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Points Shared With Last Kick
Posted 18th March 2017 - Posted in Match Reports
Hallam FC 3 - 3 Glasshoughton Welfare
Kieran Watson 17 & 35
Tom Roebuck 63
Ryan Poskitt 37 & 90pen
Andrew Horbury 61
We're now getting towards the business end of the season where points mean a lot more than the performance. With time running out, getting the result is all that matters and even the smallest error could prove costly for teams battling at the top and bottom of the league.
With Pontefract Collieries and AFC Emley seemingly running away with the automatic promotion places, Hallam were looking for a win to consolidate their place in the playoffs. Their opponents Glasshoughton Welfare found themselves mid table, comfortably clear of the relegation places but highly unlikely to reach the playoffs.
Hallam started brightly and created several opportunities, Beaumont firing just over and Roebuck testing the Glasshoughton keeper with a fierce shot. Kieran Watson then went one better to score the opener in the 17th minute. Finding himself on the left hand side, he cut inside and fired the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0 to the hosts. Interestingly, Hallam started with 3 out and out strikers and their movement caused problems for the Glasshoughton defence all afternoon.
Hallam were in almost complete control and found themselves 2-0 up after 35 minutes. Jake Currie played through Watson who drew the keeper and then comfortably placed the ball into the net for his ninth goal of the season. The two goal lead barely lasted two minutes following a defensive mix up, Poskitt fired the ball in to half the deficit and that is how it remained at half time.
Just after half time, Watson had the chance to complete his hat trick, however his effort was saved by the goalkeeper. Glasshoughton grew in confidence as the second half progressed and did get an equaliser after 61 minutes. Following Hallam first real spell of pressure in the second half, Glasshoughton countered and Horbury scored a glancing header. However they were level for just two minutes. Roebuck scoring a powerful header from a fine corner to claim his 15th goal of the season and restore Hallam's lead.
Glasshoughton continued to put pressure on the Hallam goal and had a goal dissallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper. They finally got their chance in the 94th minute with Hallam legs tiring, Glasshoughton won a penalty following a long ball upfield. Poskitt comfortably slotted in from the spot to equalise and get his second of the afternoon, there wasn't even time for the kick off and so the game ended 3-3.
An incredibly disappointing result for Hallam who dominated the game for long spells especially in the first half. However it was a difficult afternoon for both sides with the wind and driving rain making it difficult to play passing football. With Knaresborough losing, it was an opportunity for Hallam to move clear of the chasing pack.
Hopefully it is just a bump in the road and with just six games left (three home and three away) Hallam should be confident of picking up enough points to comfortably make the playoffs.
by David Allsop