Just seven points separate the top seven in Toolstation NCEL Division One with Hallam [unbeaten in 14 games] in fourth – and Nostell Miners Welfare in the seventh spot. On Saturday, the Countrymen travel to the Crofton Community Centre for a spicy-looking clash to bring down the curtain on 2018 – and the Hallam management team will be keen to build on that fine home win over Grimsby Borough last weekend, writes Colin Muncie.
“It’s another game against one of the top teams,” Joint Manager, Scott Bates admitted. “It’s another test for us; I think it’s a game we will all be looking forward to, as it’s the last one of the year, and everybody wants to finish the year well. We will be training tonight to get all the Christmas dinner and ale out of us.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth is thrilled by the buzz all round his club at the moment – (although, as a Blade, he must be well aware of the dangers of premature ‘bouncing’). “Another big test on Saturday against a very good Nostell side,” Dean warned. “We’re in great form and after beating Grimsby last Saturday, we spoke about standards and benchmarks. It’s a beast of a season – and nothing’s won at Christmas – but through hard work on and off the pitch, we’ve put ourselves in a decent position.”
“The club as a whole is bouncing at the minute – which is credit to everyone in and around Hallam FC.”
Dean won’t be hooking up with his old sparring partner, Nostell’s Joint Manager, Jason Dodsworth who’ll be otherwise engaged. “Doddo’s got a stadium ban – but no doubt I’ll be able to still hear him shouting from some village in Barnsley!”
“Have a great Christmas and New Year, everyone.”
Joint manager Stephen Whitehead added, “Another tough game but it’s one we are looking forward too an one where the lads have had a bit of a break but we’ve had a training session an they are looking to get back to business. Let’s hope we can carry on the good run.”