Roper’s five in Hallam romp

Sheffield Hallam Civica v Barford Tigers.....No Catching Hallams Phil Roper
Sheffield Hallam Civica v Barford Tigers.....No Catching Hallams Phil Roper

Phil Roper went on a five goal scoring spree as Sheffield Hallam got back to business in breathtaking style.

It was very much business as usual for the Abbeydale side as they demolished North Conference bottom club Barford Tigers 8-1 in Birmingham.

Roper opened his account after just five minutes - the early Hallam goal seems to be becoming a trademark of their play this season - and his last was scored with under two minutes left on the clock.

Hallam were three up at half-time and cruising but they really punished Tigers in the second period with a further five goals, three of which came in the final 11 minutes. The other marksmen were Mike Shaw, Danny Berry and David Smith.

Hallam University student Roper tops the scoring charts with 12 goals, followed by Shaw, on seven and David Smith, with five although 11 players have found the net so far this season.

They host sixth-placed Belper on Sunday (2pm).

The second team dipped to a 2-1 defeat against Newcastle University, their goal coming from Joe Bradley.

Hallam have won five and lost two in North Division One so far and face a tough double-header over the next two weeks, at third-place Alderley Edge on Saturday followed by a home clash against current leaders Leeds.

Goals from Tom Oldale, Jamie Miller and Craig Hilton earned the second-in-the-table Thirds a 3-2 victory over Ben Rhydding 2 while the Fourths beat Leeds Adel Carnegie 2 3-1 courtesy of goals from James Harrison, which took his tally to nine so far this season, Harry Williams and Thomas Pitfield .

Chris Battison bagged a double and Joe Houghton and James McClure were also on target as the Fifths edged a seven goal thriller against City of York 4.

Despite goals from Jamie Rodnege and Ed Sides the sixth team went down 3-2 against Bradford University.

Hallam women’s first team managed to turn around a two goal half-time deficit against lowly Bolton and eventually came away with a welcome point in a 2-2 draw.

Kath Hughes was again on target with the other goal coming from Emma Fearnley.

It means that Hallam drop to fifth, seven points behind the North Premier Division’a top two teams, Ben Rhydding and Bowdon 2s.

They bid to close the gap when they host Durham University 2s at Abbeydale on Saturday (11.45am).

The second team slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against Leeds Adel Carnegie 2, the Thirds lost 2-0 to Colne Valley 1 and the fourth team went down 4-1 at Brigg.