Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers
May 30 v Whakatane Town
The youthful Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers side
continued their steady improvement with a good showing in the local derby
with Whakatane Town on Saturday.
Whakatane started with a hiss and a roar and gained the upper hand in
the opening minutes on the Awakeri pitch. However, Rangers weathered the
storm and started to play some good football themselves. The solid centre
midfield pairing of Jason Pullar and James Mitchell created a good platform
for the speedy Rangers front runners to work from. Rangers won a succession
of corners, but with no result. Dylan Arthur went within an inch of scoring,
his header hit the bar. At the other end Whakatane continued to create
chances too, but wayward shooting was the outcome. An entertaining first
half ended 0 - 0.
Early in the second half Rangers got the break through. Striker James
Krause was put through the Whakatane defence and he slotted the ball well
past keeper Paul Shakes. Bhima Wycherley had a shot from close range blocked
on the line. Whakatane continued to waste their opportunities. However,
with the game looking like going the home team's way, a well struck shot
from a Whakatane midfielder sailed in from 25 metres. The game continued
to be hard fought to the end. Both Gavin Rothwell and Jordan Ogilvy put
headers just over for their respective teams. The final score, a 1 - 1
draw, was probably a fair result on the day.
Rangers coach Aaron Muggeridge was pleased with his team's performance
and determination. He selected defender Kirk Bain as Rangers' player of
the match, with other outstanding performances from Mitchell, Krause and
This Saturday Rangers are at home again, with high flying Tauranga City
United visiting. Kick-off at Awakeri will be at 2.30 pm.