Hall Road Rangers go in search of their first league double of the season tomorrow when they travel to Worsborough Bridge Athletic in the NCEL First Division.
The game could also see Dave Ricardo’s side record their first consecutive clean sheets of the season after their solid 3-0 win over Rossington Main on Tuesday night.
Ricardo admitted it has been about finding the right formula, as his in-form side could muscle in amongst the automatic promotion places with what would be their fourth straight win, and results elsewhere go favourably.
“At times defensively we’ve been doing really well recently and offensively we’ve struggled at the same time.” Ricardo said after Tuesday’s win.
“It has flipped from the start of the season when we were conceding goals but scoring plenty, and did so again last Saturday in the home win against Knaresborough, where we were better going forward and against Rossington on Tuesday it reverted back and we defended really well.
We’ve played a lot of games over the last few weeks and all we asked is for the three points on Tuesday, which we got, and the trip to Worsborough will be much of the same.”
The centre of the pitch for Hall Road is particuarly strong after the additions of Gareth Owen, Connor Harman from Bridlington Town and also the re-introduction of Joe Cooper after his brief spell with Barton.
These three add to the likes of regulars James Piercy, Tom Bennett, Brad Ricketts and Jake Vernon who have been the preferred four in the early part of the season, whilst Danny Norton is also in fine form after playing a pivotal role in a more attacking role of late.
With the goalscoring exploits of Chris Spinks well documented, and Josh Batty also, another recent signing Nathan Perks from Selby, opened his account for Rangers after coming off the bench on Tuesday night. Target man Jamie Reeson is also close to a return having netted twice in three games prior to breaking down with a hamstring injury.
As eluded to by Ricardo, Rangers have started to add clean sheets, and have tightened up defensively, keeping four clean sheets in their last seven games which has contributed to them losing just once in the league since early October.
In terms of team news for tomorrow, Ricardo is still without Tom Bennett who will miss the last of his three game suspension, but Jake Vernon could return. Rangers also have a slight doubt over James Piercy who limped off in the first half during Tuesday’s latest win, whilst Ash Allanson is definitely out.
Striker Jamie Reeson is hoping to be fit, whilst Louis Kirk who joined on a short-term basis last weekend has completed his switch to Ossett Town.
Hall Road will start the match as favourites for the points but will still have to be wary of a Worsborough side that are a better side at home, then the one which Hall Road comfortably brushed aside over a month ago at Haworth Park.
Having earned a reprieve from relegation last season, Worsborough are 19th, a point above Rossington, the side Hall Road defeated on Tuesday, and Worsborough have already sprung one shock this season by beating Winterton Rangers in late October. Kick off will be 3pm.