Hall Road continue pre-season form

Hall Road Rangers faced a sterner test in their pre-season preparations in the shape of Armthorpe Welfare, however Louis Bruce’s header shortly after the break saw Rangers scrape home to maintain their 100% run. 

They were not too many clear goal scoring opportunities for either side in the match but it was Bruce’s header from Brad Needham’s cross that separated them at the final whistle.

Hall Road settled the quicker and in the first couple of minutes created some opportunities but failed to break the deadlock.

Armthorpe also created their own chances through counter attacks and passing moves, but these were comfortable for the Hall Road defence to deal with, as a rearguard which has been breached just once so far in pre-season stood strong.

The best opportunity from either side came for Hall Road through Matty Crane who narrowly put his header wide after a fine cross from Gareth Owen picked him out in the penalty box.

Neither side in the first half could produce the final finish and it remained level as half time came.

The only goal of the game came in the 48th minute as defender Bruce gave Hall Road the lead with a bullet header from a corner that was well delivered by Needham.

The game then descended into what the majority of the first half had consisted of as both sides tried to create attacking moves but most of these eventually broke down, and the game became scrappy.

Armthorpe nearly levelled through a counter attack but substitute keeper David Birch did well to palm the eventual shot away from goal.

Both defences did well to halt potentially dangerous attacks on their goal and that continued until the final whistle was blown.

There were some good performances from the players that were involved in the match.

Matty Crane put in a shift up front on his own and Joel Drewery was particularly impressive in the first half down the right wing.

The centre back partnership of Louis Bruce and James Piercy was relatively comfortable all game except for a couple of rare errors but these didn’t result in anything too dangerous.

The Rangers management duo of Dave Ricardo and Bill Gill will be especially pleased as they have not conceded since the sixth minute of the opening friendly, in which some 434 minutes have passed since.

They will be looking to continue this with a trip to Grimsby Borough on Wednesday night as the season opener in the FA Cup at AFC Mansfield on August 5 draws closer.




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