Hall Road Rangers had another frustrating and disappointing Saturday afternoon as they lost 4-1 against Sculcoates Amateurs at St Mary’s College.

It was a sloppy start from Rangers as they went 1-0 down inside the first minute of the game. Ben Flowerdew put the ball in the back of the net to give Scullies the lead.

Paul Wray got Rangers back on level terms in the fourth minute when he slotted the ball home past Scullies keeper Joe Piercy. However, the hosts restored their lead in the 18th minute courtesy of a Reece Shipley effort.

A well worked attacking move from Scullies resulted in Flowerdew getting his second goal of the game in the 38th minute. In the 54th minute, Scullies gave themselves a three goal lead as Shipley secured his second goal of the game.

This defeat leaves Rangers sitting in eighth place in the Humber Premier League Premier Division table.

Hall Road Rangers: Emmerson, Bullement, Pulford, Murray, Chaffer, Andrew (C), R. Hall (Loughton 61’), Wray, Harrison (Miller 61’), Shepard (Salter 55’), Oliver.

After the game, Rangers boss Chris Burke said:

“Today, you just have to take it on the chin. We were beaten by the better side.

Scullies have got some good, young lads that have obviously been together for a while. They’ve come up through the ranks and fair play to them. They’ve played some very good football today.

There’s times when we’ve just been too slow to react and not won second balls. We lacked that bit of quality in the final pass, but the lads kept going up until the 90th minute.

We just couldn’t seem to break Scullies down. They’re a good, young and organised side who are well drilled.

It’s not an excuse, but we had a couple of regulars missing today which maybe affected the way we had to set up. We made a bit of a tweak at half-time and kind of got back in the game. The goal just after half-time took the wind out of us and it was a bit of an uphill task.

We’ll dust ourselves down and go again on Wednesday getting the lads into training. Hopefully, we’ll have the lads that are missing back on Saturday.”