Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers
August 28th v TCU CNS Cup Semi Final
Just keeping its combinations going and playing good football
were the main aims for Gary Fowell Builders Plains Rangers on Saturday,
and in doing so they brought their sequence of wins to six. Rangers hosted
Papamoa at Awakeri, with a healthy crowd in attendance.
Papamoa's keeper got off to a horror start, dropping a cross and Cameron
Wills reacted quickly to turn it into the net. However the visitors got
into the game, playing some good football through the midfield and scored
to even things up. Rangers got back in front; a chip from Barrie Hawkes
was headed over the keeper by Ben McPherson. Once again Papamoa dug in
and put pressure on and got back on level terms.
In the second half Rangers controlled their play better, with some flowing
attacking moves. McPherson set up James Krause with a good pass, and Krause
rounded the keeper to score a good goal. Injuries in the Rangers defence
saw some reorganisation, but they held their shape well, with substitute
Adam Mayor making some good tackles. Centre midfielders Christian Wetting
and Ben Fretwell combined well to give Krause another chance which he
finished well, and then McPherson capped off a good day with his second
goal. The final score was Plains Rangers 5, Papamoa 2.
This win keeps Rangers in touch with third placed Otumoetai, who held
their ground with a 1 - 0 win over Whakatane Town. Coach Aaron Muggeridge
was pleased with his team's second half performance and named Hawkes player
of the day. His concern will be making sure the team is injury free for
the CNS Cup final against Katikati on September 18th. Helpfully, this
Saturday Rangers have no game scheduled. Muggeridge also congratulated
Papamoa's Paul van der Salm who stepped in and did a fine job of refereeing
the game when the scheduled official didn't turn up. The game was played
in excellent spirit by both teams.