Clipstone vs Hall Road Rangers
Thursday April 19
Worksop Van Hire Stadium
Kick off 7.45pm
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
By Neil Winsor
Photograph supplied by Lee Myers
PHOTO: Danny Norton could play a more prominent role tomorrow night after recovering from injury
A PROFESSIONAL performance is what is required tomorrow night as Hall Road Rangers look to boost their survival hopes at bottom club Clipstone.
With Hall Road now entering their final ten games of the season they travel to a side keen to record their first win of the season following a tough 2017, on and off the pitch.
Having almost folded completely last season, Clipstone to their credit have battled on at a major disadvantage into this season and with five games remaining will be keen to not end the season winless.
They face a Hall Road side that they presented a genuine scare to in the early season fixture back at Haworth Park.
Despite leading 3-0 at half-time, Rangers were almost pegged back as Clipstone eventually lost the game narrowly 3-2.
The Cobras do own an FA Vase victory over Barton Town to their name this season and will be looking to add at least one more scalp before the end of the campaign.
Bill Gill’s players though must approach the game with confidence, whilst a degree of professionalism will also be a key ingredient.
Gill has stated Clipstone will be given the respect ahead of a game Rangers must look to win.
Speaking after the defeat to Bottesford Town, Gill said the following;
“All due respect to Clipstone, they’ve done well to keep going, and it does not matter who you play at this level, or indeed any level, if you do not start right, or you do not want it as much, it’s going to make it a tough game.
So for that reason, we’ll give Clipstone the respect they deserve and we will have to earn the right to play, no game at this level is easy.”
With a well documented ‘heavy’ schedule which sees the Haworth Park side trying to cram in their remaining games before May 5, rotation is more a certainty, rather then a likelihood.
So for that reason, skipper Danny Norton (pictured), Conner Harman, Dane Mortimer and Benn Lewis could all return to the starting lineup following their returns on Tuesday night, albeit as substitutes.
Reggi Waud who was the other substitute in the defeat to Bottesford could also feature, whilst James Whittingham, Joe Milner, and Alex Stock could be further options.