Hall Road left back James Whittingham discusses Hall Road’s title winning season.
FH: How does it feel to go up as Champions?
JW: It’s an unbelievable feeling. The players, coaches, chairman and media team have put so much hard work in throughout the season, so to go up as champions it’s more then well deserved. A memory that will stay with me forever.
FH: In a season full of superb results, can you pick a turning point?
JW: For me personally, it was Pennistone away. It was a midweek match, and a bit of a distance. They were around 28/29 games unbeaten and we went to their place and Gaz Owen got us a winner in the final 10 minutes. The scenes at the end proved we weren’t just there for a jolly and it was a message to the other teams in the league.
FH: What would you say has been the catalyst to Hall Roads success?
JW: The togetherness on and off the field for sure. We fight for each other on the pitch and off the pitch the lads are close as well from going for a drink to a round of golf. Also the hard work the lads put in at training. We always get a good attendance there and that’s down to Bills’ (the assistant) hard work and the time he puts in to produce a great session for the game ahead.
FH: Who would you say has been the standouts this season?
JW: Three players for me. Captain at the back Ash Dexter. He’s been deservedly named in the NCEL Division One team of the year and nominated for Non-League Yorkshire player of the year. He’s been solid at centre half since I’ve been there. Learnt a lot from him having him by my side and hopefully we can squeeze another year out of the old man.
Also Tom Bennett in midfield. He has ran ragged all season and can never fault his work rate. He would be playing a lot higher level if he had a goal in him. Finally Chris Spinks. He’s scored some big goals in important games for us.
FH: How do you reckon you’ll go in NCEL Premier next season?
JW: A lot of the players we have have played at that standard already in there career so I’m confident we’ll do well! If we’re on our game next season, it’ll be hard for any team to take points off us.
FH: For now though it’s all about celebration and rightly so. So spill the dirt. Who’s got the worst dance moves? Worst dressed? Worst habits?
JW: Worse dance moves has got to be Conner Harman. He just doesn’t feel comfortable dancing. Worst dressed has got to be the giraffe at the back James Piercey. His feet are too big, size 13, and the shoes he wears don’t do him any favours. Worst habits Tom Bennett. He just leaves his kit bag in anyone of our cars and then gets us to bring it along with us to the next game. Nothing in that bag has been washed and I don’t know what’s growing in it!
FanaticHull would like to send on our congratulations to Hall Road Rangers on their promotion, and best of luck for the 2017/18 season.