Bar. Bails out the Briggers

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Posted 26th October 2014 - Posted in Match Reports Hallam welcomed their visitors Worsborough Bridge knowing this was going to be a tricky game, both Management teams and Players alike having good knowledge of each other it was fair to say it was going to be a close game. Hindley made two enforced changes from last weeks starting line up, Hall replacing the suspended Park and Owen taking Wildes place due to an injury sustained in the warm up. As spectators settled in their seats Mirfin came close to opening the scoring as his first minute effort rattled the visitors cross bar, moments later Fairweather came close as his long range effort cleared the still rattling cross bar. Only 4 minutes into the game and Hallam had their third chance this time a good move involving Hargreaves and Owen was just out of Cookes reach, the slightest touch would have meant a goal. The game now settled down and Worsborough got into their fluid passing game, their first effort came just before the half hour mark after a good challenge by Westney in the box, the ball falling kindly to the visitors however the effort cleared Barks goal. Worsborough now looked more of a threat and ex Hallam player Hoyland came close to haunting his old team when his well struck free kick just went over Barks goal. The last action of the half saw some skilful footwork from Owen who then fired in a vicious shot which hit Worsboroughs crossbar, with Hallam failing to take the chances and hitting the crossbar twice the half time whistle blew. HT 0 – 0 Second half underway and it was a move similar to the one in the first half involving Hargreaves, Owen and Cooke that nearly broke the dead lock, again Cooke inches away from reaching the ball. Askwith at the other end came close for the visitors however his effort failed to hit the target. On to the hour mark and Hallam now playing uphill pushed more men forward, after a few good runs down the flanks Hallam gained a corner, Simpson with a good ball in and Owen with what could only have been millimetres away from connecting with his head and the goal at his mercy, but it seemed the game was destined to be goal~less. Twenty minutes to go and Askwith again came close, this time a foul on Simpson wasn’t given and the ball ran through to the Worsborough man who was in the right place at the right time, however his shot went wide. Flynn now got in on the action, a good long range effort hit the crossbar for the third time today and minutes later he had a good penalty appeal waved away as his run into the box was brought to an abrupt end by being flattened. Into time added on and Askwith had the last effort of the game, thankfully his effort flashed across goal and went harmlessly wide. FT 0 – 0 On reflection hitting the cross bar three times in a game is unlucky, however the players walked off at full time knowing they had been in a good hard game against quality opposition, a few months ago the result would have been different, so a point today was well earned and was all that was needed, with Grimsby Borough losing Hallam now climbed off the foot of the table . . . Onwards and Upwards. MOM: Callum Westney . . . Solid effort all the game, some good challenges, great vision and didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon.

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