15:00 - Saturday 28th January 2023
Sandygate, Sandygate Road, Crosspool, Sheffield, S10 5SE





Penistone Church

Full Time

Edward Newsome 82

Hallam 0 - 1 Penistone Church: Church battled hard to take all three points

The perfect away game, weathering the pressure and a single goal on the break
Words By Martin Webb
Hallam 0 PCFC 1
Attendance 659
John Charles Shaw from Penistone was a key part of Hallam's founding in 1860. They snd Sheffield FC developed 'Sheffield football' with John Ness Dansfield also from Penistone. So, Hallam and Penistone have a long connection. 
Promoted to the Premier at the start of the season, Hallam have only kept 2 clean sheets in 22 games. Their mid-table position reflects their mixed season so far. However, the signing of former Church striker Oliver Fearon indicates their ambition to progress. Church came into this game having been undefeated in their last 8 matches. However, Hallam had beaten Church 2-1 in Penistone earlier in the season.
Hallam's sloping pitch looked slippery despite a decent covering of short grass. Hallam kicked off downhill, but the move broke down and Church cleared their lines. Church then won an early corner that was well dealt with. Hallam then created a couple of openings but Church blocked well.
Church responded well and were awarded a free kick 25 yards out. The keeper held at the second attempt. Hallam had a spell of pressure which ended with a crisp header over the bar and then a shot that shaved the left-hand post.
Hallam had the better of the early chances, but after 20 minutes Church started to find their rhythm and had a 5-minute spell of pressure.
Church conceded a corner on the left and Harry Ambler had to tip over from 6 yards. Church immediately went up the other end and pinned Hallam in. Hallam then broke quickly and a fingertip save low to Ambler's right kept the score at 0-0.
A rash tackle from behind saw a penalty awarded to Hallam despite the ball being won by the Church defender. Harry Ambler saved Ruthven's shot well to the left of the goal. 
Half time Hallam 0 PCFC 0
Church took a couple of minutes to adjust to the wind behind them and the slope in their favour in the second half. Some great work down the right saw Church pile the pressure on. 
Hallam responded and Church rode their luck when a 6-yard effort was fired over by Hallam.
Leon Hurles-Brook was replaced by Tom Brear after 72 minutes.
Church broke beautifully down the left with Cameron Simpson dazzling pace finding Nathan Keightley. His shot hit the right post and bounced to safety.
The end-to-end action continued and Hallam won a three quick corners. Church weathered the pressure and again cleared.
With 10 minutes to go the match was finely balanced and Ryan Hallsworth was replaced by Tom Luty 
Goal 82 minutes. Great work down the left by Keightley found Tom Luty who laid it off to Eddie Newsome. The finish was placed low into the right of goal. 
Hallam 0 PCFC 1
Hallam switched on but could not break down the Church defence. With 4 minutes added underway the game was still in the balance. Hallam had a last-minute corner, but they could not convert the last action of the match. 
Full Time Hallam 0 PCFC 1
Church again battled hard and turned the game with a break that had skill, pace and a great finish to take another important 3 points. Hallam looked a little ring-rusty after a long break over Christmas. Perhaps on another day a draw would have fair.

Hallam 0-1 Church

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