Hall Road Rangers welcome Thackley to Haworth Park on Saturday for what will be the 3rd of 7 successive home games as the NCEL Premier Division season draws to a frenetic close. Rangers have picked up some fine results in their last few games and hit good form at the right time but they will have to guard against any complacency in this match.
Rangers could do the double over their opponents if they win as the reverse fixture back in November between these sides produced a 4-2 win for Hall Road at Thackley. This game will be a lot closer as both sides will not want to lose and the midfield will be a key area on the pitch as Rangers will need to win those 1 v 1 battles to take control of the game. Rangers still have a couple of games in hand on Thackley and could begin to chase them down should they take advantage of those games and win them.
Thackley’s away form hasn’t been startling this season but they will still pose a danger to Hall Road should any complacency set in. They have lost 14 of the 19 away games they have played and they will really want to improve that statistic as the season finishes. They lost their last away game 3-1 at high flying Pickering Town though they did take the lead in that game which shows they have plenty of fight in them so Rangers will have to be at their best if they are to get something from this game.
There is a lot of confidence inside the Hall Road camp and that must be sustained throughout the rest of the games that have to be played before the season finishes. The support of the fans and those off the pitch has been brilliant and that level of support must be replicated to assist the players in picking up results.
The frantic schedule carries on after this game as Garforth Town are the visitors to Haworth Park on Monday night whilst Albion Sports are in East Yorkshire on Tuesday night. The players have been fantastic as they have coped well with the large amount of games they have had to play but that must be seen through into Saturday’s game and the many games to follow.
(Match preview by Oliver Harsley)