No Festive Cheer For Rangers
Hall Road Rangers sunk to a 4-0 loss against a clinical Tadcaster Albion side on Boxing Day, despite showing signs of promise in the first half.
Two goals either side of half time eventually sunk Rangers, who were yet again forced to name a makeshift starting eleven, due to injuries and unavailabilities. Winger Mark Griffin started at centre half alongside stand-in captain Russ Webster, whilst Darryl Thompson and Mike Gawthorpe were the latest two names to be called up from the Reserve side. Manager Darren Wilson was the only available substitute, and was on the field for the last 40 minutes following an injury to Thompson.
“We’re very disappointed”, reflected Wilson after the game. “In the last two weeks, we’ve battled for the full 90 minutes. Today, we battled well in the first half but weren’t tight enough for the two goals. But in the second half, we just went to sleep. We sat back, we didn’t pressure them like we should have done, we didn’t get on their toes like we should have done, and we just sat back and watched them.”
Wilson continued, claiming the first goal after half time – whoever got it – was key to how the match finished. “I think we tired a bit in the second half, and it was that third goal that was the killer. If we’d have got it, we’d have possibly been back in it, but they got it and we just sat back, let them play, gave them far too much space, and to be fair, they ran rings round us.”
Wilson blamed the fact the fixture was played on Boxing Day as the reason for so many unavailabilities, claiming that at this level of football, players’ family commitments should be taken into consideration. “We were missing important players today, but as an away game on Boxing Day, it should never have been played”, he said. “There are going to be family parties so we were always going to struggle to get a team out. If you’re at home, it’s not so bad because it’s only a couple of hours out of your day. If you’re away, it’s going to be a nightmare because it takes the whole day. Players are under pressure from their families, or they’ve had a drink on Christmas Day which they’re entitled to, so I just think it’s a silly day to have a match.”
Rangers have now picked up just one point from their last six games, and have now dropped down to sixteenth in the table. Their next game sees them travel to Pickering Town on January 2nd.
HALL ROAD: Charlie Holden, Danny Ransom, Dave Gilbey, Mark Griffin, Russ Webster, Darryl Thompson (Darren Wilson, 51), Steve Chapman, Steve Gawthorpe, Danny Moore, Mike Gawthorpe, Adam Crane. Subs not used: None.
Thanks to Alex Blackburne, the Press Officer for Hall Road Rangers, for this match report. If you want more information on Hall Road Rangers or the Northern Counties East League, the links are below.