Hallam FC ran out winners of the latest edition of the World’s Oldest Derby on Thursday night, taking a bit of gloss from the 162nd birthday celebrations of the hosts and World’s Oldest Football Club, beating Sheffield 3-2 at a chilly Home of Football.
It was an evenly matched first half, with both sides creating plenty of chances, managing to put one away each.
Hallam went close very early on, as Tom Staniland was able to dig a cross out from the byline, with Charlie Cope’s diving header rattling the bar.
At the other end Sheffield had their opportunities, Jack Hackford shooting just over, whilst both Callum McKeown and Max Rhodes being denied by great saves from Hallam keeper Ollie Barnes.
It was from the last effort that the goal followed, as on 20 minutes Sam Penney delivered the perfect corner, and Jack Hackford getting above everyone to head home.
The visitors could have levelled immediately, as Ben Donahue squandered a great chance, volleying over Alex McIlvanney’s corner over the bar when unmarked.
Sheffield came close to doubling the lead on the half hour mark, Penney threading the perfect ball for Hackford to run on to, only for the winger to strike the foot of the post with his shot.
Club rode their luck leading up to the break, conceding a series of free-kicks on the edge of the area, with Tom Kirkland doing well to deny the last one from Staniland.
There was nothing he could do on 44 minutes, McIlvanney crossing the ball into the box, with Cope athletically dispatching the finish with a superb scissor kick.
Five minutes after the break Hallam took the lead, McIlvanney cutting in from the right, before driving a shot into the corner.
It was 3-1 on 68 minutes after a disastrous clearance from Sheffield keeper Kirkland, who half hit a routine ball into the path of McIlvanney, who made no mistake finishing into the empty net.
Club rallied to try and fight back into the contest, and were denied once again by a fine save from Barnes, as the keeper did well to get down to stop a Jamie Cowan header from a Penney corner.
In injury time Sheffield were awarded a penalty, Travis Hodgson judged to have held Girey Aldo, unfortunately for the hosts Alex Wonham’s spot-kick was well saved by Barnes.
From the resulting corner however, Club grabbed a late lifeline, as skipper Cowan powered a header home from Penney’s cross.
It made for a frantic last few seconds, but the visitors threw bodies on the line, doing enough to hold out.
Sheffield FC: Thomas Kirkland, Harrison Radford, Brad Pearce, Jamie Cowan © , Ben Harriot, Liam Jones, Callum McKeown,Sam Penney, Max Rhodes, Alex Wonham, Jack Hackford, Subs: Ben Ndlovu, Oliver Hamstead, Joe Lumley, Girey Alido, Ashton Hemmings.
Hallam FC: Ollie Barnes, Ben Nunnington, Ben Donaghue, Luis Alfonso Ferreira, Harvey Allatt, Peter Nichols, Lewis Butcher, Tom Staniland, Charlie Cope, Alex McIlvanney, Harry Warnock ©. Subs: Tom Rickers, Xavier Dandrade, Travis Hodgson,.