Read up about the Hallam FC games both at Sandygate and on the road.
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Shirebrook Town FC 0 – 2 Hallam FC
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the Countrymen travelled across the Derbyshire border to face Shirebrook Town in this NCEL Division One fixture. Any thoughts of the game been postponed due to a water-logged pitch (as will no doubt be mentioned several times during this report, it was raining) were quickly dispelled upon arrival at the Langwith Road ground. The pitch was in fine condition, and the travelling Hallam supporters were hopeful that their team could extend their winning streak and cement their second place in the league.
The match started at a frantic pace with both sides determined to stamp their dominance on the game. However as the rain abated for a short while, it was Hallam who soon gained the upper hand. On 23 minutes, Kieren Watson tapped home from six yards into an empty net after a penetrating run from Iren Wilson, which saw him pass the ball across the face of the goal as the Shirebrook ‘keeper came out to meet him.
This season has, unusually, seen only a couple of Hallamites away trips, to nearby Worsbrough and a rather clipped visit to Rainworth (where kick off was 2pm, not 3pm....you can guess the rest). So it was good to get back in the groove last weekend with a trip to Nottinghamshire to watch the Countrymen take on the lower mid table Clipstone.
HALLAM FC 0 – 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY U-23s
Sheffield Wednesday under-23s arrived at the Oldest Football Ground in the World on, appropriately, a Wednesday evening, to play out a friendly encounter with the Countrymen of Hallam FC. A crowd of 305, including at least two obligatory non-league dogs, welcomed the visitors from Hillsborough to see how Hallam, with a recent spell of excellent results in their league campaign, would fare against the Sheffield Wednesday proteges.
North Ferriby 1 – 0 Hallam FC
North Ferriby FC have a wonderful set up to which they should be proud of. As soon as we arrived, we were directed to the car parking and was greeted by smiley friendly staff.
6 years ago, the club North Ferriby United was a National League team and were the winners of the 2014/15 FA Trophy. In 2018 with debts of 7.5k, they were liquidated. The phoenix club North Ferriby FC was set up in 2019 and granted access to the NCEL Dv1.
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.
Hallam FC 1 – 5 Rossington Main FC
Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarter Final
This Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarter Final was played out at Sandygate on a cold and damp Tuesday evening in front of a crowd of 364. Both teams have been performing well in the league, and so the stage was set for an intriguing encounter.
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.
Hallam FC 3 – 1 Armthorpe Welfare FC
On a bright, chilly November afternoon, an impressive crowd of 656 made their way into the Sandygate ground to see the Countrymen entertain Armthorpe Welfare FC. Before the kick-off, there was an immaculately observed minute’s silence and a poignant rendition of the Last Post from a lone bugler to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. The sombre, reflective mood was soon lifted as the referee blew his whistle and the match got underway. It had been three weeks since Hallam’s last home game, and two weeks since the team had played together competitively, and the crowd were eager to see if the Countrymen could maintain the fine run of results, and impressive style of play, that had propelled them to the top of the NCEL Division One.
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 8 (eight) – 1 Selby Town FC
Disappointment at the midweek friendly defeat to SWFC under-23s did not deter the Hallam faithful from making the pilgrimage to Sandygate on a blustery, autumnal Saturday afternoon. An impressive crowd of 527 were there to welcome the Robins of Selby Town, and they did not have to wait long for the scoring to open. Kicking towards the ever-boisterous Shed End, Chris Woods’ cross over the heads of the Selby defence was gratefully collected by Liam Royles and mercilessly dispatched. 1 – 0 to Hallam and only six minutes played.
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