For the first time this season Sheffield Hallam Men’s first team not only totally dominated the game but they scored a hatful of goals as well.
The final 8-1 score line against Wakefield was the highest in the Men’s North Conference so far this season and in the whole men’s league only one other team has scored eight or more, Beeston, and their 8-2 win in the Premier Division was not quite as good as Hallam’s 8-1.
The deadlock was broken on 15 minutes when debutant Greg Nolan pounced onto a loose ball in the circle and slapped his shot high into the net.
Phil Roper made it two and then on the stroke of half time it was 3-0 when he received a long crossed ball from the right and deflected it home from close range. The second half was only six minutes old when Roper completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game.
And more goals came with Roper’s fourth and his only penalty corner goal of the game, when it took him three attempts to score but he finally lifted the ball over the recumbent keeper.
Alex Bailey was next on the score sheet when he found the ball at his feet in a melee in the circle.
Then Rhys Gowman scored a peach of penalty corner deflection after nipping in front of the goal keeper as the ball was hit hard along the ground towards the goal and just getting an angled stick end to the ball.
Wakefield pulled one back when they played a one-two round the keeper and flicked the ball home.
The eighth and last goal came in the final minute when Alex Bailey had the shortest of tap-ins for his second of the match.
The outdoor national league now goes into hibernation until February 3, and Hallam must hope that they come fighting on their away trip to Belper on that date.
They will be well pleased with their closing matches of the first half of the season and the form they find themselves after a shaky start back in September.
Sheffield Hallam second team won their first match for six weeks with a 4-2 triumph over Crewe Vagrants. Harry Williams and Craig Hilton put them 2-0 up at half time.
Williams made it three and although the Vagrants pulled one back Saul Halladay made the match safe. Crewe’s late second goal was a mere consolation for the bottom placed team.
Now in seventh and with a bit of breathing room on the bottom four they face a tricky away match at fourth-place Newcastle University on Saturday.
The third team drew their top of the table clash against Brigg 1-1.
Tim Elliott’s tap in put Sheffield Hallam in front but a stunning equaliser by Brigg with 10 minutes to play earned them a share of the spoils.
There was a 4-3 loss for the men’s fourth team against Boston Spa.
The fifth team drew 1-1 with Thirsk while the sixth match against Slazengers was postponed.
Richard Yardley was the goal scorer as the seventh team lost 4-1 at home against Slazenger’s third team.