Hall Road Rangers lost out to their Lincolnshire rivals Winterton on Tuesday night, with the visitors running out 4-2 victors at Dene Park.After conceding an early goal, Hall Road were back level just after the half hour mark through a Steve Gawthorpe penalty. Two second half goals from Winterton stretched their lead. Danny Ricketts then pulled one back for Rangers, only for the visitors to regain their two goal advantage with six minutes left.
Hall Road Rangers bosses Jamie Barnwell and Martin Thacker made a handful of changes for the clash. James Fossdyke replaced the injured Mike Burley in goal, Phil Jackman replaced Steve Graham up front, and 17-year-old Luke Wheeldon came in at centre half for Mike Gregory. Meanwhile, Paul Wilson deputised at left back in place of Liam Cattermole, Danny Ricketts made his first start for Hall Road at the expense of Adam Crane, and Thacker himself returned to the starting line-up in central midfield.
Hall Road began by playing some neat passing football, starting from the back and working their way up the pitch, but were rocked after just four minutes when Winterton broke through and Jake Stannard finished. This seemed to spur Hall Road on and they began to frustrate the visitors with some good possession of the ball. And the home team got their reward on 33 minutes when Danny Ricketts was brought down in Winterton’s box. Steve Gawthorpe scored the resulting penalty to take his tally to four for the season, and simultaneously making him the club’s top scorer out of the current crop of players.
Hall Road came out for the second half and continued to have good possession of the ball, with Joe Cooper and Mark Griffin causing the visitors problems with their pace. They couldn’t find a way through the Winterton defence, though. On 61 minutes, the visitors went 2-1 up from a corner that Hall Road failed to clear, with James O’Neill finishing well from 12 yards. Nine minutes later, Jake Stannard got his second and Wintertons third. Hall Road dug in and battled to grab a goal back on 75 minutes, when a scramble in the visitors box saw Danny Ricketts react quickest to poke the ball home for his first Rangers goal. This spurred Hall Road on, and they endeavoured to snatch an equaliser. However, Winterton stayed strong and made sure the game was well and truly won on 84 minutes, when James O’Neill grabbed his second of the night to seal a 4-2 win.
Winterton moved up to third with the win, whilst Hall Road stayed 17th ahead of Saturday’s home game with Scarborough Athletic.
HALL ROAD: Fossdyke, Heard (Graham, 70), Wilson, S. Gawthorpe, Wheeldon, Atkinson, Griffin (Mortimer, 82), Thacker, Jackman (Easter, 72), Cooper, Ricketts. Subs not used: none.
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