Hall Road 2-1 Swallownest

Hall Road Rangers got back to winning ways against Swallownest FC on Saturday as they picked up a 2-1 victory at Haworth Park.

Debutant Sam Deacon gave Rangers the lead in the 11th minute as he met a Chris Spinks cross and headed the ball home to get his 1st goal for the club. James Woodhouse got an equaliser for Swallownest in the 28th minute with a lovely effort which curled into the Hall Road net. A couple of minutes before the break, Swallownest put an effort over the bar.

Hall Road retook the lead in the 59th minute courtesy of a great header by James Piercy after he got on the end of a Chris Spinks corner to bag his 5th league goal of the season. After coming off the bench, Joe McFadyen almost made an instant impact with an effort which was saved by Swallownest keeper Zac Walker. 

Rangers wasted a glorious opportunity to extend their lead in the 81st minute when a quick breakaway resulted in Chris Spinks running in on goal and producing a shot which hit the post.

For the remainder of the game, Swallownest put pressure on the Rangers defence as they aimed to get themselves back in the game. However, Hall Road withstood everything that the visitors threw at them to earn all three points.

Rangers joint boss Leon Sewell was happy to get the win.

“First and foremost, it was nice to get the win. That was really important to us. We outlined to the players at two o’clock this afternoon that we have to do what it takes to get the three points so they’ve done that and that was the main challenge and main aim of today.

I thought it was a decent game. I know it’s easy for me to say, but Swallownest shouldn’t be in the position that they’re in. I thought they gave a really good account of themselves and I was really impressed with a few of their players.

They asked questions of us at periods. We’ve seen three good goals at Haworth Park today. The 1st goal was a great delivery from Spinksy and Sam Deacon, who’s joined us from Hull City on work experience, got across his man and scored at the near post with a good finish.

The equalising goal from Swallownest was a bit of a rocket. The winning goal was an unbelievable header from Piercy. There could have been two players on the post and it still would have gone in.

Happy to get the win. I wish Swallownest all the best. We’ve come and we’ve got three points on the board which we needed. Ultimately, we’ve taken six points off our visitors today” he said.

Oliver Harsley