AFC KIRK HALLAM U18 3-2 RIVERSIDE WANDERERS
By Dave Morley
LADS NOTCH UP ANOTHER WIN
Kirk Hallam wasted no time in grabbing this game by the scruff of the neck. Only one minute had passed when Adam Parsons
cut in from the left and struck a sweet half volley which nestled in the top right hand corner.
Kirk Hallam had numerous chances to put the game to bed before the half time whistle was blown. Charlie Roach
forcing a couple of fine saves from the keeper, Dan Stokes
flashed a shot wide, Jake West
hitting the crossbar with a cross-come-shot and Bradley Draper-Harrison hit over from close range, sliding in at the back post from a Roach cross.
Riverside’s chances were few and far between, most efforts coming from distance.
The second half was barely ten minutes old when Kirk Hallam doubled their lead. Fine midfield work from Seth Davies
winning the ball and finding West in space who had a neat interchange with Roach and then fed Parsons in on the left who’s first time cross was met at the back post by Riley Sinfield
to tap in.
Riverside began to dominate and had a spell of pressure but the back four of Dan Lockhart, Ian Bailey
, Ellis Hacking
and Harry Foster
It was Kirk Hallam that fashioned the best chance again with West striking the upright for the second time in the game, this time the post rescuing Riverside. That seemed to spur on the away team and they were awarded a penalty on the hour when Josh Allsopp hauled down their attacker. The penalty was dispatched and Riverside now had the momentum.
87 minutes in and Riverside were awarded a second penalty in the game, Stokes, deputising at right back, was adjudged to have barged the left winger inside the penalty area. Again, the penalty was slotted away for what looked like an undeserved point for Riverside.
Was there going to be a winner? Riverside forced one more attack but Kirk Hallam broke that up and then were on the front foot themselves. Sinfield with a neat flick into the path of West, cutting in from the right he bared down on goal, but his second to last touch looked to have taken him wide, narrowing the angle but that wasn’t a problem for the midfielder his last touch coolly slotted home into the opposite bottom corner to send The Gallows Arena wild.