Up to fifth in Toolstation NCEL Division One for Hallam, after their sparkling 5-0 away win at Armthorpe Welfare (16th) at the M. Pilbeam Construction Stadium yesterday – and the Sandygate Management trio were so satisfied with their day’s work, they even brought a Doctor’s note along as evidence, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 63 in Doncaster saw the Countrymen establish three goal lead by half time, two goals from Keiran Watson (20 and 42 minutes) bookending Danny Booth’s 37th minute strike. A Sam Smith penalty stretched the visitors lead to four before Watson rounded off the win with his hat-trick with three minutes to go.
Joint Manager, Scott Bates felt that his players took a little time to get going. “I thought we were very slow to start in both halves in bad conditions, but a clean sheet is very pleasing and obviously getting five goals away from home is great. I must say I am really pleased with our young keeper – Josh Chapman – who made his debut and kept a clean sheet.”
Scott’s compadre Stephen Whitehead was also a happy bunny. “Another professional job done away from home,” Stephen told TBG. “The lads started slowly in the first half, but as soon as we got the first goal, we got control of the game and we deserved the three points.”
Assistant Dean Bamforth made special mention of the young man between the posts. “We started poorly and finished poorly to be fair,” Dean admitted, “but to score five in between, shows what we’ve got. We’ve got good momentum at the minute, and when things aren’t working, they find a way – which is a real trait.”
“Our young goalkeeper (Chapman) came in from Sheffield United’s Under-16s and was terrific,” Dean insisted. “If you’re good enough you’re old enough.”
Resident medic Keiran (Doc) Watson agreed that the operation had gone as well as could have been expected. “Yeah I thought we were good again today,” he told TBG. “In the first 15 minutes we were slightly off it – but never really looked in trouble from then onwards. To be fair we’ve been decent all over the pitch for the past month or so now. Mitch (Husbands) and (Danny) Boothy have been a different class in the middle. The back four have been solid conceding just one goal in the last five games, I think. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that that’s around the time Alex Varley joined the club – so credit to him as well as the others.”
Keiran knows that there is still plenty of football left in the season, but admits that he’s troubled by a potential absentee next week. “We just need to keep our foot on the gas and keep this run going for as long as possible,” he warned. “It won’t be an easy task as we face Dronfield – who I rate highly – on Saturday.”
“We’ll also have to do that without Bamf – as he’ll be out to buy a bigger letterbox.”