It was a five star performance from Hallam, who put in arguably their best performance of the season to come out comprehensive winners over Harrogate Railway Athletic at Sandygate. The Countrymen were 5-0 winner with Jordan Turner bagging four and Kiyani Clayton getting his first for the club, in a game which also saw the first appearance of our new and impressive home kit, in front of a crowd of 168.
On what was a beautiful late September afternoon at Sandygate, Hallam pressed from the start and the first chance of the game came on ten minutes after a break down the left hand side from Micah Bishop who delivered a testing cross into the box in search of strike partners Jordan Turner and Sam Smith. The combination of them and the Railway defence saw the ball cannon on to the crossbar and the opposition eventually cleared their lines. Moments later, The Countrymen got their breakthrough in the 14th minute, as Sam Smith made a defence splitting pass, latched onto by Jordan Turner, who out muscled his defender, before rounding the 'keeper Joseph Wilton and firing into empty net.
The chances didn't stop there for Turner, who minutes later found himself through on goal against the onrushing goalkeeper. Turner was able to lift the bouncing ball over the keeper but was unable to keep lobbed effort on target. Another one one one effort for JT followed, this time the 'keeper got the better of the Hallam frontman. Other half chances fell for both sides in the last twenty minutes of the half, but as the half time whistle blew, Hallam went into the break 1-0 up.
The second half was equally matched until Railway defender Fraser Lancaster saw red for a professional foul on Sam Smith, denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. Hallam made their man advantage count on 71 minutes as Turner raced on to a poor backpass by Josh Shields and smashed then ball by Wilton to make the score 2-0. Less than ten minutes later, Turner had a well deserved hat-trick. A free-kick played in deep to the back post was won by Sam Smith who's header was adjudged to have been blocked by a deliberate handball. JT stepped up and placed the ball into the top right hand corner despite the 'keepers best efforts.
Less than two minutes later, Turner and Hallam had their fourth of the afternoon. Another through ball was met by Turner, who dinked the ball over the goalkeeper in what was arguably the best goal of the afternoon. The Countrymen made it 5-0 with the final kick of the game, as Kiyani Clayton picked up the ball on the halfway line before driving towards the box, and beating the 'keeper with a low driven shot at the near post. Hopefully the squad can take this momentum forward into their next game, away at Hall Road Rangers.