Stags earn fine draw in latest friendly

Kimberley Town 0

Hallam 0

KIMBERLEY Town’s pre-season preparations continued with an encouraging draw at home to North East Counties League side Hallam.

On a warm sunny day Hallam brought a full squad to the Stag Ground.

But Kimberley’s team plans had to be changed as forwards Willmott, White and Edge were all out due to holidays and injury so the hosts lined up 4-4-2, wth Dye in goal, a back row of Bartley, Higginbottom, Harvey and Davey, a midfield of Rhodes, Spencer, Aikman and Calcott and with Lynch and Hopewell up front.

Hallam came out looking to sweep aside the Stags but the home side matched them in every area.

The first real chance fell to 17-year-old Jordan Hopewell who latched on to a long ball, beating the offside trap and connecting well with a volley which rattled the crossbar and left the keeper grasping fresh air.

Kimberley grew in confidence and then had the chance of the game when forward Martin Lynch, with clever footwork, beat the keeper but didn’t hit his shot hard enough and allowed the Hallam full-back to clear off his line.

Kimberley kept changes to a minimum for the start of the second-half but had a let off early on when Courtney Bartle was adjudged to have fouled a Hallam striker in the area, but the resultant penalty kick was blazed high over the bar, and the Stags held on to claim a draw.

They have now played five pre-season games with wins over Kiverton Park, Selston and Desford, a draw with Hallam and a 1-0 loss to Handsworth - latter two teams from leagues higher up the pyramid.