Bish, Chips and the Return of the Doctor


Posted 24th September 2018 - Posted in Match Reports Bish, Chips and the Return of the Doctor

Hallam FC 5 - 1 Harworth Colliery


In Hallam’s first home game in almost a month, the boys put on a five star display in front of another large crowd at Sandygate with a convincing 5-1 victory over Harworth Colliery.


After a very positive start, Micah Bishop opened the scoring on 3 minutes with a delicate lob over the onrushing Harworth keeper, after a good header from Sam Smith to initially create the opportunity.


Harworth began to play themselves into the game, and in the fifteenth minute, they were reward with a penalty, after Hallam had failed to clear a long ball. Matthew Robinson stepped up for Harworth, to wrong-foot Archie Sneath in the Hallam goal to equalise.


However, the score was only level for five minutes, with The Countrymen regaining the lead in the twentieth minute. After winning a free kick roughly 40 yards from goal, a perfectly weighted cross to the back post was met by the head of Tyler Bradley, who’s emphatic header found the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar.


Hallam went on to create several more half chances in the first half before miscommunication between John Brelsford and Archie Sneath saw the referee give an uncommon indirect free-kick within the 18 yard box for a back pass. From the following free-kick, the 7 man blue and white wall were able to clear their lines, with no more notable chances leading up to half time.


The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, with Hallam controlling possession and looking for openings. After a sustained period of pressure, Micah Bishop doubled his tally for the afternoon on 58 minutes. Harworth could only clear a corner as far as Daniel Booth, who headed the ball back into a dangerous area, and following another failed attempt to clear the danger, the ball fell nicely for Bishop who was able to rifle the ball to the keepers’ right, to give Hallam a two goal lead.


Unfortunately, Bishop’s afternoon was to take a turn for the worse. After losing control of the ball, a poorly timed two footed tackle gave referee Jamie Cogill little choice but to give Hallam’s number 11 his marching orders.


Even after being reduced to 10 men, Hallam still controlled the tempo of the game, and continued to create chances. After coming close on a number of occasions, Kieran Watson, returning to the club, got the goal his efforts deserved to make the score 4-1. After great work by Booth to win the ball in the middle of the park, he drove forward before slotting a great through ball to Watson who was able to get a hard, low strike into the back of Harworth net.


Watson’s goal scoring was not finished for the afternoon though. After more great work from man of the match Niall Smith, who was able to play a perfect low cross into the feet of Watson, the latter was able to turn Hallam old boy Mark West, before hitting a rising shot into the top right hand corner of the goal to make the score 5-1 on 83 minutes. The Countrymen saw out the remaining final minutes with little problem, with final score being a just reward for individual and team performances.


Hallam Man of the Match – Niall Smith


Worked tirelessly down his flank, and constantly caused Harworth a threat with the quality of his delivery into the box.

Attendance - 204

Hallam FC Line Up


1 – A. Sneath

2 – J. Brelsford

3 – N. Smith (MAN OF THE MATCH)

4 – D. Booth

5 – J. McCarthy (Captain)

6 – T. Bradley (Goal – 20’)

7 – W. Wraith

8 – L. Whitaker

9 – S. Smith

10 – K. Watson (Goals – 74’, 83’)

11 – M. Bishop (Goals – 3’, 58’)




12 – M. Peacock

14 – B. Thornton

15 – T. Wilson

16 – C. Littlejohn

17 – T. Roebuck


Harworth Colliery Line Up


1 – J. Gamble

2 – J. Barnett

3 – L. Muir

4 – J. Woodhall

5 – M. West

6 – A. Colton

7 – L. Edmundson

8 – S. Sweeney

9 – A. Finey

10 – M. Robinson

11 – B. Ashmore




12 – S. Ebbs

14 – J. Hooley

15 – Lewis Szanto

16 – L. Black

17 – I. Mylanarski

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