Hallam 5 Armthorpe Welfare 2
0Posted 12th November 2018 - Posted in Match Reports
Hallam’s impressive unbeaten run in the NCEL continued with a 5-2 goal fest victory over Armthorpe Welfare. The Sandygate crowd of 276 got good value for goals, however the quality of defending left much to be desired.
Hallam, looking for a reaction after last weekend’s loss to Hebburn in the FA Vase, got off to the worst possible start, and found themselves 1-0 down with only three minutes on the clock. After a ball over the top by opposition number ten Williams, Armthorpe were able to get an early shot on goal which Archie Sneath could only parry, with the onrushing number nine lashing his first time shot down the throat of the Hallam keeper who couldn’t prevent the ball from crashing into the home side’s net.
The Countrymen responded in terrific fashion, which has been common in their current unbeaten run after going behind. Hallam’s first chance to test the Welfare number one came from a great cross from Niall Smith, something we have become used to of late, which was met by the head of Sam Smith, however his header was directed straight at Stevens in the opposition goal who saved with relative ease.
Only minutes later, the home side had a triple chance to equalise to no avail much to the frustration of players, management and fans alike. After great work by Sam Smith to win his header to release Kieran Watson, the strikers tame shot was saved by the legs of Stevens, with the rebound falling for Ben Thornton. However, his first time shot was blocked by the Armthorpe centre half who was quick to the scene, only for another rebound to fall kindly for Hallam and to the feet of Watson, with the keeper making himself big and saving down low again.
Some of the home crowd could have been forgiven for beginning to think it wouldn’t be their day after just fifteen minutes, after yet more good work and weighted pass by Sam Smith to play in Watson, the striker fired wide under pressure from the Armthorpe defence. These fears soon diminished as three minutes later Hallam were level. The away side were unable to fully clear a whipped in corner from Niall Smith into the six yard box, with the second chance opportunity falling to Mitch Husband on the volley to hook the ball into the net.
Only sixty seconds later, Hallam had turned the match on its head. After more poor defensive work from the visitors, Kieran Watson was played in again and made no mistake this time, beating the keeper at his near post with a hard low drive, skimming the post on its way into the back of the net to make the score 2-1 with twenty minutes gone.
The chances didn’t stop there for Hallam. The next falling to Sam Smith who was unable to get his close range header on target after good work from Thornton down the right hand side channel. The Countrymen were not made to pay for this missed chance as only a few minutes later, Kieran Watson caught the Armthorpe centre half napping no the ball thirty yards out, and drove towards the opposition goal. Yet again, Stevens was equal to Watson’s effort, yet the kind rebound fell to Thornton who made no mistakes this time to firmly side foot the ball home to double Hallam’s lead.
The countrymen seemingly had control of the game before giving away a soft penalty. With the opposition cross coming to nothing, the late challenge by Wilson on the Armthorpe forward gave the away side a route back into the match on forty two minutes. The resulting penalty was well saved by Sneath, however another kind rebound saw Luke Williams, the player initially fouled to tap home from close range to make the half time score 3-2 to Hallam.
The start of the second half was one of frustration for the home side with possession and chances being wasted in search of the fourth goal to put the game to bed. The Countrymen were almost made to pay for their missed chances, however a header equaliser from a deep free kick was ruled out for offside for Armthorpe. Yet more missed chances for Hallam followed, with both Husband and Thornton shooting wide of the target, the latter coming from a great one on one chance.
The Countrymen’s nerves were settled in the sixtieth minute as Hallam eventually made it 4-2 with a very well worked set play goal. A long throw into the box was flicked on not once, but twice by Husband and Smith, for Watson to control well and prod passed the Armthorpe keeper into the bottom right hand corner to claim his second of the afternoon. Fifteen minutes later, Hallam put the game beyond all doubt to make the score 5-2, with a goal not too dissimilar to the first. Another corner whipped into the six yard box couldn’t be dealt with, and the ball fell nicely for Thornton to also claim his second of the game, hooking the ball into the net on the volley from close range.
Yet more chances fell to both teams in the last fifteen minutes and additional time due to a lengthy injury to the Armthorpe left back earlier in the half, however none were taken and Hallam left the Sandygate pitch 5-2 victors.
Man of the Match – Daniel Booth
Hallam FC Line Up
1 – A. Sneath
2 – R. Tootle
3 – N. Smith
4 – T. Wilson
5 – J. McCarthy
6 – T. Roebuck
7 – D. Booth
8 – M. Husbands (GOAL ’18)
9 – S. Smith
10 – K. Watson (GOALS ’20, ‘60)
11 – B. Thornton (GOALS ’30, ’75)
12 – J. Brelsford
14 – M. Bishop
15 – P. Carrig
16 –C. Littlejohn
Armthorpe Welfare Line Up
1 – Stevens
2 – Loftus
3 – Betts
4 – O’Neill
5 – Garner
6 – Bucknall
7 – Dodd
9 – Radford (GOAL ‘3)
10 – Williams (GOAL ’42)
11 – Buckham
13 – Jackson
8 – Hyde
12 – Simpkins
14 – Lumley
16 – Finley
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