Game 23: Hallen 1.3 Welton Rovers (Western Premier) 07.05.16
Drove up to Hallen with Alan for the final game of the league season for Hallen and relegated Welton Rovers. We arrived at the ground in good time and enjoyed the sunshine while reading through the programme. Neither team had anything to play for other than pride and the first half was a really open game of football. Hallen were the better side and created a couple of good chances, hitting one shot narrowly wide after some impressive wing and dribbling skills. They finally beat the visiting keeper in the final minute of the half, a cross from the left met the heads of a defender and attacker before floating over the keeper and into the top corner.
We wandered round the ground at half time and noticed a few spots of rain coming down from the overcast sky. Soon after the second half kicked off we had some rain and a few claps of thunder. Hallen hit the post early in the half and as the clock wound down it looked like they would get the win. However the main action in the game took place in the last ten minutes following some substitutions. Welton equalised with a low shot that the Hallen keeper could only tip into the net. Three minutes later they added a second to the joy of their Green Army band of supporters who had only seen three league wins all season.
Hallen pressed for an equaliser but were reduced to ten men when one of their substitutes was sent off for elbowing a visiting player right in front of the referee. In the last minute of the game Welton broke forward and a shot from distance flew over the keeper before dipping down into the net. A fantastic goal to finish the season. We headed for the shelter of the car and shortly afterwards discovered via Twitter that the Welton management team had resigned following the final whistle.