BLOG - A Fan's View - Hallam v Teversal

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Posted 19th December 2016 - Posted in Fans News
One of things that makes sport and in particular football so popular across the world is it's unpredictable nature, the idea that in one moment a game that was going in one direction can completely change in an instant and you often can't work out what this is until afterwards.

Hallam needed a win to kick start their season, having won just one out their last four and losing their last three home games. This all meant that they were in 6th position in the league, but a win could see them close in on an automatic promotion spot and put some distance between them and Campion in 7th. Their opponents were Teversal, a team in 18th and a win for them could see them extend the gap between them and Westella to 7 points. 

Before the game there was the sad news that Kasabian Newton Smith, a local boy had sadly passed away and Hallam paid tribute to him by playing Club Foot by the band Kasabian as the two team entered the pitch. On a happier note, as it was the last home game before Christmas free mince pies were available to supporters thanks to a generous donation.
 
Hallam started the game brightly kicking down the slope on a mild December afternoon, and had a chance after around 15 seconds. However the game quickly became a tight  and uneventful affair for the first twenty minutes. In fact the only action of interest was when a Teversal players mighty clearance  sent the ball flying onto a table full of various condiments and mince pies outside food kiosk. Fortunately seemed to escape unscathed (although it was around this time that the burglar alarm from the nearby clubhouse went off!). The first half did get more exciting when Teversal scored after half an hour following a great free kick routine which allowed Thomas Laister to score with a header from close range.Things got much worse for Hallam when Teversal scored again soon after with a shot from David Cockerill again following a set piece. Cockerill was proving a hand full up front showing good strength and bringing other into play with his hold up play and general technique. Hallam improved towards half time and had a good chance to score when a ball into the box was headed just wide of goal.  Overall Hallam had lot's possession but were unable to create anything, while Teversal had used set pieces to get a 2-0 lead at half time.
 
Half time was the perfect opportunity for Hallam to regroup and they made a substitution bringing on top scorer Jake Curry to play up front. He clearly made an impact as  Hallam were much the better side in the second half playing neat, incisive football and creating many chances. They pulled a goal back in the 55th minute through James Reed which gave them more confidence and it got even better when Hallam won a penalty. Tom Roebuck stepped up to take it but unfortunately the keeper guessed right and parried away but  Jake Currie bundled the ball in to equalise during ensuing scramble. Four minutes later the comeback was complete as Roebuck made up for his penalty miss by scoring a header from another free kick. Teversal had really struggled to get their forwards into the game in this half as every clearance either went out of play or straight through to the Hallam goalkeeper thus allowing  Hallam to build attack after attack. Roebuck wrapped up the scoring from close range assisted by winger Matty Ord to confirm victory. Hallam saw out the added time to get the three points which hopefully could be a turning point in their season and gives them a great platform to build on during the Christmas period.

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