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275 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.
HALLAM FC 4 – 0 SWALLOWNEST FC
An 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.
Hallam FC 2 - 5 Rossington Main FC
The 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.
Hallam FC 7 (seven) – 1 Shirebrook Town FC
There 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!
Nostell 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.
Hallam FC 4 – 0 Retford FC
Another 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.
Hallam 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.
FC 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.
Hallam FC 4 - 2 Chesterfield FC Academy
Football was back home at Sandygate for the first time since December, with a crowd of 231 Hallam faithful treated to a pre-season friendly against Chesterfield FC Academy under the stunning summer sun.
The game quickly saw its first goal of the evening when, in the 4th minute, Chesterfield's Leigh Whelan fired the ball into the top corner of the net with an outstanding half-volley. Chesterfield continued strongly, but Hallam held their own in a tight game. The 34th minute of the game saw the Spireites 'keeper pull off a brilliant save following a Hallam free-kick which caused havoc in the Chesterfield box.
Hallam FC 7 (seven) – 0 Hall Road Rangers
In 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.
Frickley Athletic 2 - 1 Hallam FC
Hallam FC’s schedule of pre-season friendlies continued on a blisteringly hot Saturday afternoon when they travelled to Northern Premier League side Frickley Athletic.
In a match that Frickley could expect to dominate, it was Hallam who looked the livelier in the opening quarter of the game. However a well-taken long range effort from Frickley favourite Joe West saw the Blues take the lead on the 30th minute.