Hallam FC 0-3 Sheffield United
0Posted 07th August 2019 - Posted in Match Reports
The Oldest Football Ground in the World was rocking last night as a fantastic crowd of 1024 packed Sandygate to see a strong Sheffield United side defeat plucky Hallam 3-0 on a lovely S10 evening, write Ian Jones and Glenn Poulton for the Hallam FC Website.
The Blades kick off their Premiership campaign at Bournemouth this Saturday, but last night’s squad included several first team regulars and a strong Under-23 contingent. Hallam, who had drawn their first NCEL Division One fixture at North Ferriby at the weekend, gave an excellent account of themselves despite-predictably-being on the defensive for long spells, and handed a first team debut to energetic striker Jordan Turner despite changing almost the entire eleven at the break.
United went close on several occasions in the first half-denied at least twice by the excellent James Leverton on the Hallam goal, but took the lead on the stroke of half time when Mark Duffy hammered in a shot from distance which crossed the line after hitting crossbar and post.
Into the second half, and with Hallam Manager Stephen Whitehead ringing the changes for the home side, the Blades extended their lead after 53 minutes when experienced striker Leon Clarke headed home a superb cross from close range past young keeper Oliver Barnes.
United continued to press, with Ravel Morrison starring in midfield –despite the close attentions of the Hallam midfield- and French striker Lys Mousset impressing up front, with Barnes and his defenders performing heroics, but on 74 minutes, Mousset slid Leon Clarke in on the right hand side of the box and the former Wednesday striker doubled his tally past the home goalkeeper to complete the scoring on a wonderful night for the Countrymen.
Last night’s attendance wasn’t a record at Sandygate-an estimated 2,000 back in 1959- but it was easily the best in more recent years, leaving Hallam Chairman Steve Basford absolutely delighted.
“What a brilliant evening for the club” Steve told the Hallam FC website. “ There are so many people I’d like to thank , particularly Sheffield United for bringing such a strong side, everyone who turned up on the night and made it such a great atmosphere, all of our sponsors, and our army of volunteers, especially Jane and the bar staff and Ann in the tea cabin.”
Hallam turn their attention to the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round this Sunday, when another big crowd is expected at Sandygate for the visit of near- neighbours Staveley Miners Welfare (Kick-Off 3pm) .
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