An excellent performance from Hall Road Rangers resulted in them progressing to the next round of the East Riding Senior Cup as they earned a 1-3 victory against North Ferriby FC at the Dransfield Stadium on Tuesday night.
Inside five minutes, Rangers got themselves in front. An interception led to Tommy Waud producing a lobbed effort just inside the North Ferriby half which went over Villagers keeper Jordan Douglas and into the back of the net.
The hosts carved out a chance a few minutes later when Robbie Start ran through the Rangers midfield and had a shot saved by Haydn Withill. In the 20th minute, Rangers skipper Lewis Andrew saw a free-kick go over the bar.
Withill produced a great save to deny Antonio Ezeagba after he got on the end of a Danny Buttle cross. Buttle and Ezeagba combined yet again which resulted in the latter putting a shot over the bar.
Rangers doubled their lead in the 39th minute as former North Ferriby player Tom Oliver grabbed his fifth goal of the season. A couple of minutes before the break, some great work from Oliver set up a chance for Waud which went wide.
In the 50th minute, Waud picked up his second goal of the game and gave Rangers a three goal lead. The hosts almost pulled a goal back when Iwan Heeley’s header was saved by Withill.
Oliver had an opportunity to make it 0-4 in the 65th minute, but his effort was saved by Douglas. North Ferriby got a consolatory goal in the 89th minute through a Tom Corner effort.
Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Pulford, J. Hall, Murray, Chaffer, Andrew (C), Wray (Shepard 81’), Waud, Harrison (R. Hall 59’), Bullement (Iversen 71’), Oliver (Salter 66’).
Sub Not Used: Emmerson.
Rangers first team head coach Matt Gray was delighted with the performance of the players:
“Every player was superb tonight and it all came together in an excellent all round performance.
Myself and Alex had put a game plan together, the lads worked hard over two training sessions on implementing it and tonight they executed it perfectly. The early goal was a key moment as it gave us something to hold onto and helped with the way we had set up to play.
Before the game, we asked the players to step up and show more fight after some disappointing recent results and every single one of them did that tonight. We were willing to concede a lot of possession to North Ferriby and the application of the players out of possession was superb in nullifying a team that have been free scoring so far this season.
We then showed our quality on the counter with three good goals and could possibly have had more. It’s important now that we take this performance and build on it for the rest of the season to come starting with South Cave on Saturday.
Finally, thank you to North Ferriby for their hospitality which was excellent as always and we wish them well for the rest of their league campaign.”