Up to tenth in Toolstation NCEL Division One for Hallam after a convincing 3-0 away win at Hall Road Rangers last night. At a damp Haworth park, the Countrymen established a three-goal advantage early in the second half and saw out the game to extend their recent undefeated run in League and Cup, write Ian Jones and Glenn Poulton for the Hallam FC Website.
Watched by a crowd of 31, Will Wraith set the visitors on their way after 24 minutes and Julian Lawrence doubled the lead after 36 minutes. Richard Tootle’s third three minutes into the second period pretty much confirmed another three-point haul for Hallam despite Rangers best efforts to get back into the contest.
The result and performance delighted Hallam Manager Stephen Whitehead, who gave his post -match assessment to Ian and Glenn-and Stephen hinted at imminent reinforcements at Sandygate.
Stephen, eight goals with none conceded in the last two games. You must be delighted.
Yeah, I’m really delighted with the lads. We’ve changed to a back four in the last three games and have looked solid as a result. Julian (Lawrence) and Jack McCarthy’s partnership has looked really comfortable in dealing with two strikers in the top scorers table in the last two games. Macole (Lannaman) has been very assured at right back; Stani (Tom Staniland) and Toots (Ricard Tootle) have both had great 90 mins respectively and Levo (goalkeeper James Leverton) has been confident in his work- which gives your back four confidence too. The midfield has worked their socks off -as have Sam (Smith) and JT (Jordan Turner) -and with everyone on the same hymn sheet we have got the results the team have deserved.
Sum up tonight's performance for us. What were the key moments and factors this evening?
The key factor in any game is scoring and we scored just after half time when we were 2-0 up to make it 3, and at 2-0 at half time the next goal is always important. If they get that goal and make it 2-1 the pressure comes on a little more; but tonight, we get that goal and at 3-0 we have experienced lads who then managed the game well.
A tough looking game away at Brigg next but you must go there full of confidence. What sort of game are you expecting?
I expect it to be another tough game -as most are in this League -but of course we go there with confidence as we have had four really good results in the last 4 games. We will look at keeping things fresh with the team selection as we have strength in depth -and with a couple more to come, we look to get even stronger.
Stephen Whitehead was talking to Ian Jones and Glenn Poulton from the Hallam FC Website