Plains Rangers AFC

April 24th 2004 v Rotorua Suburbs

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Plains Rangers produced a gritty performance in their home clash with Rotorua
Suburbs on Saturday, to cement a mid-table slot in BOP Div One.
Suburbs had control of the opening period, then Rangers fought their way back in. A
strong appeal for a penalty was turned down, and then a goal disallowed for a high
foot. Rangers eventually got the scoring underway after the Suburbs keeper could
only parry a well hit free kick by Mark Thompson, and the loose ball was finished off
In the final minute of the first half, momentary confusion in front of the Rangers goal
meant a Suburbs free kick was not cleared, instead it was bundled in by the visitors.
The second half was an even end-to-end battle, with home team pouncing on a
Suburbs defensive error to score the winner. Rangers held their visitors at bay for the
finals 15 minutes, to secure the 2 - 1 win.
Rangers had strong performances from Aaron Muggeridge in centre midfield, and a
solid back four, well led by Thompson.
This weekend Rangers will have to cool their heels, as scheduled opponents Rotorua
City are involved in the Chatham Cup.
Rangers next fixture is away to Otumoetai on May 8th.