By Neil Winsor
Photograph supplied by Lee Myers
BILL Gill (centre) paid homage to his battered and bruised players this morning following the 4-1 win against Parkgate last night, which saw his side climb out of the bottom three.
“The lads are a little battered and bruised at the minute.” Gill admitted as Hall Road recorded their fifth win in eight matches.
“Reggi (Waud) sets us on our way with a superb strike outside the box into the bottom corner.
I think the lads deserve a lot of credit under terrible weather conditions, but they dug in and saw the game off.
It could have been more on another day but I would have taken a one-nil win prior to kick such was the need to record three points.”
Reggi Waud opened the scoring as he did at Athersley this past weekend, scoring his second senior goal for the club with a fine finish from distance on sixteen minutes.
‘The Steelmen’ had the lion share of possession in the first half hour though as James Hitchcock had to twice deal with Parkgate’s efforts.
The visitors failed to use their early dominance though and were punished as Hall Road got stronger.
Jack Binns rounded off a fine team move to double the advantage twelve minutes after the break before Parkgate gave themselves a glimmer of hope on 66 minutes reducing the deficit.
Earlier in the season Rangers have been known to throw away points when in leading positions, 22 so far, and a nervy ten minutes followed before skipper Danny Norton met Sam O’Malley’s cross to nod home a third, and substitute Josh Batty rounded off the performance with a fourth in added time.
The Rangers treatment room is filling up as Rangers eat into their fixture back-log and have dug in admirably, especially over the previous fortnight.
Conner Harman had to be replaced in the first half with an eye wound, whilst Alex Stock (blistering) and Danny Norton (bruising) are also carrying minor ailments, whilst Fraser Hansen (ankle), will now miss the end of season run in.
Gill also addressed this but largely paid tribute to the visitors, who themselves now need to win their remaining five games to stand any chance of escaping the drop zone.
“We need to recover now for 36 hours and brush ourselves down and get ready to go again on Thursday for another difficult game at home to Handsworth Parramore.
I want it to go on record though that Bill Fox and his lads was superb.
They didn’t stop all night and tried to play football the right way, and even caused us some anxious moments when they got their well taken goal.
We wish them well with their plans for next season.”
Hall Road now sit two points clear of Harrogate Railway and still have four games in hand and own a much better goal difference over an improving side, prior to Railway’s home game with Hemsworth MW this evening.