Hall Road Rangers got their season off to a flyer on Saturday afternoon as they took on a new and improved Glasshoughton Welfare at Haworth Park running out 3-2 winners. In the blistering sunshine and with both sides hosting a vast selection of new players amongst their ranks both viewed each other as an unknown force.
Walking tall and proudly with his daughter as match day mascot, Scott Phillips took the plaudits with a brace of well taken goals. It was James Piercy that opened the scoring though on 20 minutes after a headed clearance met him rushing in on goal and found the back of the net. 1-0 to the good at half time and with Jody barford holding his own in the Ranger’s goal things looked to be plane sailing.
Gladdhoughton has other ideas and where determined to make things difficult for Rangers. They drew level on 56 minutes through Richard Collier who slotted neatly past the stranded Barford.
Phillips got the first of his brace on 73 minutes with a superbly taken overhead bicycle kick before Nathan Keightley drew things level again on 79 minutes.
Phillips got his second and Rangers winner on 90+2 minutes after some determined wing play from Corey Mortimer allowed an easy header at the back post.
After the game manager Dave Ricardo was delighted with the result “Today’s win was a relief if I’m honest as both the players and coaching staff have worked with great quality and effort throughout pre season and the first three points is always good to get.”
“We missed a number of players including captain Ash Dexter, influential midfielders Alex Sherwood, Tom Bennent, and defender Will Ramsey as well as Jamie Forrestor who played in our win against Bottosford last week.”
“With this in mind it was pleasing to put out such a strong squad and claim the win. We have areas that we can improve and the lads are an honest group and want to be able to perform at a high level for a consistent period, I’m confident we will do that.”
“Phillips showed his goal scoring ability which is going to be a huge asset throughout the campaign. We look forward to training Tuesday and Thursday this week in preparation to Saturday’s local game at Winterton. A massive thanks to all the support that turned out today, the lads appreciate it and want to do well for the fans old and new that show in such force”
Rangers next ravel to Winterton on Saturday looking to further their good start to the season. They will face a host of ex Hall Road Rangers players and coaching staff something they will have to overcome to progress further up the league. Kick off will be 3pm at West Street.