It looks to be a lively game on Tuesday evening when Pontefract Collieries are the visitors to Haworth Park. Hall Road boss Bill Gill is excited about what will enfold.
Pontefract has to be my favourite game of the season. It is always a good encounter and with them turning us over in the Vase, it is our turn now to even things up
The Colls currently occupy 4th position in the NCEL Premier Division table. They haven’t had a draw in any of their league fixtures so far this season. Furthermore, Pontefract have won 8 of their 10 away games this season. The Colls are in pretty good form all round after their 4-0 win at Worksop Town last Saturday.
Eli Hey bagged a brace in that game and the other 2 goals were scored by Jack Greenhaugh and Vaughan Redford. Hey is Pontefract’s top scorer with 16 goals in the NCEL Premier Division and 27 goals in all competitions. That win was needed for The Colls as they had lost their previous 2 league games on the bounce. Despite those 2 defeats, Pontefract have won 4 of their last 6 league games and come into this match in good form and they will also have a large collective sense of confidence that they can pick up another positive result at Hall Road.
These sides met previously in the 2nd Round of the FA Vase in November. Pontefract came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 in a very entertaining game at Haworth Park. Goals from Josh Batty and Chris Spinks had given Hall Road a comfortable lead. However a goal from Kane Reece and a very well taken hat trick by Vaughan Redford ensured that The Colls would be the side that progressed into the 3rd Round of the competition. Bill Gill has reflected on that game and given his honest assessment of what went wrong for his side. “Despite being 2-0 up on 70 minutes, it was our errors that allowed Pontefract into the game that night. Fatigue also played a part as it helped them get their 2nd goal and after that they were too clinical in front of goal and wanted it more than us”, Gill said.
Hall Road have 2 new additions to their side ahead of this game. Dane Mortimer has recently re-signed for the club from Barton Town whilst Jordan Clark has progressed into the first team through the reserve system. Both of these signings will ultimately give a fresh impetus to the squad and it will be hoped that they will help galvanise the players to pick up some positive results for the rest of the season.
Bill Gill is optimistic about his 2 new recruits and thinks they can bring a positive energy to the group of players he already has.
When asked about the fresh faces, Gill said:
We are bringing in Dane Mortimer to help tighten things at the back and we have signed Jordan Clark from our reserves. Jordan is a left back that we have been watching closely. He has been involved with the first team squad in recent weeks.
Gill is also looking forward to the rest of the season. He insists that his side can start picking up positive results in the long run:
We have had some none footballing issues recently that have cost us results but that is all in the past. We now look to move forward with everyone back apart from Josh Batty on Tuesday evening because of his suspension. And we will be looking to gain as many points in the remaining 19 games as possible.
Hopefully we progress further in the League Cup and East Riding Senior Cup as well
Match Preview by Oliver Harsley