The biggest game in NCEL Division One on Tuesday night is taking place at Sandygate where another bumper crowd is expected to see Hallam take on Winterton Rangers who sit one place and two points below them, writes Ian Robinson.
The home side had a disappointing goalless draw at East Yorkshire Carnegie at the weekend and Assistant Manager Dean Bamforth is keen to consign that one to the annals of history, telling us ” What better way to get over Saturday’s dissapointing draw than a home midweek game against a title contender. We both really need to win so the game shouldn’t disappoint. We’re hoping to have a few back who missed Saturday’s game and we’re looking forward to another great crowd at Sandygate.”
Assistant manager Scott Bates added, “Real big game for us, they had a great win at the weekend. We are hoping the crowds big and a good following to give the lads the push they need. It has the making of a cracking game.”
Last up from Hallam’s management team was Stephen Whitehead, “I’m expecting it to be as tough as they come. Winterton have had some good results in recent weeks so we will prepare for a real battle Tuesday night. We are still chasing the two in front so the points are important at this stage of the season. Let’s hope our lads perform an we get the all important three points.”
Meanwhile, opposing Manager Scott Hellewell was understandably buoyant after that late, late goal that took the points from Parkgate. “After scoring in the last minute on Saturday, we have kept our hopes alive and it makes Tuesday’s game even bigger. We know what we are up against and are going there to try and win a game of football. “Hallam are a very strong, powerful outfit and are arguably the biggest team in the league, but the pressure is on them just as much as it is us, and after their draw on Saturday, they can’t afford many more slip ups if they want to win this league. I’m expecting a big crowd and hopefully we can keep them quiet for 90 minutes.”