A flying start for Toolstation NCEL Division One challengers Hallam, as they enjoyed a comprehensive 7-0 win over FC Bolsover at Langwith Road yesterday afternoon –and the Bootiful Game fielded opinion from both sides of the argument when the dust had settled, writes Colin Muncie.
The Countrymen were two up at the break, with Bolsover already reduced to ten men by interval- through Ben Thornton (15 minutes and 30); and the visitors capitalised against opponents affected by injury to add a further five strikes in that second half through Reece Treasure (48 minutes), Thornton completing his hat-trick on 51 minutes, then Treasure again (62), Sam smith (750 and James Steer (90 mins).
Joint Manager Steven Whitehead told us “It’s a great way for us to open our campaign; so it’s on to the next one with Runcorn Linnets coming to our place next Sunday. It’ll be a tough test for us -but one we look forward to “.
Assistant Dean Bamforth was delighted by the afternoon’s work. “It’s a great start isn’t it?” Dean said.”It was a typical NCEL game really, 100 mph for the first 20 mins, and then they had a lad off. I’m saying it would’ve changed anything -but it doesn’t help when you’re 1-0 down.
“Our front three were superb from start to finish, and it’s always nice to get a clean sheet as well.”
A baptism of fire, then, for new FC Bolsover Manager Matt Chatfield, who felt the early sending off was crucial to the outcome.” We started the game very well looking comfortable in possession and creating good chances” Matt told us.”Then on twenty minutes one of our lads lost his head and lashed out at a Hallam player which resulted in a straight red- and it was a red card- making our task harder. However the lads pulled together and credit to them to be honest they didn’t stop”
“Things went from bad to worse as our goalkeeper had to go to hospital with a head injury, so we made our third sub on the keeper, then we suffered another injury and had to finish the game with nine players” Matt explained
“Not the best start to the campaign; however the lads worked until the final whistle and that’s all I can ask. We will bounce back from this -and the good thing about it being at the start of the season is that we only have to wait till Wednesday to put things right”.