Hallam spoil their amazing comeback

Hallam's Phil Reynolds in action against Armthorpe Welfare.
Hallam's Phil Reynolds in action against Armthorpe Welfare.

A real mixed bag of emotions for Hallam who staged an amazing comeback at Scarborough but then slipped to defeat at Armthorpe three days later.

Kenny Geelan’s side are still next to bottom in the Kool Sports North Counties East Leagues Premier Division and their record of just seven points from the last 45 tells its own story.

PARKGATE V LINCOLN MOORLANDS   Parkgate celebrate their 2nd goal scored from a penalty.   8 January 2010

PARKGATE V LINCOLN MOORLANDS Parkgate celebrate their 2nd goal scored from a penalty. 8 January 2010

However, manager Geelan is far from despondent as his players showing last Saturday would suggest, when they were four goals adrift at Scarborough with just 20 minutes remaining but a great fightback saw two goals by new boy from Sheffield FC Jordan Turner, Reynolds and Cooksie help them gain a point from an incredible 4-4 draw.

With Simon Asquith back at the club as well, Hallam travelled to Armthorpe Welfare on Tuesday night only to go two-down at half-time and though Preece pulled one back they lost 3-1 after a spirited performance.

They now face two really crucial games at Sandygate starting with Saturday’s visit of second-placed neighbours Parkgate while next Tuesday they host the only club below them in the league, Liversedge, in a real six pointer.

Dinnington Town are also finding it hard to kick-start their season. They too have taken only seven points from a possible 45 and it leaves them two places from bottom with a slender four point advantage but they’ve played three games more.

Michael Blythen scored their lone goal in the 4-1 home defeat to Farsley Celtic and then on Tuesday they entertained another in-form team as Winterton Rangers visited Phoenix Park and came away comfortable 3-0 winners.

Steve Toyne’s players now face another tough four days when on Saturday they travel to Eagle Valley to face fellow strugglers Arnold Town and then entertain high-flying Tadcaster Albion next Tuesday.

In stark contrast there’s no stopping second-placed Parkgate who made it nine games without defeat when goals by Griffin, two and a Swindells penalty gave them a comfortable 3-1 success at home to Lincoln Moorlands. However it didn’t go true to form at a much-improved Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday when they dipped to a 2-1 defeat. They conceded a first minute goal and though Senior equalised early in the second half they conceded again and so missed a chance to go top of the table.

Saturday’s visit to Hallam is crucial for both clubs as Parkgate could go top if they win, while Hallam could go bottom if they lose.

Another in-form team, Maltby Main completed a ‘Magnificent Seven’ last Saturday when their 3-1 success over a strong Thackley side made it seven straight wins. New signing from the defunct FC Brimington, Adam Geliff scored twice and Warren then completed a great day for the fourth-placed Miners. Hoodoo side Long Eaton United are the visitors to Muglet Lane on Saturday.

In Division One Staveley stamped their authority on the championship race with another 6-1 victory over bottom side Brodsworth Welfare who had the cheek to take the lead before goals by Houghton two, Coy, Fox, Thornton and Damms- his 22 of the season - restored the status quo. Staveley now top the table, although only six points separates the top six clubs. They visit Grimsby Borough’s new ground on Saturday with a record of 11 games without defeat and 36 goals scored while next Tuesday they entertain a strong Leeds Carnegie outfit.

Fifth-placed Handsworth visit Glasshoughton Welfare on Saturday in search of their fifth straight league win.

Worsbrough Bridges good form continued when they drew 2-2 at second placed Barton Town with Shirt and Scully hitting their goals. They now face a home double header with promotion-seeking Louth United the visitors on Saturday followed by Barton Town in next Tuesday’s Wilkinson Trophy quarter-finals.

It was a horror weekend in the Evo-Stik League as both our clubs crashed to 3-1 defeats after poor displays. In the Premier Division Stocksbridge Park held visitors Marine to a goalless first half but a poor second half showing left them well beaten with Brett Lovell hitting their consolation goal.

They served up a lot better showing on Tuesday when they entertained Worksop Town but it was the Tigers who took the points in a 3-2 win. Tomlinson, two and Jackson scored for Worksop while Ward and Marrison replied for Park who deserved a point if only for their determination after a game that saw a good referee have a nightmare, cautioning around a dozen players and sending Stocksbridge’s Leonards off near the end.

It all leaves them one place above relegation and the pressure’s on when they visit fellow strugglers Nantwich Town on Saturday.

Sheffield FC visited Division One bottom club Market Drayton Town and when Woolley gave them an early lead it was looking good. But they simply collapsed and slumped to their first defeat in eight league outings. Thankfully, on Tuesday they faced another struggling club Spalding United at home and after a dour affair, they bagged the points in 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Roney and Harrison.

Rainworth Miners Welfare are the visitors on Saturday while next Tuesday Sheffield travel to Durham City for their second round League Cup tie.