Match Preview

It will be the first of two successive trips to Liversedge for Hall Road Rangers. On Tuesday evening the two teams face each other in the 3rd Round of the NCEL League Cup. This will be a perfect opportunity for Rangers to try to build up their confidence yet again after their less than impressive 4-1 defeat at home to Penistone Church on Saturday.

Hall Road boss Bill Gill is looking forward to the challenge of facing Liversedge twice in a matter of days.

Gill said:

We play Liversedge twice in one week starting on Tuesday in the League Cup. This gives us the chance to freshen things up ahead of a more important league game on the Saturday.

Changes Expected

Changes are expected to be made to the Hall Road side that started on Saturday. Bill Gill will look to some of his fringe players for this cup match. He will still want to win regardless of the amount of changes he makes. The defensive mistakes from Saturday’s heavy defeat need to be eradicated. A clean sheet on Tuesday evening would be a very welcome one for the Hall Road defence.

Liversedge had their game postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch. Because of this they will be relatively more fresh than Hall Road. However, it is expected to be a very even contest. The side that wants it more on the night will win the game. The winner will then progress to the next stage of the competition.

From Hall Road’s perspective, it is vital that they don’t slip to another defeat. A defeat would lower the confidence of the players even more. They will be working very hard in training to ensure that they are fully prepared for the task that they face in midweek.

“They Have The Upper Hand”

Gill is aware of the fact Liversedge beat his Hall Road side 2-1 at Haworth Park earlier in the season in the league and is keen to address that.

Gill Said:

Liversedge already have the upper hand after beating us in a strange game at home earlier in the season. Josh Batty scored in the first couple of minutes of the game and then got sent off very late on in the last few minutes plus we ended up losing 2-1.

The most dangerous player in front of goal for Liversedge is Joseph Walton. He currently has 18 goals in all competitions so far this season. Rangers will have to nullify his threat in order to assert their own authority on this game and to ultimately come out on top.

Gill is also full of praise for his side’s opponents and thinks it will be a difficult test in both trips to Liversedge in the next week.

They are in a false position in the league at the moment as they have played a lot less games than anyone else. Looking back at their results shows they have beaten some good teams so it is a tough place for anyone to go and get a result. I hope they get this game on.

Back To Back Games

A win in this game for Hall Road would set them up very nicely for their return to Liversedge at the weekend. It would also instill their players the belief that they can turn around their recent form. A positive result would also allow them to progress in this competition which Bill Gill wants to do.

Gill has spoken to his players after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Penistone Church. He admitted that they are wanting to improve ahead of the two trips to Liversedge.

Gill concluded:

I’ve chatted with all of the lads and they are all keen to put things right again after a setback on Saturday in a very strange game that most of the lads did well in.

Match Preview by Oliver Harsley