Long and Winding Road


Posted 15th March 2014 - Posted in Match Reports Long and Winding Road

If a game of football lasted 89 minutes then the Countrymen would probably be sitting in mid-table at the moment however due to a twist of fate they appear to leave the worse to last - the last minute that is.

Dominating the game in the opening half hour except for a wind assisted cross which whipped against the Hallam cross bar, a goal in front, when Liam Morris was on hand to tap home as the ball was squared to him by the impressive Joe Highfield and the crowd left puzzled, once again, as to why they were only 1-0 up at the break.

Hall Road should have been dead and buried yet they came out for second half knowing they were still in with a fight. To their credit they got the ball down on what was an extremely windy afternoon and started to try and pass through what had been two very stubborn banks of four that Hallam had across the pitch. In the best move of the game they strung several passes together and slotted home the equaliser at the Claremont end.

The Countrymen then endured a poor ten minutes with their confidence at a low ebb and not being able to keep possession where and when it mattered but their work rate and determination got them through it and as Joe Highfield broke beyond the defence and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper one thought that the match was won. Not quite as somehow the ball found its way past the post and the score remained level at 1-1. A string of Hallam corners came to nothing and when the keeper decided to juggle the ball Liam Morris slid in bravely and again the ball took a layer of paint off the post as it nestled in the wrong side of the netting.

Normal time was up and when everyone had just about accepted the point it happened again , a long searching ball over the top , a moment of indecision , a lucky bounce and Hall Road went 2-1 in front. For a moment hearts and spirits were broken yet with the last kick a ball into the packed visitors box by Keeper Adam Seymour caused havoc and panic and a game of pinball ensued before somehow the Hall Road keeper finally grasped the ball to safety and that was that.

Hallam must hold onto something in these types of games. It is a very hard learning curve for the younger players in particular yet there can be no criticism of the efforts of all the players and staff who keep giving their all for the club. Roll on Tuesday nights visit of Dinnington Town who have themselves pulled clear of the relegation zone over the past few weeks with a fine series of results.

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