Stalemate At Sandygate

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Posted 24th January 2016 - Posted in Match Reports Stalemate At Sandygate

After the excellent win over AFC Mansfield during the week, the lads would’ve been hoping for more than a point.

Especially after a slow start went unpunished – Dennison being tested more than he’d have liked but without being really threatened.  Gradually Hallam worked their way into the half – Knowles in particular busy and neat in the middle of the pitch.

Things only really got going after the half hour, Brammer forcing a decent save when Hallam finally forged a clear chance in the area.  

Dennison had to match the Penistone keepers efforts a few minutes later. After Blythen was a bit harshly booked for a strong challenge on the halfway line, the resulting free kick was launched into the box and a very decent headed chance was palmed over the bar. Hallam went straight up the other end and Reed couldn’t get the best chance of the half past the keeper.

The teams traded chances up to half-time and though Hallam were on the up, parity at half time was pretty fair.

Half time; 0-0

The second half saw Hallam stay slightly more in control of the game, building pressure as their passing moves down the flanks tested Penistone without quite resulting in a clear-cut opportunity until the last 15 minutes or so.

After Penistone had caused their own scare, with a scramble in the box somehow going wide, a late ball into the box finally evaded their big number 6 but Pemberton and Bishop left it to each other, and what wasn’t the best game seen at Sandygate drifted to a 0-0.

But it’s the sort of game Hallam would have lost by the odd goal earlier in the season and a point keeps them up there in the table in 7th, so it could be a lot worse.

Attendance; 205

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