Sheffield set sights on fourth

Sheffield Hallam’s first team won their second game on the trot by a 2-0 scoreline - and kept themselves well in contention for a fourth-place spot.

Kendal and Bowdon lead the way in the North Hockey Womens’ League Premier Division on 13 points with York, Hallam, Chester and Durham Univ 2s all on 12 points - a sign for once that there is no-one likely to walk the league this year.

True, Hallam have not scored many goals, only 14 in six games, but it is the fact they have conceded only three in that time that is impressive.

They have a stern test this week with the visit of a revitalised City of York side riding high in second place.

This is a test that Hallam will relish and the advantage of being at ‘Fortress Dale’ (3pm start at Abbeydale Park) will be a great help.

At Bolton last week Hallam got off to the perfect start with an early goal from Sandie Lockley but the game quickly fell into a familiar pattern at Bolton, a side that Hallam always seem to struggle against. This year was no different.

Hallam did create more chances than their opponents but they failed to put them away and in an end-to-end game keeper Tiff Berry had to be on form to prevent the home side scoring.

Hallam did hold out and scored a second goal near the end when teenager Tori Wensley found the net to wrap the game up.

Hallam 2s must have thought their home match against bottom club York University, who had not scored a goal in their five previous matches, would be a doddle.

Not so - York played with composure and style to take a 2-0 half-time lead which they increased to 3-0 early in the second half.

Hallam had regrouped at half-time and scored three goals in a ten-minute mid-half period through Megan Crehan, Vikki Lawrence and Sarah Gauntlett to deservedly draw level and, with five minutes left Katy Lee slotted home the winner.