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On winning their respective title.

 

United have clinched the Central League Central Division title.

 

The Reserves, under the stewardship of Chris Morgan, claimed the point required from the final game of the season, against Nottingham Forest, at Shirecliffe on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Young Irishman Shane Murray gave the Blades the lead and Joe Swindell's leveller from the penalty spot failed to spoil the party as the second string completed the season by going nine matches unbeaten.

 

At a cold Shirecliffe, United, kicking downhill, made the better start and the first chance fell to Ertl but he was unable to get a shot away. Murray also went close with a free-kick.

 

Forest hit back with Morgan having a shot saved before the best chance of the half dropped their way on 31 minutes. Australian triallist Ormsby was caught in possession and Long was forced to parry from Blake before the United goalkeeper tipped the rebound from Osborn onto the crossbar.

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Philliskirk went close before and after the break, forcing Forest goalkeeper Evtimov into a save on 59 minutes. Ormsby also had a header saved ahead of United going ahead on 69 minutes, through an Irish connection. Substitute McAllister supplied the cross and MURRAY took his time before firing through a crowd of bodies into the top corner.

 

Forest levelled with their next attack, on 77 minutes, when SWINDELL was held back by Warren as he attempted a shot. The striker picked himself up to score from the resulting penalty, sending Long the wrong way.

 

Knowing a point was enough to secure the title, United never looked in any danger in the final moments and Chapell had two opportunities to regain the lead but in the end it was incidental as the Blades moved four points ahead of second-placed Derby County, who finish their reserve league season on Wednesday.

 

I've only managed to get to a few games this season, but full credit to the lads who often play in blustery conditions up there.

 

Gives a bit of encouragement after a disappointing end to the season from the first team

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Well,

 

I assume that everyone associated with SUFC will care.

 

Just because the Owls don't have a reserve team, doesn't make it unimportant. Get over yourself.

 

Next season we will have one of this fashionable 'development' squads ... whatever they are!

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Next season we will have one of this fashionable 'development' squads ... whatever they are!

 

It's a good tool to have.

It shows the Owls are again going in the right direction.

 

It's a re-created idea that has worked successfully for countless teams in the past.

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It's a good tool to have.

It shows the Owls are again going in the right direction.

 

It's a re-created idea that has worked successfully for countless teams in the past.

 

How do they differ from a reserve team? Is it basically just a team of players (close to the first team) who aren't registered to playing in a league and essentially just play friendlies?

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How do they differ from a reserve team? Is it basically just a team of players (close to the first team) who aren't registered to playing in a league and essentially just play friendlies?

 

From my perspective Sccobs, it is basically an age thing, the development squad is just that, a team of young lads with potential that needs to be nurtured and developed, with decent coaching staff that know how to do that. A number of teams seem to be good at it (including SUFC at times). The development players can go up into the reserve team (and play alongside senior first team players coming back from injury) and then if good enough, into the first team.

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Great news for the reserves. I wish they would play at a proper ground though, they don't really encourage fans by playing at Shirecliffe especially by not allowing fans round the pitch and having to stand in a corner. I can't see why Bramall Lane can't be used now there's only around 8 or so games a season.

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