Hall delays farewell to earn draw for Griffins
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
THERE was plenty of thanks given to Stocksfield’s Stateside striker Chris Hall as he had one last ace up his sleeve.
Having previously ruled himself out as he was soon to be flying to America to embark on a soccer scholarship, he accepted a late plea to make up the numbers as his side were short for their trip to neighbours Wallington.
And the decision paid off for the Griffins, the frontman netting from the penalty spot late on for the second game running to help his side to a valuable point.
Wallington will be kicking themselves for not claiming all three, their wastefulness in attack punished by the Oranges’ two goals in the final five minutes.
After his two goals in Wallington’s opening day victory, leading light Jordan Nellis looked to get in on the act and cutely lifted the ball over Mark Clark on five minutes, only for him to see it clear the bar too.
He looked to get in four minutes later as Chris Moffitt pinged a ball over Andrew Smith’s head, but he was stopped on the edge of the box when keeper Clark clattered him.
After being cautioned for his actions, the shot stopper pulled off a great stop from Sam Walton’s free kick.
Stocksfield failed to get any rhythm going but Chris Hall showed some intent when he drilled a shot on target from 20 yards, forcing Matthew Lees to get down low to keep it out.
Wallington were to eventually find the breakthrough on 39 minutes as Nellis made it three for the season.
Good link-up between him and Gilmartin saw him played into the area, and he coolly found the bottom corner.
Stocksfield showed more purpose as they re-emerged from the interval and good play between Andy Hall and Ben Dibb-Fuller saw the latter nearly break through, only for a last gasp tackle from Alex Sorrie to end the chance.
Andy Hall then went knocking himself when he was picked out by Phil Murray, but he could not find the target with his attempt.
But Wallington terrify opponents on the counter and looked certain to double their advantage, Gilmartin’s strike destined for the back of the net before Glenn Caygill intervened to keep it out.
Another breakneck attack saw Nellis play Sam Walton away and he should have found the back of the net, but dragged his shot wide of the target.
Looking to make their opponent’s profligacy pay, Stocksfield substitute Lee Blackburn started to cause all sorts of problems.
But his teammates’ reluctance to attack an inviting ball into the area was seized upon by Wallington, Nellis sending home his second.
Blackburn continued to cause problems with his crosses into the area, and he created the first Stocksfield goal.
Collecting a short corner, he scuffed his attempted ball into the box to the edge of the area. To spare his blushes, Andy Hall rifled an effort home.
The wind was in Stocksfield’s sails and they were given a great opportunity to rescue a point when Sorrie was penalised for tugging on Caygill at the far post.
Chris Hall stepped up and again displayed ice cool nerves as he signed off for the final time.
In their first game without the services of the USA scholar, they were frustrated as they went down 3-2 to Wallsend Town at the weekend.
Andy Hall twice gave his side the lead in the first half, but poor defending saw Stocksfield pegged back on both occasions. And in a cruel twist of fate, Stocksfield were on the wrong end of a 89th minute deciding penalty as Gav Jones earned Wallsend maximum points from the spot.
Wallington, meanwhile, were unable to cope with the high-flyers from Whitley Bay A as they lost 2-0 to end their unbeaten start to life in the Premier Division.
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