Football

RAF Regiment Footballers Lose 16-0 At Hallam FC

The military team were playing their first match in more than a year and were thoroughly beaten in Yorkshire.

The RAF Regiment team have been thrashed 16 (SIXTEEN)-0 on their return to action.

In their first game in more than 12 months, they were four goals down at half-time away to tier-ten side Hallam FC.

The hosts play at the oldest football ground in the world, with the RAF Regiment conceding 12 more goals in the second half.

The game was also played in front of fans for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic and the home supporters were celebrating after just three minutes.

Grieg Masson managed to keep the first shot out but it was Rhys Davies who followed in to grab the opener.

It wasn't long before a second Hallam goal came.

Glenn Shephard was caught in possession in his own penalty area and Davies laid it on a plate for Chris Wood to score.

Ash Rowley had a great chance to pull one back for the RAF Regiment, but he blasted wide after a clever turn on the edge of the box.

Kiyani Clayton ’s rocket was the final, and most eye-catching, goal of the night.

Iren Wilson took over the scoring duties for the Sheffield-based team.

His tidy left-footed finish and powerful header meant Hallam lead by four goals at the break.

It could have been five before the interval though.

Wilson let fly from 20 yards but saw his low shot clip the post.

The second half proved to be a horror show for the RAF Regiment.

Davies, Sam Foulds (2), Wood, Mason Barlow (2) and Josh Waine all got on the scoresheet for Hallam as the military defence fell apart.

The highlight of the second half was a four-goal haul from Kieren Watson who put some poor RAF Regiment defending to the sword.

By the time Kiyani Clayton’s rocket flew into the net, the home side had racked up 16 goals.

Reflecting on the result, RAF Regiment Assistant Manager Sergeant Dave Jennings said it had been a "difficult night" for the team.

The side will look to recover from this result in a few friendlies before the end of the year and are hoping for matches against the Royal Artillery and the Royal Marines in 2021.