Hallam Dig Deep
0Posted 04th January 2015 - Posted in Match Reports A resurgent Hallam continued to prove their mettle in this division yesterday, taking a point off one of the title favourites in a thriller in the Fitzwilliam Stadium. Indeed, the Countrymen could have easily taken all three, were it not for Robert Crapper's superb curling effort in the dying minutes of this see-saw encounter. Hemsworth showed early evidence of the ruthless attacking football that has made them the division's top scorers. Hallam struggled initially to contain a sharp, pacy midfield and were undone when a high, swinging cross was nodded in by Crapper. However, Hallam grew into the game defensively and always had an outlet in Steve Brammer and on-loan Sheffield United striker Jake Wright. The Hemsworth defence never looked comfortable against this pairing, and Hallam were level ten minutes before the break when a mazey run by Wright was finished off by Jordan Wasden, firing low into the corner. Hallam have developed a habit of flying out of the traps from the restart and today was no different, Wright finishing smartly from an acute angle after pouncing on a loose ball in the area. Hallam now appeared in control, using the width well and terrorising the Hemsworth back line with Brammer's pace on the left. The hosts persevered and pulled level when Nash Connolly met a cross in a crowded area. Their joy was short-lived, however, as Brammer restored the visitors' lead from the spot after the referee judged that a cross from the left was handled. Hemsworth came again and wave upon wave of pressure was repelled by the Hallam defence, led bravely by Jack Hall, who stood firm against everything he faced. Their resistance was finally broken by Crapper's stunning strike, but even then the points could have gone either way: Wright continued to cause the home defence problems and hit the post following one typically marauding run, while Christian Bark in the Hallam goal pulled off two stunning saves in the dying moments. Few could argue with the result of a thrilling, feisty game, and the Countrymen will be pleased to have taken a point back to Sandygate from one of the division's toughest away trips.
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