A very youthful Hall Road Rangers side put in a great performance on Saturday despite losing 3-2 at Eccleshill United and Rangers boss Bill Gill felt his side deserved something from the game.
We definitely didn’t deserve to lose but for us that means nothing as we have no points from the match.
Reggi Waud fired Rangers into the lead in the 11th minute. However, that lead was short lived as the hosts equalised in the 14th minute through Ben Grech-Brooksbank who slotted home after capitalising on an error from Charlie Dixon in the Hall Road goal.
Hall Road retook the lead in the 22nd minute as Reggi Waud got his second goal of the game. Rangers could have gone into half time with a bigger lead as Fraser Hansen shot wide and Waud saw his free kick saved.
Eccleshill equalised for the second time in the 61st minute as Andy Cooper made the most of an error in the Rangers backline to slot the ball into the back of the net.
Gill also praised his players for how they performed but lamented the lapses of concentration that led to the goals scored by Eccleshill.
“We have turned a corner recently by staying in games longer and managing situations but we lost our focus and concentration for a split second of the game and that cost us a well deserved point if not all three.
Massive credit to everyone for their efforts as I can’t knock that” he said.
The hosts scored their winner in the 90th minute through Jassim Alali and secured all three points.
Gill summed up by pointing out the amount of players he had missing for this game and he hopes to rectify this for the next game.
The game was probably lost during the week as we lost five players due to a number of reasons including moving clubs, injuries, holidays and birthdays. It has been a poor week collectively and things will be addressed in midweek with individuals. We had 10 players under the age of 19 in this game.
Match Report by Ollie Harsley