Long and Winding Road


Posted 28th September 2014 - Posted in Match Reports With the midweek resignation of Steve Toyne it was over to Kevin Staniland to take temporary charge of Hallam as they faced Hall Rd in only their second home fixture of the season. With changes off the field it was inevitable that a few on field changes would also follow, Staniland giving debut’s to young new signings in Matthew Robinson, Daniel Taylor, McKenzie Tomlinson and also a debut to the experienced Daryl Winter. The game started brightly for Hallam with an early Bell effort going wide of the upright, this was soon followed by a strong run from Wade who’s final ball was just out of Bell’s reach. Bell again came close with a ‘’Sheringham’’ like effort from a corner, his well struck volley prevented from going in with a good goal line block. Into the 20 minute mark and it was time for Hall Rd to test Bark in Hallam’s goal, Rookes was clean through only for him to be denied by a brave save at his feet by Bark. Hallam hit back with a long range effort from Ward which just dipped too late over the crossbar. With Hallam again having most of the play it was no surprise that as in recent games they would concede, 35 minutes on the clock and Matthewson took a good ball out wide and finished well into the bottom corner of Barks goal giving the keeper no chance. Hallam finished the half with a good Ward header just going over after a great ball in by Tomlinson. HT 0 – 1 With the way Hall Rd started the second half I’m guessing their changing room at half time must have been the place to be, straight form the off Matthewson came close only to see his effort clear the bar, further efforts from Morrill and that man Matthewson again all rained down on Barks goal. Rookes again came close for Hall Rd when his well struck free kick rattled the Hallam crossbar, Earl now got in on the action his effort denied by a good save from Bark tipping it over the cross bar. Staniland made a few changes and it seemed to ease the pressure with a Flynn effort going close, Hallam eventually got their reward in the 83rd minute, a short corner found its way into the area and Flannery was in the right place to put the ball away after a good initial block by the keeper. With the scores now level it appeared Hallam’s spirirt’s got the better of them, the problem of taking a point or going for a win rose it’s head, Hall Rd sensed this and with Hallam pushing forward it left space at the back for Morrill to head home and give the lead back to the visitors. Flannery came close from the re~start his effort just going wide. With the game almost finished it was time for some controversy, Hall Rd on the attack and Winter going in for a tackle on the edge of the area, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and dismissing Winter. The home fans close to the incident disputed if the player had been touched by Winter or even if the foul was actually in the area, however it was given and Matthewson finished well. FT 1 – 3 MOM: Martin Wade & McKenzie Tomlinson . . . . . .Very rare I give this to two players however on the performance from these two it was hard to split, Wade playing in Centre Midfield for the first time and Tomlinson on his debut both showed character and work rate second to none.

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