Gill was philosophical as he reflected on the outcome

Hall Road Rangers stay 18th in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division after going down 3-0 to tenth-placed Barton Town at the Easy-Buy Stadium yesterday afternoon – and Rangers Manager Bill Gill was philosophical as he reflected on the outcome, writes Colin Muncie.

Eddy Birch gave the Swans a half time lead with a 37th-minute strike and the 104 crowd on Marsh Lane watched Eddie Rogerson seal the three points with further goals for Barton after 79 and 90 minutes.

Bill offered an objective assessment of the ninety minutes. “I thought we did well in phases of the game yesterday” he told TBG “We were unlucky not to take the lead in the first quarter – from four yards – and we have also rattled the bar midway through the second half but as time went on we naturally tried pushing, which left us exposed on the break.” 

Bill now moves on to two crucial match-ups against sides in and around Hall Road in the table. “We knew what to expect the last two weeks – against Handsworth and Barton – and it’s probably turned out the way we expected,” he admitted. “The next two weeks are big games for us; we welcome Harrogate next Saturday and Albion over the Christmas week.”

“Full credit to Barton. They defended well, grew into the game and in the end had that bit more quality to see out the game.”

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