Dec 22, 2016
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Spicy Boxing Day clash for Ricardo

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DAVE Ricardo and Bill Gill take their Hall Road Rangers team to face their previous club when they make the short journey to face Selby Town on Boxing Day (3pm)
Rangers boss Ricardo has also admitted their return will be extra special added on top of a special day in the football calendar.

“Boxing Day games are always special, its a big day in the footballing year, and especially this year personally to be going back to Selby.
Billy and myself as well as a number of players spent nearly two seasons there.” Ricardo admitted.

The traditional Boxing Day fixture is the first of a double header against The Robins, as Selby make the return journey to Haworth Park a week later.
Ricardo and Gill take their current club to Selby in a rich vein of form as they look to round off an encouraging second half of 2016 by going into the new year on a high.

“We remain confident that we can continue our run of being beaten only once since late October in the league. Selby teams always work hard and never give up, however if we play to the levels we have been performing to, I know we can get the three points we need to put pressure on, and further down the line get into the top two.”

Hall Road are expecting to make the trip in fine spirits and this is underlined by the fact midfielder Jake Vernon is the only player Rangers may have to do without for the short hop across the M62.

However with Tom Bennett returning from suspension whilst Ash Allanson and Brad Ricketts are also returning, this coupled with the excellent recent form of other midfielders James Piercy, Joe Cooper and Conner Harman, Hall Road are well set in the middle of the park.

Josh Batty who was named as a substitute in last weekend’s abandonment is also pushing for a recall.

There has also been a steady improvement throughout the first half of the season defensively.

Whilst the goals have continued to flow most notably from Chris Spinks and Danny Norton in recent games, Hall Road have tightened up considerably at the back.
They have now gone 234 minutes since last conceding a goal, as not since Harry Brown’s 81st minute strike for Knaresborough has Rangers defence been breached.
This is reflected in terms of clean sheets throughout the season as Hall Road’s seven shutouts is now only bettered by long term league leaders Penistone Church.

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