Another cracking afternoon for another huge crowd at Sandygate yesterday as Hallam moved up to seventh place and maintained their eight game unbeaten run in Toolstation NCEL Division One with a 5-2 win over tenth-placed Armthorpe Welfare – and the S10 Management team felt that one again it took their players a while to hit their collective stride, writes Colin Muncie.
Liam Radford stunned the hosts with a third minute opener for Wellie, but by the half hour Hallam had forged a 3-1 advantage thanks to Mitch Husbands (18 minutes) Kieran Watson (20) and Ben Thornton (30) , but Luke Williams struck there minutes before half time to give the queue at Anne’s Cabin plenty to talk about during the interval. Watson administered some more medication on the hour mark and Thornton rounded off the scoring with fifteen minutes to go.
Joint Manager Stephen Whitehead told TBG “I didn’t think we were as good as we have been in past weeks but it’s always good to get the three points. Credit to Boothy (Danny Booth) and Thornts- who I thought worked their socks off today”.
“On to Tuesday now and the Sheffield am Hallamshire Cup at Harworth -where I’m expecting another tough contest.”
Joint Manager Scott Bates admitted “It was a very slow start and things were said at half time. The lads know we have been slow starters, so I’m glad they reacted”.
“I thought in the second half that we were in control -and did really well”.
Assistant Boss Dean Bamforth was delighted by the win and the crowd-but with a few reservations about the performance. “Again we’ve started slowly, and fell behind before we’ve shown anything like; we shouldn’t have to score three, four or five to win a game. In the second half we were slightly better, and we thought that we scored at great times within the game.
“Archie (Sneath) has initially saved first for both goals and no one has followed it afterwards” Dean told TBG “and to top it off we’ve also been guilty of missing a hatful”.
“A great win though- and in front of just shy of 300 again. Fantastic!”
Main photograph by @lucysandamysdad