Sheffield Hallam show Doncaster the rope-s in tense ‘derby’ victory

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Sheffield Hallam kept up the pressure on league leaders Bowdon with an entertaining 6-4 victory over local rivals Doncaster.

Phil Roper was yet again Hallam’s star man, with two goals, with Rhys Gowman, David Goodfield and Greg Nolan also getting on the scoresheet.

An own goal further compounded the misery for Doncaster, who remain in trouble at the wrong end of the Men’s North Conference table.

The away side did start the game on the front foot, however, and they took the lead after just six minutes when Jonathan Redfean stabbed the ball home from close range.

From then on, Doncaster were forced to defend resolutely against wave after wave of Sheffield attack, and on 26 minutes they had the ball in the net again - only for the goal to be disallowed.

This gave Hallam the wake-up call they needed, and a minute later Gowman levelled the scores from Roper’s cross.

And it was that man Roper who put Hallam ahead two minutes later, with his 19th of the season.

Sheffield smelled blood and piled on the pressure in the second half, and the game appeared over when Roper scored his second to make the scores 3-1.

But Doncaster, and captain Tim Shelley in particular, refused to lie down and it was the skipper who gave the visitors some hope, slamming the ball home from around the penalty spot.

Within the space of eight minutes, however, Sheffield found themselves 6-2 up, with Goodfield, Nolan and an unfortunate own goal seemingly putting the game beyond doubt.

Again, Doncaster rallied, though, when Shelley scored his second and two minutes later, Reggie Thomas reduced the defecit to just two.

Fortunately for Sheffield, however, there wasn’t any more time for Doncaster to mount a serious comeback.

Sheffield Hallam: Jamie Cachia, Mike Shaw, Tom Barratt, Alex Bailey (captain) David Smith, Martin Sutherland, Duncan Longson, Brendan Creed, David Goodfield, Joe Bradley, Phil Roper, Rhys Gowman, Gareth Furlong, Greg Nolan, Christy Walklin, Adam Harriman.

Hallam have five league games remaining, and this Saturday they play Leek at Abbeydale Park (6.30pm start).

The game is Hallam’s 250th in the National League, since they first won promotion to the league in the 1993/94 season.

All the players and backroom team that participated in that first season will hold a reunion at Abbeydale on Saturday.

The entire squad, apart from Canadian Andy Griffiths, will stay to watch the game against Leek.