A determined effort was not enough for Plains Rangers, when they played
leaders Te Puke in BOP division one on Saturday.
Rangers began the game well, using their passing game to good effect in
the first half.
With the breeze at their backs, Rangers pinned the home team in their
own half for
long periods. A few half chances were created, but not converted, but
attempt, was an excellent 25m shot from Azza at left half. It pulled out
an equally good save
from the Te Puke keeper. The score was locked at 0 - 0 at half time.
After the break the home team used the breeze to gain more territory.
It was a hard
fought affair, not pretty football. The competitive spirit causing referee
Nillesen to reach for his yellow card a number of times. Te Puke grabbed
goal of the game with 15 minutes to go. It was a scrappy affair, with
Matt Aberhart blocking a first attempt and then scrambling back and just
beaten to the rolling ball by an attacker who gratefully pushed it home.
of the game was well illustrated by the few saves Aberhart had to make.
ended with the score Te Puke 1, Plains Rangers 0.
Defender Mark Thompson stood out for Rangers and was their man of the
This Saturday, Rangers are at home to Rotorua Suburbs. Kick-off at the
Domain is at 2 p.m.