Hallam FC 4 - 1 Goole AFC
To be honest, I didn't expect to be writing a match report tonight. What the rain of the last few days, I think most supporters were expecting to be sitting in front of the TV watching France v Australia with a pint or cuppa, rather than a bovril and a pie at Sandygate for Hallam v Goole. And also, the programme editor turns out to be very persuasive at getting others to write match reports at short notice. Ex estate agents eh? I'll get my own back...watch out Mike 👀
So, credit to the volunteers at the club for getting the game on. The pitch was in great condition, albeit a bit sticky and slow, but it was Hallam who got to grips with the surface more quickly than their Viking opponents, Oliver Fearon grabbing his 3rd goal in 3 games after 9 minutes. Hallam went two up in the 33rd minute, with a goal from midfielder Aaron Fell, but unfortunately we couldn't hold the two goal lead and went into half time only a single goal to the good.
Sadly there was no opportunity in the game to be able to state that a player was struck in the Goolies, but Ruthven did come up with a brilliant strike for the 3rd Hallam goal, a snapshot from the right hand side of the penalty box in the 59th minute which ultimately made the game for comfortable for the Countrymen. The game meandered a bit after that, other than for yet another Hallam goal being ruled out for offside. 4 disallowed goals in 4 days I think.
But Hallam persevered, and were rewarded with a 4th goal, this time a header by substitute James Gregory direct from a corner.
All in all, a very good win after the disappointing, unjustified defeat at the weekend. Let's hope we can take this performance into the Knaresborough game and continue winning ways. Man of the match was Ruthven, but this correspondent would also single out Williams with yet another good performance down the left hand side.