Firing on all cylinders on so many different fronts and unbeaten in nine fixtures, in all competitions, Hallam return to their Toolstation NCEL Division One campaign this weekend. As fourteenth placed East Yorkshire Carnegie – who seem to score and concede in equal measure in games which never seem to be dull – arrive at Sandygate. The Countrymen’s Management team are enjoying the ride, but want their players to get through the gears faster than they have in recent games, writes Colin Muncie.
Joint Manager, Scott Bates, told TBG “It’s back to League action after a two game break. I’m looking for us to start well, as in the last two games we haven’t and that’s the improvement we need. As a fixture we are really looking forward to, it has all the makings of a cracking game.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth, is delighted by his side’s recent run. ”The games can’t come quickly enough at the minute. I think we’re getting on for ten unbeaten now; the spirit is fantastic and confidence is high – so you don’t want a break.”
Dean was quick to remind us about the controversial abandonment in the reverse fixture, which will now have to be re-arranged. ”We kind of know what to expect from EYC as we’ve played them – albeit for 65 mins!” he said. “We feel we’re stronger and in a better place than in the original game which has – unbelievably – been decided to be replayed!”
Last time out Hallam progressed in the S and H Senior Cup and Dean told us that his players will be well prepared for the weekend. “We played in the Senior Cup on Tuesday – which went to extra time – and we are back in on Thursday for training – so we should be ready come Saturday,“ he explained. ”We have a few knocks to keep an eye on, but we should be fine.”
Dean is hoping for another bumper Sandygate crowd. “Word is getting out within the city now, hence the rise in attendances: so hopefully they’ll keep coming back as large, enthusiastic crowds make a hell of a difference.”
Whilst Joint Manager Stephen Whitehead finally added, “It’s important for me that we keep our unbeaten run going. We were well below par on Tuesday night so we will be looking for a reaction. We need to start quick an come out of the traps with us getting to the levels of performance that have seen us on a great run.
“Work rate and attitude have been brilliant in the last couple of months an we need that to continue. Hopefully we have the three points come Saturday at 17:00.”