Jake Currie’s stunning 84th minute equaliser earned Hallam another valuable point in their quest for a play-off place in a 1-1 draw against promotion rivals Shirebrook Town at Sandygate Road.
Shirebrook had taken a 42nd minute when from one of many long throw’s launched into the box the ball was flicked on for for Alex Varley to bundled home at the far post.
However, with time running out a moment of individual magic saw Hallam grab what could be a vital point in the final play-off shake up. Substitute Micah Bishop latched onto a long ball out of defence before cutting inside to hit a powerful shot that was blocked looping up in the air where Currie sent with a moment of sheer brilliance sent a overhead kick into the far corner for one of the goals of the season.
It had certainly been an enthralling affair with both teams going for the win. Mitchell Dunne’s first half volley was superbly pushed over the bar by the Town keeper. Who also denied Same Smith with another smart save after the break.
While Hallam’s Dave Darwent was called upon to make two excellent saves in quick succession at the start of the second half but all in all a draw was about the right result.
Hallam joint manager Steve Whitehead lauded the goal and the late point said, “Jake showed great ability, he’s got that in his locker. People were saying afterwards it was worth the entrance money alone.
“It was a big point for us and keeps our run going They’re a big strong side and make it difficult for you playing the way the do.
“It took us a while to get going but when we did we’ve created chances. We could have won it late on but the important thing was not to loose. If we win four the last five we should do it. Its a tall order we know that but the main thing is its in our own hands.”
The draw ended Hallam’s eight match winning streak but stretched their unbeaten run to 11 games. It sees them seventh in the table, five points behind Glasshoughton Welfare who beat Swallownest 1-0, with three games in hand
Parkgate’s Premier Division survival hopes received another setback with a 1-0 home defeat against Staveley MW.
Kurtis Morley’s 27th minute goal following confusion in the area was enough to send ten-man Parkgate down to a fifth defeat in six and eight-points adrift of safety with eight games to play.
While for Staveley it lifted them 12-points clear of the drop zone and on the brink of securing Premier Division safety.
Maltby Main came from behind to salvage a point from a 2-2 draw at Harrogate RA. Ross Duggan had given the Miners a14th minute lead firing through a crowded area
The home side hit back after the break to lead 2-1 but Brad Nicholson’s far post header from a free-kick eight minutes from time earned a late point.
Penistone Church extended their unbeaten run to ten games with a 2-2 draw at relegation battling Harrogate RA.
Church trailed to a Jordan Missin effort on the half hour mark. But Ashley Ellis headed in the leveller on 80 minutes after Brett Lovell had nodded on from a free-kick.
Five minutes later Nathan Keightley blasted home from the penalty spot to put Ian Richards side 2-1 up only for Shane Hamilton to prod home the equaliser in the fourth minute of time added.
Athersley Recreation edged closer to safety with a goalless draw against Hemsworth MW to stretch their cushion over the drop zone to ten-points.
Staveley MW were denied a second win in three days by a stoppage time equaliser as Liversedge snatched a last gasp 2-2 draw at Inkersall Road after Josh Madin (73) and Andy McCreadie (80) had cancelled out the visitors third minute opener.
Dronfield Town put the final nail in Retford United’s relegation coffin with a 2-0 victory at Stonelow Road
Ryan Ruddiforth opened the scoring on 24 minutes before supplying the cross for Joe Butler to head home the second eight minutes from time to confirm the Badgers relegation.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have work to to do if they are to avoid slipping out of the NCE trap door. Second half goals from Jason Stokes, Jordan Buckam and Lee Holmes in stoppage time sent the Briggers crashing to a 3-0 home defeat against Rossington Main to leave them three -points above the drop zone
n Knaresborough Town were confirmed as Division One champions following a 3-1 win at FC Bolsover.
Premier Division: Albion Sports v Penistone Church, Athersley Recreation v Hall Road Rangers, Garforth Town v Handsworth Parramore, Maltby Main v Hemsworth MW, Staveley MW v Bridlington Town, Thackley v Parkgate, Worksop Town v Barton Town.
Division One: Brigg Town v Armthorpe Welfare, Campion v Dronfield Town, East Yorks Carnegie v Worsbrough BA, FC Bolsover v AFC Emley, Hallam v Eccleshill United, Retford United v Glashoughton Welfare Rossington Main v Nostell MW, Swallownest v Grimsby Borough.