Hall Road Rangers invited AFC Emley to Haworth Park on Saturday afternoon looking to regain their spot at the top of the NCEL division one table. It wasn’t to be however as the Rangers came face to face with last seasons top goal scorer in Ash Flynn, going down 3-1 to the men from Huddersfield.
Rangers started the game brightly with James Piercy hitting the cross bar in just the first minute and then moments later Daniel Norton bent a shot with the outside of his boot just wide. Deputising in goal Steve Janney performed well tipping a low drive onto the post and keeping Rangers in the game.
Wave after wave of pressure from Rangers was absorbed by Emley in the first 45 but to not avail and it was all square at the break.
A mad seven minutes in the second half proved to be Rangers undoing. As Steve Janney fumbled a Liam Schofield free kick the referee adjudged it to have crossed the line despite protestations to the contrary.
Ashley Flynn then grabbed his goal in a well worked move that saw him race through on goal despite appearing to be in an offside position.
Jordan Townend grabbed Emley ‘s 3rd and only undisputed goal on 55 minutes to round off Emley ‘s scoring.
Showing the determination to come from behind that they did against Knaresborough earlier in the week, Rangers pressed and pressed. They were rewarded with a Chris Spinks goal on 64 minutes to give them hope of a comeback. It wasn’t to be however and the tie ended 3-1 to Emley. After the game manager Dave Ricardo took the result hard.
“The result was hard to take today as for the first 45 minutes it was as near as good as performance we have provided all season.” Said Ricardo “The goal was the only thing lacking. Unfortunately straight after half time we provided them with a gift of goal via a mistake in goal and then what I thought was an awful offside decision against us caused their second.”
“However we didn’t respond correctly and strayed away from what was so good in the first half and began to play too long.”
“We have played worst this year and gained 3 points so it’s a case of taking it on the chin as a group and work hard in Tuesday’s home game against Yorkshire Amateur. Thank you to all the support that came down today, it’s great to see so many people buying into what’s going on at the club right now.”
Kick off against 14th placed Yorkshire Amateur will be 7:45 at Haworth Park on Tuesday evening.