Christmas Message


Posted 17th December 2013 - Posted in Chairman News Christmas Message

As we play our last first team home game of 2014 it will be amazingly only our 8th outing at Sandygate from the 24 league games which will have been completed.

This is a statistic which has not helped with the integration of our younger players however things appear to be settling down and with a run of 7 points from the last 9 and having conceded just one goal over those three games maybe it is time for a little optimism as we enter a New Year with nine consecutive home games taking us through to the early Spring !

As we look back at the first part of the season the team struggled after a very promising start and found themselves in the bottom three. The lack of experience in the squad meant that we had no option but to search out potential new players to take on the leadership roles however this brought with it other problems including a very poor discipline record and what appeared to be an inability to keep 11 players on the pitch. This again added to the run of defeats many of which, to their credit, the team lost by an odd goal ,some conceded as late as injury time.

We have kept our faith in the youth development system at Hallam a big part of which can be attributed to the current management team of Chris Sellars and Wayne Thompson and although we have had a few heart to hearts they have always retained their confidence in their players and in their ability to turn the season around and let us hope that the recent results support that confidence.

On that note I must take this opportunity to thank all the coaching staff across all our teams from the U-18's to the Vets. Not only do they commit their time to Hallam but also support our involvement in coaching the Sheffield University sides all of whom are competing at the top of their respective leagues.The highlights for them all must be the involvement of Herve Sezerano with the Rwandan U-20 National squad trials in France and then just this week the announcement that Connor Brunt has been included in the England U-19 College Squad to play Australia in mid January.

To the rest of the Hallam Committee and off the field team and especially my VC Steve Basford, thank you for all the hard work and I am sure the signs are starting to show that as a club we are making progress in the right direction.

Finally I would like to wish the staff, players. players families and our loyal supporters a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for a peaceful 2014.

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