Hall Road Rangers welcome Knaresborough Town to Haworth Park tomorrow, as both sides look to cement their place in the top six of the NCEL First Division.
After Hall Road saw off the dogged challenge of Teversal in midweek, Dave Ricardo’s side are now three points clear of Knaresborough as the visitors currently occupy seventh position in the table. “We expect them to be direct, and in our faces but at the same token they will be a tough nut to crack and are always difficult to beat.” said Hall Road assistant Bill Gill “We go into each game confident though and Saturday will be no different, we fully believe we can get the right result and open up a little bit of a gap between us and them.” Gill added.
Hall Road hope to welcome back midfielder Ash Allanson who missed Tuesday’s win with a calf strain, however they will be without Joe Cooper who has returned to Haworth Park after a brief spell at Barton and Gareth Owen who is a doubt with a hamstring injury. To compound an increasing injury list Rangers must now do without influential midfielder Tom Bennett who begins a three match suspension after his sending off in the win at Penistone nearly three weeks ago.
With numbers beginning to dwindle, Hall Road boss Dave Ricardo admitted after Tuesday’s Teversal success that he is in talks with a number of players as he is keen to build on an already excellent squad. “We’ve spoken with a few and its just a case of sitting tight and seeing what comes from those conversations and if we can do anything. The squad we have is strong in all departments but we have identified a few in certain positions who we believe will strengthen us, and be good signings for us. On Tuesday we had Archie Brown, who is only sixteen years old, come off the bench as he has stepped up from the reserves whilst Nathan Perks and Craig Muirhead also came on and did a job for us.”
Knaresborough Town come to Haworth Park keen to avenge their surprise 3-1 defeat against Dronfield Town last weekend and get a stalling top six assault back on track against a Hall Road side that have tasted league defeat just twice in the last two months as the hosts continue to progress under the stewardship of Ricardo and Bill Gill.
The game will also be of personal interest to Rangers chairman Darren Sunley, who is originally from Knaresborough. Admission for the NCEL Division One tie is priced at £5 / £2.50 whilst the club also extends an invite to everybody for their Christmas Race Night which commences at 7pm also at Haworth Park, after the game.