''The Poachers'' Bag The Points.


Posted 18th September 2014 - Posted in Match Reports Wednesday night and another away trip for Hallam, this time another journey into Scunthorpe and a visit to the leagues second highest goal scorers Bottesford Town, no easy task for a Hallam side yet to get any points on the board so far this season. With recent departures and injuries Manager Toyne again had to re~ organise his starting eleven, Jamie Dean returned in goal, new signings Rob Ward and Liam Boswell made their debuts along side Ben Bell who has been patiently waiting his turn to prove himself. As expected Bottesford started the quicker of the two sides with an early chance going wide, Hallam did have an early chance on 10 minutes when a Ward cross for Bell was cut out by the keeper. Bottesford again came close on 15 minutes firstly from a good attack down their right which was blocked well by Fairweather and then a good save by Dean prevented a goal bound effort from crossing the line after a good initial block. With 37 minutes gone Boswell made a good challenge near the touch line and it was clear to see as he hobbled to regain his position in the back four something was wrong, after a few minutes of treatment he was unable to continue and he was replaced by Roper, a shame as up to this point he was having a good debut and looked at home in the side. Hallam finished the half with two great chances, Bell went on a terrific run down the left his ball finding Roper in space who in turn found Ward on the edge of the area, Ward hitting a volley which was well saved by the keeper, the final effort of the half saw a free kick from Allott headed over the bar by Mirfin. HT 0 – 0 With the second half only minutes old the action was coming thick and fast, first a good cross from Flynn just missed the head of Ward who had he connected would surely have broken the deadlock, Bottesford not to be out done then saw an effort just clear Deans cross bar. Bell was the next to try his luck, after a good run his well struck effort was saved by the Bottesford keeper at the expense of a corner. It was all going so well until the hour mark, a long ball was sent through for the Bottesford striker who was running on to it with only Dean to beat, Dean did what any keeper would do, he came out and tried to make himself as big as possible, unfortunately in doing so it appears the players legs touched and the striker went down, the referee immediately waved to the spot and to compound the misery gave Dean a straight red. Rob Ward pulled on the keepers jersey and his first job was to pick the ball out the back of the net as Barwick gave the home side the lead. Moments later a shout of ‘’ clear it ‘’ by keeper Ward was ignored and Anderson doubled the lead with an audacious lob. . . .how 3 minutes can change a game !!!!. Into the last 10 minutes and Hallam came close as a Hutchinson header is saved well by the Bottesford keeper, Ward is then in action as he saves well at the feet of Anderson. With the clock ticking down the goal of the night, a free kick to Hallam is awarded from a distance of about 30 yards up steps Flynn who fires it into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. If the game had ended at this point the result would have been cruel to Hallam, but at the moment if it wasn’t for bad luck then they would have no luck at all, with less than 5 minutes remaining Bottesford made it a miserable night, after some poor marking from a corner they made it 3 – 1 when Spall crept in at the near post, then Spall got his second as he made it 4 – 1 with virtually the last kick of the game. On the whole yet another game where the score line doesn’t reflect how the game was and how much effort the lads put in, with the work rate the results will come and with some good debut performances tonight lets hope its soon. FT 4 – 1 MOM: Danny Flynn . . . .It hasn’t gone unnoticed that the last two winners of this award have since left, hope this is not a curse in this case, a great performance, non stop running and effort capped with a contender for goal of the season.

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