (Nathan Dyer, 64), Ki Sung-Yueng, Tom Carroll, Wayne Routledge, Tammy Abraham (Jordan Ayew, 67).
Unused subs - Erwin Mulder, Federico Fernandez, Adnan Maric, Daniel James.
This result means that these two teams will meet each other again, at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday 27th February, to decide which one of them will go through to the quarter final of the FA Cup, as this stalemate ended all square and goalless, with both sides only managing to muster just four goal scoring attempts apiece throughout the entire game, during this early kick off that was being screened live by BT Sport.
The Owls have now needed replays to decide two of their three ties in this competition this season (they also drew against Carlisle at Brunton Park in the Third Round, before beating them at Hillsborough in the rematch), whilst Swansea have drawn away from home in all three rounds, before taking: Wolves, Notts County and now Sheffield Wednesday, back to South Wales for a replays.
No doubt I'm showing my age here, but in my humble (and probably minority) traditionalist and set in my way opinion, instead of lamenting about fitting replays into an already top heavy fixtures schedule, perhaps clubs should field their strongest available starting eleven in FA Cup games and endeavour to win them first time out by applying themselves wholeheartedly to the task.
This isn't the feckin' Simod Cup, the Mercantile Trophy, some pre-season knockout tournament in the Isle of Man, or even the Cromwell Cup; it is 'the greatest cup competition in the world' and it really annoys me when
Iconic
some clubs (most clubs even) treat it like a major inconvenience, rather than the prestigious entity that it is (or at least was) and talk about having bigger priorities.
I'm not specifically singling out either of today's teams from my soapbox at this juncture, or irking my gander particularly at some of the post match comments their respective managers made, but it's a saddening mindset that has crept in across professional football at all levels. And let it be said that the FA themselves must shoulder a large proportion of the blame for diminishing the status of what was once their own flagship competition.
The game burst into life as early as the second minute, when Atdhe Nuhiu flicked the ball onto Jacob Butterfield out on the right flank, who played a first time defence unlocking pass into the path of Adam Reach, who advanced into the Swans area, before hitting an angled drive across the face of the goal, that Kristoffer Nordfeldt did well to push past the back post at the expense of a corner.
Alas, the game didn't sustain it's early impetus, but the hosts showed enough of themselves to emerge as the better team in the first half, while the Swans picked up the pace after the interval, but not enough to actually dominate the game or give the Wednesday defence too many problems, as they looked more comfortable this afternoon, adapting to the strategy of the Luhukay regime, than they did when I saw them in action (twice) previously, towards the end of last month.
The visitors perhaps should have had a penalty, when Tammy Abraham was shoved in the back of the neck by the left hand of Cameron Dawson, as the young keeper rose to punch the ball away with his right, while Daniel Pudil also barged into the Swans number ten to help him on his way to the deck, but the match referee Paul Tierney, who seemed to be well placed, interpreted things otherwise and the Owls escaped any kind of punishment.
At half time I viewed the action replay of the incident on one of the screens on the North stand concourse and the evidence strongly suggested that Mr Tierney had called things wrongly... and it was another one of those decisions to put into the 'these things balance themselves out over the course of a season' folder. Maybe those 'lucky elephants' stood outside the main doors at Hillsborough, do have talismanic properties after all.
Dawson was right in  the thick of things again, when he pulled of an acrobatic and agile save, to turn the ball over his crossbar, from Mike van der Hoorn's thumping close range header, after Kyle Naughton had picked out the run of the Swans central defender, with a pinpoint delivery from out on the right. Naughton too, had been forced to start the game at the back for the visitors, after Alfie Mawson had to be withdrawn from Carvalhal's team late in the day, when he tweaked his knee during the pre-match warm up.
Swansea for their part, were displaying an eye-catching array of passing and retaining the ball while being closely
marked, but were being restricted to doing so in areas of the pitch that weren't likely to cause any problems for their hosts, for whom Reach had made a good start, switching which side he was running at the Swansea defence from to their consternation, Nuhiu showed a few good touches on the floor, that belied his big target man reputation, while Pudil, Frederico Venancio and David Jones linked up well with the Owls midfield from defence; but in truth, what both teams needed going in at half time was some blue pills and a quick look at Porn Hub (whatever that is), because they all really needed to get their rockets up and show some belated penetration.
Moments before the whistle sounded for the interval, Reach got his head to a Ross Wallace from out on the left wing, but glanced the ball wide of the target.
Thus far, putting it in layman's terms, the tactics employed thus far had very much been a case of: all balls and no willy.
HT: Owls 0 v Swans 0
Neither side were asking enough questions of their opponents in the final third as the second half dragged on... and on and on, even though: Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer, both of who were second half substitutes for the Swans, tried to catch Dawson out with speculative long range shots, that didn't really have enough purchase in them to trouble the Wednesday keeper unduly.
Venancio, the Owls player who had been responsible for recently gifting a couple of goals to visiting teams, wasn't causing Dawson any grief this time out and actually put in an accomplished performance this  afternoon.
That said, a comedy intervention or two might've provided the crowd with a bit more entertainment than was actually on offer for most of the second half.
Hunt slipped the ball through to Nuhiu on the edge of the visitors area, who twisted and turned to give himself room to get his shot away and Nordfeldt would've been relieved to hold onto the ball  as it bounced back into play off the right hand post.
Lucas Joao was inches away from finding the net from Reach's cross right at the death, but as his improvised close range effort trickled past the left hand post, the referee's assistant had already raised his flag anyway.
FT: Sheffield Wednesday 0 v Swansea City 0
Before the two sides meet again a week on Tuesday to decide who will reach the quarter final, Swansea have a home game against Brighton & Hove Albion in a Premier League game next weekend, while the Owls have an away trip to Millwall to look forward to on Tuesday night, followed by a home game against Aston Villa next Saturday.
And as for me; well, my next game kicks off in just over 40 minutes, when Hallam take on Swallownest at Sandygate in a NCEL First Division local derby match, which is why I arrived at Hillsborough early today, to bag one of the optimum parking spots for getting away in double quick time on the final whistle.
*Note to a pest of a pedestrian.
The pavement is where you should walk, not along the A61, so if your big fat arse is bruised from where a wing mirror 'allegedly' thwacked you really hard, then that is your own stupid fault. I have it on very good authority that the driver saw the funny side of it.
Footnote:
Added 8.20PM Saturday 17.2.18
FA Cup quarter final draw
Ties to take place from 16th to 19th March
Leicester v Chelsea
Manchester United v Brighton
Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea v Rochdale or Tottenham
Wigan or Manchester City v Southampton