Hasland held to a draw despite Waller double

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Despite a double from Liam Waller, Hasland Community A had to settle for a point in their Chesterfield and District Sunday League Division Six fixture with Spartans 2nds in a 2-2 draw.

The opening stages were dominated by Hasland and they should have taken the lead but Jake Finlaw could only side foot wide from close range.

It was the alert Mark Vine who nipped in on the 15-minute-mark to slot the ball in past the out-coming Sam Bayne in the home goal to give Spartans the lead. Periods of pressure from Hasland were proving fruitless with Joe Briggs firing wide before Matt Constable volleyed a near post corner just the wrong side of the upright.

Jack Tomlinson’s superb 25-yard free-kick smacked the post. As half time beckoned Hasland found the equaliser through Waller who turned the ball home from close range. Within two minutes of the second half commencing, Spartans shocked Hasland when they took the lead again. Danger man Vine’s floated corner from the right was missed by all but the head of Adam Pitchford.

Things were soon level on 50 minutes when Waller got his second after neatly rounding the visiting keeper. The Hasland frontman thought he had secured his hat-trick moments later when he tapped in after Kieran Purcell’s 25-yarder had crashed back off the bar, only for the offside flag to intervene.

At the other end Spartans saw Anthony Sowah denied by the legs of Baines in the home goal. In the closing moments Hasland had penalty appeals turned away when Waller appeared to have been clattered in the box but by that stage both sides had probably accepted a hard-earned point a piece.