In previewing this Saturday’s games, the Bootiful Game chronicled a difficult few weeks at Hall Road Rangers, noting the young players moving on from Haworth Park and sympathising with Manager, Bill Gill, clearly a victim of his own success. The Pyric Victory continued today, as his depleted side went down 3-2 to sixth-placed Bottesford Town in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division – but as usual, Bill wasn’t making any excuses, writes Colin Muncie.
The Poachers led 2-1 at the break; David Watts putting the visitors in front after 23 minutes, but a Lewis Bemrose brace for Bottesford (35 and 37 minutes) turned the game on its head to the delight of the home element of the 55 strong crowd at Ontario Road. Jack Bowskin extended Bottesford’s advantage after 52 minutes, and although Cedric Prepen narrowed the deficit with a quarter of an hour left, the home side took the three points.
Bill admitted that he wasn’t sure how the game would unfold. “I didn’t know how today was going to go if I’m honest,” he admitted. “I’ve said previously we have lost four players this last few weeks and today we had another three injuries that left us seven short which I didn’t want to publicise. So, we called in the young guns and a couple of reserve lads and they didn’t disappoint at all. I’m very proud of everyone’s input today. We have gone to Bottesford with 8 lads nineteen years old or younger and three aged sixteen or seventeen; all credit to the older lads that kept the group tight today.”
“We have gone one up again and looked very positive in large periods of the game,” Bill told us. “The killer punch was giving them two goals just before half time. However, we kept going and got it to 3-2 and then we were ruled out with a late equaliser, with a very doubtful offside decision.”
“Lots of positives from today,” Bill summed up. “Full credit to Bottesford for doing the basic things well and seeing out the game.”