HALL Road Rangers crashed out of the FA Vase as they went down 2-0 to NCEL Premier Division side Bottesford Town. Terry Barwick’s precision free-kick on the hour mark was the difference-maker before Danny Boulton’s goal three minutes from time ended Rangers Vase hopes for another year, in an even contest. In wet conditions, the Rangers groundstaff did a superb job in the build up to the game however the conditions played their part in a frantic cup encounter.
Hall Road had the better of the chances early on and had the ball in the net within the first quarter, as Scott Phillips capitilised on indecisive defending to latch onto a through ball and he calmly rolled home, only to be flagged offside. The hosts continued to enjoy the majority of possession but lacked a killer edge, and after Danny Norton was involved in a touchline brawl the game also had an edge to it. This was evident when Pembleton came off the worst from a challenge with James Piercy and had to be replaced on the half hour The teams went in level during the break following five minutes of added time as both sides sought the all-important opening goal. Bottesford came out the blocks quicker at the start of the second period and grabbed the opener through a picture-perfect Barwick free kick thirteen minutes after the restart. After Rangers conceded a sloppy free-kick to the left angle of their goal,
Barwick stepped up and drifted a curling effort round the wall and into the top right corner from 20 yards. Rangers again huffed and puffed to try and break down a stubborn Bottesford rearguard without seriously testing the visitors however Bottesford hit Rangers with the killer blow three minutes from time when Boulton knocked past Rangers keeper Jordan Douglas to send ‘The Poachers’ into the Third round, and leave Rangers boss Dave Ricardo to ponder a run which has seen them overcome teams from a higher level in previous rounds. “It just wasn’t to be our day today sadly. We had a decent amount of possession without causing them any serious problems, having said that I am pleased with the efforts of the players, not just today, but to get us through the earlier rounds.” Ricardo said. Rangers boss Ricardo also added: “The aim when me and Bill Gill came to the club was promotion, so this cup run has been a bonus, and we now can look to a difficult away fixture at Penistone on Wednesday night.”