On Saturday afternoon, Hall Road Rangers were defeated 1-2 by Humber Premier League champions Pocklington Town and this result ended the club’s 11 game unbeaten run.

Rangers had the better of the play in the first half. However, they almost went behind in the ninth minute when a Pocklington free-kick was tipped away by Haydn Withill. Dave Kocsis nearly gave Rangers the lead in the 31st minute as he headed wide.

Withill then produced a good save, five minutes before half-time, which prevented Pock from going in front. Just before the break, Callum Stone broke the deadlock with a headed effort after meeting a Mason Chaffer cross to get his second goal of the season.

From the start of the second half, Pock took the initiative and looked to work themselves back into the game. They equalised in the 57th minute thanks to a wonder goal from Chris Dempsey which flew into the back of the Rangers net.

Pock turned things round completely and got themselves in front in the 67th minute through a Luke Cranswick effort. In the 85th minute, Rangers were reduced to ten men as Stone received his marching orders from the referee.

Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Markham, Kocsis, Chaffer (Harrison 67’), Waud, Andrew (C), R. Hall (Miller 78’), Shepard, Stone, Oliver, Iversen (Bullement 74’).

Giving his post-match thoughts, Rangers boss Chris Burke said:

“The last Saturday game of the current Hall Road era is done and we unfortunately came out on the wrong side of the result going down 1-2 to the recent Humber Premier League champions.

We started the game exceptionally well and were in control in the first half. Although Pocklington had some decent spells, we were looking really good but just couldn’t get the ball over the line. Fortunately, right on the stroke of half-time, we got the breakthrough to take a 1-0 lead.

We knew that Pock would come out a different side in the second half and that’s exactly what happened. We weathered the storm, but then they got the equalising goal through a brilliant strike into the top corner. After this, we unfortunately lost our way and, more disappointingly, our discipline.

The second Pocklington goal was a contentious one with the referee allowing it to stand when I firmly believe it should’ve been ruled out for offside. However, that’s the way it goes sometimes and you just have to take it on the chin. Pocklington showed why they’ve become the champions and I’d like to repeat my congratulations to Joe and all the Pocklington staff and players.

We’ll look to finish on a high with our last ever game on Tuesday 2nd May at home to Reckitts.”