Saturday 15th June
RANGERS A v Canterbury DREW 3-3
This was a game to consolidate second position. Rangers looked dominant and in control at the start of the match with an early goal. Unfortunately the passes weren’t always finding the mark which allowed the opposition to maintain pressure on the Rangers A defence. The match see-sawed back and forth with Canterbury scoring an equaliser with only about 3 mins remaining. Rangers A were unable to find a late winning goal. Goals scored by Paul, Dan W & Rob.
From Coach Rob Lumb: “We struggled at times to use our passing game effectively and allowed the opposition to take advantage of it. The second half saw moments of what we did so well last week. I am sure we will get back to our normal style of play next week. Very happy to have consolidated second position with a game in hand.”
RANGERS B v Balmain B WON 2-1
Despite a slow start to the season – Rangers B has definitely come together as a team with a second win in two weeks. Playing against the third placed team, this was a match no one expected us to win as the opposition had a very comfortable win over us in Round 1. With only 11 players available we had to fight hard for the full 90 minutes. After conceding an early goal, player coach Scott Haddin scored a fantastic goal to go into the half time break at 1-1.
In the second half both teams dug deep to try and take the lead. A Rangers free kick at the attacking end provided a great opportunity for us to capitalize and up stepped Tom who smashed a superb shot above the keeper’s head and into the back of the net.
Manager Anthony Rye said: “This was a much deserved win and everyone played their hearts out. Congrats to Scottie and Tom for 2 awesome goals and thanks to all the boys for putting in 110%.”
RANGERS O/35’s v Enfield B DREW 1-1
After last week’s win we approached another top 4 team with confidence, and it showed as we ran the game in the first twenty minutes. An early chance to Billy from distance saw the keeper pull off a great save as we pressed for the early goal. Stewart’s throws were causing lots of problems and eventually we capitalised when another long throw into the box was met by Joe’s head who glanced the ball into the six yard box where Allen was waiting and managed to get just enough on to his header to give us the lead. An injury to Akio meant we had to reshuffle the team and Enfield took advantage. Despite our resolute defence Enfield found the equaliser and a half time score of 1-1 was probably a fair result.
The second half saw us attack early but unable to find the back of the net. Our best chance came from Joe when he skinned two players on the sideline and then hit a beauty of a shot from all of 30 yards which dipped and swerved before crashing against the bar and bouncing to safety. Akio returned, however too many injuries meant we did not have reserves to call upon and it showed. Enfield dominated possession but our defence was solid and gave them very few chances. What chances they had were dealt with by Brucey who had another storming game in goal.
Manager Billy Kennedy said: “Our team is really starting to gel, and 4 points in the last two games against top 4 teams bodes well for the remainder of the season.”