In an evenly fought game, Plains Rangers hosted Rotorua Boys High School
BOP division two at the Edgecumbe Domain on Saturday.
The first half was well contested, with the visitors using their speed
to advantage, but
Rangers dealt well with these threats. The closeness of the game became
early on when referee Warren Silva had to deal with a number of disputes.
closest RBHS got was when right back Jason Shaw made a timely intervention
clear in front of goal. Rangers put some good moves together of their
own, and were
within centimetres of scoring. A good ball forward from centre back David
put Aaron Muggeridge through on goal. Muggeridge, after making good space
himself, could only watch in agony as his shot scraped the outside of
the goal post.
The hard fought affair continued in the second half, but injury and illness
took their toll on a couple of Rangers midfielders and they had to be
twenty minutes to go, the RBHS coach, who had just entered the game, scored
close range in a goal mouth skirmish. Rangers pushed men forward in an
equalise, and were caught out late in the game when the visitors went
two goal up.
The final score was Plains Rangers 0, RBHS 2.
Although this result means that Rangers are now probably only playing
for pride in
the next four weeks, it was a much improved showing from last week. Jason
was named player of the day for some great work in defence. Others to
Hori Elliot and the flu-ridden Bas Overdevest.
This coming Saturday, Rangers are away to Ngongotaha, for the second time