Moor than just a Draw
0Posted 03rd May 2015 - Posted in Match Reports If Hallam won this match they would have moved up into the 13th spot in the table and could have boasted about beating all top six clubs which must place them in a good frame of mind to tackle next seasons campaign. The end of season games can be a little stale but with both teams throwing some young players into the mix this was anything but with the game flowing from end to end for the full ninety minutes and both teams getting and missing a host of chances. The Countrymen started very brightly but it took until the 30th minute for them cause any real trouble in the Emley goalmouth with Hargreaves making a telling a run followed a minute later by a shot from young Birds forcing the home keeper to tip over. At the other end Dennison was equal to a dipping free kick from Leonard. It was Hallam's turn again to test the keeper on 40 minutes this time a free kick from Simpson gave Fairweather a headed chance which was well saved making sure the teams went in level at Half Time. The second half saw Hallam emerge with a spring in their step and it was Birds again running through and beating the keeper to the ball only to see his effort run agonisingly wide. Then on 59 minutes Michael Blythen broke the deadlock. As the ball was switched from right to left Blythen cut into the box and laid the ball inside to Hargreaves however as a defender intervened the ball rebounded to Blythen who made no mistake with his shot into the far corner. Emley bounded back immediately and it was Leonard again who went close as his free kick blasted off the post with the defence and keeper beaten. Blythen then had the keeper scrambling at the foot of his post as he took a quick free kick and two minutes later his square ball to Flynn looked like he had set up a second but Lawlor quickly regained his position to save expertly. Then on 88 minutes during another counter attack Emley floated a cross into the box from their left and with Dennison misjudging the flight Kenworthy stole in behind him on the back post to help the ball into the net and levelled the scores at 1-1. As the referee looked at his watch in stoppage time, a lovely passing movement by the home side around the box had Hallam at sixes and sevens then just before the striker could pull the trigger Matt Parkes appeared from nowhere clearing everything in front of him. The Penalty cries went up and the referee to everyone's surprise waived away the protesting players and blew his whistle for full time. A good point for Hallam and a solid seasons work by Hindley and his men who have put the pride back in being a Countrymen.
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