By Neil Winsor
Photograph by Lee Myers
PHOTO: The last two away fixtures has seen Hall Road boss Bill Gill smiling. A further win this week could see his side climb out of the relegation zone
TAKING their performances from the previous two away fixtures will be a priority for Hall Road Rangers this week as they first travel to Liversedge (Tuesday) before returning back to Haworth Park to face Garforth Town (Thursday), both 7.45pm.
Following wins at Staveley MW and the dramatic success at Worksop Town on Saturday, they travel to Liversedge tomorrow evening looking for three points which may see them climb out of the bottom three and provide a massive psychological boost going into a home game with Garforth Town just 48 hours later.
With Harrogate Railway also in action at Handsworth Parramore, Rangers will be keen to turn up the pressure on their nearest rivals in the NCEL Premier Division table, as they begin a run of games, which will see them play four games between Saturday’s until the end of the season.
Whilst some eyes may again turn to events at Sandy Lane, Bill Gill’s side will look for complete focus on a side that have narrowly beaten them twice already this campaign.
With safety realistically secured Liversedge will want to end the season strongly as they remain in the League Cup and still have hopes of silverware, a competition which they knocked Hall Road out of in February.
Rangers ran out of steam in the earlier league fixture also.
After taking the lead through an early Josh Batty goal, and dominating for an hour, they ultimately failed to extend their lead and were punished, eventually losing 1-2 at Haworth Park.
Then in mid-February Rangers went down to the odd goal in a seven goal thriller, again despite leading twice in the game.
An all too familiar story in a season which has seen Rangers squander 22 points from winning positions this term.
They did gain one of those points back though in the earlier season fixture with Garforth Town, as Jake Vernon bagged a last minute equaliser in a game which saw Josh Batty go in between the sticks following an injury to Steve Janney.
Garforth make the return trip to Haworth Park on Thursday night in another fixture which has been rescheduled previously due to the adverse weather conditions since Christmas.
Garforth sit just one place below Liversedge and are only their inferior on goal difference.
Both sides are in the table were Hall Road spent most of the campaign prior to the decision to deduct Hall Road of twelve points, so whilst these two games are again likely to be dramatic, it will give Bill Gill and Andrew Watts an insight into where their current squad are if they are to defy the odds and stay in the division for next season.