On a perfect day for football Driffield welcomed Hall Road to Allotment Lane.
The visitors had travelled with just ten men available so great credit goes to the sportsmanship of Panthers manager Warkup who agreed to also field only ten players for the match.
Hall Road started the stronger with their physical presence making things difficult for Goddard and Nellis in the middle of the park, so chances were limited for lone frontman Thompson.
Rangers’ football was neat and their passing precise, but the visitors opening goal had a slice of luck attached when a seemingly harmless shot got deflected past keeper Sharpe’s outstretched hand.
However five minutes later no luck was required for their second which was a well engineered goal involving numerous players.
Panthers responded constructively to the early barrage from the visitors and started to get a foot on the ball in key areas of the pitch. Goddard performing admirably in the centre alongside Nellis, assisted by Deighton and Woodmansey on the flanks.
The second period was a very even affair with Panthers’ backline of Smith, Pallant, Hall and C. Denness working well together as a unit, supported by keeper Sharpe who commanded his area with authority.
Thompson and Smith both had good attempts blocked, Corrigan made his debut and looked lively on the right wing. Falcus and Rounding both made an impact when introduced as Panthers strived to get something out of the game. A lot of effort was put in from both teams, but neither defence were in a charitable mood so chances again were confined to strikes from distance which both keepers dealt with comfortably.
Then with virtually the last kick of the match a lapse in concentration allowed Rangers to score their third.
Man of the match: Goddard a colossus in the middle of the park. Manager’s comment: “A tremendous second half performance boys well done.”
Pictures from the game by Mike Hopps.