YOUTH FOOTBALL: 16-year-old Hallam heads Aslockton Cranmers into final

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Notts FA Minor Cup

Semi-final

Aslockton Cranmers 4

Wollaton IV 2

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There was plenty of excitement around Orston on Saturday as Aslockton Cranmers hosted Wollaton IV, a tough side from Nottingham.

Within the first 10 minutes, Cranmers were ahead as 16-year-old Kings’ School student Pierce Hallam scored a header from Oliver Warner’s corner.

Wollaton did not take well to going behind and began to put in some nasty challenges, with little protection from the officials. James Hallam had to go off injured and was replaced by Max Shenton.

Wollaton looked dangerous from set-pieces with plenty of height in their team, and on 25 minutes a well-delivered free kick was headed in to bring the game level.

Aslockton responded well as Dom Williams hit the post, whilst Wollaton’s top scorer had to be well marshalled by James Hackett and Ryan Campbell at the back.

The second half brought very little in terms of exciting football. There were more bad challenges early on, this time punished with yellow cards by the referee, but the game settled down from there. Shenton hit the post for the home side and had a shot well saved, Williams the provider of both chances.

At the end of the half, Wollaton looked to have won the game, but for an outstanding save by Aslockton keeper Joe Fryer.

The game went to extra time and Aslockton made a dream start as Hallam nodded down to Shenton who finished on the half volley. Aslockton extended their lead when fellow King’s School students Matt James and Hallam linked up from a set-piece, with Hallam heading in his second of the game for 3-1 at the break.

Aslockton went 4-1 up early in the second half of extra time when Williams slotted home a nice finish.

Wollaton hit back straight away though with good work from their top goal scorer.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men for a late tackle on Williams but they then won a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Joe Fryer.

Man of the match was shared between Pierce Hallam and Joe Fryer

Aslockton will now play AC Wollaton or Gedling Southbank Colts in the final on May 3 at Clifton FC.