Second half fightback fails for Shirebrook Town against Hallam

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Despite a second half fightback, Shirebrook Town went down 2-1 at home to Hallam in the Toolsport NCEL Division One at Langwith Road.

There were three changes to the Shirebrook team from Tuesday night’s victory at Knaresborough, Luke Johnson coming in to make his debut with Shaw and Hargreaves both coming back into the starting XI.

The visitors started the game the better and got their reward in the 16th minute when Jordan Turner’s half-volley was smashed into the top corner.

With Shirebrook struggling to get a grip of the game it was the visitors who extended their lead in the 29th minute from the penalty spot through Michael Blythen.

Shirebrook still struggled to mount a meaningful attack and the closest they came was when Luke Johnson burst down the left, but his shot was just wide of the far post.

Shirebrook came out for the second half looking a different team and should have had a penalty in the 54th minute when Currie was brought down in the box.

It looked a stonewall penalty to 95 percent of the people in the ground, but the one person that mattered, the referee, didn’t think it was and waved away the shouts much to the annoyance of home players and fans.

However, Shirebrook did get back into the game in the 84th minute when sub Rowley robbed a Hallam player on the halfway line and ran at their defence before firing a shot into the top of the net to give the home side a ray of hope.

But a final 10-minute onslaught on the visitors’ net couldn’t bring rewards and Hallam were the ones to leave Langwith Road with all three points.

Shirebrook are back in action tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to play Handsworth Parramore in the CML League Cup (7.45pm) before a trip to fourth-placed AFC Emley on Saturday (3pm ).

SHIREBROOK TOWN: White, Shaw, R. Johnson, Getliff, Hill, Roebuck, Greenfield, Shepherd, Currie, Hargreaves (Rowley), L. Johnson (Robley). Subs not used: Eckhardt, Sykes, Osborne.