Hall Road Rangers returned to winning ways on Wednesday night as they secured a 2-1 victory against Hornsea Town which stretched their unbeaten run to 11 league games.
There was a half chance for Rangers in the 11th minute when Callum Stone had an effort comfortably saved. Rob Hall put Rangers ahead, seven minutes later, with his sixth goal of the season as he met a Stone corner and sent a bullet header into the back of the Hornsea net.
In the 26th minute, this lead could’ve been doubled as a great run from Tommy Waud eventually saw him pick out Dave Harrison who saw his shot saved. Sam Loughton fired an effort wide in the 40th minute.
Hornsea equalised in the 62nd minute when they capitalised on an error from Rangers keeper Haydn Withill. However, Rangers regained their lead in the 75th minute through Tom Oliver’s sixth goal of the campaign which was a lovely strike.
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Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Waud (Andrew 72’), Markham, J. Hall (C), Miller, R. Hall, Loughton, Shepard, Iversen (Bullement 68’), Harrison (Oliver 60’), Stone.
Sub Not Used: Davies.
After the game, Rangers boss Chris Burke said:
“A very pleasing result against a hardworking Hornsea side. After the last two disappointing results against East Riding and LIV, we were looking for a reaction and I’m pleased to say we got that.
I thought we controlled the game very well in the first half and had some very good passages of play. We knew, going in at half-time with only a single goal margin, that Hornsea would pose a threat in the second half.
They got back on level terms through an error, but we reacted very well to this. We got the crucial second and seemingly winning goal through a very good Tom Oliver strike to take all three points and make it 11 games unbeaten.”
Rangers face recently crowned Humber Premier League Premier Division champions Pocklington Town at Haworth Park on Saturday.
Pocklington are unbeaten in their last 13 league games and have won 11 of those. They secured the HPL title after a 0-4 win against former champions Hedon Rangers.
Rangers could potentially secure a league double over Pocklington. The previous league meeting between the sides took place last August and saw Rangers win 2-4 courtesy of a Lucas Robinson brace and goals from Chris Spinks and Luke Bullement.
After Saturday’s game, the club will be holding their end of season presentation at the Rising Sun pub. If you can do so, please come along and be a part of the celebrations.
Burke expects a very tough test for his side:
“We look forward to the challenge of welcoming Pocklington Town, the newly crowned Humber Premier League champions, to Haworth Park on Saturday. I’d firstly like to give my congratulations to Joe and all the Pocklington Town staff and players on their first league title.
We know that we’ll be in for a hell of a game, but I welcome it in that we get to test ourselves and see how far we’ve come this season. We beat them very early on in the season and hopefully we can replicate that on Saturday. However, I know it’s not going to be easy and especially with the way they sealed the title last week against Hedon.
It’s our second to last game of the Hall Road era, so I’d like to welcome as many of you down as possible to come and cheer on the lads. You’ll hopefully have a great afternoon of what’ll be a good advert for local non-league football.”