First out of the blocks in the Bootiful Game’s usual comprehensive preview of Saturday’ s NCEL League programme is Hall Road Manager Bill Gill. On Saturday, 15th-placed Rangers welcome the dangerous eighth-placed Penistone Church to Haworth Park in the Premier Division-and, reflecting on the reverse fixture, Bill feels his players have a point to prove, writes Colin Muncie.
Bill told the Bootiful Game “Penistone- like Pontefract- has always been a tasty one as we competed last season and all got promoted. What Penistone have done is recruited very well in pre- season, adding further quality to their squad and it’s shown recently, as they’re in great form. I have a lot of respect for Ian (Richards, Penistone’s Manager); he’s very knowledgeable, always polite and respectful. It will be a good encounter”.
Bill will have reinforcements for the Dawson Drive clash.” We welcome back Josh Batty after a long suspension and have most players available, with Jack Griffin the only doubt through injury” he told us.” The lads have raised their game in the last two outings and if we can combine both those performances and show a little more composure and quality, we should do well and hopefully put some more points on the board”
“Last time out at Penistone, we scored twice just after half time to go two- nil up at their place only to lose out disappointingly through lack of game management and desire” Bill recalls.
“I will be reminding the lads about this on Saturday -as it was a painful drive home!”