BLOG - A Fan's View - Hallam v Brigg


Posted 15th January 2017 - Posted in Fans News
Starting a football match well can be very important in getting the result you need as it sets the tempo for rest of the 90 minutes. Of course the best form of a good start is an early goal as it makes the opposition rethink their game plan which can work in your favour later on. If you cast your minds back to  the 2013/2014 season and Liverpool's title challenge then you'll remember how they would go all out attack in the early stages of a game, score a few goals and the game would usually be over at half time. Today Hallam found themselves in a similar situation.
Hallam were 6th in the table on 49 points following the postponement of their game with Pontefract Collieries due a waterlogged pitch  but with a couple of games in hand over some of their promotion rivals. Their opponents Brigg town were in 14th place comfortably clear of relegation but perhaps not close enough to make a push for the playoffs in the second half of the season.
I started by talking about the importance of having a good start and that’s exactly what Hallam did as they won a corner which was delivered to the far post and then headed back across goal almost in slow motion before hitting the post and being cleared away by a Brigg player. The bright start then got even better as in the 4th minute, the ball found it's way to Steve Brammer who had plenty of time to calmly slot in the ball into the Brigg net and give Hallam a 1-0 lead.
Brigg hardly had any time to recover before it was 2-0, another Hallam corner was sent to the back post and Tom Roebuck was able to prod the ball home for his 12th goal of the season; a fine example of why he was nominated for the December player of the month. Brigg really were struggling to get any sort of attack going; their only shot on target in the first half was straight at Darwent in the Hallam goal. In fact Hallam could really have had a much bigger lead, Elliot Simpson hit the bar with a lovely free kick and the Brigg keeper was forced into making a good save.
Half time arrived and being cold (who would have thought that in January) as well as hungry, I decided to get a sausage roll and hot chocolate to keep me going until the second half starts. Both do their jobs to perfection and by the end of half time my hunger has been satisfied and I'm feeling a bit warmer, although I have come to conclusion that some new gloves may be needed... anyway onto the second half.
Sometime when you are  in control of a game at half time in can be difficult to pick that up again in the second half. Hallam didn't really have those problems as they kept up the pressure and Beaumont had a goal ruled out for offside, from where I was sat it was difficult to tell whether it was offside or not, but as it might be a while until we get video replays at this level, I'll assume it was.
That decision didn't really have an impact on the game as Hallam again hit the woodwork with a beautiful dipping shot from the edge of the area before Brammer got his second goal on the hour mark. A cross from the left hand side found Brammer who again had time to score, although his shot did need to help of the post to find it's way in. Brammer was also involved in the fourth goal, setting up Callum Greaves who volleyed the ball home.
That was the last goal of the game but it really should've been 5, Bates who came on as a substitute was 1 yard out and with the keeper stranded somehow managed to put the ball wide, definitely a candidate for miss of the season. Hallam perhaps could and should have scored more goals but in the end had to settle for a 4-0, still a fantastic result to top off a great performance and a fine way to finish off the Christmas period. Hopefully this will fill them with confidence to push for the automatic promotion places.
Man of the match – Steve Brammer – Scored two and made one. If he can keep this form up he can be really important for Hallam's promotion push.

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