Away Day Blues

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Posted 13th September 2014 - Posted in Match Reports A trip to Rossington is never easy however after the mid week cup win the Countrymen came out from the first whistle to dominate the opening 45 minutes. After 7 minutes a high ball into the box from Martin Wade was met by Danny Flynn who headed the ball past the keeper to give Hallam their first lead of the current season. The Countrymen maintained the pressure and retained the ball well but were struggling to find another telling ball into the box. Then on 20 minutes against the run of play the reliable Lee Holmes caught the back line square and finished expertly to make it 1-1.Hallam hit back with long range efforts from Smith, Flynn and Kistell which were deflected away or saved by an inspired keeper. At the other end Bark made another fine stop from the lively Holmes. Then with minutes left Martin Wade was slotted in by Lewis Whittiker and as he went around his defender he shined the ball away from the goal when he knew he should have scored. You might have thought that it would be the last chance of the half but another ball into the box eluded everyone and as it took a wicked bounce off the uneven surface Andy Taylor at the back post looped the perfect header over the keeper only to see him leap like a gazelle and somehow tip it away to safety. Half Time 1-1. For all their efforts in the second period and the chances created Hallam could not get that second goal and each time Rossington broke they were made to pay. Holmes scored his second on 72 minutes and completed his hat trick on the stroke of full time whilst Elder had hit a speculative cross into the box on 50 minutes which eluded Bark and came back off the post into the net and Billam scored the fourth on 80 minutes. The players were left wondering how this game got away from them when they must have enjoyed 75 % of the possession. Full Time 5-1 Man of the Match: Andy Taylor - never say die attitude.

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