Hall Road Rangers Pre Match report for saturday (nice and early for a change!)
HALL Road Rangers boss Dave Ricardo has admitted his side need to pick up maximum points this weekend when Westella visit Haworth Park (3pm) Ricardo insisted that the hard work that went into last weekend’s win at fellow promotion hopefuls Hallam will be in vein if his side fail to put a struggling Westella away.
Ricardo admitted: “We need to win this game otherwise last Saturdays result at Hallam is worthless. It really is as simple as that. We’re getting to the stage of the season where if we want to win promotion we need to be picking up 3 points in most games and the Westella game is no different.”
Westella who gained promotion 18 months ago to the NCEL from the Central Midlands League defied the odds last term finishing in a respectable 12th position in their first season.
So far this time round they have found the going a little tougher and sit in the bottom two of the division, Ricardo though was full of praise for the job done by his counterpart Leon Sewell and the club’s staff in far from easy circumstances.
“Leon continues to do a magnificent job at Westella and is backed up by a small, but hardworking squad and backroom staff.
Its not going to be easy as it is a local derby, but we need to execute our quality throughout the game to impose ourselves.”
Ricardo also admits his side may have to remain patient and the focus which has seen them record away wins at Penistone and Hallam will again have to be on show.
“We showed against Hallam our ability to play to a game plan, concentrate for 90 minutes and be hard to break down, Westella will be a test of how we can break a team down.”
In terms of team news for the hosts, they will welcome back defender Sam Belcher who served his one game suspension in the win at Hallam.
Rangers leading scorer Chris Spinks will also likely line up against his former club after netting 77 times in two spells for the club over three years.
With an East Riding Senior Cup Quarter final to squeeze in, as well as the re-arranged fixture with Winterton Rangers which was postponed a fortnight ago, over the next month, Ricardo admits Saturday’s game provides his players with an opportunity to stake their claim for the shirt.
He also added that the supporters can help the team over the line, as with a top six finish looking likely, Rangers can now hunt down the automatic promotion spots, currently held by AFC Emley and Penistone Church, the latter of which who are second, Hall Road sit just four points behind with games in hand.
“We have six fixtures in February.” Ricardo said.
“Saturday will therefore give us a chance to give the full squad a work out and give players a chance to stake a claim in the remaining games.
As ever and with it being a local derby I hope and urge supporters to come down and cheer on a winning side that is giving everything to the cause.”
Admission is £5 / £2.50 whilst a full paying adult can also pay £10 and receive entry, a matchday programme, a hot food and drink token as well as a free half-time raffle ticket.