New Start, But A Familiar Outcome
After parting with manager Martin Thacker in miwek, Hall Road Rangers were looking for a new start, but were unfortunate to lose 4-2 to an impressive Parkgate side on Saturday, despite having a hugely shuffled pack.
Injuries and unavailabilities meant Rangers were forced into several changes, with three Reserves – Dane Mortimer, Russ Webster and Rio Buckley – promoted to the first team, whilst goalkeeper Charlie Holden – recently signed from Selby – was given the nod ahead of James Fossdyke, who dropped to the bench.
Youngsters Danny Ransom and Luke Wheeldon started at right and left full back respectively, with chairman Darren Wilson, who was taking charge of the team temporarily following Martin Thacker’s midweek departure, forced into naming himself on the bench as cover.
The young Rangers side started well, though, with midfielder Tim Taylor opening the scoring after just four minutes. Russ Webster won a header in the Parkgate box, with Taylor thrashing the ball into the top corner for his first goal of the season.
Parkgate were level less than ten minutes later, when Nathan Forbes-Swindells headed in off Gareth Barlow’s cross, and went ahead just before the break when Barlow waltzed through a number of challenges before passing the ball into the corner past Holden.
It looked as the though the home side would take a 2-1 lead into the break, but a long ball into their box caused a bizarre mix-up between ‘keeper Jamie Bailey and centre half Matt Griffin, with neither of them clearing their lines, leaving Rio Buckley with the simple job of tapping into an empty net.
After the restart, the Steelmen pushed for a winner, and made it 3-2 on 69 minutes through a Forbes-Swindells free kick, which moved in the air massively, before trickling into the corner of the net. With Hall Road having to go all out for a late equaliser, their defence was ultimately exposed, and Forbes-Swindells made it 4-2, and subsequently completed his hat-trick, with less than ten minutes left, when he cut inside from the left before hitting a reverse shot that evaded Holden’s dive.
Rangers brought on James Fossdyke, primarily a goalkeeper, up front in a late attempt to cause the Parkgate defence some hassle, but their efforts were in vain and the game ended 4-2. Hall Road drop to 14th in the NCEL Premier Division, ahead of next weekend’s return fixture, which sees Parkgate visit Dene Park.
HALL ROAD: Charlie Holden, Danny Ransom (Steve Chapman, 67), Luke Wheeldon, Dave Ricardo, Dane Mortimer, Russ Webster, Mark Griffin, Tim Taylor, Steve Graham, Rio Buckley (James Fossdyke, 86), Joe Cooper. Subs not used: Darren Wilson.
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