Hallam 3 Shirebrook Town 2


Posted 30th September 2018 - Posted in Match Reports A bumper crowd of 268 witnessed the 5 goal thriller against Shirebrook Town.

Following on from their previous home match, Hallam were once again victorious at Sandygate, although they were made to work hard for the three points against a gusty display from Shirebrook Town in front of a fantastic crowd of 268.


Once again, Hallam had a bright start to the game, having most of the early possession. Kieran Watson having the first real chance for The Countrymen, after cutting in from the left hand side before firing over the bar with a shot from just outside the 18 yard box. This was quickly followed up by more good work by Watson, this time down the right, firing a low cross in the direction of Sam Smith who was unable to get a clean shot away whilst being under pressure by Shirebrook’s Ben Burbanks.


The Countrymen continued their strong foothold in the game with Sam Smith breaking through the Shirebrook lines after a perfectly weighted ball from Ben Thornton, forcing Levi Owen in the Shirebrook goal into his first smart save of many. Thornton himself was next to go close after a miscommunication between the two opposition centre backs, but once again Owen was equal to Thornton’s shot, with the rebound being blocked well by left back Carter Widdowson.


Shirebrook then began to settle and got their own foothold into the game, with Joe Cheeseman bundling the ball wide 6 yards out from a corner. The next real chance of the game saw the opposition take the lead in the 41st minute as a lofted through ball went into the right channel for Town’s number nine Declan Brewin to chase. After good work to hold off Hallam’s Tyler Bradley, Brewin put a good stand up cross to the back post where Sam Martin was at hand to strike on the volley back across Dave Darwent’s goal and into the bottom corner. The teams went into the break with the score at 1-0 to Shirebrook.


The second half started much like the first with more possession and pressure being applied by The Countrymen. Kieran Watson found himself through one on one, but yet again Levi Owen stood fast and was equal to his efforts. The chances continued to come and go for Hallam with good work from Niall Smith down the left, picking up from where he left off in his last match, however to no avail. Daniel Booth was the next Hallam player to be cursing his luck, after heading high and wide from a good position following a cross from John Brelsford.


The introduction of Reece Treasure was instrumental in Hallam’s turnaround, adding much needed fresh legs and pace to a tiring front three. After good work under pressure down the right, he was able to cross from a tight angle, with the ball being played back out to substitute Tom Wilson who was able to expertly drill his shot through a crowded penalty box and leave the keeper no chance to grab Hallam a much deserved, and needed equaliser in the 73rd minute.


After equalising, Hallam kept the pressure on the opposition with numerous chances continuing to be spurned or saved by Owen. However the pressure was too much for Shirebrook in the 83rd minute as a corner from the right was smartly headed back across the 6 yard box for Sam Smith to get above his marker and emphatically head The Countrymen into the lead. Three minutes later, Hallam appeared to have wrapped up the match as Treasure latched on to a headed through ball and turned on the after burners in an attempt to get into the box. His shot was blocked by Owen, however the ball then deflected off a Shirebrook defender and fortuitously for the home side, nestled in the back of the net.


The game was not yet finished, as Hallam switched off an allowed Shirebrook a chance to get back into the game with a break down the right flank, with Declan Brewin assisting once again with a low cross put away easily by Thomas Widdowson. Hallam responded yet again, with Owen winning his personal battle with Shirebrook old boy Watson with the latter having another shot saved by the keeper.


The final piece of drama came deep into injury time, with Shirebrook playing a hopeful ball into the Hallam box, with the ball being played out to Jack Dando, who’s speculative effort hit the inside of Darwent’s post. The ball rebounded to Shirebrook, with a first time shot being unceremoniously shovelled off the line by the sprawling Darwent straight to the feet of goalscorer Widdowson, but from only 6 yards out blasted over the bar to save Hallam’s blushes. The home side were then able to see out the final embers of the game to make it 4 straight league wins.


Hallam Man of the Match – Sam Smith


Led the line well, being a physical presence throughout, and deserved his goal.

Attendance - 268

Hallam FC Line Up


1 – D. Darwent

2 – J. Brelsford

3 – N. Smith

4 – T. Roebuck

5 – J. McCarthy (Captain)

6 – T. Bradley

7 – W. Wraith

8 – D. Booth

9 – S. Smith (MAN OF THE MATCH, Goal – 83’)

10 – K. Watson

11 – B. Thornton




12 – M. Peacock

14 – R. Treasure (Goal – 86’)

15 – L. Whitaker

16 – S. Fewkes

17 – T. Wilson (Goal – 76’)


Shirebrook Town Line Up


1 – L. Owen

2 – B. Burbanks

3 – C. Widdowson

4 – D. Bacon

5 – C. Timons

6 – J. Cheeseman

7 – S. Martin (Goal – 41’)

8 – B. Holmes

9 – D. Brewin

10 – S. Dockwray

11 – K. Darby




12 – I. Fisher

14 – J. Dando

15 – T. Widdowson (Goal – 88’)

16 – B. Simpson

17 – H. Joule


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