Match 2 for our ESFL team saw Rangers up against their old rivals Herstmonceux and looking to build on an impressive display the previous week.
With Robbo “building a bear” Grant Smith stepped up from the MSFL team to oversee proceedings with Dale Hendy. The line up was Martin Bell in goal with a back four of Luke Barber, Mike Pickard, Dave Bennett-Tomlin and ex ceux man Steve Green with a midfield of Josh Kyte Lee Chapman, Steve Reeves and Connor Sullivan which saw Ben Jesson and Jamie Strong continue up top.
The match started brightly by the visitors causing Rangers problems in defence, Rangers were finding it hard to get get the ball clear and only some shots blazing over the bar kept the score level. With 15 mins gone Rangers broke the deadlock against the run of play, Chapman claimed an assist with a ball into the box, the defender was quickly closed down by Ben, the ball fell nicely to Reeves who spun and lobbed the ball into the far corner 1-0.
Almost straight away Zoo were back on the attack a great header was smashed against the bar, the only problem it was from the head of Pickard who usually tucks them away from there! Only a half chance with a bit of indecision between Bell & Barber was the best it got for Herstmonceux. Every time Rangers got forwards Ben was involved, he seemed to be finding time and space on the tiny pitch. Rangers went in at half time only 1-0 up, the final pass or finish was all that was missing from the first 45.
Dale made the point that the only way to lose the match is if we made a mistake, keep concentrating and keep going.
In the 47th min a great track back by Kyte was all that denied Ceux a shot at goal, the good work in the first half almost undone straight away. On 53 minutes Sullivan lobbed over after some great approach play. Just a minute later almost from nowhere Strong hit a shot from the angle which beat the keeper at his near post 2-0 rangers.
Just before the hour mark Chapman had a header saved and Pickard with an overhead kick put the rebound over. Shortly after rangers got caught out on the left but the forward opted for power smashing straight at Martin when possibly a pull back was on. From that moment on it was all Rangers with rangers also introducing Wilkes & Anderson to the game.
Skipper Bennett-Tomlin hit the crossbar which is the closest he has come to scoring for a while while Wilkes was inches away from a Jesson cross. Pickard then put a header wide from almost the same position he hit the bar with in the first half- this time at the right end. Rangers then went 3-0 up in bizarre fashion. Wilkes broke into the box and just as we thought the chance had gone the defender smashed it against him and the ball went in past the keeper into the bottom corner. The away keeper was keeping the score down saving from Reeves, Anderson and several chances for Jesson
With 10 left to go Sullivan was told he was just about to be substituted, he then burst down the right putting a quality cross in for Wilkes who kept the ball in crossing it back in to Sullivan who put the header in to make it 4-0.
The keeper then denied Ben again, saving a free kick, which from the bench looked a goal all the way. Wheeler when he came on was working hard to win the ball back at every opportunity, he then was involved in the fifth goal linking up with his twin Wilkes & Strong who put Wilkes through for a one on one which never looked in doubt. 5-0 rangers.
This was a great overall team performance with everyone working hard for the 90 minutes, which was reflected in the overall score. Ben was awarded the Man of the Match, a constant threat all afternoon with his running and sensible passing, only the keeper denying him a certain hat trick.
Two games in, rangers have scored twelve goals without conceeding. A strong start but only concentration and commitment from everyone can see this continue.
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