Hallam 2 Nostell Miners Welfare 0
0Posted 07th October 2018 - Posted in Match Reports
Hallam increased their winning run to six games on Saturday following an extremely hard fought 2-0 win over Nostell Miners Welfare, who were arguably the best opposition to visit Sandygate this season. The Countrymen found it tough for substantial periods of the game and have a stand out performance from Archie Sneath to thank for the clean sheet, and more importantly the three points.
A physical and organised Welfare side took command of beginning of the encounter, with good breaks down both flanks only for strikers Jack Owen and Joe Wood to spurn good chances, with the former unable to head home into an empty net from 6 yards with Archie Sneath out of position.
The next major chance also fell the way of the visitors, with midfielder Adam Hayton seeing his speculative, yet spectacular half volley crash off the bar from 25 yards out. Moments later, Welfare number nine Kai Hancock was to be denied by Sneath with a smart save down to the keepers left from the shot on the turn from the edge of the box.
Hallam eventually began to settle and get a foothold in the game midway through the first half, with Kieran Watson having The Countrymen’s first real chance, running on to a through ball from Sam Smith before shooting narrowly wide of far post. Nostell responded with yet more shots on Sneath’s goal from Hancock and Joseph Thornton, with the Hallam keeper making two regulation saves.
The only other talking point of the first half saw Jack McCarthy receive a yellow card for a poorly timed tackle, causing a fracas between several players on both sides with Sam Smith of Hallam and Liam Owen of Welfare receive yellow cards for their part. The remainder of the half petered out with sides going in at the break 0-0.
The start of the second half was much like the first, with Nostell coming out the blocks fast. Another smart save with Sneath’s legs denied a low shot from Owen, only for the rebound to fall to the Welfare striker, who was able to put the ball back in the heart of the Hallam box for Joe Wood, however the scrambling Sneath was able to get back into position to deny the visitors a certain goal.
Once again, the home side regrouped and began to regain and more importantly retain possession and started to apply pressure in the final third. After a succession of corners and play around the Nostell box, Hallam broke the deadlock in the 66th minute. A good weighted corner was delivered into a crowded six yard box with Tom Roebuck able to get the vital touch and poke passed Jordan Greaves in the Welfare goal.
This was followed up only eight minutes later with Hallam’s second goal of the match. A deep free kick by John Brelsford from within Hallam’s half was met by the head of Sam Smith who was able to beat the on rushing keeper and head into an empty net.
This did not deter the visitors resolve, and they went on to have the better chances of the last 15 minutes of the game and missed another glorious headed chance, and on another day could have easily scored two or three. However, the luck was with Hallam who took their chances when they could, and game finished 2-0 to The Countrymen.
Hallam Man of the Match – Archie Sneath
Crucial to Hallam’s victory, pulling off saves at vital times.
Hallam FC Line Up
1 – A. Sneath (MAN OF THE MATCH)
2 – J. Brelsford
3 – N. Smith
4 – J. McCarthy
5 – G. Griffiths
6 – T. Bradley
7 – D. Booth
8 – T. Roebuck (GOAL – ’66) 9 – S. Smith (GOAL – ’74)
10 – K. Watson
11 – M. Husbands
12 – M. Peacock
14 – C. Littlejohn
15 – J. Waddle
Nostell Miners Welfare Line Up
1 – J. Greaves
2 – L. Akeister
3 – J. Thornton
4 – B. Kilburn
5 – R. Meynell
6 – L. Owen
7 – B. Teasdale
8 – A. Hayton
9 – K. Hancock
10 – J. Owen
11 – J. Wood
12 – L. Swift
14 – T. Almond
15 – D. Critchlow
16 – R. Poskitt
17 – W. Ball
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