Incredibly, they still have six League games to play before the end of the season, but last night Hall Road Rangers did Manager Bill Gill’s pre-match comments proud with an impressive 4-0 win over fourth-placed Handsworth Parramore at Haworth Park last night; barring a collapse of cataclysmic proportions they virtually assured Toolstation NCEL Premier Division football next term at Dawson Drive- and Bill didn’t seem too fazed by the result, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 52 at Dawson Drive saw Dan Norton give Rangers a 1-0 half-time advantage with a 25th minute goal, and after the break, Dane Mortimer (51 minutes) and a couple from the impressive home-grown youngster Reggie Waud (83 and 85 minutes) sealed the win for the home side.
Bill told the Bootiful Game “Tonight’s result wasn’t unexpected for me; we won the away fixture 4-1 and tonight we won 4-0 .I would never come out and say that before a game -it’s disrespectful and arrogant -but you only have to look at the results over the season and the quality in our squad we can beat anyone on our day. Handsworth were without two key players tonight, and for the first half hour they threw everything at us they where direct and excellent on set pieces. However our back four and goalkeeper were outstanding; Gaz Owen Dane Mortimer Jacob Norburn and Jordan Clark where different gravy- they give us a great foundation to work on.”
Bill felt that his players could push on after the interval. “At the break I said to the lads that if we get a second we will get four- and that’s what happened. The lads, the club and fans deserved that tonight- I’m happy for them right now” he said, before acknowledging another fine night for one of his young players “ .We just need any result now on Saturday to confirm stability in this League next season, so that’s our next focus”
“Two more for the 16- year old boy Reggie, who I’ve brought through”
It was one of those rare nights where all Handsworth Manager Jas Colliver could do was hold his hands up “Well done to Hall Road -they deserved the victory” Jas told us “We just simply didn’t apply ourselves right. We had plenty of opportunities during the first half, but wouldn’t have scored if we were still playing now. They defended properly- like it meant something- and we just accepted the ball going in our net! We work so hard on our set play game and tonight we conceded three goals from set plays, and never made ours count!”
Two League Games and an NCEL League Cup Quarter Final to come for Jas and his players “ Mentally and physically the next three games are going to be a real test” he admitted “ I’m looking for mentally strong players; tonight we were weak -and that’s not been us of late. We go again!”