Hallam crash out in League Cup opener

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HALLAM suffered an early exit from the Baris NCEL League Cup, crashing out 3-1 in the first round at Division One rivals Teversal 3-1 last night.

In a poor first half, the Blues consistently gave the ball away and conceded two goals. Danny Swales headed the opener on 17 minutes from a corner, and Rob Collins added a second on 34 minutes, sweeping home a cross from close range.

Hallam did improve in the second half and went close when substitute Danny Wiltshire saw his effort cleared off the line. However, Teversal made the tie safe through Danny Wilson three minutes from time.

Hallam did manage a consolation effort in the final minute with a good finish from Wiltshire.

In other cup action, last season’s beaten finalists Rossington Main went out of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, 3-2 at home against league new boys Albion Sports; all the goals came in the second half.

Alex Cusack gave Albion the lead three minutes after half time and Jamie Lee-Bairstow made it 2-0. Rossington pulled one back a minute later through Liam Charlton but Joe Brown quickly restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion. Tom Jepson’s splendid volley on 74 minutes set up a grandstand finish.

In the Premier Division, Armthorpe Welfare bounced back from their opening-day defeat to come from behind and beat Long Eaton United 3-1.

The hosts took a 10th minute lead but Jamie Walkers 20-yard bullet free-kick restored parity 11 minutes into the second half. Richard Smith headed Armthorpe into a 78th minute lead before Henry Sibenge wrapped up the points in stoppage time.