A crucial three points for Hallam yesterday as they won 2-0 away at Dronfield Town (14th) in Toolstation NCEL Division One. The Countrymen closed to within three points of sixth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare in the ding-dong battle for Play-Off places –and their Management team were thrilled to leave Stonelow Road with all three points, writes Colin Muncie.
A bumper crowd of 183 in North-East Derbyshire saw the visitors head into the break with a two-goal lead thanks to Sam Fewkes (12 minutes) and Mitch Dunne (35) –the thirtieth of the season for the Wednesdayite. A hard-fought but goalless second period saw the points head back to Sandygate.
Joint Manager Steven Whitehead acknowledged that Dronfield were predictably tough opponents. He told the Bootiful Game “Tremendous. Give Dronfield credit they made us work hard for it. Milly (Dronfield Manager Chris Millington) and Sids (Assistant Manager Nick Siddons) are building a good squad there and will be right in the mix next year. If I’m honest I thought we deserved the three points.”
On to Tuesday and another massive game (at home to Shirebrook Town).
Assistant Manager Dean Bamforth also expected the game to be one of most difficult of his side’s run in! “I thought it was a game of two halves really. We were superb in the first half and should’ve put the game to bed, but went in at 2-0 which is always a dangerous score line. In the second half, we knew Milly would have them fired up, and they had a right go at us- but we looked dangerous on the break and again should’ve added to it.
“We’re delighted with the win because we picked this one as a toughie and we had to do both sides of the game -which we did. Onto Tuesday -which looks like being a belter”.