Hallam in 7th Heaven

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Posted 12th November 2014 - Posted in Match Reports The six pointer is often talked about in football and this week saw Hallam face two games where this applies, first up was Grimsby Borough who leap frogged Hallam earlier in the week putting the Countrymen back on to the foot of the table, nothing less than a win would be good enough. On a very wet night at Sandygate Hindley gave debut’s to Major and recent signing James Reed, Campbell another mid week signing was on the bench. With the rain lashing down Hallam started the game in top gear, Flynn playing a good ball through for Blythen only for it to be cut out for a corner, Major then put in a good free kick that was cleared well. It was only a matter of time before Hallam took the lead, they did it in style as Hargreaves hit a sweet volley on 14 minutes giving the keeper no chance, 2 minutes later a cross from Flynn found Hargreaves again who hit an even better volley to double the lead. The next 20 minutes saw Hallam dominate the game, chances from Fairweather, Flynn, Hargreaves and Blythen all troubling the Borough keeper. Bark in the Hallam goal did see some action as a brave interception at the attackers feet prevented a comeback. The next action saw Bark picking the ball out his net as the unmarked Creer headed home a corner to pull one back for the visitors. Hallam of old would have let their heads drop and find someone to blame, not anymore they immediately went on the attack knowing this was a must win encounter, Blythen coming close only for his effort to be blocked by the keepers chest, then Fairweather in space cleared the cross bar from close range. Hallam then went further into the lead as a good corner found the head of a diving Mirfin who made no mistake in restoring the two goal advantage. HT 3 – 1 Either Hindleys half time cuppa was cold or the team talk was an easy one because he was out early for the second half. Hallam carried on where they left off, Hargreaves and Blythen combining well on a few occasions causing the Borough defence endless problems. Then a 5 minute spell of total football saw Hallam put the game to rest, 3 quality goals, the first from Fairweather making up for his earlier miss, Reed with a great solo effort opening his Hallam account, then Flynn scoring with the help of the Borough keeper. To be fair to Borough at no point did they let their heads drop or attitudes change they kept going and still wanted to play, Thompson pulled one back for them on 70 minutes but the game as a contest was over. Bark was called upon again as Fanthorpe ran on to a loose ball, his effort well saved by the Hallam keeper. Owen rounded off the night with a good run and unstoppable low shot to give Hallam an emphatic victory FT 7 – 2 Well nothing much needs to be said other than a great team performance, morale on a high, supporters going home happy and high praise to the officials who let the game flow, next up Dronfield Town on Saturday . . . .Same again ?

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