Blythen Scores Another Hat Trick Against Rossington
0Posted 07th October 2015 - Posted in Match Reports
Michael Blythen’s hat-trick helped Hallam to a 5-1 victory over Rossington Main on Wednesday night as manager Ryan Hindley celebrated one year at the helm in style.
The visitors, who were reduced to ten men in the second half, had started strongly and took an early lead when Ben Hunter converted from the spot after being tripped in the area.
However, Josh Statham restored parity before the break and a Hallam victory rarely looked in doubt as Blythen scored three times in 21 minutes before Brodie Cooper completed the rout late on.
The result was a fitting way to celebrate a year under the management of Hindley, who has transformed the club’s fortunes, and sets up an exciting game between second-placed Hallam and 3rd-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Non-League Day at the weekend.
The day’s heavy rain had finally subsided as NCEL Division 1 football returned to the world’s oldest football ground this evening.
A dramatic 4-3 FA Vase victory over Harworth Colliery Institute had been followed by the weekend’s Chris Waddle charity match - a tremendous occasion that saw the club raise over £5,000 for the Prostate Cancer UK charity.
But for Hindley and his side, it was back to the serious business of league action and the visit of Rossington Main, who were on a run of six consecutive defeats, appeared to be the perfect opportunity to carry on Hallam’s promotion push.
Hindley celebrated a year with the world’s second oldest club yesterday and has worked wonders during his time in charge. But his remarkable 54% win ratio looked under threat in the early stages of this contest as the Doncaster-based visitors started strongly.
Jordan Turner forced a fingertip save from Rossington goalkeeper Matthew Leese, but it was the away side who applied the majority of the pressure in the game’s first quarter and they made it count as Ben Hunter scored from the spot after the referee decided he had been tripped in the area.
The goal looked to be the catalyst Hallam needed however, and after wasting a couple of good opportunities they were finally level nine minutes before half time. A corner fell loose in the area and eventually landed at the feet of Statham, who stabbed the ball past a helpless ‘keeper.
It took the hosts less than a minute of the second period to move ahead, as Max Pemberton’s low cross was directed home by Hallam’s top goalscorer Blythen.
Hindley’s men could clearly smell blood and looked to kill of their opponents as soon as possible.
Referee Alex Sawden gave them a golden opportunity to do just that as he showed Rossington defender Liam Cooper a straight red card for handling on the line. Blythen duely converted the resulting penalty kick and quickly put the game beyond the 10-men’s reach four minutes later - completing his hat-trick by poking home Pemberton’s cross.
The goalscoring hero was given a well-earned rest shortly after but the goals didn’t end here and substitute Cooper made it 5-1 just moments after entering the game. His first effort was well blocked by Leese, but he found the net from the rebound as Hallam ran riot in the second half.
The only concern on a brilliant evening for Hindley will have been the sight of the influential Scott Preece limping down the tunnel in the final moments, seemingly in some pain and requiring assistance from the physio.
But there were no concerns regarding Hallam’s play on the field and they continued pushing to the final whistle, Cooper hitting the post with the very last kick of the game.
A comprehensive victory over Rossington Main moves Hallam up to second in the NCEL Division 1 table, setting up a very exciting and important game on Saturday against 3rd-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare. As a special offer for Non-League day, season ticket holders of any club can attend this game FREE OF CHARGE!
Match report written by Ryan Watterson of Ryan147.com
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