Plains Rangers AFC
8 September 2018
Plains Rangers men 1, Otumoetai Special Reserve 2
Playing their first game at home in five weeks did not bring much luck for SLH Contracting Plains Rangers on Saturday. Rangers were at home to Otumoetai Special Reserve and in the first half they had to play into a strong swirling breeze. Ten minutes into the game the ball unluckily bounced up to hit a Rangers defender’s arm and the visitors dispatched the resulting penalty well. Rangers had another scare, but veteran defender Barrie Hawkes did enough to keep out an attacker who was through on goal. Ten minutes later Otumoetai got through again, capitalising on a misjudgement, to score again and they had a healthy lead. Rangers did have several break outs, but they had to work hard to make headway. At the break, player –coach Christian Wetting reminded his team that they needed to play good simple football, and with the wind’s backing the chances would appear.