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
This half now settled into the rhythm of Hallam attacking and Dronfield defending. The Dronfield back line were doing a good job of keeping Hallam out until the 25th minute when another attack from the right saw Jack Brownell drill in a cross to the Dronfield box. Chris Salt converted at close range following a deflected save from the Dronfield keeper landing at his feet. This was followed by a verse of “Chrissy Salt is magic he wears a magic hat” from the Shed-End 2-0
Hallam should have made it three a few minutes later but a near open net appeared far too palpable for Chris Salt who just stuttered at the wrong time and the ball bobbled past him.
Then it was time for Iren Wilson to weave his magic into the game, with his usual prowess and close ball control he out played the defence and slotted home. 3-0
It then took Wilson a full two minutes to get his next goal, he latches onto to a ball played over the top of the Dronfield defence and he slotted home for his second and Hallam’s fourth. 4-0. This is how the half-finished, time for a Bovril.
The second half started as the first concluded with Hallam making most of the play and exploiting Dronfield’s rear.
5 minutes in and Wilson appears to have got his hat-trick with a well-made move through the defence and rounding the keeper before slotting home. The referee cancelled the goal for reasons that never became apparent.
The game now entered a phase of Hallam attacking but not being able to convert their chances. A number of corners and “close ones” followed. The best chance coming to Wilson in the 90th minute, he dances through the defence one by one and hits the inside of the post with his shot only to see it bounce out and cleared away.
The game ended 4-0 and sees Hallam rise to 2nd in the NCEL Dv1 League table. Hallam travel to Worsborough Bridge on Saturday and with Brigg not playing, a Hallam win will see them top of the league for the first time in a long time.
Up the Hallam!!