Broken Hearts but the Spirit Lives on
0Posted 11th November 2012 - Posted in Match Reports
Well you can't argue that you don't see exciting games at Hallam these days however the players and management must be asking how they didn't finish this game with three points.
Although taking the lead on 17 minutes through James Cook the Countrymen could have been four up by then and they were punished by a 12 minute hat trick from Appleby's Oliver Bradbury which meant they were once again chasing the game. They did get one back before the break from Scott Whittington on 41 minutes leaving it 3-2 to the visitors at half time.
The second half was literally one way traffic, chance after chance, shot after shot, it looked as if Hallam would never get that vital break and then on 80 minutes yet another low cross into the six yeard box was turned into his own net by Matt Oates and that should have been the break the Countrymen needed to finish off their opponents.
The sense of relief couild be felt around the ground but it also seemed like the players took their foot off the gas and Appleby started to theraten again. The nerves were clear for all to see and it was that man Oliver Bradbury who broke the Hallam hearts in the 89th minute with a superb turn and shot from distance to win the game for the visitors who have also had a torrid time this season and they took the three points that lifts them above Hallam in the league table.
The game away at Dinnington next week followed by a Home tie with Eccelshill leave the Countrymen with an opportunity to bag further points if they can mantain their current standards and turn their chances into goals.
Meanwhile the reserves went to Sheffield Bankers and after falling two goals behind fought back to draw 2-2
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