A half-time team talk worked wonders for Sheffield Hallam Ladies in their clash at bottom of the table Wigton.
They’d gone into the break just one goal to the good courtesy of Kath Hughes but it was a different story in the second half as they hit six without reply to run out comfortable winners.
Two quick-fire goals from Player of the Match Sandie Lockley set the standard and they were followed by strikes from Alex Busk-Wood, Emma Fearnley and Caroline Barclay. Nicola Perkins was then yellow carded but that failed to stop Hallam from adding the seventh through a first-of-the-season from Michelle Daniels in which she ran the full length of the pitch. She still had enough energy to celebrate in style with a run back down it!
The result made it five wins out the last seven, with 26 scored and only five against and consolidated their fourth spot in the North Premier Division with seven games to play. However they’re well adrift of the top three who will contest the title and the one promotion place to the National League.
Hallam look to continue their impressive run against Durham University 2s at Abbeydale on Saturday (3pm).
The second team rattled in five goals against Alnwick 1 at Abbeydale ... but still lost!
Nicola Cox bagged herself a hat-trick and Rosy Stephens and Claire Winter were also on target in the incredible 8-5 defeat.
There was a better outcome 24 hours later when their trip to Middlesborough resulted in a 2-1 victory over Norton to end a run of four consecutive defeats.
It moved them up three places from second bottom of North Division 2 East and they now head a clutch of four teams separated by one point although teams below have matches in hand.
Hallam travel back to Middlesborough on Saturday to face Roseberry.
The Thirds dismal run continued when they dipped to a 3-1 defeat against third-placed Bingley Bees. Hannah Lancer scored the goal for the relegation-threatened Yorkshire Division 1 side who have only picked up one point since their last win back in early December.
Hallam entertain fifth-placed City of York 2s on Saturday (11.45am).
A contrast in fortunes clearly showed in the inter-city derby between Sheffield University Bankers Ladies first team and Sheffield Hallam Fourths.
Bankers are currently engaged in a five team tussle for two promotion spots in Yorkshire Division 4 while Hallam are second bottom and five points adrift of safety.
The Goodwin showdown was there for the taking for the home side and so it proved as they ran out 12-0 winners, with Cerys Bate leading the romp with a five-goal haul.
Heather Shillitoe bagged a hat-trick while junior Hannah Jenkins grabbed two and there was one each for Bronte Box-Morton and Amy York.
The victory pushed Bankers up to fourth but only one point separates the top five teams. They’ve played the same number of games (13) as leaders Garforth but have a match in hand over second-place Slazengers, three over third-placed Ben Rhydding and two over fifth-placed Doncaster Independent.
Meanwhile Hallam have to travel to Doncaster Independent on Saturday.