By Neil Winsor
Photograph supplied by Lee Myers
Wednesday August 23
HALL Road manager Dave Ricardo (pictured, left) has admitted he enjoyed the drama of last night’s dramatic NCEL Premier Division clash at Hemsworth MW.
Rangers came away with a point having twice led, as Matty Crane’s first senior goal for the club snatched back a point eight minutes into added time to level at 3-3, in a drama filled evening in West Yorkshire.
“Last night’s game was a fantastic spectacle for the spectator, and to be honest for myself as manager at times, especially in the first half.” Ricardo stated this morning.
Ricardo however did admit he believes his side could have done more in terms of the goals conceded on the night and would rather focus on his side’s attacking intent against a side which saw a netbusting 172 goals at either end in the league last term-:
“All 3 goals we conceded could have been stopped however, but in saying that I would rather concentrate on the attacking intent, and this was something we showed right until the end, literally!”
The Rangers boss admitted to changing their approach, to try and keep the ball and believed it worked by evidently scoring three on the night.
“There was a definite change in game plan from our side and that was to try and keep the ball better and maintain possession which meant being slightly less direct, and in the main it worked, as I don’t believe many teams will go there and score three.
Other than the three lapses in concentration we defended really well.
With Hemsworth having the attacking threat they do, and are able to bring players in from the Evo Stik, its hard to keep them quiet for the full 90 minutes.”
Ricardo’s over-riding emotion though after he himself had gone running down the touchline following Crane’s last gasp goal was one of pride.
“I was proud of my players though, and it gives us some momentum going into Saturdays home game with Harrogate Railway.
It is a shame we are missing numerous players for the game though, but it again gives the chance for the lads that start the game and those that come into the team an opportunity to make the place their own.”
The point sees Hall Road record their second stalemate from the opening three games and they will be hoping to use the joy of equalising so late on as a springboard to record their first win of the season when Harrogate Railway visit Haworth Park on Saturday afternoon.