Rangers Register Victory At Long Last
Jamie Barnwell and Martin Thacker gain the first win of their tenure as joint managers at Dene Park, in Hall Road Rangers’ first match in almost a month.
Hall Road Rangers
Saturday, February 25th 2012
Hall Road Rangers recorded their first win in 11 games on Saturday, with a 3-1 victory over NCEL Premier Division bottom side Selby Town. Rangers went behind mid-way through the first half through Robins striker Roy Fogarty, but had pulled it back level just over five minutes later when Steve Gawthorpe tapped in. A goal just before half-time from Paul Wilson put Hall Road ahead, before Steve Graham added a third just after the break.
Joint manager Martin Thacker was naturally delighted at picking up the club’s first three points since mid-November. “In the last three games, we’ve done really well and have probably come out deserving more points”, he said. “Today, we’ve done really well again and we should have put five, six, or seven past them in the end. It was a massive win for Hall Road in the context of staying in the league.”
Rangers made just one change to the side that lost 4-2 to Bridlington Town, with Jamie Heard replacing Ricky Foster at right back. New signings Danny Ricketts and Phil Jackman were named amongst the substitutes. The home side started brightly, with Mark Griffin, Paul Wilson and Steve Graham going close early on. However, with their first effort on goal, Selby took the lead. Roy Fogarty received the ball at his feet with his back to goal just inside the area, spun around, and fired in low past Mike Burley. But just after the half hour mark, Rangers brought things back level. Adam Crane skipped past a defender on the left before firing across goal, with Steve Gawthorpe posed with the simple task of tapping in from a couple of yards out. Piling on the pressure towards the end of the first period, Hall Road snatched a second with moments left of the half. Liam Cattermole overlapped on the left wing before swinging a cross into the box for Wilson to steer home, and give Rangers a half time lead.
Continuing in the same vein as they finished the first half, Rangers added a third on 49 minutes after a great team move. Thacker played a ball over the top of the defence, Gawthorpe flicked on, Wilson mastered a neat volleyed touch to Graham near the penalty spot, and although the Selby goalkeeper took most of the sting off the ball, Graham’s shot had enough on it to trickle over the line. Selby rarely looked threatening in the latter stages, which granted Rangers their a vital three points.
“Credit to the lads, because we could have booted it and booted it and we wouldn’t have gone anywhere”, said Thacker after the game. “We didn’t have the players on the pitch to stick it long. So we tried to play football, and in the end, it told. “In patches, when we actually played football, we murdered them.”
Hall Road leapfrogged Long Eaton United to move up to 16th in the NCEL Premier Division ahead of next weekend’s trip to 12th-placed Arnold Town.
HALL ROAD: Mike Burley, Jamie Heard, Liam Cattermole, Steve Gawthorpe, Michael Gregory, Jamie Atkinson, Mark Griffin, Martin Thacker (Danny Ricketts, 79), Steve Graham (Phil Jackman, 78), Paul Wilson (Joe Cooper, 81), Adam Crane. Subs not used: Ricky Foster, Luke Wheeldon.
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