0Posted 27th February 2013 - Posted in Match Reports
To say that this was a match of contrasting styles was an understatement. Athersley with their bullish direct style which has earned them a position at the top of league one and a young Hallam team who are still learining and looked to pass the ball when the opportunity arose.
The Countrymen got off to a flyer with Danny Deakin finishing neatly after just two minutes however Athersley rallied and made it difficult for Hallam to get out of their own half. Finally the pressure paid off and Jason Bently equalised for the visitors after 10 minutes. The bombardment continued and keeper Andy Coulson was called on to make a string of fine saves to keep Hallam in the game until the 44 th minute when Kieron Scargill shot home to give Athersley a 2-1 lead at the interval.
The second half is better forgotten as the pressure placed on the officials by the players, staff and visiting supporters of Athersley along with the language that could be heard clearly around the ground and no doubt in the streets outside has no place in the modern game of football and should be something that the league takes a close look at. Two bookings for dangerous challanges and then a sending off at the very end of the game was the least that this behaviour deserved however if an injury time Conner Sellars free kick had dipped a second earlier the real justice might well have been done.
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