The Eastbourne Rangers ESFL team hit back in tremendous style at the weekend after overcoming a workmanlike JC Tackleway side 5-0. This was the red and blacks first home game for two months, the last outing on the sports park 3g being October 10th 2015.
With injuries and unavailability still rife in the rangers ranks, the management team were given the perfect opportunity to give well known local striker Mark Warren his first start since joining from Langney Wanderers. Rangers also welcomed defender Carl Kenward back to the starting line up after missing several weeks through injury which also saw Connor Sullivan, Tony Derese and Greg Manton return to the fold after missing last weeks appalling defeat in the Sussex Junior Cup.
It was Warren that got rangers off to a great start on eleven minutes after he volleyed in a Ben Jesson cross field pass from 15 yards out, a spectacular introduction to the club. Remareo Tapper also made his first start for rangers in this game and was amongst the action from the get go. Midway through the half he supplied a neat pass to Sullivan, who dipped his shoulder, before unleashing a venomous drive from 25 yards out to double rangers lead.
On 33 minutes Warren added his second of the game after the most unlikely of suppliers out on the right wing, Rory Newby, delivered a pin point cross to the back post where Warren made no mistake with a downward header. Rangers still had another goal in them before the break after Lee Chapman slotted through a great ball to Jesson who swivelled in the area before calmly stroking the ball past the on rushing keeper which saw rangers go in 4-0 up at the break.
With the management team apparently happy (for the first time in weeks) the players were reminded about approaching the second half with professionalism and maintaining the correct attitude the was also bound to be key.
During the second half rangers continued to play some neat football, as did Tackleway to their credit. That said, Martin Bell in the rangers goal was a spectator for most of the game, Bell only having to mop up every now and again. Rangers made changes in the second half which saw Dylan Nanuck, Jamie Strong and Josh Kyte replace Tapper, Newby and Sullivan.
Rangers added one more goal on 72 minutes when a training ground move saw Chapman head in from a Kenward cross after a well worked corner. Warren had a couple of half chances to cap of an excellent debut with a hatrick, but last ditch defending and a penalty shout falling on deaf ears meant the debutant had to settle for just the two goals.
This was the perfect response shown by the rangers players, one that was indeed owed to the club and the management after recent poor showings. Rangers were in complete control from the start of this game and arguably could have added more goals with numerous missed chances going begging. The Seaside Cafe MOM was awarded to Mark Warren who showed great work-rate, hold up play and finishing.
Rangers face a tough test in their next game when they travel to Crowhurst in a tough league affair, fingers crossed the weather stays dry for this one.
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