Lancashire Hot Shot Makes Hallam Pay


Posted 05th October 2014 - Posted in Match Reports After a week of speculation regarding the new Manager, Interviews for the new manager and the signing of several new players it was finally time to get down to the actual game as Hallam welcomed Ashton Town from across the Pennines for this F.A Vase tie. Hallam gave debuts to Littlewood, Hill, Parks, Arnold, Salmon, with Under 19 player Jardell Mansell~Banton on the bench waiting for his chance in the first team. The games first effort came from Ward who was unlucky as his effort went narrowly wide. Ashton came straight back when Barrie sent Cusani on a run, however he was closed down well by Arnold for Hallam. This was the start of a good period for Ashton, which seemed to centre around Robinson, Weaver and Barrie, all of which had efforts and good runs that could have resulted in the opening goal, Barrie did put the ball in the net on the 26th minute however he was adjudged offside. A wake up call for Hallam who now went on the attack after a period of good defensive work, Salmon crossing well for Ward, his effort blocked, the rebound fell for Kistell who sent his shot over the bar. Back to the other end and Bark was called upon to make a good low save from Barrie. It was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken, finally it was the turn of Hallam to open the scoring, Hill sending a delightful ball straight on to Wards head who made no mistake putting the ball well out of the keepers reach. Hallam finished the half with chances from Ward and Littlewood, both going wide of the upright. HT 1 – 0 I’m guessing the Ashton changing room at half time was not a good place to be, with only 2 songs played and people still buying refreshments they took to the field. So it came as no surprise that they levelled the score line early on in the half, Barrie in the right place after Bark had made a good double save, the rebound finally falling for him to even things up and give the good travelling support something to cheer. The game now seemed to settle down with both teams cancelling each other out, it wasn’t until the 78th minute that it came back to life with Bark tipping over a good effort from Barrie, minutes later a Robinson header cleared the bar when it seemed easier to score, bit of a let off for Hallam. The clock ticking down, the stadium announcer getting ready to tell everyone that extra time would be used if the scores remain the same when Robinson made up for his earlier miss, this time a hopeful long ball found him in acres of space and he calmly slotted home to give Ashton the lead. As things stood the score line was probably a fair result, however the season so far has been anything but fair. Into the final minute and Bark goes to the feet of the attacker and in an effort to get the ball the attacker goes down, with the ball falling kindly for Williams the referee allowed play to continue and it’s a third goal for Ashton Town. FT 1 – 3 MOM: Wesley Hill . . . .Good debut, hard working and 100% effort throughout the 90 minutes, great ball in for the opening goal too.

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