Teversal travelled to Hallam’s Sandygate Road ground to play their part in the eighth of nine Easter Baris Northern Counties East Groundhop games which attracted a bumper crowd of 212.
Unfortunately the game didn’t match the occasion and the only experience the Groundhoppers would have from the game was a perfect example of what an end of the season dour encounter is.
Both sides showed what they were capable of by playing the ball around with some purpose, but only on occasions and without any real end product as it became clear see why both sides are sitting in mid-table.
Neither dominated and it took until the 30th minute before a notable effort on goal was made and like buses when you have been waiting two came in quick succession, both coming from Hallam’s Ben Cobley from distance and both went wide of the upright without testing Wilson in the Teversal goal.
Teversal did create a couple of opportunities but none better than when Collins broke clear and should have got a shot away, but Darlow hastily chased back to make a timely challenge to deny the Teversal marksman. From the resulting corner by Cockerill Collins again had an opportunity from six yards by but his header went straight into the arms of Naylor in the Countryman’s goal.
The second half saw the visitors kicking down the notorious slope at the world’s oldest ground and they had the better of the possession and created the better chances before being hit with an 88th minute sucker punch. The first of those Teversal efforts came just after the hour mark when Dickinson had a great opportunity to put the Tevie Boys in front when Mitchell found Tobin who helped the ball onto Dickinson to round Naylor, but from a tight angle the effort was fired high and wide of the mark.
Former Teversal player Olly Gage was introduced by Hallam and his first contribution was to produce a clumsy challenge on Fletcher on the edge of the 18 yard area. Up stepped Teversal Captain Cockerill who fired an effort that clipped the Hallam bar with Naylor beaten, but it clipped the top side of the bar and out to safety.
It was then a Teversal sub who had an impact when Tobin was strong enough to hold off the attentions of Carnall to fire an effort that Naylor produced an excellent save down low to his right. The game was drifting closer to the end when another Cockerill free kick found Goodacre at the far post, but the full back miss-cued his headed effort and allowed the Hallam defence to hack the ball to safety.
Hallam created a few chances of their own, so with the game drifting along the 0-0 score line was possible a fair reflection on a dour game as neither had done enough to win it. But with the clock on the final countdown, Hallam broke forward and with the visitors failing to clear their lines Lammy picked up the loose ball to lay the ball into Craig Getcliff to hammer home a terrific strike at the Highlander end in the final few minutes of normal time and taking all three points for Hallam, which was far more than anyone deserved from this game.
This result and performance will leave questions in the Teversal camp as they are now in a position of letting a good season slip away and end up in the bottom five and possible failing in their quest to regaining FA Cup football next season.
Teversal Manager Jamie Hudson will be hoping to bring a positive reaction when his charges are in action on Easter Monday when Askern Villa are the visitors to Carnarvon Street in the Baris Northern Counties East League, Division One game with a 3pm kick off.
HALLAM: Lewis Naylor, Kalvin O’Kane, Scott Hartoft, Tom Carnall, Rob Adgie, Matt Darlow (Oliver Gage 63), James Cook, Craig Getcliff, Sam Eckhardt (Danny Wiltshire 78), Ben Cobley, Ben Kistell (Ishmael Lammy 72). Subs Not Used – Julian Watt, Julian Lawrence.
TEVERSAL: Jono Wilson, Gary Atkins, Jamie Goodacre, Danny Swales, Ross Henshaw, Matt Fletcher, Colin Cockerill, Sean Dickinson, Robert Collins (Greg Tobin 62), Eli Mitchell (Danny Wilson 71), Ryan Atkins (Kye Pilmore 75). Subs Not Used – Danny Pearson, Liam Wild.
REFEREE: Nigel Haycock (West Yorkshire).
MAN OF MATCH: Hallam: Ben Cobley. Teversal: Ross Henshaw.