Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers
August 30 v Tauranga City United, away.
A courageous second half performance earned Gary Fowell
Builders Plains Rangers a good win away to Tauranga City United in BOP
division one on Saturday. Rangers had several players unavailable, but
confidence from their win the week before.
From the start it was a good even battle, with both teams playing a good
brand of football. The home team had the upper hand for a while, but steady
defence made them battle to create clear openings. Midway through the
half, Tauranga City got a bit lucky. A striker found himself in space
advancing into the penalty area, desperate challenges from Rangers keeper
Christian Wetting and centre back Scott Geddes saw the ball bounce up
to his hand then back to his foot and he scored. Despite the Rangers protests,
referee Dave Gray awarded the goal. Rangers then put some good pressure
on, with wingers Joel and Jordan Ogilvy prominent in winning the ball
and getting round the fullbacks. Rangers captain Richie Nillesen went
close with a shot that whizzed across the face of goal.
At half time Tauranga City were ahead 1 - 0.
As the second half developed, Rangers tenacity was notable. Defenders
Geddes, Jono Whitaker, Simon Gowing and Barrie Hawkes kept their formation
well. In the centre midfield, James Mitchell and player of the day Dean
Butterworth were constant threats. After fifteen minutes Nillesen bravely
out jumped the on-rushing keeper to head the ball in and even up the scores.
The home team started using the through ball extensively to try to open
up the Rangers defence, and several times Wetting came out of his area
to make crucial interceptions. The home team were then reduced to ten
men when a defender was red carded for stomping on the ankle of young
Rangers striker Luke Overworth. Rangers kept plugging away and with fifteen
minutes to go, they reaped a big reward. A long Wetting free-kick was
volleyed into the Tauranga goal by Mitchell to the delight of the noisy
Rangers supporters. Overworth, substitute Dylan Arthur and a resurgent
Gowing had shots well saved as Rangers kept the pressure on till the end.
The final score: Tauranga City United 1, Plains Rangers 2.
Rangers thoroughly deserved their win and will look to keep their form
going this Saturday when they host Katikati at Awakeri.