When Glasshoughton and Hallam met earlier in the season, it produced a thrilling game with Glassy coming out 3-2 victors. But, fast forward five months, and the fortunes of both clubs since then have been very much polar opposite.
Hallam, have gone from just above the relegation zone (15th on 21st August) to being within touching distance of the promotion places. Whilst Glasshoughton have somewhat struggled going from 7th in August to 11th but are now 15 points behind Hallam (they were 6 in front in August).
Yesterday, however, the 107 spectators who huddled inside the TJ’s Travel Arena were treated to a great feisty, whole-hearted spectacle. Tom Roebuck netted on 19 minutes, but as much as Glassy huffed and puffed, Sam Smith’s late goal put paid to any hopes of points.
Afterwards we caught up, firstly with Hallam Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth, “That’s the first time we’ve beaten them since we’ve been at the club. We started great and should’ve gone in front early on. I thought we controlled the game from the off and finished really strong. Some real standout performances. Delighted with ’em today.”
Whilst Joint Manager Scott Battes added, “A very tough game against a team that work their socks off and are very aggressive. We matched them all way, and had the bit of quality in the last third. We played some great stuff in bad conditions, and I am very pleased with the lads, now onto next one!”
Joint Glasshoughton Manager, Lee Vigars, was upset with the result, “Very disappointed with our performance today. We just didn’t get going at all and have pretty much handed the points to Hallam. We were a million miles away from the way we played and battled against Selby & Rossington and that’s what’s the most gutting thing about it.”
“That said, we could have been in front early on today when Matt Semley went clean through and hesitated when one on one allowing their defender to get back and clear – then moments later Ryan Poskitt had a shot cleared off the line. But full credit must go to Hallam who on a poor surface and with a strong wind all afternoon have come over to our place and worked tirelessly for the full 90 minutes.”
“They definitely deserved the win and will clearly be right up there come April. From our point of view we’ll look back at individual performances today which simply weren’t good enough and maybe look to change things up for the visit of Skegness Town next week.”