AFC KIRK HALLAM 2-0 RUDDINGTON VILLAGE COLTS
By Dave Morley
Great win against a side who have beaten us twice last season
Kirk Hallam wrapped up an impressive three points against an in form Ruddington. The early exchanges were even as both sides looked tidy defensively.
It was Kirk Hallam keeper Josh Allsopp who was called into action first, getting down low to palm away an effort from close range. But it was a moment of brilliance in the opposite penalty area that separated the two teams. As a loose ball came down just inside the area, fantastic control on the thigh of Charlie Roach and then a shot on the turn, way beyond the reach of the dive of the keeper and into the back of the net. Kirk Hallam deserved the half time lead for all their hard work and resilience in defence.
Ruddington turned the screw in the second half and were seeing an awful lot of the ball in the middle of the park but as with the first half, Kirk Hallam stood tall at the back. A shot from distance which Allsopp had covered and the crossbar came to Kirk Hallam’s rescue midway through the second half.
At the other end Kirk Hallam fashioned rare opportunities, Dan Stokes had a shot well saved after a neat through ball from Adam Parsons. Riley Sinfield then struck the crossbar with a rasping 25 yard drive.
There were then ugly scenes as Ruddington’s frustration boiled over, with a player shouting and swearing at Kirk Hallam players, parents, management, basically, anyone who he looked at. He was withdrawn from play by his manager.....
Ten minutes after that incident, Kirk Hallam put the game to bed. A square ball found Sinfield in space 25 yards out, Ruddington hadn’t learned their lesson from moments earlier as Sinfield’s sweet strike across the ball flew into the top corner.
Fantastic result against a decent team. Onwards and upwards