Hallam handed dream Cup draw

BRING on the Cup holders. That's the task facing Sheffield Hallam Civica after a prize draw in the last 16 of the EH Men's Cup competition.

Their reward for disposing of South League Maidstone in a goal fest at Abbeydale last Sunday was another home tie, this time against last season's winners Beeston, on November 23 (1.30pm).

Unfortunately the Premier Division side's Olympic star Alastair Wilson, who was the youngest ever National League player when he made his debut for Sheffield Hallam some 10 years ago, will miss out against his former club due to England training commitments.

His club are currently fourth in the country's top division, behind Cannock, East Grinstead and Reading

Despite shipping four goals Civica were never in any trouble against a very good Maidstone side as they built up a 3-0 lead. Duncan Longson easily converted a penalty corner rebound from the keeper after 12 minutes and two minutes later the ever-reliable Will Musgrave was on hand to finish off a mazy run from Will Hearne and there was a similar scenario from Alex Bailey as he presented Matt Gough with a tap-in.

The visitors got on the scoresheet just before the break but early in the second half Civica added two further goals from Danny Berry and Dafydd Charles.

Maidstone then came to life - or was it that Hallam went to sleep? - as they scored two more goals but Musgrave calmed home side nerves with a penalty stroke 12 minutes from time.

There was still time for Maidstone to add another goal and for one of their players to receive a yellow card.

This weekend Hallam travel to league leaders Brooklands MU for their most testing match to date.

Dafydd Charles continued his goal scoring exploits with a hat-trick for the Seconds in their 4-1 thumping of Durham City. Brett Holland was the other marksman as Hallam moved into third place, one point behind Chapeltown and Whitley Bay who face one another this weekend. Tomorrow Hallam face fifth-placed Wakefield Seconds, who are just two points adrift but claim the second best defence in the league having only conceded eight.

The Fifths went down 2-1 to high-flying Rotherham in their Division Two clash despite taking the lead through a Sub Bazzu penalty corner strike in the first half.

The sixth team slipped to a 3-2 defeat against Bradford Seconds.

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