Hall Road Rangers Reserves young guns have had a rough start to their Humber Premier division one life but they got their rewards with their first point on the board after a 2-2 away draw with LIV Supplies AFC on Saturday. They got off to a great solid start against LIV and with their squad made up of seven 16 yr olds with the oldest other player been 21 the youth are shining.
With the confidence to play from the back and under pressure in their own third the reserves are growing week by week. The first real chance of the game fell to Adam Ali for the home side with a magnificent strike from distance he struck the bar. This spurred the Rangers players onto greater things and a half chance came their way when a freekick flew across the 6 yard area only to see the ball be put past the post by Jamie Cording.
Beginning to slowly get the upper hand in small periods another chance came again from a good set piece this time Mobarak Dahnug putting his headed effort just wide.
0-0 halftime and the reserves began the second period well and although the home side pushed forward they had no real penetration and Luke Cotton at centre half seems at ease with anything sent his way. On 60 minutes Jacob Todd appeared to have been felled inside the area only for the match official to give a freekick outside.
Freekick is deflected wide when going goalwards and from the resulting corner from Archie Brown Todd puts away the header.
0-1, 5 mins later and this time it is a penalty and Jack Love converts to make it 0-2. With their foot off the gas a little and inviting a bit of pressure for the first time in the game and with the ref been very lenient on a nasty attempt to harm Todd there seemed to be a little wariness in the young team.
Huffing and Puffing they finally allow LIV back into it on 85 mins with a sloppy goal which only raises LIV Supplies hopes.
This very young team has never played 90 mins before this season and maybe it shows a little especially when under pressure for the last 10 mins. Naive and inexperience showed as on the 6th min of added time the equaliser came for LIV.
This squad has again raised the bar to another level to heigths the management didnt expect so early in their adventure. A massive well done to one and all but for a special well done to Jack Love playing out of his favoured position as a midfield creative player to play left back. With the shirt on he didn’t put a foot wrong and was outstanding. Attitude spot on. Long may this journey continue.