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Ten Wins and Top of the League Proves Worsbrough Was Not a Bridge Too Far!

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 1 – 6 Hallam FC

Worsborough1On 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!

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All Rise For Hallam FC

Hallam FC v Dronfield TownHallam 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

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Hallam Humble Humber

FC Humber v Hallam FC 600 x 432FC Humber 2 – 9 Hallam FC

On a wonderful sunny August day Hallam FC travelled to the FPH Stadium, the home of Selby FC to play FC Humber (who are currently ground sharing). Hallam, playing in their yellow away kit were slow to get a rhythm into their game and after 15 minutes of play it was FC Humber who took the initiative. The Hallam keeper Walker picked up the ball following an adjudged back pass and the resulting indirect freekick was fired into the top left corner of Walkers goal 1-0.

Five minutes later Walker made amends by stopping a well taken shot following a good passage of play to deny FC Humber doubling their lead.  

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Wilson melts the Steelmen in his hat-trick crucible

Retford_v_Hallam_FC_3.jpg275 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 in Seventh Heaven as Hall Road Rangers are Put To The Sword!

Hallam FC 7 (seven) – 0 Hall Road Rangers

HallRoad1In a night that will linger long in the memory of the 352 crowd who were there to witness it, Hallam FC scored seven goals against Hall Road Rangers in a remarkable second half blitzkrieg.

The warning signs had been there during the first half, as Hallam dominated for long periods without managing to breach the Hall Road defence. However as the second half kicked off in the fading light of a pleasantly mild Sandygate evening, it was Brandon Bradbury who opened the scoring when, in the 48th minute, he created the space he needed to fire the ball into the back of the Hall Road net.

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One Swallow Doesn't Make a Summer, but Victory Over Swallownest Continues Hallam's Salad Days!


Swallownest1An 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.

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Rossington Take Five as Hallam Miss a Beat

Hallam FC 2 - 5 Rossington Main FC

Rossington1The Northern Counties East Football League Division One was back at Sandygate for the first time in 244 days, with a crowd of 293 Hallam faithful in attendance.

Before kick-off, Hallam's physio Shannon Brooks was presented on the pitch by chairman Richard Pillinger, with a standing ovation from everyone both on and off the pitch, after her quick thinking and brave actions no doubt saved the life of assistant referee Andrew Jarvis at Rainworth MWFC. Everyone at Hallam FC wishes Andrew all the best with his recovery.

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Liam Royles Leads the Charge for Hallam's Magnificent Seven!

Hallam FC 7 (seven) – 1 Shirebrook Town FC

Shirebrook1There 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!

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A game of four halves, six goals and a few midges

IMG20210731150524.jpgNostell Miners Welfare 3 - 3 Hallam FC

So here we go for another roller coaster of emotions with the start the 2021-22 NCEL Division 1 campaign. Whatever the outcome of this season and following the events of last season it was a joy to be able to travel to our hosts Nostell Miners Welfare FC where we were introduced to a great quality cheeseburger and a midge or twenty.

On the pitch the match soon gained momentum and in the early passage of play it was Hallam FC who provided the early pressure with the first shot unleashed by Chris Wood after only 3 minutes.

The deadlock was soon to be breached at the back of a fine move down the left wing and some “jiggery pokery” allowed a cross to be dispatched into the Nostell penalty area, the ball was greeted by the head of Chris Woods who headed the ball down and passed the diving Nostell keeper. 0-1.

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It's Just Like Watching Brazil as Hallam Heroes Put a Fantastic Four Past Retford!

Hallam FC 4 – 0 Retford FC

Retford1Another Tuesday night at Sandygate brought the Hallam faithful out in remarkable numbers, a crowd of 412 making the pilgrimage to the World’s Oldest Football Ground! The opponents were Retford FC, and following Hallam’s goal fest in recent back-to-back victories, there was a buzz of expectancy in the evening air!

Hallam began the game well, dominating play and looking dangerous. A Hallam corner in the 15th minute was whipped into the box, and it was Julian Lawrence who rose high above the Retford defence to head the ball into the back of the net.

On 30 minutes, Iren Wilson was unlucky not to add his name to the score sheet when his shot hit the underside of the Retford bar. Somehow the ball contrived to not bounce over the line, and so the score remained at 1 – 0.

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Hallam Claim Victory Over Sheffield in Latest Instalment of World's Oldest Derby!

0A9A1273.jpgHallam FC 2 – 1 Sheffield FC

Over 160 years after their first meeting, Hallam FC and Sheffield FC met once again in the world's oldest derby. A crowd of 576 were in fine voice to match this historic occasion, as the two sides played for the Alan Cooper Memorial trophy.

The first half got under way with Hallam shooting uphill towards the shed. Both sides had their chances but faced strong defences, until in the 40th minute when Sheffield took the lead. Charlie Reaney's curling effort from the edge of the area meant that at the half-time break it was the visitors who were one nil up. 

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