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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.
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 3 - 2 Brigg Town
For the last time before Christmas, the Hallam faithful were welcomed back to Sandygate, with the Covid-restricted ticket allocation selling out in a remarkable two minutes and four seconds! The visitors were Brigg Town FC for this Northern Counties East League Division One match.
The first half got underway with instant end-to-end action, and both 'keepers played out of their skins, producing a series of outstanding saves. As the first half neared its end, it seemed the goalkeeping heroics would maintain the stalemate, until the 45th minute when Brigg were awarded a penalty. Jack Bowskin converted, meaning that at half-time the Zebras' late penalty was the only difference between the two teams.
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.
Hallam FC 0 - 2 Shildon AFC
For the first time since October, Sandygate welcomed back the Hallam faithful, this time a COVID-restricted crowd of 150. The Countrymen's opponents were Shildon AFC, from the Northern League Division One, for an FA Vase match under the cold December floodlights.
The first half saw both teams creating chances, with Hallam coming close to finding the back of the net on a number of occasions. But it was Shildon who sustained the most pressure, forcing Hallam's 'keeper Sam Andrew into making some smart saves. The Countrymen remained strong in defence, though, and following another fine save from 'keeper Sam Andrew, the scoreline remained level at 0-0 when the half-time whistle blew.
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.
A damp and overcast Saturday afternoon failed to subdue the spirits of the Sandygate faithful, and it was another Covid regulation sell-out crowd of 300 that welcomed the visitors, Nostell Miners Welfare.
The Sandygate faithful didn't have to wait long for Hallam to take the lead. In the 6th minute, an assist by Jack Brownell saw Kieren Watson hitting the back of the Nostell net. Nostell's insistence to play the ball out from goal kicks put their defence under pressure for much of the first half, as the Hallam forwards hovered on the edge of the box, ready to pounce on any mistake. This pressure was rewarded in the 15th minute when Christopher Wood capitalised on some poor Nostell play and scored a classic poacher's goal. 2 – 0 to the Hallam with just 15 minutes played.
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.
Hallam FC 4 -3 AFC Blackpool
After the enforced Covid-19 lockdown, it was wonderful to welcome football back to Sandygate, albeit without Hallam's amazing supporters. The guests at a chilly and damp Sandygate were AFC Blackpool for this first round tie of the FA Vase.
The weather conditions may have been cold with the occasional flurry of icicle-like rain, but both teams served up a scorcher of a game! With little more than two minutes on the clock, the Countrymen opened the scoring when a Hallam corner was converted by Max Pemberton. However almost from the restart, Blackpool were back in the game when Connor Ikin headed home the equaliser.
In the seventh minute, Kieren Watson's determination and persistence, refusing to give up on a ball that seemed destined for the Blackpool 'keeper's hands, gave him his first of the afternoon and Hallam's second.
Wakefield AFC 2 - 3 Hallam FC
A warm, Saturday afternoon saw Hallam FC make the trip to the Millennium Stadium in Featherstone for a pre-season friendly against newly-formed but highly ambitious Wakefield AFC. Playing in the iconic Featherstone Rovers rugby league stadium, the crowd of 225 (including a healthy following of Hallam FC supporters) were treated to a highly competitive game.
The opening ten minutes saw both sides pressing, but with few opportunities presenting themselves.
Hallam FC 1 – 2 Emley AFC
The Tuesday night visitors beneath the floodlights at Sandygate were high-flying Emley AFC. A Covid-capacity crowd of 300 welcomed both teams, with tickets having sold out on release day in a remarkable 46 minutes.
It was Emley who started the brighter but as the first half progressed Hallam began to find their rhythm, and started to exert pressure of their own. However in the 20th minute some hesitant Hallam defending in their own box led to a clumsy challenge, and Emley were awarded a penalty kick. Kyle Willis duly obliged for the visitors. 1 – 0 to Emley AFC.