It was all a bit ‘same old, same old’ for Hall Road Rangers yesterday; the club placed eighteenth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division went down 2-1 to a late, late goal at Albion Sports, who move up to fifteenth as a result – but Manager, Bill Gill is convinced that his young side are learning quickly, writes Colin Muncie.
Sam Denton gave the Lions a 32nd minute lead in front of the 40 watching at Throstle Nest, but Charlie Pickering levelled for the visitors seven minutes into the second half. Chris Fairhurst grabbed all three points for Albion with the clock running down.
“What can I say?” Bill asked, rhetorically. “Once again we got ourselves into a good position and looked most likely to go on and win the game. However, like many other times this season we haven’t held out or finished off the game – and we end up with nothing. Everyone knows we have the youngest team in the League and all we can do is continue to perform week by week and learn from situations, and eventually we will get our rewards. The future definitely looks bright, but we just have to be patient as a group.”
“It was good to see another youngster getting a goal today (Charlie Pickering) whilst other outstanding performances from youngsters (Tom Cracknell, Jordan Clark and Alex Stock) all stood out,” Bill noted.
“All the best to Albion – they did things well when they needed to and took their chances to get all three points,” was Bill’s summary, before warning, “we fell short of our points target by the turn of the year by six points – that means we have more to do in 2019!”