Sheffield Hallam’s promotion pushing season is beginning to resemble a roller coaster ride after a nine-goal, top-of-the-table thriller.
The Abbeydale side were edged out 5-4 at Brooklands and in the process lost their top spot to their Sale-based rivals.
Shell-shocked Hallam found themselves two down after just four minutes and the home side compounded their misery with a third goal four minutes later.
Thankfully Hallam woke up and with top scorer Phil Roper taking a lead role, they pulled two goals back in the space of the next 10 minutes through Danny Berry and David Goodfield.
The second half lacked the ferocity of the first but Hallam went AWOL and found themselves 5-2 down with still 25 minutes left to play.
However, they again regrouped and showed why they’re the England Hockey League’s leading goal scorers when Roper drag flicked home a penalty corner and shortly after Goodfield then slid in to add his second.
Unfortunately Hallam couldn’t get the all-important equaliser and it was Brooklands who bagged the spoils to take a one point lead at the top of the table going into the final matches before the mid-season break. Hallam travel to South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster tomorrow (2pm, Town Fields) while Brooklands entertain bottom club Barford Tigers.
Hallam Ladies showed the men what it takes to beat Brooklands with an impressive 3-0 victory in Manchester.
Sophie Elsworth slid in to give them a one-goal advantage at half time and second half strikes from Nicola Cox and Lisa Appleby completed the tally despite a late yellow card for skipper Naomi Halladay.
It moved Hallam to third in the North League Premier Division on 17 points, four behind second-place Bowdon 2s and a further three adrift of leaders Ben Rhydding.