Late stunner puts Hallam in drop zone

Hallam's Ben Cobley battles for the ball vs Appleby Frodingham
Hallam's Ben Cobley battles for the ball vs Appleby Frodingham
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Hallam slipped to a second successive home defeat losing out 4-3 to a late goal against fellow strugglers Appleby Frodingham who leapfrogged above the Countrymen to send them into the bottom two in Division One.

Hallam had much the better of the early exchanges, deservedly taking the lead on 17 minutes through James Cook’s low angled drive.

However, Appleby hit back to score three times in a 12- minute spell. Just three minutes after Hallam took the lead a blunder by goalkeeper Andy Culshaw allowed Oliver Bradbury to roll the ball into an empty net.

Bradbury was the scorer of the second on 25 minutes having time to pick his spot from the edge of the area after Hallam had given the ball away. And Bradbury again profited from some poor defending to drill home his and the visitors third seven minutes later.

Hallam pulled one back four minutes before the interval with a firmly-struck angled drive across the keeper from Scott Whittington.

The home side continued to press after the break and were finally rewarded with an 80th minute equaliser,Kistell’s low cross going in off Appleby defender Matt Oakes.

Frodingham keeper Samir Own made two excellent saves as Hallam pressed for the winner.

However, it was the visitors who broke to snatch all three points through tormenter in chief Bradbury with a stunning volley.

Parkgate came from a goal behind to beat Long Eaton United 2-1 and give Russ Eagle his first win since returning as manager last month. Sam Smith’s penalty two minutes before the break cancelled out the hosts’ sixth minute opener before Adam Shepherd’s shot from distance won it for the Steelmen on 89 minutes.

Staveley MW made it four wins on the trot with a 2-0 victory at Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Ryan Damms gave the Miners a 29th minute lead with Simon Barraclough sealing the points in the 90th minute.

Maltby Main beat neighbours Armthorpe Welfare 3-1 to pull four points clear of the drop zone. Sam Foulds’ header gave the Miners a fourth-minute lead and although Welfare levelled four minutes later through Callum Smith’s angled drive, Foulds hit what proved to be the winner on 28 minutes.

A Simon Ward goal on 87 minutes gave Retford United a 1-0 win at Thackley.

Worksop Parramore slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion despite Simon Mirfin pulling one back five minutes from time.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic are up to fourth after extending their unbeaten home record to nine games with a 3-1 win over Rossington Main. Liam McFadyen gave the Briggers an 11th minute lead from the penalty spot but two minutes later Rossington were back on level terms through Jonathan Mirfin 30yard strike. But two headed Lee Garside goals from set-pieces inside the last 15 minutes settled the contest.

Dinnington Town returned to winning ways after a four match losing streak to win 4-1 at Yorkshire Amateur.

Two goals each for Lee Bennett and substitute Jason Bentley saw Athersley Recreation come from 2-1 down at Bottesford Town to win 4-2 and maintain their four points lead at the top of Division One.

First half goals from Steve Kenworthy and Levi Maturine saw AFC Emley pick up their seventh away win of the season with a 2-0 victory at Pontefract Collieries, while Askern Villa were thrashed 9-1 at Albion Sports. Matt Holmes scored Villa’s consolation goal.

n TUESDAY: League Cup second round: Grimsby Borough v Armthorpe Welfare, Parkgate v Appleby Frodingham, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v Louth Town.

Division One: AFC Emley v Selby Town, Rossington Main v Bottesford Town.

n WEDNESDAY: League Cup second round: Barton Town OB v Retford United, Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Worksop Parramore, Maltby Main v Winterton Rangers.

n Picture special on Hallam v Appleby Froddingham in Friday’s Grassroots.