On a wet Wednesday night at Haworth Park, Hall Road Rangers saw their winning streak come to an end as they drew 3-3 against East Riding Rangers.
The visitors took the lead in the 10th minute. Hall Road keeper Haydn Withill came out of his goal to try and deal with a long ball, but he was beaten to it and East Riding capitalised to put themselves in front.
Hall Road then had a couple of good opportunities to equalise which both fell to Tom Iversen. Iversen had a shot saved in the 22nd minute and then saw an effort cleared off the line a couple of minutes later.
In the 25th minute, Dave Harrison got the Hall Road equaliser when he met Lewis Andrew’s cross and slotted home. Harrison bagged his second goal of the game in the 41st minute as he fired home. These were Harrison’s sixth and seventh goals of the season respectively.
Tommy Waud extended Hall Road’s lead seven minutes into the second half with a fine finish to bag his fourth goal of the campaign. Just over the hour mark, Withill produced a good save to prevent the visitors from reducing the arrears.
However, Hall Road ultimately wouldn’t be able to hold onto their two goal lead. East Riding pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute and eventually equalised late on. Before the final whistle was blown, both sides had a chance to take all three points. Andrew fired a shot against the bar whilst the visitors saw an effort hit the post.
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Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Wray, J. Hall, Chaffer, Waud (Miller 76’), Andrew (C), R. Hall, Shepard, Bullement, Harrison (Oliver 64’), Iversen (Spinks 88’).
Sub Not Used: Loughton.
Giving his post-match thoughts, Hall Road boss Chris Burke said:
“Going into the game after a short turnaround from Saturday, we knew it was going to be tough with some tired legs. I’m obviously disappointed with how the game ended.
At 3-1, we should’ve, at this stage of the season, allowed our game management to see us through to the final whistle. However, we were too naive and didn’t implement the basics properly to see the game out.
With a side like East Riding, we know they’re going to be at you for the full game and credit to them as they kept going and got themselves a result. It would’ve been nice to carry on the winning run, but the main thing is we didn’t lose the game and nine unbeaten is still a very good run.
Hopefully, the lads will take a look at what they can do better in similar situations going forward from now. Overall, I’m proud of their efforts and work rate.”
Hall Road will look to put their midweek disappointment behind them on Saturday when they welcome Hornsea Town to Haworth Park.
Sitting in seventh place, Hornsea have suffered defeats in their last two league games. However, they’re not to be underestimated as they’ve shown excellent form on their travels so far this season. This has seen them pick up six wins, one draw and three defeats from 10 games played away from home.
Ahead of the game, Burke said:
“We’ll go again on Saturday, weather permitting, at home to Hornsea and hopefully put another three points on the board to help keep us in touch with the leading pack.
I’d like to thank those that came to watch on Wednesday night for their support in what were pretty appalling conditions as the game went on. I’d also like to welcome them back for our remaining fixtures of this season.”