Hall Road Rangers once again struggled for a top performance against higher tabled opposition on Tuesday night. The tone for the game started as early as the first minute when straight from the kick off Danny Blount felled the onrushing Emley attack in the box give away a penalty. Robbie Graham slotted the spot kick home to put the away side in the lead.
It looked like parity would be restored on 13 minutes when Jordan Harrison was felled in the box and Danny Walker stepped up to take the resulting spot kick for Rangers. Adam Lawlor in the Emley goal got down well though and saved his spot kick to keep the away side in the lead.
With another chance cleared off the line for Rangers their luck didn’t seem to be in. As Rangers Captain Mike Thompson knocked into the back of his own net on 49 minutes Emley celebrated as their lead doubled.
Craig Billington grabbed Emley’s third on 54 minutes and a terrible free kick on 62 minutes deceived keeper Jordan Douglas to make it 0-4 to the travellers.
Pressing to the end and determined to get a goal substitute Callum Harrison powered through in the last minutes for the consolation to make it 1-4. After the game Manager Martin Thacker was disappointed with the result:
“Really good first half from the lads tonight totally dominated without having the quality to put us level never mind in front.”
“Fair play to Emley they took their opportunities from set plays and went away with the points, to concede from a penalty, direct free-kick, corner and and another free-kick is really disappointing we have to be better against the so called top teams because they have the players to punish us.
“I thought we could have played with a lot higher intensity and more on the front foot. We could only manage that for 45 minutes. We missed a penalty, had one off the line and this just shows things might have been different.”
“We need to put these 45 minutes into 60s against the better teams and I think we will start to pick up more points against them. We made to many individual errors tonight and it’s cost us in both boxes.”
Rangers will have to pick themselves up as they travel the short distance to Grimsby Borough on Saturday when they look to close the gap on Winterton Rangers in the table. Kick off will be 3pm at the Bradley Football Development Centre.