Chocs away!! Sandygate epic has a sweet ending

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Posted 29th March 2018 - Posted in Match Reports Hallam Spring Winterton

HALLAM 4 WINTERTON RANGERS 3

Ben Thornton struck deep into stoppage time to send Hallam marching into the play off places and bring a happy conclusion to a seven goal thriller upon S10.

Hallam seeked a sixth consecutive win at Sandygate but the game was on hold as the visiting team from Lincolnshire encountered heavy traffic en route to the oldest ground in the world, hence a small delay in getting proceedings started.

Once underway it didn't take long for the first contentious moment to transpire as Winterton struck the bar, but the ball rebounded thereafter off the goal stanchion and came back into play. The official comically waved ' play on' but this came to nothing.

Hallam then came close to opening the scoring down the other end as a shot was deflected off a Winterton player and onto the woodwork. It terms of shots against the goalframe it was 1-1 but the important matter of the actual scoreline remained goalless.
The Countrymen then had the ball in the net but the Linesman ruled it offside in a very late call.

But Hallam did eventually have their reward in the 31st minute as Thornton found room to unleash a cross shot passed the Visitors number one to put the Boys in Blue one up.
However, the lead was short-lived as Luke Anderson brought Rangers back on parity with Hallam, just two minutes later.

And totally against the run of play, Winterton were ahead three minutes later as Anderson got his and Rangers second. Hallam needed a quick reply and got one as 'Mr Goal machine' himself, Mitchell Dunne, pounced and this enthralling game went into the half time interval honours even at two all. Although, Jake Currie brought a fantastic save from the Winterton 'Keeper with a wonderful overhead kick that would have sent Hallam back in front.

The contest continued to ebb and flow between two teams with a strong will to reach the promised land of the playoffs and again, it was the visiting team who went ahead as Anderson completed his hat trick five minutes into the second phase.

The game really hit boiling point just before the hour as " The man in the middle" awarded Hallam a penalty as then a mass shuffle followed. A player from each team received a caution and Currie stepped up to drive home the resulting penalty despite the keeper guessing the right way.

Hallam made a quick fire double change bringing on Will Saxon and Callum Greaves for Dunne and Sam Fewkes respectively as both teams were chased that much sought winner and Hallam found it in the 91st minute as Thornton swooped to complete his brace. He was subsequently substituted but what an impact he'd made.

So, it was now FOURTEEN goals in three games for Hallam and SIX consecutive triumphs for the S10 boys as the mouth watering clash with runaway league leaders Knaresborough looms large, Saturday 3pm ko at Sandygate.

HALLAM LINE UP

1 D Darwent 
2 B Wright 
3 M Bishop
4 J Reed ( capt)
5 L Flint
6 O Beaumont
7 S Fewkes
8 J Currie
9 S Smith
10 B Thornton
11 M Dunne
Subs
12 J Westney
14 W Saxon
15 B Brailsford 
16 C Greaves 
17 T Roebuck

ATT 60

Hallam.. Blue and white, Blue, Blue
Winterton.. Red, Red, Red

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