Biblical effort by Bishop
0Posted 12th August 2015 - Posted in Match Reports Hallam kicked off the new campaign with back-to-back wins thanks to a well-earned win against new boys Westella VIP at Sandygate. Micah Bishop scored one and made the second in a stand-out performance from the left winger in the first August match at Sandygate since the club was formed in 1860. Manager Ryan Hindley named an unchanged side from the opening day win at Hall Road and the team repaid the faith with an uncompromising performance which was testament to their pre-season fitness work. The Countrymen showed great spirit and determination from the first whistle, and ultimately were too strong for a confident Westella side. In fact, the visitors could have taken the lead within 30 seconds, but an attempted lob was gathered easily by Jack Dennison in the Hallam goal. This was never less than a fast and full-blooded affair, and Dennison came out well to head clear either side of chances for Hallam. Bishop was giving the left-back the run-around, ably assisted by the Michael Blythen and Steve Brammer up front and right-back Elliott Simpson, who was spraying around pinpoint cross-field balls for fun. Westella forced a succession of corners and forced Dennison into a couple of smart saves before Bishop weighed in with an early contender for goal of the season. He cut inside from the left and fired a stunning strike, arcing over the keeper into the top left-hand from 25 yards. Callum Greaves is developing a habit of getting forward well and almost doubled the hosts' lead a few minutes later, curling just wide from the edge of the area.Bishop was running the show now, even swapping wings to torment the other full-back. Hallam went into the break worthy of their lead but mindful of the pacey counter-attack threat. In truth, the second half belonged to Hallam, who were winning all the battles and could have been out of sight with more clinical finishing.Left-back Max Pemberton fired a warning shot soon after the re-start, seizing on a loose pass and driving forward before firing over from long range.The warning was not heeded. Shortly before the hour mark, Greaves just failed to get enough on the end of another excellent Simpson knock, but two minutes later he made no mistake.Credit must go to the referee, who allowed play to continue with a Hallam player retreating from an offside position as Bishop ran onto a ball over the top. His instinctive cross as he reached the dead ball line was turned in at close range by Greaves, whose celebration betrayed the relief of a two-goal cushion. Despite this, there was no let up from the Countrymen, whose work-rate reflected Hindley's ethos. The continued to be first into the tackle and created a number of chances to give the score line and extra gloss. Bishop ran the visitors' defence ragged while Greaves and Jack Hargreaves worked tirelessly to control the midfield. There was one dampener on the night as Blythen pulled up with a hamstring injury. His fitness will be monitored but he is likely to miss the trip to Lincoln Moorlands on Saturday. He was replaced by Jordan Cooper and Danny Cardwell and Connor Sterland also impressed after coming on late in the game. A very satisfying night for Hallam, who take a lot of confidence from the first two games. With a busy schedule ahead in the coming weeks, Hindley will be delighted with the start his side have made. Man of the match: Micah Bishop. In good company among several excellent performances, but Bishop tormented the Westella defence all night with a display of ruthless brilliance. Deserved his stunning solo goal. One to watch this season.
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