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Macauley learning new experiences at Hall Road

29 December 2021

Since joining Hall Road Rangers on work experience, second-year scholar Tom Macauley has been a key figure in their recent good run of form.

The 17-year-old has kept four clean sheets in 11 appearances since signing for the NCEL Division One side in October and Macauley says he is learning with every game.

“I feel like I’m developing and continuing to develop,” said Macauley.

“I’ve been playing in the league since October and every game is a learning experience that brings something new.

“Playing senior football is helping me develop in a different way to how I would by playing academy football. Men’s football is a lot more physical and it gives me an opportunity to work on different aspects of my game.”

Macauley featured in Hall Road’s most recent fixture, an impressive 2-1 win away at then league leaders North Ferriby.

The result not only saw Hall Road become the first club to beat North Ferriby at the Dransfield Stadium in the league this season, but it moved them up the standings to 11th.

“It was an unreal performance (against North Ferriby),” added Macauley.  

“To come away on a bank holiday with a good turnout in front of over 1,100 fans was a great feeling and to get the win and produce some good saves was great.

“We came into the game as underdogs, but we turned that and used it to our advantage to motivate us to get the three points.

“It’s now about consistency and performing week in, week out to try and climb up the table.”

Photo: Jon Knight

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