SSFC Academy win again as Lowther brace sees off Maltby Main

SSFC Academy win again as Lowther brace sees off Maltby Main

Dan Lowther scored both goals as the SSFC Academy continued their excellent start to the season with a 2-0 win at Maltby Main on Wednesday.

Lowther struck twice before half-time as the midfielder made it four goals in two games – and extended the young Mariners’ 100% start to the campaign.

This was their first away trip in the National League Under-19 Alliance as they took on Maltby Main at their Sheffield Hallam University base.

Shields had to overcome a testing playing surface to emerge with the points, and follow up their 9-0 opening day victory over Rochdale, and 10-0 FA Youth Cup win against Chester-le-Street Town.

From the start, though, they demonstrated that they were the stronger team, creating a number of chances from the first whistle.

The deadlock was broken after half an hour as Lowther beat the goalkeeper with a controlled lob.

Five minutes before half-time, a well-worked set-piece routine led to Shields’ second. The ball was pulled back from a corner to Lowther on the edge of the box, and he struck it into the corner of the net.

Lowther also scored twice in the win over Rochdale a fortnight ago, but the 19-year-old was ineligible in the FA Youth Cup due to age limits.

Shields continued to create plenty of chances in the second half, but the surface played a part in a number of moves breaking down at the critical moment.

It was still a comfortable win, though, and joint manager Lee Picton praised the players afterwards.

He said: “We’re pleased with the result, as well as the attitude and performance.

“The players really had to adapt and adapt quickly.

“They showed a completely different side to their game on a surface which is about as different to what we’re used to at Mariners Park as you could get.

“It was a really good experience for their development, because they’re not going to play on a perfect surface every week and will have to deal with challenges like this.”

SSFC ACADEMY: Dan Lister, Matty Parker, Oliver Scott, Dan Lowther, Jordan Patterson, Ryan Colquhoun, Will McCamley, Ethan Biwer, Joe Hassanin, Callum Guy, Bailey Judson. Subs: Thomas Kavanagh, Luke Ridley, Daniel McGuire, Michael Colquhoun.

Goals: Lowther (x2).