Rangers AFC make it two-from-two

Central Privateers player Gareth Shawcross shields the ball from Call Care Spartans defender John Rawcliffe during their division two match at A and P Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Rangers AFC have come out of lockdown in prolific mood.

For the second week in a row they have put four goals into their opponent’s net, this time downing Nelson Suburbs First XI 4-1 at Athletic Park on Saturday.

Last week Rangers disposed of FC Nelson 4-0 but their player/coach, Tore Waechter, felt his side had a more solid workout on Saturday.

“[Suburbs] are a really young side but are well coached and can definitely play football.

“They frustrated us in the first half, held onto possession, then stretched us wide. Every time we had a bad touch or were slow to the ball they pounced. We had to be really patient and show them some respect.

“However they didn’t create too much in the final third [of the field] and we were well organised at the back.”

After spurning a couple of early chances Rangers got on the board after half an hour. Suburbs were unable to clear a corner kick and, when it was headed back into the area Liam Sluiter nodded the ball home.

The Rangers AFC side after beating Nelson Suburbs First XI on Saturday at Athletic Park. Photo: Supplied.

That was the halftime score and prompted a solid period on attack for the home side.

After 55 minutes Rangers scored what their coach described as the best of the season. “There was some great one or two-touch footy with lots of movement. Then Sam [Pearson] crossed the ball into Adam [Rose] and he finished it.”

With rolling subs being the order of the day there were plenty of personnel changes. Rangers introduced Jono Masters to left midfield and he wrapped up the match with a brace of goals.

His first came after 70 minutes, another measured build-up putting him one-on-one with the keeper. Soon after Suburbs scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot but Masters had the final say with his side’s fourth in the final 10 minutes.

Rangers started with the same line-up that ran out for their opening encounter, with bench players such as Masters, Martin Delgado, Pablo Dominguez all making an impact when called on.

Among the starting XI, Rose, Scott Belsham, Sluiter and player of the day Jordy Columbus were prominent, while wingers Pearson and Harrison Pine showed their high levels of fitness.

Next week Rangers are away to Tahuna FC.

Meanwhile the news was not quite so positive for the Liquid Action BV Blenheim Bullets women’s side who play in the Nelson division one women’s competition.

They took on last season’s undefeated competition winners, Richmond Foxes, who ran out 3-1 victors after a tough battle at   Renwick.

Foxes drew first blood with a goal in the fifth minute, before Lauren Sloan evened the ledger 12 minutes before halftime.

Although a flurry of strikes on goal followed, the halftime score remained 1-1.

Early in the second half a perfectly-weighted corner from Tessa Hyland was denied by a fantastic save by the Richmond keeper, then a return strike by Richmond was thwarted by BV’s second-half keeper Abby Owen.

However, a period of concerted pressure from the defending champs saw them draw a goal ahead, before adding a third in the final 10 minutes.

Coach Ian Thomas gave credit to the hardworking midfield, and player of the day went to Hannah Martin for her unrelenting defence.

Due to rain during the week the Mayfield Motorworld division one matches and lower grades were postponed, with only three division two matches played.

Division two results from Saturday.

Call Care Spartans 3 Central Privateers 2.

Call Care Dribbles 2 Picton 0

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