They dominated most of the game but they failed to turn pressure into goals and they were made to pay the price.
Emma Fearnley was denied by a tip over the bar from the visitors keeper and chances came and went from Alex Busk-Wood, Sandie Lockley and Rosy Stephens.
Hallam produced some of their best hockey of the season in the second half but their onslaught on the Brooklands goal failed to reap any reward and five minutes from time the visitors stole the points with the game’s lone goal from a short corner.
They travel to Nelson and Pendle Forest on Saturday.
It was a similar story for the second team who went down 1-0 to second from bottom Driffield 1. Hallam, who still need points to pull clear of the bottom five relegation spots in North Div 2 East, face fourth-place Huddersfield Dragons at King Ecgbert School on Saturday (12.30pm start).
The Thirds secured a valuable point in a 1-1 draw Skipton. They’re currently third bottom of Yorkshire Division 1 but both of the lower teams have games in hand so they need some return from this weekend’s away double-header against Harrogate 2 (Saturday) and York University.
Agony for the Fourths as they slumped 4-0 to bottom side Wakefield 6 and like the thirds, they’re third bottom of Div 4 with the two sides below them having games in hand. They face Cleckheaton at Abbeydale on Saturday (4.30pm).
l Sheffield Hallam Civica finished fifth out of six sides in the Super Sixes National Indoor Championship Division Two in Bristol although with a little more luck they could have finished second.
Winners Hampstead and Westminster finished four points clear of second-place Exeter University, who also gain promotion to next season’s Division One but
any one of four teams could have finished runners-up as only two points separated them.
Civica were edged out 4-3 in their opening match against Exeter and then let slip a 4-1 lead as they crshed 7-4 against Holcombe. David Smith received a red card for a second yellow-card offence and was excluded from the rest of the match as well as the remainder of the competition. He will also miss the first two outdoor National League matches as he serves out a 16-day ban from all competitive hockey
Next season Civica will play indoor hockey at Division Two South level where they will have to once again re-qualify for Division Two.
There was some joy for Hallam’s second indoor squad who won the Yorkshire Men’s Indoor Cup.
Civica restart their HEL Men’s North Conference campaign against Midland newcomers Olton and West Warwicks who are third, one place above the Abbeydale side.