North Ferriby 1-2 Hall Road

In front of a crowd of 1,139 spectators, Hall Road Rangers earned the local bragging rights in a hard-fought 1-2 win at North Ferriby FC. Ferriby had the early attacking threat as they created a few chances on Hall Road’s goal. These included efforts from Josh Whiteley and Jamie Forrester which were comfortably saved by Rangers keeper Tom Macauley. Whiteley later put a shot wide.

Hall Road broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when Reece Moody slotted home to bag his 8th league goal of the season. This finished off an excellent attacking move which involved some brilliant interplay between Tom Bennett, Chris Spinks and Callum Stone.

However, this lead lasted just five minutes as the hosts provided an immediate reaction. Ferriby equalised in the 40th minute as Jackson Jowett pounced on a rebound and got his name on the scoresheet after Josh Whiteley’s effort came back off the post.

This didn’t deter Hall Road though as they went up the other end of the pitch and were awarded a free-kick just outside the Ferriby box as Tom Bennett was fouled. Chris Spinks stepped up and curled a wonderful free-kick into the back of the net to get his 2nd league goal of the campaign just before the break.

Rangers had plenty of defending to do in the second half as Ferriby looked to get themselves back into the game. The hosts put a free-kick wide in the 55th minute.

Ferriby’s desire to push more players forward left gaps in their defence which allowed Hall Road the opportunity to try and punish them on the counterattack.

Reece Moody had a couple of efforts saved by Ferriby keeper Lewis Exall. Meanwhile, Tom Macauley had to produce a good save to prevent the hosts from cancelling out Hall Road’s lead.

As the game drew to a close, Conner Harman saw his free-kick saved by Lewis Exall.

Rangers joint boss Leon Sewell was delighted with his side’s performance.

“If I’m totally truthful, I thought we wanted it more than North Ferriby. To be fair to Chris and Paul, they actually said form goes out the window and it’s all about local bragging rights. We’ve come here and the boys were absolutely spot on. For me, we outworked them and outfought them.

There were three good goals including two from us. We showed a bit of character in the first half as we took the lead, then conceded and scored again. The stand out moments were a couple of saves. One from Tom Macauley in our goal to keep it at 1-2 and then Lewis Exall in the Ferriby goal which should have made it 1-3 to us.

Big three points. We said to the boys at the beginning of the day it’s about who wants it more and who’s prepared to work hard. I thought both teams played some good football. Ultimately, we’ve come away with three massive points and a 1-2 victory” Sewell said.

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When asked to sum up his thoughts Chris Bolder said, “Disappointment from our point of view but well done to Hall Road I thought they came with a really good game plan and they did a number on us and coupled with our disappointing performance has allowed them to come here and take the victory today”.

Bolder went on to say, “It’s gutting for all our fans who came to support the boys today and that we couldn’t match that same commitment from our fans today”. 

Bolder was asked about his sides current run of form. It is now just one point in the last three games that the Villagers have picked up. Bolder said,

“We are in a sticky situation at the moment. Pretty much every team goes through a wobble. The group of players we have are the group that got us to the top of the league and put in some great performances. They are players who have put in great defensive displays throughout the season so it’s not time for us to go into meltdown mode”