Hallam stung by Beeston again as league leaders go through in cup

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Sheffield Hallam went out of the Now: Pensions Men’s Cup on Sunday after losing 3-1 to current Premier Division leaders Beeston at Abbeydale Park.

The encounter was Hallam’s third with the Nottingham-based side this season, after a pre-season meeting and a league clash two weeks ago.

But the hunt for a Hallam victory over their illustrious neighbours goes on, after Beeston’s strength in depth and international experience proved too much for Hallam to handle.

Both sides were missing players either to England training or, in Hallam’s case, being rested following England Under-21 duty in Germany the previous week.

Beeston started brightly, pushing Hallam back into their own half and within two minutes, they were ahead when Stuart Pilgrim pounced on a defensive error.

And in the final minute of the half, Hallam’s defence got caught in possession and Beeston’s Chris Proctor made no mistake with a shot from the top of the circle to give Beeston a 2-0 lead going into the break.

The goal that sealed the match came with 14 minutes to go, when Beeston’s James Blackwell benefitted from Hallam’s largesse.

Hallam pushed hard in the final ten minutes, and they had some reward when Martin Sutherland volleyed home a waist-high rebound from the Beeston keeper to give Hallam a glimmer of a hope.

But they couldn’t complete an unlikely comeback, and Beeston went through to the last sixteen.

n Sheffield Bankers’ seconds, meanwhile, went down 2-0 to Chapeltown in a local derby last weekend.

The majority of the derby was keenly contested, with Bankers goalkeeper Simon Hibbert and his opposite number Andy Peacock - a former Bankers player - in fine form.

Chapeltown stalwart Danny Palmer put his side ahead after just three minutes, and another former Banker, skipper Shandy Hadwick, made it 2-0 just two minutes later.

Bankers’ first team put in probably their worst performance of the season against Newcastle Uni, and were well beaten 3-1.

All three of the Bankers’ ladies sides won their respective games, by scorelines of 6-2 (firsts), 4-1 (seconds) and 4-2 (thirds).