Rangers Earn First Point Of 2012

Hall Road Rangers ended their losing streak as they battled back to draw 1-1 with Staveley Miners Welfare, to earn their first point under their new joint managers.

Hall Road Rangers deserved their point on Saturday, as they held promotion-chasing Staveley Miners Welfare to a 1-1 draw at Dene Park. Ricky Foster’s 28th minute header cancelled out Simon Barraclough’s opener just four minutes earlier, meaning Rangers recorded their first points of 2012.

Speaking after his second game as joint manager with Martin Thacker, and his first at home, Jamie Barnwell was quick to heap praise on his players. “I thought we were outstanding”, he said. “We learnt our lessons from last week, and today I thought we started very brightly and we kept the impetus on throughout the game, so our play deserved something from it”.

Thacker and Barnwell made just one change to the 11 that lost 2-1 away to Lincoln Moorlands Railway last weekend, with Steve Graham coming in for Mike Gawthorpe up front. After a steady but uneventful opening 20 minutes, fourth-placed Staveley took the lead on 24 minutes when Simon Barraclough struck low across goal to beat Mike Burley to his right. The Welfare’s lead lasted less than five minutes, though, when Ricky Foster nodded in unmarked from a Thacker corner to level things up.

After half-time, both sides had chances to win it, with Rangers’ best chance of the second period falling to Adam Crane, who after pouncing on a lucky rebound found himself in acres of space, but could only find the side netting with his left footed strike. Steve Graham went close late on when, after some lovely footwork on the right flank, he cut inside before unleashing a shot that was always curling away from goal.

A rejuvenated Hall Road thoroughly deserved their point, and played some very good passing football during the game – something which Barnwell and Thacker have deliberately tried to instil into the players. “We’ve only been in charge for two games now, and had two training sessions, but going forward, we want to try and play from the back”, said Barnwell. “We believe we’ve got good ability in the side and we need people on the football”.

After losing 2-0 to Staveley earlier in the season – albeit with an almost entirely changed starting 11 – Hall Road could have been overawed by the promotion hopefuls. This wasn’t the case, though. “I doubted that Staveley would have more ability than us, regardless of league positions, and I think I was proved right”, commented Barnwell. “I said before the game that if we matched their endeavour and work rate, we’d get something out of it, and that rang true”. Hall Road stay 17th in the NCEL Premier Division, despite the point, ahead of Tuesday night’s home game with Bridlington Town. Kick-off for that one at Dene Park is 7.45pm.

HALL ROAD RANGERS: Mike Burley, Jamie Heard, Paul Wilson, Steve Gawthorpe, Michael Gregory, Ricky Foster, Mark Griffin (Richard Gibson, 85), Martin Thacker, Steve Graham, Joe Cooper (Ricky Kemp, 68), Adam Crane (Liam Cattermole, 71). Subs not used: Luke Wheeldon

As always, we are very grateful to Alex Blackburne, Hall Road’s Press Officer, for this report. All the relevant links for more information are below.

Follow Alex on twitter: @AlexBlackburne

Follow Hall Road Rangers on twitter: @HRRFC

Hall Road Rangers on Pitchero

Northern Counties East League website

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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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