Honeymoon Period Over

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Posted 10th January 2015 - Posted in Match Reports Honeymoon Period Over The question on everyone lips was whether the countrymen could continue their run of excellent form in a week when crucial games with Dronfield and Lincoln Moorlands loomed on the horizon. With both Jake Wright and Jack Hargreaves injured the manager had to shuffle his pack and gave a start to Ben Kistell who rewarded his boss with a hard working performance but one that would not be good enough on the day against an under-rated Knaresborough side. The strong gusting winds and heavy pitch were always going to have an effect on the game and the first 30 minutes were instantly forgettable. Then came the turning point when a under hit and needless back pass from Major held up in the wind and Bradley Walker pounced, beating Matt Parks to the ball and comfortably slotting it under Christian Bark to give the visitors the lead. Hallam did respond driving down the hill and a double strike from young Jon Fusco was expertly saved by the Knaresborough keeper enabling them to take their 1-0 advantage into the break. At the start of the second period Hallam appeared to have come out with more purpose but this was short lived as the visitors broke on 52 minutes and Byron Littlefiar dispatched a header to double the lead. On 54 the situation worsened and although Bark had appeared to deal with the initial danger from Walker the striker reacted quickest as the ball slipped from the keepers hands and it was 3-0. On the day the Countrymen were struggling to find the answers now battling up the hill in a snow storm they were always going to be vulnerable to a break away down the slope. As they pushed on to try and salvage something that is exactly what happened and on 72 minutes Walker topped an excellent personal display by completing his hat trick at the Claremont end. When Hamilton added a 5th on 77 minutes you feared the worse but to Hallam's credit they kept going and forced several inspired saves from the Knaresbrough keeper which on another day would have hit the back of the net. A well deserved victory for the visitors but no time for Hallam to lick their wounds with the Dronfield game at Sandygate on Tuesday evening. Manager Ryan Hindley tweeted after the game "the Honeymoon period is over" and quite rightly the players now need to lift their standards again and rally behind the boss for an important second half to the season.

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