Referee Stuart Royston is unlikely to be on Hallam’s Christmas card list following a number of controversial decisions in a 3-1 home defeat against Louth Town.
The game was scattered with yellow cards, a sending off and what appeared a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out.
New signing Michael Blythen wasn’t far away from giving the home side a sixth minute lead with a hooked shot that had the keeper at full stretch.
Louth went close themselves with a free-kick that struck the base of Christian Bark’s near post, and the visitors edged in front on 23 minutes with a goal that should have been avoided.
From a needless back pass Bark’s clearance fell to Daniel Kilmore who advanced into the area and was brought down under the keeper’s outstretched arm with Daniel Stevens calmly tucking away the resultant spot-kick.
The visitors’ Rob McSpodden was lucky to escape with a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Blythen just before the break.
It hadn’t been the best 45 minutes from Hallam but they came out on the front foot with manager Ryan Hindley’s words at the interval no doubt ringing in their ears. And on 49 minutes they drew level when Jack Hargreaves’ quickly taken free-kick put Blythen in on the right of the area to score with a clinical finish over the keeper.
Flynn then headed over on the stretch from Liam Osborne’s peach of a cross but Hallam thought they had taken the lead on 74 minutes. From a corner the visitors’ keeper clearly carried the ball over the line. Instead of awarding the goal the officials gave a free-kick to Louth for Ben Kistell’s follow up in the second phase, much to the fury of the home side.
Further salt was rubbed in the wound six minutes later when the match official awarded Louth a second penalty and sent off Hallam’s Flynn, indicating the midfielder had used his elbow after jumping with a forward for a ball into the box.
Stevens again converted to put the visitors 2-1 up, and they then grabbed a third in the fifth minute of time added on through Steve Norton’s tap in after Hallam had been caught pushing forward.
In-form Staveley MW made it six wins from six, beating Garforth Town 2-1 away after a late fightback. Ryan Damms missed a first half penalty after Kurt Morley had been pulled down in the area, which saw the hosts down to ten-men.
Garforth looked to have won it when a defensive error let in Tawanda Rupere to give the hosts an 85th minute lead. However, in the first of four minutes of stoppage time, Sam Finlaw’s superb 25-yard effort levelled the scores and then, with almost the last kick of the game, Jahmal Smith won it with a smart turn and finish.
Parkgate are without a win in six following a 3-1 home defeat against Albion Sports.
The Steelmen made a good start and took a deserved lead through Adams Stapleford-Jones 19th minute strike. But Sports hit back to score twice in as many minutes to go in leading 2-1 at the break before sealing the points from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time.
Retford United finally broke their home duck at the eighth attempt beating Nostell MW 1-0 courtesy of Joe Walton’s 76th minute own-goal.
Armthorpe Welfare picked up three crucial points but made hard work of beating fellow strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare, who played throughout the 90 minutes with ten men. Stuart Preston fired the hosts into a ninth minute lead before adding a second from the penalty spot a minute from the break. However, Glasshoughton hit back to score twice inside the opening five minutes of the second half before Craig Aspinall’s 57th minute tap in proved decisive.
Maltby Main went down 4-2 at Liversedge with the hosts scoring twice inside the last four minutes after a Gary Hibbert and an own goal had looked like earning the Miners a point.
Athersley Recreation were denied all-three points by a last minute equaliser in a 3-3 draw against Pickering Town after a Josh Moore brace and a own-goal had looked like ending a run of four games without a win.
Penistone Church maintained their run of good form with a 3-1 home win over Knaresborough Town. Andy Ring and a Lewis Dickinson double had Church 3-0 up on 58 minutes before Callum Lee’s own goal gave the visitors a late consolation.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic went down 1-0 at home against Teversal, while Rossington Main suffered a 4-0 home reversal at the hands of Clipstone.
In the FA Vase, Dronfield Town went through 2-1 against Chadderton thanks to an injury time Christian Savage goal after Nick Horsfield had given the hosts a 24th minute lead from the penalty spot.
Second half goals from Tom Elliott, Andre Johnson and Chris Whincop saw Worksop Town triumph 3-0 at Long Eaton United. But Handsworth Parramore and AFC Emley bowed out 1-0 and 4-2 at Sunderland RCA and North Shields respectively.