The Rangers ESFL team put in a dogged performance to claim three valuable league points against St Leonards Social. After two withdrawals earlier in the day due to illness, Rangers only had a bare 11 to compete in the match. The game also saw Rangers wear black armbands in memory of Joan and Al Albon, grandparents of Rangers stopper Andy, both of whom had passed away in the last 10 days.
The red and blacks looked the more likely to open the scoring and a moment of magic from Matt Haydock saw him earn a penalty on 25 minutes, which Haydock dispatched past the keeper from 12 yards.
After the break, rangers had to face all the elements with the wind and the rain now in full force. Rangers doubled their lead on 57 minutes through the most unlikely of sources when emergency call up Dan Chapman diverted a clever Haydock corner into the back of the net.
Rangers continued to press for an all important third goal with a Ben Barnett header and a Ben Courtnage long range drive coming close. But the visitors managed to pull a goal back with 22 minutes to go after a defensive error let the Social striker poke past a helpless Andy Albon in the rangers goal.
A change in shape from the visitors saw more space become apparent on both rangers wings with the injured Courtnage, who struggled on through the match, was finding space down the right while Dylan Nanuck was now a constant threat down the left. But with 10 minutes to go, Rangers retained their two goal cushion. Tony Russell won the ball in midfield and picked out a clever run from Haydock on the Rangers right wing. Haydock powerfully drove into the Social box, and despite finding himself at a tight angle, slotted the ball past the keeper which secured the red and blacks their second league win of the season.
The Old Dave’s Gourmet Burger Co MOM was awarded to Matt Haydock – 2 goals, an assist and great all round play.
The club would like to dedicate this win to Joan and Al Albon.
Buxted II 0-6 Eastbourne Rangers MSFL
The MSFL team eventually took to the field following on from Buxted’s 1st team game which was quite eventful with 2 red cards. The 3.30pm kick off turned into a 4pm but the waiting around didn’t harm the team, who like the ESFL, effectively had a bare 11.
Rangers started brightly trying to take the game to the opponents early. A Julian Waters corner fell to Dave Bennett-Tomlin who gave it back to Waters which saw the ball swung back in. The ball hit Chris Ward at the back post and with the home side appealing for handball he poked it back to Kyle Daines who finished it off, 1-0.
Rangers doubled their lead after 12 minutes when Jamie Strong found Luke Regan with a nice ball and he lobbed it over the on rushing keeper. Buxted started to mount some attacks of their own but a quick formation change with Regan going wide and Strong going up top payed dividends after 34 mins. Mike Pickard played the ball through to Strong who chipped it over the onrushing keeper for 3-0.
Three minutes later it was 4-0 when a Cristos Misirlis ball out of defence found Strong, which saw the home keeper appealing for handball again instead of getting into position, and Strong sent the ball sailing over the keepers head.
A great 1st half from the Rangers.
The impressive Bennett-Tomlin, who seemed to be there whenever Buxted attacked, turned provider on 56 mins with a smart ball into Luke Davies who shot across the keeper to give Rangers a five goal lead.
Rangers had a scare when Buxted hit the post but that was the best it got for them. Strong claimed his hat-trick and Rangers 6th in the 85th minute a good finish from a Davies ball in.
The Old Dave’s Gourmet Burger Co MOM was awarded to Jamie Strong for his hat trick and assist just edging out Bennett-Tomlin.
Hopefully this can kick start Rangers push up the table.
Top work everyone.
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