Millington’s delighted to take more points off Hallam whilst Bamf unhappy by Officials “scandalous performance”!

Very much the expected, hard fought and close derby at Sandygate last night, where, under the lights and in front of a fantastic midweek crowd of 208, Hallam and Dronfield Town shared a goal each and a point each in a 1-1 draw which sees them fourth and sixth respectively in Toolstation NCEL Division One, in a game watched by Bootiful Game writer Colin Muncie. (Main photograph by @lucyandamysdad)

With Liversedge Manager Jon Rimmington (in good form, by the way) checking out his side’s League Cup Quarter Final opponents, it was the visitors – marginally – who had the better of the early exchanges. The Countrymen, however, hit the front with a fine goal from Kieran Watson after 26minutes – his 25th in all competitions; but the visitors were level six minutes before the interval when Mark Fereday tucked away a spot kick awarded for handball. Defences dominated in the second half – although both teams had chances – to see the sides share the spoils.

Hallam’s Joint Manager, Stephen Whitehead, felt the outcome was just about right. “It was a tough game against a very good team,” Stephen admitted. “I’m not entirely sure how the ref has come to the penalty decision as he couldn’t see it, and it was the linesman’s call, who never got involved; but over 90 minutes I’d say we didn’t do enough to win it.”

“It leaves us a lot to do now,” Stephen admitted, “but we’ll keep giving it our all and we’ll see where it gets us.”

 Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth, felt that a few opportunities in the game had got away. “We didn’t take our chances,” he told us. “ I’m bored now with commenting on the ref as I suspect everyone is, but it was a scandalous performance again by him.”

“It was another fabulous crowd at ours.”

Dronfield Manager, Chris Millington, was pleased to be heading home with a valuable point. “ It was another tough hard earned point on the road against a really good side,” Chris told TBG. “ I thought the lads showed character and played the pitch really well last night and deserved the point. Before the game we felt that we would have to work hard and compete if we were to get anything out of the game and the lads certainly did that.”

Chris was delighted with the first two results – both draws – in a crucial week for his side. “We’ve taken 4 points from Hallam this season, which is massive for us,” Chris enthused. “Like last Saturday’s point against Winterton it makes the top eight finish a real possibility now.”

“We move on to Selby on Saturday – which is never an easy place to go; but if the lads keep doing what they have recently, it should be a very good game.”

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