Hallam reached the second round of the FA Vase with one of the results of the round, beating North West Counties Premier Division leaders Runcorn Town 2-1 in their own backyard.
What made the victory even more outstanding was that the Countrymen had to play for 70 minutes with ten-men after Max Pemberton’s first half dismissal for bringing down David Forbes.
An exuberant manager Ryan Hindley later tweeted that he was “lost for words” which has to be a first. Hallam were grateful to a couple of excellent aves from Dave Darwent to keep the first half goalless.
Hallam got off to a great start to the second when two minutes in Scott Bates tapped in a James Reed corner after the home side failed to clear.
The lead lasted just a few minutes as Kevin Excell swept home a low cross, but Hallam were undeterred and hit back to regain the lead on 63 minutes with a goal worthy of winning any tie. Reed picked up the ball in midfield before cutting inside to unleash a superb 25-yard strike into the top corner.
Hallam almost added a third as Jake Currie’s late effort rattled the upright.
Runcoern also found themselves down to ten-men in the dying moments with Matty Woodward receiving a second yellow card.
Worksop Town recovered from a goal afterb only 10 secomnds to win 2-1 at Malvern Town.
Tom Fenton lost the ball, allowing Bryan Craven to grab the early lead but Work equalised five minutes later, Mitch Husbands ghostomh past a couple of defenders to slot home.
Soon after, Husbands wabbut Mark Shaw’s side grabbed the winner just before the hour. Jack Hawkins made an excellent run and cross wh8ch was met by Connor Brunt to tuck home from six-yards. Richard Adams was close to giving Worksop a two goal cushion with a header that was hooked off the line.
Staveley MW went through 2-0 at home to Pinxton. Shaun Nesbitt headed the Trojans in front a minute before the interval and the visitors were reduced to ten-men on the stroke of the half-time following a poor challenge. Staveley made the numerical advantage count in the second half when Adam Lee scored his fourth of the season on 55 minutes.
AFC Emley progressed 3-1 at home to Chadderton with goals by Matt Jackson, Tom Brennan and Ashley Flynn with his 17th of the season.
Handsworth Parramore went out 4-3 to 4Shepshed Dynamo at Sandy Lane despite a Sam Denton hat-trick including a penalty.
Penistone Church were knocked out 2-1 at home by Sherwood Colliery as the visitors scored twice inside the last nine minutes after Daniel Joynes had given Church a 56th minute lead.
Parkgate picked up their first point under new boss Graham Nicholas from a 3-3 draw at Green Lane, but will be disappointed it wasn’t all three after letting slip a 3-1 lead against Albion Sports.
Josh Moore grabbed a hat-trick for the Steelmen in the Premier Division clash.
Armthorpe Welfare and Athersley Recreation both suffered 2-0 home defeats against Thackley and Garforth Town respectively, while Maltby Main were thumped 5-1 at Harrogate Railway Athletic with Ryan Carroll netting the Miners consolation.
Retford United are without a league win in five following a narrow 2-1 home reversal against leaders Cleethorpes Town. Liam Wood pulling one back in the second half after Cleethorpes had taken a 2-0 lead into the break.
In Division One, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic picked up their first win in 10 outings beating Winterton Rangers 2-1 just two days after manager Ian Shirt had stepped down.
Lee Garside gave the Briggers a 78 minute lead and although the joy was short-lived as Rangers equalised three minutes later, it was to be Worsbrough’s day as Dean Shirt grabbed a stoppage-time winner.
Goals from Tom Fairweather, Callum Mawbey (pen) and Ryan Ruddifoth Town 10 minutes from time earned Dronfield Town a 3-2 win at Nostell MW to end a run of three league defeats.
Rossington Main were beaten 2-1 at Pontefract Collieries, falling to a late goal after Liam Cooper’s 68th minute leveller had looked like earning a point.
n Tuesday - Premier Div: Bridlington Town v Maltby Main, Thackley v Handsworth Parramore.
Div One: Dronfield Town v Shirebrook Town, Hall Road Rangers v Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Rossington Main v Knaresborough Town, Teversal v Hallam.
n wednesday - Premier Div: Parkgate v Worksop Town.
Div One: AFC Emley v Ollerton Town, Penistone Church v Westella & Willerby.