0Posted 23rd March 2014 - Posted in Match Reports
The news that there would be no change in the management structure until the end of the season appeared to boost both coaching staff and players alike as the Countrymen welcomed in form Rossington who had won 7 of their last 10 however they had lost on their last 2 visits to Sandygate.
Hallam started well and were more direct than in previous games however they seemed to be lacking a cutting edge finish in front of goal a problem which has haunted them all season. It was no surprise then that after 31 minutes and a good passage of play Rossington took the lead as Nathan Fraser got his boot to a low hard cross that skidded off the wet surface.The heads could have gone down but not in this match as the Countrymen took charge again and although still 1-0 down at the break they knew they were still in this game.
The Countrymen started the second half pushing down the slope and appeared to mean business swinging some dangerous balls into the box, no more than Carlton Dickenson who has suffrered more than most with confidence during the disruption at the club but who looked like a player reborn. The game and season changer came on 49 minutes when Mark West put his Tuesday night penalty miss behind him to rise high above the keeper and send a downward header into the corner of the net.
Hallam maintained their momentum then on 65 minutes after an initial corner had been defended a ball swung to the back post of a crowded six yard box was met by Captain Fantastic Rob Adgie who then dissapeared under a pile of his own team mates who celebrated as if they had just won the league.The Countrymen kept driving foward and when Mark West, with another man of the match performance just narrowley over the hard working Mark Kokot, got in behind the Rossingtom defence , he squared the ball for young Joe Charlesworth who struck it first time past the keeper and that was that.
How important was this long awaited victory on a day when the two bottom clubs met, Louth won, then arrived back in the dressing room to find they were still nine points adrift.
Credit goes out to Wayne Thompson and his players for their work ethic and their belief in each other and the club.
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