Plains Rangers AFC

4 & 5 July 2020
Plains Rangers men 2, Papamoa Dou Bros 1
Te Puke 11, Plains Rangers women 0

On Saturday, Plains Rangers were at home to Papamoa Dou Bros in BOP division two. Rangers got their football going early in the game and were unlucky not to score an early goal. After five minutes Kaleb Muggeridge had a volley saved by the keeper. Five minutes later Kaleb hit the crossbar with a well struck shot. Shortly after that, Xavier Bain hit the post with a shot and it looked like the floodgates were about to open at any moment. However, Rangers were not able to convert the chances and the visitors grew in confidence. The introduction of Jason Pullar late in the half though, brought a change in luck for the home team. A corner was won and Pullar curled the corner kick in with perfect judgement, into the top far corner of the goal. Rangers took a 1 – 0 lead into the break.
The second half brought good attacking moves from Rangers but not much reward. The impressive Jamaal James several times took the ball to the Papamoa line and pulled it back but no one could turn the crosses into the goal. After fifteen minutes a good ball across goal from Muggeridge was put into his own net by a Papamoa defender. Rangers looked comfortable in their lead, but midway through the half a long range Papamoa free kick sailed into the home team goal. Rangers were a little nervous with their slender lead, but were not under much of a threat. Late in the game, centre back Ian Gray, who had led the defence really well, sent a header powerfully against the Papamoa crossbar to almost add to Rangers' tally. However, the score remained Rangers 2, Papamoa 1.
Sixteen year old Kaleb Muggeridge was named player of the day for Rangers with an excellent display of attacking football. Not far behind him were Jamaal James and Sam Christieson. This weekend Rangers men have a challenging away trip to play unbeaten Taupo Lakers in a top of the table clash.
On Sunday, Plains Rangers women had a tough outing to play league leaders Te Puke. Te Puke took the game 11 – 0. Rangers' best were player of the day Sarah Boyce, defender Rhylee Mahy, midfielder Amie Morris and striker Alex Bentley-Dalgity.
Rangers women have a bye this weekend.