Tunnard the hero as Club fightback to beat rivals

High leg: Chris Adams (left) tries to hang on to possession for Sheffield in their derby clash with Hallam.     Picture: Steve Parkin
High leg: Chris Adams (left) tries to hang on to possession for Sheffield in their derby clash with Hallam. Picture: Steve Parkin
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SHEFFIELD FC came from a goal down to score twice in the last 10 minutes to run out 2-1 winners against old adversary’s Hallam FC.

The match was part of Hallam’s150th birthday celebrations in a restaging of the first ever intercity derby played between the two famous old clubs at Sandygate Road on December 26, 1860.

It was Sheffield that made the brighter start going close to taking a fifth minute lead when from a corner Joel Purkiss saw his header hooked off the line by Tom Carnell.

But the deadlock was broken on 76 minutes, Hallam broke down their right and when the ball came to Craig Getliff he struck a wonderful 25-yard effort inside substitute keeper Brad Mimms left hand post.

Sheffield equalised on 81 minutes thanks to a superb strike from Jack Smith just inside the right side of the area that fizzed past Hallam keeper Adam Valente.

Club finished the stronger and grabbed the winner on 87 minutes when in a three on two attack, substitute Charlie Tunnard tucked away a low shot from just inside the area.

But it took an excellent save from Mimms, pushing Getliff’s shot on the turn over the crossbar in the final minute to deny Hallam a late leveller.