Goal flurry as Sheffield Hallam return to winning ways

Hallam's Josh Parkinson makes another save against Oxton
Hallam's Josh Parkinson makes another save against Oxton

A flurry of four goals in five minutes settled Sheffield Hallam’s North Conference match as they beat Oxton 3-1 to make up for the disappointment defeat at Olton.

Hallam were disciplined and patient against the league’s new boys, and took the lead in the 31st minute.

A perfectly timed run in to space allowed Matt Anderson to receive, control and then run the ball in to the shooting circle, setting up Toby Sadri for his first goal at national league level.

It was quickly 2-0 with Josh Darlington’d second of the season as he turned in Adam Price’s cross.

With Sheffield’s celebrations barely over Oxton hit back, Neil Worrall cashing in on a moment of indecision.

But the two-goal margin was restored with the final play of the half as Liam Brown got his stick on the end of an Andrew Jackson cross.

Between the sticks, Josh Parkinson kept the opposition at bay with a string of important stops.

The second team had to be content with a 2-2 North Division Two draw at Doncaster. Sheffield dominated much of the game but didn’t move the ball as well as they had the previous week. Goals came from James Legg with nutmeg from a tight angle after a nice move down the baseline and a first for te club from Ewan Swann after the ball was smashed across a crowded circle.

The Ladies first team went down 1-0 to Wakefield, but the second team were able to notch their first points of the season with two 3-3 draws. On Saturday Ciara Whelan scored two and Sally Rawlings the other against Chapeltown whilst on Sunday Rawlings bagged herself a hat trick!

* University of Sheffield Bankers beat Brooklands Seconds, expected to be one of their major rivals in the league, 2-1.

Although many open play chances were squandered, the short corner routines were much improved and resulted in fine saves by the visitor’s keeper and two slick finishs by Jack Culmer (12mins) and MattKettley (19).

Brooklands, fielding three former Bankers players, hit back with a breakaway down the right flank resulted in a scuffed shot which deceived Hibbert in goal. There was a suggestion of an illegal back stick but the goal stood.

Brooklands searched for the equaliser but Hibbert stood firm.

This Saturday, the team travel to Tynemouth and take on Whitley Bay.

Mark Watts, James Osborne and Tom Jarrett gave the Men’s 2nds their first win of the season, 3-1 win at Huddersfield Dragons.

This week’s visitors are Morpeth at Goodwin (1.45).

Bankers Ladies, in their first ever HA Trophy game, were beaten 1-0 at home by Viking Ladies from the Isle of Man, whose goal came from captain Kim Carney.

The Ladies Seconds beat Leeds University 1-0 in a cup clash.

The Juniors won 9-1 at Pocklington and are promoted.