Bootle FC 0 Hallam FC 1
FA Vase 2nd qualifying round.
By Glenn Poulton
An early start for us Countrymen making the 150+ mile round trip to Merseyside for Hallam’s first FA Vase game of the season. Before we arrived at the TDP Solicitors Stadium, Me, Frazer and Alfie made a pit stop at Everton’s Goodison Park. A grand old traditional ground, not many left like it these days and it’ll be a sad day when they move to a new modern stadium in the not so distance future. It’s only a short 10 minute drive to the home of Bootle and the original Mersyside derby rivals as both teams outdate Liverpool FC.
Bootle- McGovern, Coughlan, Kelly, McConchie, Powell, Haligan, Noon, Louglin, Gillespie, Peers, Hickley. Subs- Hoy, Colebourn, Jago, Foy, Nevitt.
Hallam- Snaith, Myers, Smith, Booth, MacCarthy, Bradley, Treasure, Waddle, Wraith, Thornton, Bishop. Subs- Damms, Whittaker, Brelsford, Wilson, Littlejohn. (Note Tootle did travel but wasn’t in the side. Mentioned just so we can say Tootle was in Bootle).
The first half saw a sack full of chances for Hallam with Bishop, Waddle and Thornton all having shots stopped by the home keeper, plus Hallam must have had as many as 8 corners in the first half with the home keeper Jack McGovern catching most unchallenged. Before it was time for the break, the hosts did muster a couple of counter attacks with 1 blazed over the bar and one whizzing along the goal line with no one to poke it past Snaith. A moment where you thought Hallam may regret their missed opportunities.
Extra time and a Tuesday night replay were pencilled in if things stayed the same and both teams gave it a good go to avoid those outcomes in the 2nd half. Snaith in the Hallam goal showing strong hands to keep out a few efforts on goal by the attacking Bootle side. With 20 minutes left and the thought of extra time in the back of everyone’s minds, Micah Bishop rose highest from yet another corner to nod home the only goal of the day and send The Countrymen into Monday afternoons draw for the 1st round proper.
Before the game was over, both sides gave a good account of themselves to try and find the next goal. Bootle getting numbers forward left Hallam able to counter attack with both Treasure and Littlejohn on the receiving end of strong tackles, the latter being the only yellow card of the afternoon in a mostly good natured game. Tyler Bradley getting Hallam’s man of the match and Bootle naming their solid centre half Joel Powell on Twitter as their man of the match, which is probably one of the reasons why there was only 1 goal between the sides.