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Ammers Come Up Roses to Leave Hallam Frustrated
Posted 28th September 2015 - Posted in Match Reports
Two breakaway goals from Yorkshire Amateur midfielder Thomas Rose saw his side take the points on an afternoon which Hallam largely dominated without reward, despite Michael Blythen's tenth goal of the season.
Manager Ryan Hindley made two enforced changes from the win at Winterton, with Jamie King replacing Jack Dennison in goal and skipper Simon Mirfin bowing out with a hamstring injury. His place was taken by Scott Lowe and Blythen took the captain's armband.
After an end-to-end start, the home side soon took control. With James Reed impressing in midfield and Elliott Simpson creating space on the right, the Countrymen created a number of openings but couldn't find the finishing touch and the Ammers kept them at bay until the break.
After the break, the Countrymen continued to create chances. A pin-point Blythen cross from the right wing was met full on the volley by Micah Bishop, but his volley was saved by the keeper's legs. However, the visitors had emerged with a gameplan. Nine minutes after the restart, they broke quickly from a Hallam attack and caught the defence short, Rose stretching to slide in the opening goal.
The goal gave the Ammers confidence, but the hosts remained in the ascendancy. Josh Birds came on for Jack Hargreaves and began to harry the visiting defence. Just past the hour, Rose doubled the Ammers' and his own tally for the afternoon with another suckerpunch. After advancing into the area, he somehow managed to squeeze the ball home despite the attentions of both King and Tim Whittaker.
Danny Flynn replaced Bishop to give Hallam another option on the right and began to stretch the Ammers' defence. His side continued to press: Max Pemberton flashed an angled volley just wide after a good move before Blythen crashed a free-kick against the underside of the bar from 25 yards. Then Flynn, on the stretch, couldn't keep his volley down as the hosts' frustration continued to mount.
A minute from time, Blythen got his reward for sheer tenacity when he rounded the keeper and fired into the corner, but it was to prove a mere consolation on a frustrating afternoon for Hallam.
Man of the Match: Michael Blythen. Worked tirelessly all afternoon and deserved much more than a consolation goal for his efforts.