Hallam win bragging rights over Sheffield FC

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Hallam FC manager Steve Toyne says his team’s win over Sheffield FC in the world’s oldest derby was a considerable tonic, ahead of the start of the non-league season.

“It is only a friendly - but it is an important one which both sides very much want to win” he said. “We were very pleased with the result.”

The Countrymen won the game 3-1 taking the Alan Cooper Memorial Trophy back to Sandygate. Goals either side of half time from striker Liam Osbourne - he beat several players before slotting home - set the agenda at Dronfield.

Sheffield pulled one back through an own goal from centre-back Tom Fairweather with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Sheffield looked like they’d get an equaliser until attacking midfielder Grant Allott poached the ball from the home keeper who had rashly decided to dribble it outside the box and slid the ball home into the empty net to give the visitors a confidence-boosting victory.

A club spokesman said: “Let’s hope we can carry this spirit into the league encounter at Knaresborough Town next Saturday.”

n Lookout for a picture spread in Friday’s Grassroots