Hall Road Rangers suffered penalty shootout heartbreak on Wednesday night as they were knocked out of the Whiteheads Fish & Chips Cup by LIV Supplies.
In the eighth minute, LIV produced an effort which was well saved by Haydn Withill. Eight minutes later, Rob Hall had an opportunity for Rangers that was saved.
Rangers came agonisingly close to going in front in the 34th minute. A fantastic Lewis Andrew pass set Mason Chaffer through on the left who then looked to pick out Dave Harrison inside the LIV box. However, Harrison was unable to connect with Chaffer’s cut back.
Just past the hour mark, Rangers finally broke the deadlock and took the lead. A Jordan Hall free-kick delivery picked out Rob Hall and his header looped into the back of the LIV net. LIV had a golden opportunity to equalise in the 71st minute when they were awarded a penalty, but they smashed it against the crossbar.
However, LIV found their equaliser in the 81st minute when Callum Harrison got to the ball before Withill and lobbed it into the Rangers net. Ultimately, the tie finished as a 1-1 draw and it went straight to penalties.
Ellis Miller, Jordan Hall and Luke Bullement all converted their spot kicks, but Lewis Andrew and Rob Hall saw their penalties saved. Meanwhile, Haydn Withill managed to save one of LIV’s penalties whilst they scored their other four spot kicks which condemned Rangers to a 3-4 defeat.
Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Pulford, J. Hall, Davies, Waud (Bullement 73’), Andrew (C), Shepard, R. Hall, Chaffer (Miller 70’), Oliver, Harrison (Iversen 70’).
Subs Not Used: Salter, Phillips.
Rangers will aim to show an immediate reaction when they welcome Cherry Burton FC to Haworth Park on Saturday. If Rangers were to take all three points, it’d be their seventh league win on the bounce.
Cherry Burton sit in 10th place in the league table and are unbeaten in their last two league games. They’ve had nine away games so far this season which have resulted in three wins, one draw and five defeats.
Daniel Gibson and Thomas Kerins are Cherry Burton’s joint top scorers so far this season with seven goals each to their names. Elsewhere, Daniel Finch has six goals thus far.
Providing his pre-match thoughts, Rangers manager Chris Burke said:
“After letting the dust settle from Wednesday night’s result, we return to league action this weekend. We’re currently on a very good run in the league and we’ll be looking to build on that.
We’ll be going into the game looking to move on from the recent cup defeats. The lads know we need a reaction and we’ll do everything we can to continue putting points on the board.”