NCEFL 1 @ STONELOW RD DRONFIELD [FIXTURE REVERSE]
21 APRIL 2016 7.45PM
|BLYTHEN CELEBRATES THE FIRST OF HIS HAT TRICK|
After covering Dronfield Town a couple of times over the last few weeks a journey tonight to Stonelow Rd was excused by the fact that this was actually a home game for Hallam who had secured a fixture reversal due to the cricket club requiring Sandygate. Thankfully the weather has relented and Stonelow Rd has become playable and with this fixture added to the backlog we could have been in a mess if we had received further rain.
The proceedings were confusing to the ageing blogger after watching Dronfield play in their away yellow kit over the last couple of visits tonight they were technically the away team but played in their home kit, red, and Hallam played in their away kit of.....yellow. Interestingly programmes were produced by Dronfield who also occupied the home dug outs too. There was a good gathering tonight with a fair few hoppers adding to the healthy crowd of 118, bizarrely the same number winning raffle ticket number, who enjoyed a first half in mild weather before the chill hit big time in the second half.
As ever the blog visited the fish and chip shop department but I have made a decision not to show the delicacy again.
|MR P AND CHIPS|
|MR W AND CHIPS|
|DRONFIELD TOWN SUGGEST A SHOCK FORMATION TO HALLAM MANAGER HINDLEY|
|WARM UPS FOR HALLAM FC|
Just as the game looked to be heading towards a 1-1 half time score line it was Hallam who scored from what looked like a poor corner off the left low and flat delivered by Elliott Simpson the shock came when Jed Phillips short of the near post produced and excellent sharp deflective finish.
The second half began with the question mark of could Dronfield contain Hallam and strike on the break and indeed on 59 minutes they nearly did when keeper Darwent pulled off an excellent save from Callum Mawbey.
It was now time for Hallam to press on and the speed of Blythen was becoming more difficult for a tiring home side to cope with on 64 minutes he powered through more or less unchallenged and found an excellent left foot finish from just inside the box. The impressive Hallam front man completed his hat trick four minutes later when he strode through the Dronfield defence rounding keeper Booth and slotting home to make it 4-1.
Just short of full time Blythen could have got his fourth but this time the post came to the saviour of the home side.
The final whistle saw happy scenes for the Hallam supporters and as the players respectfully thanked the referee and opposition they made their way to the changing rooms were their joyful celebrations began at reaching the play offs. Good news for the club, team and its quality manager Ryan Hindley I well remember seeing Hallam losing their premier status a few years ago at Arnold Town and hopefully the club have a good play off campaign, if they play like they are capable they may well take some stopping.