Hall Road Rangers suffered a 4-2 defeat at Knaresborough Town on Saturday but Rangers boss Bill Gill was pleased with how his players performed despite the result.
“I’m really proud of the lads. After two sloppy mistakes we were 2-0 down at half time but we didn’t deserve that as I felt we had more chances. In the second half we showed great character to make it 2-1 and 3-2” he said.
The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute when Paul Beesley was allowed to shoot from outside the box and his shot ended up in the back of the Rangers net. Knaresborough doubled their lead in the 41st minute as Brad Walker pounced on some sloppy Rangers defending to slot home.
Hall Road came out for the second half two goals down but it still looked like they could get themselves back into the game. They did pull a goal back in the 70th minute when Josh Vickers produced a superb strike which flew straight into the Knaresborough net. However, Ben Cohen restored Knaresborough’s two goal lead in the 78th minute.
Gill also praised the closeness his players have shown both on and off the pitch recently and feels that has helped his side’s performances.
“On 80 minutes we had to go for it which left us wide open and the penalty killed us off. The most impressive thing for me is the environment we have created as the lads look tight both on and off the pitch and the performances have improved massively” Gill said.
Rangers fought back again and reduced the deficit in the 89th minute when Dan Nichols bundled home to make it 3-2 after coming on as a substitute to mark his Hall Road debut with a goal.
Knaresborough soon killed the game off completely in added time as Ben Parkes converted a penalty.
Gill summed up by congratulating Knaresborough on their win and also said he is very optimistic about the future for his side.
“Not taking anything away from Knaresborough as they did the basic things well and have very experienced players to get them over the line.
We have many things to develop as a group and we can only tick them off week by week but I’m confident we are building something good for the future” Gill concluded.
Main photograph by Jim Hansen.