Up to eighth in Toolstation NCEL Division One for Hallam after their sixth straight win on the bounce in all competitions. Yesterday, they beat second-placed Nostell Miners Welfare in an absorbing clash at Sandygate-and the Three Amigos emerged from the home technical area delighted with the outcome, writes Colin Muncie.
After a goalless first forty-five minutes in front of another fine crowd (181) at the Oldest Football Ground in the World , strikes from Tom Roebuck (66 minutes) and Sam Smith (74) clinched the win against a visiting outfit who did justice to that lofty League position.
Joint Manager Scott Bates told TBG that his side weren’t at their best in that first half “As an honest review, I thought that in the first half that we were nowhere near the levels we have been in recent weeks. We spoke about it at half time and we all agreed we could do better-we just had to stick to what we believed in. My biggest disappointment was our final ball in last third where I thought we were sloppy, and we rode our luck at times, but Archie (Sneath, goalkeeper v) did his job when called upon.”,
“I think the pressure paid off in end, and we found that final touch”.
Joint Manager Stephen Whitehead felt that the result was just about right “A great win for us against a good Nostell side. We were good value for the win and it’s another step in the right direction. The lads were fantastic again”.
It’s bragging rights to Dean Bamforth , Hallam’s Assistant Manager over his good buddy, Nostell’s Jason Dodsworth –for now at least; but Dean felt that there was more to come -from both sides “The result was better than the performance; I know we can be better than that and also they can play better. We kept going and knocking on the door and took a couple of chances. It may look a statement but our feet are firmly on the ground since it’s only October”.
After the win, Dean told us that he’d attempted to contact Jason –presumably to ask if he was enjoying his Transatlantic break- but couldn’t raise a reply from New York, five hours behind the UK.
“I tried belling Doddo but his phone’s off. It must be the time difference!”