Rangers game against Catsfield was reversed to the sports park this week after a pitch inspection Friday saw the Catsfield playing surface deemed unfit for use. The bigger surprise was that the pitches at the sports park were deemed playable on Saturday morning meaning Catsfield had to visit rangers again, something they wouldn't have been keen on after the 7-0 drubbing rangers had issued at the start of the season in the reverse fixture.
Rangers had many absentees including managers Marc McKay which meant Lee and Dan Chapman had kindly agreed to look after match day proceedings. Martin Bell, Luke Barber, Tony Derese, Josh Flaherty, Connor Sullivan and skipper Dave Bennett-Tomlin were all unavailable for reasons varying from injury/illness to family commitments. This saw Richard Spooner called up from the rangers MSFL team to take the gloves as well as Mike Pickard who was partnered by Aaron Filsell at centre half. The ever present Steve Green got the nod at right back while Dan Chapman showed his versatility by slotting in at left back after last weeks run in centre midfield. His brother Lee was partnered by Ben Jesson in central midfield while Sean Hardie and Matt Wheeler were given the green light on the rangers flanks. Top scorer Jamie Strong was joined by Jamie Baker-Beall up front who was promoted from last weeks substitute bench while Dan Wilkes was the lone rangers substitute.
Rangers got off to a blistering start and played the type of football that is now expected of this ever improving team. It didn't take long for rangers to open the scoring. A through ball from Green sent Baker-Beall through on goal who was then tripped in the penalty area.The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot which saw Strong calmly slot away the spot kick to give rangers an early 1-0 lead.
Strong added a further two goals (with a further two assists attributed to Baker-Beall) to compete a stunning first half hatrick. But the biggest moment of the half was when Wheeler scored his first league goal of the season to make it 4-0, which added to his impressive haul of 10 cup goals.
At half time the Chapman's were very pleased with the response shown by all the players and shortly into the second half Wilkes replaced Baker-Beall. Rangers all important clean sheet was a distant memory when Catsfield pulled a goal back for 4-1 but a trademark burst from full back Green saw him set up Wilkes to restore rangers four goal cushion. Wheeler then set up Strong for his fourth of the afternoon while Jesson completed the rout with a well deserved goal finishing on the half volley when Wilkes chested the ball into the path of the rangers man. Final score 7-1.
This was a superb rangers performance, especially in the first half. The result never really looked in any doubt after rangers scintillating start and it's starts like this that must become habit to give rangers the edge early on in games. MOM was awarded to Ben Jesson who was superb in central midfield al afternoon. Our thanks to Richard Spooner for filling in between the sticks for this game, and our thanks to Mike Pickard who stepped in at the last minute at centre half.
This win sees rangers sit at the top of the pile of division two - 2 points clear of closest rivals Old Hastonians. Check out the league table here: http://www.eastbournerangersfc.co.uk/table/esfl/
Next week sees rangers travel to bottom club Northiam 75 but turning up with a complacent attitude will be severely frowned upon.
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Eastbourne Rangers were formed in May 2009 and after a seasons worth of consolidation, we haven't looked back since. Four league consecutive titles in five years (which have seen the club promoted SIX...