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Hallam come from behind to keep play-off hopes alive

Twelve League games remain for ninth –placed Hallam, who sit eight points outside the Play-Off places in Toolstation NCEL Division One. Yesterday, the Countrymen secured a vital three points with a come-from-behind win at fifteenth-placed Ollerton town-and the Management team at Sandygate were unanimous in their delight at the victory, writes Colin Muncie.

Kyle Ludlow put the home side in front after 23 minutes, but the returning Micah Bishop levelled after 26 minutes, and the crowd of 93 took in the half time fare with the sides level at 1-1. It was left to Hallam’s top scorer, Mitch Dunne, to seal the win with his 19th of the season with 68 minutes gone.

Hallam’s Joint Manger Steven Whitehead felt his side just about deserved the win “- I thought we did enough to win the game although, as in week’s gone by, we missed chances. We found a way to win today-in weeks gone by we would have drawn that game. We showed that we can come back from going behind and that takes character. Our substitutes made great impacts and Dunny has come off the bench and got the winner again”.

 “The lads have got a togetherness which is showing -so a win is a win and it’s on to the next game”.

Joint Manager Scott Bates agreed, and felt that it wasn’t a game for the purist “I thought this is was a scrappy game of football on a fantastic pitch for this time of year. We had some great chances which we didn’t take. I wasn’t happy with our first half performance, particularly our decision making and final delivery. I thought in the second half we came out of the traps well and created great chances. I felt that the two forwards who came on did great again for the second week on the bounce”.

“It was a hard fought win so we are pleased- we won ugly which we don’t usually do.”

Assistant Manager Dean Whitehead has one eye on a crucial match up of Play-Off contenders in S10 next Saturday as the season winds up to its climax. “I thought we were well worth the win today. We started okay but lacked quality balls in the box, and the first one Ollerton put in, they scored. Again Mitch –with his blistering pace-gets a winner only he can score”.

“It’s a shame everyone else won, but this keeps us in it. It’s a massive game next Saturday against Winterton.”

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