Turning the tables tasted sweet for Gary Fowell Builders
Plains Rangers when they hosted Te Puke in BOP division one on Saturday.
This was the third meeting of these two sides, with Te Puke having won
both previous meetings narrowly.
Rangers started the game strongly, putting together some good moves and
creating chances. Defensively too, Rangers were doing well, with Joel
Ogilvy and Jason Pullar shutting down the Te Puke midfield and also orchestrating
a lot of the build-up play. However several opportunities went begging
and it was well into the half when Rangers finally converted one. Brendan
Oats headed the ball through for James Krause to run onto and score.
The second half started with a hiss and a roar, with Rangers scoring straight
from the kick off. Some good passing put Krause through and he set the
visitors back with a good finish. Ten minutes later Krause had his hat
trick, when he calmly rounded the Te Puke keeper to score. Left winger
Jordan Ogilvy got in on the act shortly after and had Rangers out to a
4 - 0 lead. To their credit, Te Puke were still showing plenty of fight,
and in the space of two minutes, they scored twice. Firstly capitalising
on some hesitation in the Rangers defence, and then scoring with a good
goal. It was game on again, with debutant keeper John Noblett making two
excellent saves to keep out long shots. However Rangers held firm, and
retook control. Pullar floated in a free kick which was expertly back
headed in by player-coach Aaron Muggeridge. The final score was Plains
Rangers 5, Te Puke 2.
Rangers would be well pleased with their play and the result. The team's
attitude was typified by the no-nonsense defending of Vince Russ, Chris
Johnston, Dylan Arthur and Barrie Hawkes in the backs. James Krause was
named player of the day.
This Saturday Rangers have a catch up game away to Rotorua United Blue.