Nine man Hall Road Rangers held out for a 1-1 draw with visitors Harrogate Railway Athletic at Haworth Park yesterday, writes Ian Robinson.
Reagan Waud got Rangers off to a flying start when he netted after just 6 minutes, and the home side retained the lead despite the sending off of Dane Mortimer midway through the second half.
Railway’s pressure finally paid off when Fraser Lancaster fired home a late equaliser before Jacob Norburn also saw red for the hosts.The sendings off were key to the end result which makes it ten league games without a win for Rangers, according to Manager Bill Gill.”We would have taken all 3 points today based on the game and the way it was panning out when it was 11 v 11″ said Bill.
“However the two sendings off meant we had to play the latter part of the game with nine men which was always going to be a difficult ask. The nine lads that ended the game have done excellently to get us a point given the situation and we even came close in the last few minutes ourselves. Full credit to Harrogate though, they are a tight group that don’t give in, they kept going and stuck to their plan and I wish them all the best for the season.”
Bill finished his interview with a festive thank you, adding “I want to thank all the fans and committee for turning out over the busy Xmas period. Merry Xmas to them all for their support.”
Rangers are next in action on 29th December when they visit fellow strugglers Albion Sports.