Hallam FC 4 – 2 Frickley Athletic FC
A Wednesday night beneath the Sandygate floodlights saw the stage set for what promised to be an intriguing encounter between Hallam FC and Frickley Athletic, a team playing in the Northern Premier League Division One, two leagues above the Countrymen. With the success recently enjoyed by Hallam, how would they fare against mightier opposition? An impressive crowd of 341 flocked to that theatre of dreams known as Sandygate to witness the drama unfold, in this second round of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup.
All good dramas require a mighty hero who overcomes great obstacles. Enter stage left, Kieren Watson. Kieren is a firm favourite with the Sandygate faithful, a player who has earned the right to be called a ‘goal scoring machine’. A recent illness gave him his own battles to fight away from the football arena, but now he seems to be well-recovered and returning to his previous best. In the second minute of the game, with the crowd still settling down, Kieren produced what for many will be the highlight of the match – his first goal since returning from illness. He demonstrated that same skill, panache, and confidence in front of goal that made him such a fan favourite, and it was wonderful to see him celebrating in front of the Shed End!
Opponents - Ollerton Town
Competition - NCEL1
Location - Walesby Lane Sports Ground, Ollerton
Date - Saturday 16th October 3.00pm KO
Entry - £5 Adults £3 Concessions.
Hope to see you all there
Up the Hallam!!
Hallam FC 1 - 1 Glasshoughton Welfare FC
It had to happen sooner or later – Hallam FC's amazing ten game winning streak came to an end against a determined Glasshoughton side in front of an amazing Sandygate crowd of 619. The good news is that Hallam can now boast an eleven game unbeaten streak (silver linings and all that) and are still sitting close to the top of the NCEFL Division One.
The first half was dominated for long periods of time by Hallam, who continued to play with the confidence and panache that their supporters have become accustomed to in recent games. However Glasshoughton proved a tough nut to crack, and defended stalwartly. Even when it looked certain that Hallam would score, the Glasshoughton goalkeeper performed heroics, denying Hallam the goals that seemed inevitable.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 1 – 6 Hallam FC
On a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon, an impressive two dozen-or-more Hallam supporters made the short journey to south Barnsley to cheer on the Countrymen and bolster Worsbrough Bridge’s 130 attendance figure.
Following nine successive victories, hopes were high for another Hallam win that would see them climb to the top of the NCEFL Division One. But as any football supporter knows only too well, the ‘beautiful game’ can have a habit of placing banana skins in the way of high-flying teams! Would the damp and cold of Worsbrough Bridge prove to be one such banana skin?
It was Hallam, playing in their familiar yellow away strip, that started the more brightly, dominating the game and producing some excellent passages of play. But Worsbrough were resilient and proved difficult to break-down in the final third of the pitch. On 14 minutes, a shocker of a tackle on the stalwart Chris Salt saw the Worsbrough player given a straight red, reducing the home side to ten men with barely a sixth of the game played. Hallam supporters, having seen the Countrymen mercilessly dispatch previous teams with depleted numbers, could have been forgiven for expecting the flood gates to open!
Hallam FC 4 - 0 Dronfield Town
As we start to descend towards the abyss, which is winter, the day see some heavy showers which gives the worlds oldest football ground some nourishment of the H2O variety. 302 brave supporters (those with fuel) attend Sandygate to watch the latest encounter between Hallam FC and Dronfield Town in the NCEL Dv1.
A spirited start from both sides saw Hallam shooting up hill and it was Hallam that found early targeting of the Dronfield goal with a shot from Richard Patterson going north of the crossbar and ending up being an obstacle for the next number 51 Bus.
Hallam continued to press the Dronfield defence and in the 15th minute Hallam found the opening by way of Brandon Bradbury who slotted into the goal following up from a cross drilled in from the right. 1-0
HALLAM FC 4 – 0 SWALLOWNEST FC
An impressive 314 supporters made the pilgrimage to the World's Oldest Football Ground for this Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup tie, played out on a Wednesday night beneath the Sandygate floodlights. Although the evening began bright and warm, as the sun dipped beneath the horizon and smoke wafted across the hallowed turf from a near-by gardener burning leaves, there were hints of the autumnal nights that will soon arrive. Following defeat in the FA Vase against Burscough FC at the previous weekend, Hallam were keen to return to their winning ways and make headway in a cup competition.
It was Hallam who made the brighter start, putting pressure on Swallownest and looking for an opening goal. In the 17th minute Liam Royles duly supplied that goal when his free kick from the edge of the area beat the Swallownest 'keeper at the near post.
275 came out on a Wednesday night in North Rotherham to see Parkgate FC v Hallam FC. This was Parkgate’s biggest home crowd of the season and it was boosted by the 50 – 60 Countrymen who had made the journey over the Sheffield border. Parkgate FC has perhaps one of the nicest playing surfaces in the league, the friendly welcome and a quality sausage rolls makes the journey a convivial one.
The first few minutes of the game was a cagey affair with both teams trying to exploit each other defences, Parkgate had an early threat on the Hallam left side and that set the tone for Parkgate’s attacking strategy.
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Hallam FC 7 (seven) – 1 Shirebrook Town FC
There comes a time in a poor match reporter's life that he starts to run out of superlatives to describe what has been witnessed at a football game. This is one of those occasions. After witnessing Hallam's recent streak of wins, including casually dispatching opponents with seven and nine goal margins, and seeing the home crowd at Sandygate rise from the 200s to the 300s to the 400s, we arrived at a Tuesday night home fixture against Shirebrook Town FC. We couldn't be treated to another imperious Hallam display, could we? And the attendance couldn't beat the previous week's 412, could it?
How wrong we were to doubt! Once again Hallam not only produced the goods, but over-produced and gave us a little extra just to be sure! And the Hallam faithful, making the trek to Sandygate on a Tuesday night, not only played their part, but surpassed it; a frankly staggering 605 people passing through the gates before kick off!