PR: North Ferriby vs Hall Road
Hall Road Rangers end 2021 with a local derby as they make the short trip to the Dransfield Stadium on Tuesday to take on North Ferriby FC. Ferriby are the NCEL Division One league leaders and have collected 53 points from their first 22 games. In which, the Villagers have won 16, drawn five and lost just once. This defeat occurred in Ferriby’s last league game which was a 1-0 loss at Brigg Town.
Conversely, Hall Road still occupy 12th position in the league table. Despite the 11 place gap between the sides, Rangers can have plenty of confidence that they can pick up a positive result. This is because they’ve been victorious in their last four away games at Retford FC, Swallownest FC, Rainworth Miners Welfare and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic respectively.
Rangers and Ferriby played out a 1-1 draw at Haworth Park in the reverse fixture that took place in August. Sam Robinson gave Hall Road the lead on the day before a Jamie Forrester strike meant that both sides shared the spoils.
Danny East and Tom Corner are the two main goal threats within the Ferriby squad. East has 11 goals in all competitions whilst Corner has a tally of ten goals to his name. Meanwhile, Ferriby possess the best defence in the league having only conceded 13 goals. The Villagers have also kept 11 clean sheets.
Rangers joint manager Leon Sewell feels that his side can continue moving up the league table and achieve their ultimate goals come the end of the season.
“It’s still a realistic target to get in that top ten and push on for the top six. It’ll take an awful lot, but we’re not a million miles off.
We head down the road to North Ferriby which’ll be another tough test for us. It’ll be a good local derby if anything’s to go by our performances that’s for certain.
It’d be nice to see a good entourage of Hall Road supporters” Sewell said.
North Ferriby FC take on neighbours Hall Road looking to get back to winning ways. The Villagers tastes defeat for the first time as they fell 1-0 to Brigg last time out. That result meant the Villagers unbeaten league start is over. However, Chris Bolder’s men still sit top of the NCEL table as they are two points ahead of their closest challengers Hallam.
When asked about how his side will look to bounce back. Bolder Said, “Brigg game was very even and probably had a draw written all over it, so to lose the game by a penalty, which was their only effort on target, was very disappointing. We now have to go on another run if we are to stay at the top as the gap has now been closed by teams below us”.
In Hall Road, Ferriby will face a tough challenge. Hall Road currently sit in 12th place but have been in good form recently. Two defeats in their last three will mean they will be looking to bounce back in a local derby against the Villagers. When the sides last met the score finished 1-1. It was a typical derby game with Ferriby edging the chances but Hall Road showed they are a well-organised side who are hard to beat. The two sides recently did some transfer business with each other. Rich Medcalf joined the Villagers whereas Joe McFadyen joined Rangers. Medcalf made his debut in the defeat at Brigg.
When asked what he expects from Hall Road and the game itself, Bolder said, “Hall Road will prove a real stern test for us and they have been in excellent form and picked up some great wins. As always, a local derby also adds that extra uncertainty and spice to it, so hopefully should be a great game”.
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