Hallam’s fantastic 14-game unbeaten run came to an end with a narrow defeat to Nostell Miners Welfare in New Crofton yesterday. The clubs will go into 2019 in fourth and fifth places respectively in Toolstation NCEL Division One, both still well in the mix for that sole automatic promotion spot – and the disappointed Hallam Management team, while bemoaning a sluggish first half, still had time for appreciative comments for the opponents, writes Colin Muncie.
Kai Hancock settled the contest with a goal just eight minutes in with a crowd of 98 watching the game.
Joint Manager, Scott Bates told TBG, “no real complaints from me; I thought Nostell dominated the first half and we dominated the second. It was a game of missed chances from both teams. I thought Nostell defended brilliantly and coped with us really well, so credit to them.”
“Our one positive after not laying a glove on Nostell in that first half was that we showed great character in the second, which was pleasing,” Scott added. “If you’re going down, you go down with a fight.”
“It was disappointing – but we’re not going to win every game,” admitted Assistant Manager, Stephen Whitehead. “On to the next one now. Well done to Nostell who nullified our threat -but we go again.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth admitted that he might be giving buddy and Nostell Joint Manager, Jason Dodsworth a wide berth for a couple of days. “I’m obviously disappointed to finish the year with a defeat,” he conceded. “The first half is the worst I’ve seen us and we were lucky to still be in it. In the second half we gave it everything – and how we didn’t score is beyond me.”
“Doddo will be like a Cheshire cat – but it was third time lucky for him.”