Hall Road Rangers returned to winning ways in the Humber Premier League Premier Division on Saturday by picking up a 2-3 victory at Hessle Sporting Club.
Inside the fourth minute of the game, Rangers were in front. It was thanks to a wonder goal from Chris Spinks as he produced a superb chipped finish which looped into the back of the Hessle Sporting net. By doing so, Spinks made himself the club’s highest goal scorer in league and cup games since 2005 by breaking Paul Palmer’s previous record.
After this, the hosts had a half chance when a shot was fired straight at Rangers keeper Haydn Withill. At the other end, Kian Salter nearly doubled Hall Road’s lead in the 24th minute when his shot went wide. Two minutes later, Salter sent a header wide after being picked out by a good Tommy Waud cross.
In the 31st minute, there was a big let off for Hall Road as they gifted the hosts an opportunity which they failed to take advantage of.
Hessle Sporting saw a header go over the bar in the 53rd minute. Meanwhile, Sam O’Malley benefited from a loose defensive header which fell into his path, but he fired his effort over the bar.
After Tom Iversen was brought down in the Hessle Sporting box, the referee pointed to the spot and awarded Rangers a penalty. Subsequently, Spinks stepped up and dispatched the spot kick to double Rangers’ lead and secure a brace in the 65th minute.
However, the game was soon turned on its head in a space of a few minutes. The hosts scored two quick fire goals courtesy of Sam Leach and Jez Hartley to get themselves on level terms.
The last few minutes saw both sides go for a winning goal which significantly opened up the game. Rangers came very close to restoring their lead in the 87th minute when Kian Salter had an effort saved by the Hessle Sporting keeper and then Tom Iversen put the rebound wide.
Late on, Rangers did get that killer goal and it came from a swift counter attacking move. This resulted in a wonderful finish from second half substitute Sam Loughton after he was played through by Sam O’Malley.
This win means that Rangers now sit in sixth place in the league table.
Hall Road Rangers: Withill, Waud, Pulford, Murray, Chaffer, Andrew (C), Shepard (Iversen 45’), Bullement (Loughton 81’), Spinks, Salter (Harrison 90’), O’Malley.
Subs Not Used: Emmerson, Sallis.
Rangers boss Leon Sewell had mixed thoughts following the game:
“Little bit mixed to be honest. Thought we controlled the game in the first half. In the second half, we got the second goal and then we switched off again for some bizarre reason.
Fair play to Hessle Sporting. They really pushed on and put us on the back foot in the second half.
Truthfully, I thought we’d dropped two points and thought it was going to be 2-2. Quick counter attack at the end and we’ve got in behind. I think Sam O’Malley’s played the ball through for Sam Loughton and we’ve probably seen two of the best lobs today that you’ll ever see.
I need to mention Spinksy today breaking the club’s all time goal scorer record and he’s got 67 on the board now. Testament to him for coming and having a run out today and it’s great that Barton have allowed him to come and play for us. It’s also great that he’s achieved something special for the club.
Really happy that we’ve got three points. In the manner that we performed in the second half, I’m not too happy. I asked for the boys to enjoy their afternoon and I hope they enjoy their evening.
Good three points in relatively poor fashion with the second half, but we’ll take it. Stops the rot after a couple of poor performances and a couple of defeats. Overall, we go again.”