A sporting spirit prevailed in the muddy conditions at Edgecumbe Domain
Plains Rangers Edgecumbe hosted league leaders Whakatane in BOP division
The visitors started with all guns blazing and made quite a few fast raiding
on the Rangers goal. Whakatane scored early and got their tails up. Rangers
hard to hold possession for long and the pressure built up. Whakatane
midway through the half. Rangers battled to keep them out for the remainder
half, with player of the day Harley de Lacy in great form at the back.
After the break the home team built up some good periods of possession
and it turned
into an even game. Richie Nillesen made a good run to latch onto a chip
and had the
ball in the Whakatane net, but the off-side flag was up. Sjoerd Overdevest,
back for his first game of the season, had an excellent game in the centre
with his brother Bas. Their combination, coupled with the return of George
also for the first time this year, had Rangers playing some decent football.
Late in the
game Whakatane sealed their win and also the league championship with
outrageous goal flicked in by Chris Daniels. De Lacy still had time to
head a goal
bound shot from ex-Rangers captain Jason Pullar off the goal-line at an
low height. The final score was Plains Rangers 0, Whakatane 3.
Next Saturday, Rangers are also at home, this time to Otumoetai. They
will hope to
have all players back on deck.