Jake the Lad

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Posted 14th January 2015 - Posted in Match Reports Coming off the back of 5-0 home defeat Ryan Hindley's Hallam knew they must do better in this local derby with Dronfield who have been struggling to restart their season due to pitch problems. The match which was originally abandoned after 36 minutes for fog when the teams were drawing 1-1 always promised to be a tasty affair and it did not disappoint on a cold night at Sandygate. Hallam were lacklustre in the opening minutes and appeared to have carried over the heavy legs and hearts from the Knaresborough game whilst the visitors had a spring and determination in their step and on their first meaningful break down the slope a ball into the box on 9 minutes was expertly dispatched by Christian Savage. Hallam continued to struggle to get any momentum and when Jake Wright turned his man and slotted home on 30 minutes the referee adjudged that he had committed a foul and the goal was ruled out. The frustration was growing and Dronfield always looked capable of adding to their lead. The game changer came on 42 minutes when Steve Brammer was upended in the box and although vigorously contested Referee Bramall pointed to the spot. After some mind games by the keeper who was booked for his efforts Brammer stepped up and coolly converted the spot kick to make sure Hallam went in level at the break. The second half will be remembered for a hat trick by a young striker whose name will be talked about long after his loan spell at Hallam has finished. Jake Wright missed the Knaresborough game with a shoulder injury now took his opportunity once again to shine at this level of the game. Hallam's decision making was still questionable especially when it came to the final ball however on 59 minutes they got it "Wright". A ball through the defence and Wright showed his turn of pace getting there first and slotting it expertly past the keeper. On 64 minutes a ball into feet some 25 yards out and Wright turned his defender went out right and let fly with an unstoppable pile driver into the top left hand corner - first class. Hallam were now in control and had rediscovered the confidence and reason that has been evident throughout Hindley's reign. Having said that Dronfield kept knocking on the door and looked dangerous from set pieces but on 83 minutes Hallam's new talisman put the result beyond doubt, dancing around the defence and expertly placing his finish into the roof of the goal. Job done. This result lifted the Countrymen to the heady heights of 17th and with an away trip to Lincoln Moorlands on Saturday they will be looking to add further points to the seasons tally. Man of the Match: Ben Kistell for a workmen-like never say die performance. Well done Ben back to your best and a true Countrymen.

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