Pontefract get the Bird

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Posted 22nd April 2015 - Posted in Match Reports Pontefract get the Bird The Countrymen welcomed title chasing Pontefract to Sandygate having already sealed promotion to the NCEL Premier division at the weekend.Aaron Moxon led the line for the visitors whilst Hallam started young 16 year old Josh Bird alongside leading scorer Michael Blythen. Hallam had the best of the opening exchanges and were not going to be intimidated by the visitors having already beaten most of this seasons promotion chasers. The rejuvenated Jack Hargreaves having bagged twice at Dronfield hit a post on 20 minutes and then on 32 minutes Danny Flynn having won a header in the middle of the park floated the ball over the top to Michael Blythen who expertly cut inside his defender and curled the ball past the keeper to give Hallam the lead. On 35 minutes Blythen turned provider pulling the ball back to the unmarked Hargreaves whose effort went well over the bar to his obvious despair. Bird then had a tight off side decision given against him but having worked hard all half he was played in on the left on 40 minutes ,burst into the box and cut back expertly to Hargreaves who this time made no mistake for 2-0. It could have been even worse for the visitors as Bird's pace again caused trouble in the box and a lovely slide rule pass found Blythen however it was his turn to find the car park rather than the net so 2-0 at the break. Aaron Moxon finally got a chance 5 minutes after the start of the second period but Dennison stood up well and saved with his legs. The keepers long kick went out for throwing from which Tom Fairweather won the ball back and played in Hargreaves who shot across the face of the goal with the keeper beaten.Bird was still in flight and again beat his defender only to see his shot blocked and a corner awarded. Then on 70 minutes a ball into the penalty spot found Bird in some space and after he seemed to let the ball run away from him he somehow got off a shot that came back off the foot of the post but Hargreaves was there again to bury the rebound and make it 3-0.There was a deserved standing ovation for Bird as he was substituted and everyone hopes to see him back at Sandygate next season. Further efforts from Simpson, Esposito and Blythen could have made it a cricket score on the night but the crowd of over 100 went home happy dreaming of what could have been and looking forward to the next campaign.

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