Hall Road Rangers, 21st in Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, welcome the impressive Garforth Town (10th) to Haworth Park on Saturday-and in a week in which postponements and playing surfaces have understandably been front and centre on social media, Rangers Manager Bill Gill -as with Bridlington Manager Curtis Woodhouse’s supportive words for his own groundsman earlier in the week- is keen to pay tribute to the ground staff and volunteers battling the elements to get our games on; and so say all of us, writes Colin Muncie.
Bill told the Bootiful Game “I just want to start by that the club has invested time and money again this week on preparing the pitch ahead of this week’s game. Let’s give credit to everyone involved. Looking at it today I’m more confident this game will go ahead providing we don’t get any bad weather between now and Saturday”.
Bill has been keeping an eye on the weekend’s opponents at the start of a brutal run in. “It’s Garforth this week and, as you can see looking at their results, they have brushed some decent sides aside and have got themselves in a very respectable position so it’s going to be another tough encounter” Bill warned “We have 24 first team players now as we are preparing for 16 games in 42 days and everyone’s fit and raring to go. We trained well this week and even managed to squeeze in a practice game so it’s all positive.
Reflecting on a hard fought 1-1 draw in the reverse game in October, Bill told us “I felt in that first fixture we were very unlucky not to take three points, but it wasn’t meant to be; we lost young Fraser that day with a very nasty tackle -unnoticed by the officials- and our keeper at the time, Steve Janney was also stretchered off “
“Providing we don’t have any recurrences like that day we will be aiming to take maximum points from the fixture.”