HALLAM and promotion chasing Albion Sports served up an entertaining affair despite the wet and windy conditions at Sandygate Road. But it was the visitors that left with spoils winning a 10-goal thriller 6-4.
Albion took the lead on four minutes, Aron Heywood volleying home from a corner. It was from a corner that Hallam hit back to level on the half hour mark when Steve Wankiewicz got in a firm header with Liam Morris claiming the last touch.
The Blues were fortunate to have gone in at the break on equal terms with Albion guilty of some poor finishing. But the visitors soon found the target in the second half scoring two early goals to go 3-1 up.
Substitute Anil Singh restored the lead on 48 minutes and then three minutes later Jamie Bairstow poked home a cross from close range. Aaron Moxam steered in a fine 22-yard effort to put Hallam back in the game just before the hour mark. The home side shot themselves in the foot however on 70 minutes when Wankiewicz poor clearance went to straight to Alex Cusack, who curled a great first time effort past keeper Dan Costello.
A minute later Cusack got away down the left to score with a low drive to put Albion 5-2 up. But Hallam refused to give up and pulled one back on 80 minutes through Jonathan Bownes.
Five minutes later, Bownes reduced the deficit to one goal but substitute Michah Bleau made the game safe late on.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic slipped to a first defeat in eight as Teversal came from two goals down at the break to win 3-2 at Park Road.
Dinnington Town’s home blues continued with a 2-1 loss against Shirebrook Town.
Worksop Parramore held onto top spot after coming from behind to beat Eccleshill United 5-3 while Handsworth saw their promotion hopes take a knock with a 2-1 defeat at Hemsworth MW.
Rossington Main made it six wins from eight on the road with a 4-1 victory at AFC Emley.
In the Premier Division, Retford United won 2-1 at Arnold Town courtesy of an Adam Scott double that sees the Badgers go level on points with leaders Scarborough Athletic.
Staveley Miners Welfare are the last Baris NCEL team standing in the FA Vase after they eased to a 4-0 third round victory at Blackpool based Squires Gate of the North West Counties League.
Askern Villa’s FA Carlsberg Vase adventure came to an end with a narrow 3-2 home defeat to Northern League leaders West Auckland while Armthorpe Welfare lost 2-0 at Peterborough Northern Star.