Plains Rangers AFC

June 7th 2003 v Whakatane

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It took an hour to break the deadlock, when Plains Rangers were at home to
Whakatane Reserves on Saturday.
Throughout the first half Rangers had marginally the better share of territory, but
found it hard going to get into good attacking positions. Whakatane defended well
and young ring-in goalkeeper Matthew Ward did his job ably. Whakatane came
forward in numbers when they attacked and kept the home team honest.
In the second half Rangers gradually gained the upper hand and after an hour secured
the first goal. Bas Overdevest sent a perfectly weighted lob over the keeper.
Whakatane gained a number of corners, and were unlucky not to score from one when
the keeper was beaten but Jason Pullar raced back to hook the ball off the line.
However by this time the home team were putting a lot of pressure on the Whakatane
defence and it was no surprise when Dan Logan blasted a shot into the left corner of
the goal, with keeper Ward diving and just getting his fingertips to it. The final score
was Plains Rangers 2, Whakatane 0.
For Rangers, David Dennis earned player of the day with another committed
performance in defence. In goal Mark Thompson was sound, as he stood in for the
injured Matt Aberhart. The first round now having been completed, Rangers will
await with interest the make-up of the upgraded second division as the Eastern and
Western divisions are combined.
This Saturday Rangers will be participating in the annual Best Insulation Tournament
in Rotorua.