Joint Managers Denied Dream Return

Returning joint managers Martin Thacker and Jamie Barnwell were denied a dream start to their return at Hall Road Rangers after losing to Lincoln Moorlands Railway.

Martin Thacker & Jamie Barnwell were hoping for a better start

Two goals inside the first ten minutes – from Lee Beesley and Ben Garrick – set Lincoln on their way, with Steve Gawthorpe converting a second half penalty to get Rangers on the scoreboard.

After four straight defeats, Hall Road travelled to Lincoln looking for points to end their drought, with Thacker and Barnwell in charge of the side for the first time together. Some new signings were evident, with former Morecambe and Chester full back Jamie Heard making the starting line-up, and midfielder Ricky Kemp appearing on the bench.

Meanwhile, Joe Cooper, Michael Gregory, Ricky Foster and Paul Wilson returned to the first team for the first time since Thacker’s initial departure in December, and Mike Burley made his first appearance of the season in goal. Joint manager Thacker also started, with Steve Gawthorpe donning the captain’s armband after a some impressive recent performances.

The game started in blustery conditions, with the home side opting to have the wind behind them for the first period. It paid off, too, as on seven minutes, Lincoln took the lead, with their winger knocking a ball past left back Paul Wilson, turning him sharply before squaring the ball for Lee Beesley, who finished well into the bottom right hand corner. And it only took the Moors another four minutes to double their lead with their wide men causing Rangers problems with their pace and movement, with Ben Garrick finishing this time.

Hall Road then settled a little but looked bunched in midfield, and seemed to have no outlet when they gained possession of the ball, although left winger Adam Crane did make a few surging runs but with no final assault on Lincoln’s goal. Rangers went in at the break two goals down.

Seven minutes after the restart, Rangers were awarded a penalty when the referee saw a push in the back on Adam Crane from the Lincoln ‘keeper. Captain Steve Gawthorpe stepped up and despatched the spot kick superbly into the corner with the ‘keeper going the wrong way.

Hall Road made three substitutions between 65 and 70 minutes, with Steve Graham, Richard Gibson and Liam Cattermole all coming on to bolster Rangers’ efforts for an equaliser. Lincoln defended stoutly, though, and held on to win 2-1.

The loss leaves Hall Road in 17th in the NCEL Premier Division, ahead of next weekend’s home clash against Staveley Miners Welfare.

HALL ROAD: Burley, Heard, Wilson, S. Gawthorpe, Gregory, Foster, Griffin (Griffin, 68), Thacker, M. Gawthorpe, Cooper (Gibson, 69), Crane (Cattermole, 70). Subs not used: Parker, Kemp.

Match report published with the full permission of Hall Road Rangers FC, and their Press Officer Alex Blackburne.

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About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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