SHC Ladies 2nd team promoted!

Posted by Mark Beavis on 11 March 2018

There were celebrations for the Sheffield Hallam Ladies 2nd team as they turned on the style to record an emphatic 5-0 win over City Of York and in the process secure promotion back to Yorkshire Premier League - with three games to spare!

Sheffield were ahead early on after a wonderful open play goal from Hana Horsefield. York hit back but goalkeeper Lois Hunt-Brown was on hand to make some great saves. Natasha Stageman scored the second whilst the visitors were three up by half time thanks to Miriam Hide.

Millie Lawrence scored the fourth, with a terrific shot off the back foot in to the roof of the net whilst Stefanie Lowry finished things off with a superb straight strike from a penalty corner. The squad (pictured below) will looking to go one step further and secure the title by avoiding defeat at home against Driffield this coming Saturday.

Durham University 0-0 Sheffield Hallam

In the end a draw away at second place Durham University provided yet another valuable point in Sheffield’s quest to avoid the drop. However, the trip could have proved so much more rewarding had player-coach Will Hearne converted a penalty stroke with just two minutes remaining on the clock.

The first half was a fairly even affair with goalkeeper Rory McCallum on hand to keep the visitors in the game with a string of vital saves.

The second half continued the theme of the first with chances at both ends. Matt Anderson went close to deflecting the ball in to the net, but despite a full length dive, failed to connect with the cross.

Then, with only minutes left, Sheffield mounted another in a series of counter attacks, having rebuffed heavy Durham pressure. Myles King entered the shooting circle before squaring the ball to captain Ethan Chapman, who was fouled by the home defence as he attempted to guide the ball in to the open goal.

Up stepped the normally reliable Hearne to take the stroke. Unfortunately, the home keeper was a match for Sheffield’s talisman on this occasion and both teams had to settle for a point.

This weekend Sheffield entertain Deeside on Saturday and travel to Cannock on the Sunday. Two wins would certainly secure Sheffield’s survival whilst a win over Cannock and other results going the Abbeydale outfits way would also do the trick.

Unfortunately, the Ladies first team lost 3-0 to table topping Leeds. With three games to go they are still precariously hovering above the relegation zone. Two of their matches are against teams in the top three whilst the third is against Leeds University. None of these represent realistic opportunities to collect points. It would appear the fate of the team will be decided by the two encounters between the league’s two basement sides Kendal and Wakefield. If one of these wins both games then Sheffield will be down.

Meanwhile there was frustration for Sheffield Hallam men’s second team as they played out a 2-2 draw with Richmond. Having been 1-0 down at half time, two second half goals from Joe Horne looked to have been enough to collect all three points. However, Richmond struck with just two minutes on the clock to deny Hallam. The frustration grew as news filtered through that table topping Doncaster had lost at home to North Shields. A Sheffield win would have sent them top, in to the one automatic promotion spot.

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