Hallam 3 East Yorkshire Carnegie 2


Posted 23rd October 2018 - Posted in Match Reports

Yet another second half comeback was the story of Hallam’s NCEL Division One game against a spirited East Yorkshire Carnegie side, with the home side coming out victorious in a 3-2 thriller in front of the biggest crowd in the NCEL over the weekend.


Although the first chance of the game fell to Hallam’s Kieran Watson who saw his shot skim the crossbar after good work down the left and cutting back to the number ten, it was the away side who started the brighter of the two teams and found themselves after just 3 minutes. From the following goal kick and good movement by EYC number nine Josh Walker, who proved to be a thorn in The Countrymen’s side all afternoon, the striker was able to make his way to the byline and cut back for left back Tom Bennett who motored down his wing to get into the box, cutting back inside before firing high passed Sneath into the back of the net.


Hallam really did struggle to find their spark in the first half and relied on Sneath to keep the deficit to just the one goal after the shot stopper was called into action, pushing an effort from outside the box from EYC number ten Williams round his right hand post.


Jack McCarthy went close for Hallam as they pushed for an equaliser, who was unable to get the vital touch after great work from Niall Smith down the left before his low cross to the back post. However, the opposition were soon creating chances again with Williams once again pulling another fine save from Archie Sneath from a free kick. Not to be outdone, James Hitchcock pulled of a great save down low to his right to keep put Kieran Watson’s half volley from a tight angle. This was shortly followed by another spurned Hallam chance, with Tom Roebuck seeing his acrobatic effort sail over the top of the bar.


EYC had weathered the pressure well, and made the home side rue their missed chances as on 35 minutes, they doubled their lead. More fantastic work from Josh Walker saw him get away from Tyler Bradley before putting a stand up ball into the box for Tom Bennett to connect with a header out of the reach of Sneath. The opposition went on to create more half chances before the end of the half and fully deserved their 2-0 half time lead.


The start of the second half was equally as frustrating for The Countrymen who saw the majority of the ball but could not test Hitchcock, which they were almost made to pay for yet again after more good work from EYC striker Josh Walker. The tall, yet surprisingly pacey number nine broke through the Hallam defence before being smothered by Sneath.


The comeback for the home side began on 65 minutes, as Daniel Booth whipped in a corner to the near post for Sam Smith to run on to and head home emphatically, beating the opposition right back with ease. After the goal, the momentum of the game began to change with Hallam beginning to find more space and were able to kick on and make the better chances they had previously been missing, with Mitch Husbands seeing his downwards header cleared off the line from another corner.


Then the sixty seconds of madness. After another corner from Booth, the ball was cleared to the edge of the area where Tyler Bradley did well to outmuscle his opponent before steadying himself and firing a bending shot into the top right hand corner of the EYC goal to bring the home side back level. Cue the home fans celebrations. With the atmosphere now at electric levels, and with the home fans still buzzing from the equaliser, Hallam won the ball back from kick off with Booth chasing down the ball, the laying off to substitute Callum Littlejohn to rifle in from outside the box.


The drama was far from finish with fifteen minutes left on the clock. Firstly, the away side had an equaliser ruled out for a dubious offside. The Countrymen were then reduced to 10 men with Roebuck given his marching order for dissent towards referee Steven Beresford. The home side were able to see out an aerial bombardment from EYC who will feel hard done by to leave Sandygate without a point at least. Hallam were able to hold on to the victory and climb up to fifth in the table, with at least one game in hand on all the teams above.


Hallam Man of the Match – Sam Smith

Attendance – 279

Hallam FC Line Up


1 – A. Sneath

2 – J. Brelsford

3 – N. Smith

4 – J. McCarthy

5 – M. Peacock

6 – T. Bradley (GOAL – ’75)

7 – D. Booth

8 – T. Roebuck

9 – S. Smith (GOAL – ’65)

10 – K. Watson

11 – M. Husbands




12 –S. Smith

14 – R. Tootle

15 – B. Thornton

16 – C. Littlejohn (GOAL – ’76)


East Yorkshire Carnegie Line Up


1 – J. Hitchcock

2 – T. Waud

3 – T. Bennett (GOALS – ‘3, ’35)

4 – J. Ricardo

5 – C. Saluidge

6 – D. Harrison

7 – H. Earl

8 – S. Foster

9 – J. Walker

10 – R. Williams

11 – D. Walker




12 – T. Whiting

14 – N. Mwamuka

15 – P. Wray

16 – L. Sarel

17. – H. Ward


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