Deja Vu For Hall Road Rangers
Chairman Darren Wilson, in his managerial role, oversaw defeat to Parkgate on a second successive Saturday.
Hall Road Rangers battled in tough conditions on Saturday, but ended up losing 2-1 to Parkgate in their last match before Christmas. Rangers were 2-0 down inside half an hour, but pulled one back just before the break.
Despite a courageous second half display which saw them deny the Steelmen further goals whilst going close themselves a couple of times, it was the visitors who went home with all three points.
Darren Wilson, who took charge of the first team last weekend, has taken up the role on a more permanent basis, stepping down from his role as chairman to concentrate on management, initially until the end of the season. He commented on his players’ performance against Parkgate:
“Again, we had more forced changes from last week, but the players that came in and the players that were moved about battled well. Parkgate are a good side, and they’ve scored a lot of goals in this league, but I felt that with them being used to playing on a very good pitch, they wouldn’t want to come here on a cold winter’s day in a mud bath.
“I thought we could get at them, upset them, stop their rhythm, stop them playing football, and I thought we did that. We battled and kept our heads up, and I thought possibly late on, we could’ve snatched an equaliser.”
Wilson was forced into making a handful of changes for the clash, even after last week’s all-change side that lost 4-2 away to Parkgate, with six new faces making the starting line-up. Despite a bright start by Hall Road, Parkgate took the lead after 12 minutes, when Ashley Worsfold squared the ball in the area to Adam Sherpherd, who placed it past Charlie Holden.
Will Senior increased his side’s lead with a well controlled header just before the half hour mark. Minutes before the break, though, and Rangers pulled one back. Steve Gawthorpe nicked the ball off Steve Graham, before executing a lovely lofted chip from outside the box, which sailed over Jamie Bailey in the Parkgate goal.
Both sides had second half chances, either to draw level or put the game to bed, but neither took it.
Arguably the best chance fell to Graham, who, deep into injury time, headed agonisingly wide from a Gawthorpe free kick. However, the stand-in captain might have been offside.
Wilson, though, saw positives in the defeat:
“At times today, even in that mud bath, we put some passes together and looked dangerous, especially out wide. We were getting round them and causing them problems.” He added that him taking the manager’s job in a more permanent capacity was necessary in order for the club to progress.
“I’m just trying to steady the ship”, he said. “We’ve had plenty of applications – people from out of town that don’t know the players in the area, because there are a lot of good players here, but it’s just getting them to Hall Road that is the problem. People could come in and decimate the players that we’ve got here, and we’ve already got good players.”
Rangers’ next match is away at second-placed Tadcaster Albion on Boxing Day.
HALL ROAD: Charlie Holden, Mark Griffin, Dave Gilbey, Dane Mortimer, Lee Parker, Rio Buckley, Steve Chapman, Steve Gawthorpe, Steve Graham, Danny Moore, Adam Crane. Subs not used: Danny Ransom, Darren Wilson, Emmanuel Chitongo, James Fossdyke.
As always, we are extremely grateful to Hall Road’s Press Officer, Alex Blackburne, for this match report. If you want anymore information on the club, or the Northern Counties East League, the links are below.
Alex Blackburne on twitter.
Hall Road Rangers Official twitter account.
Hall Road Rangers Official Website.
Northern Counties East League Official Site.