Southwell City Saracens 2 - 3 AFC Kirk Hallam
Boys win to go 5 points clear at the top
Today saw Kirk Hallam travel to Southwell for yet another away match, this time against Southwell City Saracens who were recovering from a 3 - 0 loss to Rolls Royce the previous week. The Kirk Hallam lads went into this match on the back of their stunning 5 - 2 victory the week before against Robin Hood Colts. With the chasing pack all still within touching distance, the job was clear. Win the remaining games and we would win the league.
Following a lax warmup, the match started with an element of complacency that can only be attributed to the previous weeks' win. After creating a couple of great chances to go in front, Kirk Hallam went behind through a soft goal. This kicked the boys into life against a team who were well organised and committed large numbers going forwards. These were a team who wanted to attack and win the game. Four minutes after going behind, Harris Khan equalised from the edge of the area into the bottom left corner after a shot from Ben Morley was parried by the Southwell goalkeeper straight into his path. Kirk Hallam then grew into the game and took control, creating chance after chance, with Southwell hitting back on the break without ever really threatening the goal as Liam Evans and Harley Rose stood firm in defence. Five minutes before half time, Ben Morley scored his first of the match with a shot from outside of the box into the top right corner of the goal. A save from Caleb Topley with his feet at the end of the half ensured the away side left the field a goal up.
H/T Southwell 1 - 2 Kirk Hallam
The second half started in much the way the first finished, with Southwell having as much possession as Kirk Hallam, but not managing to make a breakthrough. Kirk Hallam again created chances but either chose the wrong option and shot instead of passing, narrowly missed, or saw efforts saved by the Southwell goalkeeper who had a brilliant game. In the middle of the half, Ben Morley grabbed his second goal after a neat finish. Kirk Hallam then defended well for the remainder of the half until the dying minutes when Southwell grabbed a second of the game. Without ever feeling threatened again, the game came to a conclusion and a win that leaves Kirk Hallam with two games remaining. Liam Evans was the man of the match this week. We need to find out what his mum is feeding him.
F/T Southwell 2 - 3 Kirk Hallam
With Long Eaton United Whites only managing a 2 - 2 away draw at Robin Hood Colts, Kirk Hallam currently sit 5 points clear at the top with teams directly below having a game in hand. Teams further down have more games in hand and nothing will be taken for granted until the final game has been played. The overall quality of division 2 has been great and there are no bad teams in there.
A mention must go to Southwell City Saracens, who never gave up, had a great attitude and played very well. The manager, Mat, and his assistant are both lovely guys and have done a cracking job with their team.