Saturday saw Hall Road Rangers fall to a derby day defeat to local rivals Barton Town at Harworth Park, losing 2-1 with all the goals coming late on.
The Swans scored twice in seven second-half minutes to gift them a grip on the game with Owen Marshall (’70) and Gareth Barlow (’77) both scoring. However, Rangers, hovering just above the relegation zone didn’t give in and as Reagan Waud netted an 80th minute penalty there was real hope going around the stadium.
However, the minutes petered out and Rangers couldn’t muster an equaliser, and Manager Bill Gill spoke to the waiting media afterwards. “I thought we started bright and Barton started slow. They took a while finding their rhythm, but once they did it became very difficult to contend with at times.”
“We played our best football in the last 15 minutes and by that time the game was already over. Barton was a game I felt we could get something from, but once again we have failed to get anything and as time goes by we are running out of games.”
“As a group we have to defend better on set pieces, it’s been the story of our season. I would like to know how many we concede from open play and deadball situations, as I think we would be much higher in the league based on open play, but it means nothing.”