By Neil Winsor
Photo supplied by Lee Myers
PHOTO: Bill Gill (centre) will have a nice selection headache as he takes his near full strength side to Pickering Town
EXCITEMENT should be the over-riding emotion this weekend according to Hall Road boss Bill Gill as Rangers take their four game unbeaten run to second placed Pickering Town tomorrow.
Although under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead, Gill also feels that if defensive duties are carried out, his side have enough firepower to stun ‘The Pikes’ who brushed aside Harrogate Railway in midweek 9-2.
“Saturday is a game every player should look forward to and want to be involved in.” Gill admitted
“We will be going to Pickering knowing that they are a very well organised team, with experience, who in midweek scored a few goals in their game against Harrogate.
They also conceded two goals however which tells us, that if we defend well, we know we have the ability to score and will look to get a result.” he added.
Hall Road will be looking to draw on some of their away performances already this season.
They went to Handsworth Parramore last month and were outstanding in a 4-1 win, whilst wins at Barton, and last weekend in the FA Vase at Ashington mean Rangers can go into the game full of confidence on the road.
“We are building things here for the next few seasons and the average age of the squad is only 24 which was the aim when I was given the opportunity.” Gill said.
The inception of the Under 19’s as well as the continued excellent work within the reserves, which has seen players such as Alex Stock and Joe Piercy given chances at first team level has shown the future of the club is extremely bright and Gill paid tribute to the work carried out within these levels of the club.
“We trained well this week with the reserves and under-19’s, which not only allowed us to work on tactical detail for Saturday, but at the same time it gave us the opportunity to look at the youngsters coming through that will feature in the next few years.”
Gill who has made the transition from assistant manager to the hotseat look seamless, will have a near full strength squad to choose from.
Although Tom Bennett hobbled out of Thursday’s session he is expected to take his place in the Rangers midfield, whilst Conner Harman will be looking for a place in the starting line-up on his 22nd birthday.
Fraser Hansen will also be looking to leave a lasting impression on a club he had a short spell with at the beginning of the season.