Hall Road Rangers ended their league campaign and time at Haworth Park with a defeat on Tuesday night as they lost 0-1 against Reckitts AFC.
The visitors threatened in the 12th minute with a header which was put wide. Meanwhile, Tom Iversen had an opportunity for Rangers which he fired over the bar in the 21st minute.
Reckitts broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when Brad Allon slotted the ball into the back of the Rangers net. This ultimately proved to be the only goal of the game and was enough to give the visitors all three points.
Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Wolstenholme (Markham 76’), J. Hall, Chaffer, Waud, Andrew (C), Shepard, Loughton, Bullement, Harrison, Iversen.
Providing his post-match reaction, Rangers manager Chris Burke said:
“The curtain has come down on the Hall Road season and, as we all know by now, it’s an end of an era for the current first-team set up. The result wasn’t the one we all wanted to finish this chapter of the story.
Due to an influx of injuries over the last few games, unavailability due to work commitments and illness, we managed to just about scrap a side together to be able to try and be competitive. Unfortunately, as the game went on, we were running on empty by the hour mark.
We went in at half-time with it being a stalemate and I said to the lads this had a one nil result all over it and whoever made the first mistake would be on the losing side. Unfortunately, we didn’t clear our lines from a free-kick which resulted in Reckitts taking their chance. Tried as we might, we just couldn’t find the breakthrough to get the equalising goal to then try and push on.
I’d like to apologise to the Hall Road supporters, who’ve backed us this season, in not being able to finish off with the result we all wanted before kick-off.
I’d like to also take this opportunity to thank all the people who’ve turned up at Haworth Park and to numerous away games this season for their support. Thank you to all the players who’ve played their part this season and to Matty, Alex and Fizz, my brilliant management team, who’ve assisted brilliantly all season. Have to also say thanks to the volunteers for their unwavering help and support, to Ollie for all his hard work on the media side and to Kev Rev for being the legend that he is (look after him down at Haworth).
Big thanks also to Teresa for keeping us fed and watered each home game, to Leon for his help and support all season and also for returning to the dugout with me for the final swan-song and to Dave and all his family who are all very, very special people. I apologise to anybody I’ve forgotten to name in person, but my thanks also go out to yourselves.
I’d like to wish Hull United and LIV all the best at Haworth for the future. This also goes to Paul Innes and all the new committee who’ll keep the Hall Road badge alive with the junior section. Hopefully, one day, there’ll be a men’s first-team competing at this level again.
It’s been a pleasure to be part of the Hall Road history, but all good things do eventually have to come to an end. I now look forward to next season and all the headaches that’ll no doubt again come with the weekly grind of local non-league football. For the final time in blue and white, thanks for the memories.”