Hallam face struggle to avoid relegation

Hallam's relegation fears deepened after a 4-2 defeat against bottom club Liversedge that sees the Blues swap places with their visitors at the wrong end of the Koolsport Premier table.

It comes as a huge blow to Hallam's survival hopes and what made the defeat more disappointing was that it came against a Liversedge side that had not won away in nine games and had managed just five goals on the road. The visitors led 1-0 at the break courtesy of a Ben Hardy goal direct from a corner. Gavin Hunter almost levelled but saw his drive turned round the post. Liversedge doubled their advantage three minutes after the interval when Jamie Wasley knocked home the rebound after Blues keeper Martin Taylor had saved his initial shot. Simon Asquith pulled one back on the hour pouncing on a loose ball to fire into the top corner.

But the visitors restored their two goal advantage seven minutes later; Wasley tapping in a rebound after Taylor had saved once more. Liversedge wrapped up the points with the fourth on 87 minutes, Hardy curling in his second of the evening from a free-kick. And although Hallam pulled one back in the final minute when Neil Longhurst scored direct from a corner it was too little too late.

Dinnington Town also remain in relegation trouble after a 3-1 defeat against high-riding Tadcaster Albion at Phoenix Park where Russell Hobson hit Town's consolation effort five minutes from time.

Armthorpe Welfare came from a goal down at the break at Church Street to beat Thackley 2-1. Ben Muirhead knocked home a rebound on 67 minutes to cancel out the visitors' 36th minute opener then grabbed the winner nine minutes from time after Leo Fortune-West had flicked on a long throw.

In the Evo-Stik League, Sheffield FC and Worksop Town both crashed out of the League Cup. Club went out 3-1 at Durham City where Andy Gascoigne hit their only reply, while Worksop were beaten 2-0 at Hucknall Town. Frickley lost 4-0 at North Ferriby.

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