Non-League Football: Five-star Hallam carry on good run with Rangers victory

Hallam celebrate Simon Mirfin's goal
Hallam celebrate Simon Mirfin's goal

Hallam produced a sparkling second half performance to brighten up a dull and damp afternoon at Sandygate Road, easing to a 5-0 win against Hall Road Rangers.

Thewin stretched the promotion chasers’ unbeaten league run to seven games and completed a league double just for good measure.

On another rain affected day, with half the scheduled NCEL fixtures postponed along with all the local Evo-Stik matches, the Sandygate Road pitch looked in good condition - down to the hard work of groundsman Pete Bowden.

After 15 minutes, Hallam edged in front. A high lofted corner was nodded back into the mix where debutant Louis Brown prodded home from close range.

Ryan Hindley’s men doubled the lead in first half stoppage time as Simon Mirfin met Michael Blythen’s corner to score with a thumping header into the roof of the net.

Two minutes into the second half, Hallam had the game wrapped up when Max Pemberton neatly stroked home.

With Rangers looking a beaten team, Hallam pressed forward in search of further goals as Simon Mirfin and substitute Steve Brammer went close.

Hallam did finally get the fourth they had been threatening on 82 minutes when Blythen placed the ball past the exposed Rangers ‘keeper for his 26th goal of the season.

Brammer put the icing on the cake with the fifth two minutes from time, squeezing the ball home from a tight angle from Danny Flynn’s clever pass.

The win saw Hallam move up to seventh in Division One, leapfrogging Penistone Church - who suffered a second successive defeat, going down 3-0 at promotion rivals Shirebrook Town.

AFC Emley consolidated their play off place with a 5-0 win against a battling Rossington Main to stretch their unbeaten league run to 13 games.

Sam Jerome’s 33rd minute strike was all that separated the teams at the interval. Ashley Flynn doubled the lead five minutes into the second half before three goals inside the last 15 minutes from Kieran Ryan, Dominic Noteman and Flynn, with his 55th of the season, gave the scoreline a slightly flattering look.

Worksop Town went top of the Premier Diviaion following a 4-0 demolition of Athersley Recreation, with both sides finishing with ten men.

Managerless Handsworth Parramore, who dispensed with Peter Duffield’s services last Thursday, climbed up to fourth and within two points of the summit following a hard earned 3-2 win at Pickering Town in another game that finished with ten players apiece.

Parkagte’s Premier Division survival hopes were dealt another blow with a 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Brigg Town.

Fixtures, Tuesday: NCEL Premier Division: Garforth Town v Parkgate v Tadcaster Albion.

Division One: Dronfield Town v Bottesford Town, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Rossington Main (at Maltby Main FC).

Evo-Stik League, Division One South: Stocksbridge Park Steels v Gresley FC

The Integro Doodson League Cup Second Round: Stamford v Buxton.

Wednesday

NCEL, Premier Division: Cleethorpes Town v Handsworth Parramore.

Division One: Eccleshill United v Penistone Church.