By Neil Winsor

Photograph supplied by Lee Myers

PHOTO: Bill Gill (right) alongside his assistant Andrew Watts, was full of praise for his players after their weekend win at Thackley

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HALL Road Rangers boss Bill Gill praised his side’s mental qualities following their return to winning ways at Thackley on Saturday afternoon.

A Tom Bennett brace as well as a second half strike by Gareth Owen were complimented by Josh Batty’s fourth goal in as many appearances in a 4-2 success on West Yorkshire which saw Rangers nudge their way back into the top half of the table.

With six of the squad who are considered first team regulars missing for the trip, or not at full fitness, Gill also praised his players work ethic when he told the club’s website-:

“It was one of them days where the outcome was unpredictable.

We had James Piercy, Danny Norton, Conner Harman, Jack Griffin, Chris Spinks, and James Whittingham all unavailable for one reason or another.

With that quality missing, it is all about hard work, grit and desire and Saturday was one of the hardest working performances we have displayed this season.”

Gill and his assistant Andrew Watts shuffled their pack well.

Louis Bruce slid back in at centre half, with Benn Lewis dropping back to right-back. There was also a return for Jack Binns whilst Alex Stock made his first senior start for the club after impressing for the reserves and making some solid performances from the bench for the first team.

It was a complete team performance according to Gill, who recorded his eighth win since taking charge, also halting a three game loss streak in the process.

“Our front three defended from the front and led the line well, whilst the three midfield lads we had, was outstanding, showing high energy, physical prowess and hunger.” Gill complimented

“The back four and Hitchy where also superb.

It was a perfect team performance and a result fully deserved.

We have also had four other chances that on the day we haven’t converted too, but overall I was very happy and it felt good to put three points on the board and we can now look forward to Tuesday with three players coming back and it’s a great opportunity to try and get back into the top ten.”

Rangers travel to Rainworth MW tomorrow evening, before welcoming Parkgate to Haworth Park on Saturday as the half way stage looms on the horizon prior to the turn of the year.