• Double Joy For Rangers.

    Full time results……

    Crawley Devils 2-3 Eastbourne Rangers MSFL.

    The Rangers MSFL team put in an excellent display against Crawley Devils to come away with three crucial league points in Division Two.

    After a fairly even first 25 minutes Rangers went a goal behind, a result of some lax defending, firstly allowing a cross into the box from the left and secondly for leaving the dangerous number 10 free to head home giving Martin Bell no chance in the Rangers goal.

    Shortly after the restart a corner from Julian Waters was headed goalwards by Luke Davies only for Glen Noble to intercept and score with a shot on the turn from 5 yards out. Three minutes later another Waters corner was met at the near post by Noble who headed home clinically for his second of the game.

    Rangers maintained their lead thanks to an amazing clearance off the line from Aaron Saunders after Martin Bell had been beaten. On 60 minutes the home side got back on level terms but Rangers were not to be denied with Noble finishing off a great move to complete his hatrick.

    Noble thought he had got his forth 10 minutes later with a brilliant volley but was ruled offside. Rangers had a scare late on when Kyle Daines looked to have brought down the Devils striker in the box but the referee waved away the appeals from the home side.

    A great win against a team that had led the division early on in the season and it sees Rangers move up to 6th in the league.

    The Old Dave’s Gourmet Burger Co MOM was awarded to Glen Noble.

    Eastbourne Rangers ESFL 3-1 Robertsbridge United

    The Rangers ESFL team put in a dominant display against Robertsbridge United to ensure they stretched their league unbeaten run to 6 games.

    Rangers were on the front foot from kick off and could well have had two goals in the opening exchanges only for Dan Wilkes to fire at the keeper and Matt Haydock over the bar.

    Rangers, despite all of their early dominance, found themselves frustratingly a goal down after a mistake invited a period of pressure from the the away side which saw the United striker finish clinically from 6 yards.

    Rangers responded by still troubling United at every available opportunity with Wilkes in particular looking extremely dangerous down the right flank. More chances went begging before Matt Haydock was fouled 30 yards from goal. Up stepped Luke Regan who fired over the wall and high into the top corner to bring Rangers deservedly on level terms, a goal of the season contender for aure.

    It could have been so much better at the break after Josh Harris was chopped down in the area with one minute remaining but the usually dependable Tony Russell hit the post with the resulting penalty kick….. all square the interval.

    Half time saw very little change with regards to tactics, Rangers had been well and truly on top and felt they could win the game.

    Rangers almost scored from the restart without United touching the ball but Wilkes somehow fired over the bar from a left wing centre. But not to be deterred, Wilkes gave Rangers the lead on 59 minutes after he beat the keeper from 14 yards out after his excellent first touch from Charlie Shearings exquisite cross field pass took him away from the attending defender.

    Rangers had a few scares at the back mainly failing to deal with United’s predicable direct approach but the clear cut chances continued to be made by Rangers who knew they needed another goal to kill the game off.

    And in the 92nd minute, Rangers got there reward when substitute Kent Meier squared the ball up to the on rushing (and fellow substitute) Ben Courtnage who made no mistake with the finish to give Rangers a well deserved win.

    An excellent result from Rangers who showed great character and determination to come from behind for the third game in succession.

    The Old Dave’s Gourmet Burger Co MOM was awarded to Luke Regan, with Dan Wilkes and Lee Chapman coming close.

    Top work to both teams.

    Our thanks to sponsors Abacus Flame, Koly Scaffold and Sanders Property Management.

    Pictured – Hatrick hero Glen Noble

    Rangers Rally To Secure The Points

    Eastbourne Rangers 2-1 Ore Athletic.

    For the second week running Eastbourne Rangers came from behind to claim three valuable points which moves them up to fight in the ESFL Premier Division.

    After turning a 2-1 deficit around last week at Westfield to eventually win 8-2, the new found resilience and belief throughout the squad was plain to see yet again.

    Rangers could have been 2 goals up in the space of the opening 2 minutes with the away keeper saving well from a close range Matt Haydock effort while a looping Lee Chapman header cannoned off the crossbar. Rangers continued to carve open chances with Atheletic’s only effort of note in the opening half an hour well saved by Andy Albon in the rangers goal.

    The home side continued to dominate but found themselves unbelievably a goal down 10 minutes before the break after a low cross from the rangers left was tucked away by the Ore number 9. Haydock was again denied by the Ore keeper, this time from long range, and the red and blacks went in 1 down at the interval.

    Having been in this position before the message was to not to panic and with a slight tweak in formation rangers set about their task.

    The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with rangers dominating possession and territory with Ore looking most threatening on the break. Chances for Dan Wilkes, Tony Derese, Josh Harris and plenty more half chances scattered around the team were not capitalised on and this saw a further change in formation and personnel with 20 minutes remaining.

    Substitute Connor Sullivan was the architect of rangers equaliser turning the ball round the corner with a “no look” pass to Wilkes on the right wing with Wilkes picking out another substitute in the form of Josh Kyte who tapped the ball in from 4 yards, and now it was very much game on with 18 minutes left to play.

    Rangers continued to press in their new shape and were rewarded for their endeavour with 9 minutes remaining when Luke Regan fired home a loose ball from just inside the Ore area.

    Rangers had a scare at the back in the dying moments when Kyle Daines sliced a clearance over Albon with the ball thankfully rebounding off the post to safety. Albon was also called upon again late on stopping well when the Ore striker was through one on one.

    All in all, the right result with rangers the more dominant side throughtout. Special mentions to Albon who made two key saves and to the returning Wilkes who had an excellent game on the wing but the Old Dave’s Gourmet Burger Co. MOM was awarded to Lee Chapman who had a great game at full back.

    Next week rangers face Battle Baptists at home in the quarter final of the league cup.

    Pictured-Scorer Josh Kyte