A Fans View from the Terrace


Posted 16th April 2017 - Posted in Fans News

Hallam FC VS Westella & Willerby AFC – Saturday 8th April 3pm

Complacency is a very dangerous thing in football and something that managers have to stamp down on very quickly, especially when their team has achieved what they set out to achieve before the season ends. 

It is particularily important if that team has found themselves in the end of season promotion play offs. If you are in good form going in to the play offs then you have that momentum which can increase the chances of that team getting promoted.

Hallam found themselves in this position having already guaranteed themselves a place in the end of season play offs after securing a 2-1 win over Shirebrook Town a few days prior to this fixture.  They still had the chance to rise up to fifth position in the league with three games still to play but their main aim was to keep their momentum. Their opponents Westella were in desperate need of a win to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive. 

It was also Hallam's last home game of the season and combined with some fantastic weather meant that there were more spectators and so there was an incentive for Hallam to put in a good performance.

Now I'll be honest with you here; thanks to a late running bus, I actually missed the first five minutes of the game. As it happened I hadn't missed much and the score was still 0-0. There then a lengthy delay as Hallam's Jack Hargreaves  received treatment following a collision with his own goalkeeper.

Perhaps Hallam were being a bit complacent in the first half as Westella were much the better side and were unlucky not to be winning as Darwent in the Hallam goal was twice required to make some fantastic saves to keep the scores level.

Hallam weren't helped by the pitch which because of the weather was very dry and as result the ball was bobbling around all over the place making it difficult to pass or shoot with any accuracy. Although some credit has to go the Westella defence and goalkeeper who were making it extremely difficult for Hallam to create any clear cut opportunities.

However, their resistance lasted until just before half time, when Michael Blythen scored his sixth goal of the season following some neat build up play. The ball was played across the box and Blythen had a tap in although the keeper did get a hand to the ball and may feel he should have saved it.

At half time the score was 1-0 to Hallam although perhaps a little against the run of play and their second half performance would need to be much better. Westella were doing well but their response to conceding on the brink of half time would be test of their character in the second half.

In truth it was a test they failed as Hallam flew out of the traps and scored three goals in five minutes. The first of the three came as a result of a brilliant piece of skill from Scott Bates who took advantage of some poor marking to score a fantastic lob. 

Two minutes later and Bates had scored again. This time the goal was more routine, a cross came in from the left hand side and Bates did well to head the ball back across goal. Although it should be noted that again the marking from Westella was poor.

The fourth goal of the game came from half time substitute Kieran Watson whose shot beat the keeper at his near post who again may feel he should have done better. Westella seemed to had given up, their

defensive shape was all over the place and their creative players couldn't get on the ball. As result Hallam had further opportunities to score however the didn't take them and the game ended 4-0.

Overall a good day for Hallam, following a poor start they recovered and in truth could have won more comfortably. They have two games left, both away from home to try and catch fifth placed Penistone.

Meanwhile Westella's relegation is all but confirmed, they have three games left and need to win them all and hope that Worsborough lose all their games to have any chance of staying up. If they play like they did the first half then they have a chance. But if they play like they did in the second half then sadly they'll be relegated. 

By David Allsop

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