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Hallam Too Strong For Young Spireites
Posted 21st July 2015 - Posted in Match Reports
Hallam's experience and strength - and a couple of delicious finishes - saw them to a comfortable victory over a young Chesterfield side at Sandygate.
Goals from Callum Greaves, new arrival Danny Barnsley and substitutes Steve Brammer and Michael Blythen saw the boys home against an energetic Spireites team who only threatened sporadically.
The Countrymen started on the front foot, with four new faces in the line-up eager to impress manager Ryan Hindley. Barnsley and Callum Greaves, who graduated from last year's under-19s, put the visiting defence under pressure and a succession of early corners culminated in Josh Statham heading wide.
Jack Hargreaves then sent Joe Boggild through on goal but his shot was well saved by Dylan Parkin in the Chesterfield goal.
Micah Bishop was also impressing at left-back, but it was Greaves who gave the hosts the lead with a thumping header from Elliott Simpson's excellent cross.
The visitors responded well, with the front two showing some nice touches, but the Hallam defence were quick into the tackle and they struggled to find a way through.
However, the Spireites drew level with their first meaningful chance, ten minutes before the break. The tall centre-half lost his marker from a corner to prod home, despite a great effort from Jack Dennison to claw the ball away.
Chesterfield were showing some good touches and Hallam were almost caught cold a minute later after a neat exchange between the front two. The finish was weak and Statham was able to clear.
That was to prove the turning point: barely two minutes later, Hargreaves and Barnsley showed them how it's done. A lovely 1-2 sent Barnsley through and he lofted a delightful chip into the corner.
Hindley made a number of changes at half-time to try different players and systems. His side were quick out of the traps again but this time it paid off, Brammer going through to dink the ball over the advancing keeper with almost his first touch.
More was to follow as the Countrymen put the gloss on the scoreline eight minutes into the second half. Brammer's pinpoint cross was met by the head of Blythen, who found the corner of the net.
Chesterfield were left chasing a lost cause now but the Hallam defence contained them well. Dennison was only called into action on a couple of occasions.
Hindley could afford to make three more changes with his side comfortable, and they could have added more goals - Boggild was denied a first Hallam goal by a superb save, and Blythen hit the post late on.
A very pleasing night for Hallam, with the squad looking strong ahead of the new season, while some promising youngsters can go back to Derbyshire with some pride.