Hall Road Rangers’ 2011/12 season came to a disappointing end on Saturday, when they lost 3-2 to fellow strugglers Long Eaton United at Dene Park, writes Alex Blackburne. Read the rest of this entry
Hall Road Rangers showed admirable fight and desire on Saturday, to come back from 2-0 down to beat Barton Town Old Boys 3-2 at the Euronics Ground. A first half Steve Gawthorpe goal, followed by second half strikes from ex-Barton pair Adam Crane and Mark Griffin, sealed a sublime turnaround for Hall Road, after they found themselves two behind with 15 minutes played. Read the rest of this entry
Hall Road Rangers recorded their first win in the Northern Counties East League in six matches, as they beat Nostell Miners Welfare at Dene Park. Read the rest of this entry
Hall Road Rangers surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Arnold Town on Saturday, in difficult circumstances.
The Rangers team bus suffered a burst tyre on the drive down to Nottinghamshire, meaning the game didn’t kick off until just after 4pm. But within 25 minutes, Hall Road found themselves two to the good, with goals from Joe Cooper and Mark Griffin. Steve Graham received his marching orders in the first half after picking up two yellow cards, meaning Phil Jackman replaced goalscorer Cooper at half-time to add weight to the attack.
In the second half, ten-man Hall Road were doing the bulk of the defending, but their job was made even more difficult when Liam Cattermole received a straight red for tackle that would usually only see a yellow card. Against the nine men of Rangers, Arnold began playing direct football, and hit a post and bar as they continued to look for a way back into the match. They pulled one back on 80 mins when Luke Smithson fired in from the edge of the box, leaving ‘keeper Mike Burley with no chance. Arnold, with their tales now up, continued to apply pressure with long throw-ins and corners. And deep into injury time, it was a corner that saw the home side draw level, with substitute Chris Freestone tapping in from close range after a melee in the box.
Rangers remain 16th in the NCEL Premier Division ahead of Tuesday’s game against Brighouse Town.
HALL ROAD: Mike Burley, Jamie Heard, Liam Cattermole, Steve Gawthorpe, Michael Gregory, Jamie Atkinson, Mark Griffin (Paul Wilson, 75), Martin Thacker, Steve Graham, Joe Cooper (Phil Jackman, 46), Adam Crane. Subs not used: Luke Wheeldon.
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The match dates and times for the Baris NCEL Easter Ground Hop in April have now been finalised. Read the rest of this entry
This is the first article from Alex Blackburne, press officer at Hall Road Rangers, who has very kindly offered to provide the site with regular articles.
Hall Road Rangers bounced back from the disappointment of their midweek elimination from the East Riding Senior Cup by beating bottom side Maltby Main in the NCEL Premier Division. Goals from Paul Wilson and Liam Cattermole sealed the pointson a difficult pitch, and left manager Martin Thacker pleased with his side’s response.
“I think it’s so difficult to come to Maltby and play football on a pitch like that, but the lads did everything that they didn’t do on Tuesday night – they worked their socks off – and that’s what you get when you work hard in these leagues” he said after the game. “To get the three points is brilliant. It keeps us thirteen points off the bottom, and keeps us looking up.”
Hall road’s starting eleven included Jamie Waltham, a midweek signing from top side Bridlington Town, at centre back, and Liam Cattermole, who has re-signed for the club, on the bench. After a scrappy first half, in which Hall Road had the best chances, Maltby, on a ten match losing streak going into the match, were awarded a dubious penalty on 38 minutes when Michael Gregory was adjudged to have handled the ball. Luke Clay stepped up to take the spotkick, but his effort was saved by the young James Fossdyke in the Rangers goal. Buoyed by Fossdyke’s heroics, Rangers took the lead in first half stoppage time when Mark Griffin’s effort was parried straight to the feet of Paul Wilson, who tapped in for his first of the season. Half time: Maltby Main 0 Hall Road Rangers 1.
The second half continued in the same scrappy vein as the first, with some tasty challenges coming in from both sides. As Maltby pushed forward in search of an equaliser, two substitutes combined to seal the points for Rangers. Tim Taylor played a delightful through ball to Cattermole, and he slotted past home ‘keeper Andrew Carney with five minutes left. Full time: Maltby Main 0 Hall Road Rangers 2.
“When Hall Road play away, it’s always going to be scrappy, and you’ve got to find a way of winning”, explained Thacker, who had just witnessed the first clean sheet of his current stint as manager. “You can’t just keep passing and passing and expect to beat teams, and that’s exactly what we didn’t do today. We did everything that you have to do to win games against lower teams in the league away from home. Simple as that”.
After having had three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player earlier in the season, Rangers remain in twelfth position in the NCEL despite their win, as the points were deducted after the game.
Hall ROad Rangers: James Fossdyke, Grant Normington, Mike Bettney, Dave Ricardo, Michael Gregory, Jamie Waltham, Mark Griffin (Liam Cattermole 81), Martin Thacker, Joe Cooper (Tim Taylor 70), James McGarry (Richard Gibson 87), Paul Wilson. Sub not used: Ricky Foster.