Tuesday 9th April 2019: 19:45 Kick Off at Sandygate Road, Crosspool, Sheffield
Ranger’s players, staff and fans will make their way to Sheffield on Tuesday and they will still be buzzing after the last gasp winner on Saturday. Ranger’s hard work and perseverance finally overcoming the luck Parkgate had benefited from over 180 minutes of football. This rearranged fixture was previously scheduled for the start of February; it originally fell foul to wet weather.
Hallam’s goalless draw at East Yorkshire Carnegie means for the first time in a long time that the destiny of the NCEL Division One title is no longer in their hands. Second placed Campion now have that honour.
The match is one that all involved have been looking forward to for a long time. One of the key battles on Tuesday night will be between the two players called Keiran. Rangers captain Keiran Wressell has been superb throughout this season, and will be facing the league’s leading scorer in Kieran Watson.
With five games to go and 15 points up for grabs, it is still all to play for at the top. #Believe.
Opposition Match Stats:
Opposition Nickname: The Coutrymen
Previous Results: Winterton Rangers 1–1 Hallam (10th October 2018)
Hallam 4-3 Winterton Rangers (27th March 2018)
Biggest Win: Rossington Main 1-8 Winterton Rangers
FC Bolsover 0-7 Hallam
Leading Scorers: Rangers – Luke Anderson 20
Hallam – Kieran Watson 33
Highest Attendance this season: Rangers: 162
Form Last 5 Games: Rangers: WLDWW
Interesting facts about Hallam: Right, this is the club this feature in the match preview has been waiting for!!!
In 1867, Hallam won the first ever football competition, the Youdan Cup. The trophy was subsequently misplaced by the club, and did not resurface again until 1997 when a Scottish antiques collector who had come into possession of the silver trophy sold it back to the club for £2,000. In 2014, the trophy was featured on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, where it was valued at £100,000. Club chairman Chris Taylor subsequently said the club had no plans to sell the trophy.
Although formed in 1860, the football club can trace its links even further back, to 1804, when the owner of the Plough Inn public house on Sandygate Road agreed to allow a new cricket club, Hallam CC, to start playing on an adjacent field he owned. They still play there today, making it one of oldest football grounds in the world, still in use. In 2012, Sandygate Road received a much-needed facelift, paid for by a posthumous donation by a lifelong supporter who had left the club a substantial amount of money in his will.