Athersley Recreation 0, Hall Road Rangers 1

Saturday April 21

Sheerien Park

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division

By Oliver Harsley

Photograph supplied by Lee Myers

PHOTO: A stunning strike from Reggi Waud helped Hall Road Rangers gain another important win

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Hall Road Rangers were made to make very hard as they left Athersley Recreation with all three points on Saturday thanks to a great strike from Reggi Waud. Incidentally, this was Waud’s first ever goal for the senior team and it was a fine way to get it.

Hall Road boss Bill Gill was full of praise for Reggi Waud after the game. “This game has to be about the 16 year old we have brought up to the first team as he got the winning goal from a scissor kick volley that went in the top corner. It is a credit to Reggi, his family, all the coaches and the club for trusting and developing these youngsters”, Gill said.

The first half was a very even contest as both sides mainly cancelled each other out and there weren’t too many clear cut chances. The best opportunity for either side came when James Hitchcock was forced into producing a great save to tip an Athersley free kick over the bar. The performance in the first half from Rangers was a fine improvement on the one at Clipstone on Thursday and it would continue to improve in the second half.

The game grew as the second half went on and Athersley nearly took the lead as a shot went just wide of the Hall Road goal. The best moment of the whole match came in the 55th minute when Reggi Waud produced a superb acrobatic shot which rocketed into the net to give Hall Road the lead. Athersley were reduced to ten men later in the half when Kai Hancock received his marching orders after a second bookable offence. However, the ten men rallied hard to try and find an equaliser and put a lot of pressure on Rangers but they weren’t able to break their resilience down.

James Hitchcock produced another fine save to keep Hall Road’s lead in tact and they held on to clinch a valuable win. Gill was also full of praise for his goalkeeper and the back four in front of him as they fought hard to keep Athersley out. “The back four were outstanding and our keeper has pulled off a couple of good saves to keep us in it”, Gill said.

Rangers will travel to Liversedge on Monday night in their final away game of the season and then they welcome Parkgate to Haworth Park 24 hours later on Tuesday night.

Gill summed up by praising his midfield and attack and also thanked the support he and his team have received in the last few weeks. “The front three and midfield including the substitutes all grafted extremely hard, kept their shape and made sure we secured all 3 valuable points. The support we have had from our committee and fans has been first class these last few weeks too”, Gill concluded.