Plains Rangers AFC
17 April 2021
Plains Rangers 3, Papamoa Buccaneers 1
Plains Rangers had a very good first home fixture of the season on Saturday when they hosted Papamoa Buccaneers at Edgecumbe. Rangers were missing a few players through injury, and took a little while to settle and to adjust to the steady breeze at their backs. However, after quarter of an hour, the home team opened the scoring when Hamish Wilde struck a free kick from distance which sailed into the top corner of the Papamoa goal. Midway through the half an underhit pass in the Rangers defence was capitalised on by the visitors who equalised. Rangers looked to bounce straight back and were unlucky when left winger Isaiah Davidson hit the crossbar with a shot. Late in the half Rangers were again denied when a great ball from the midfield put David Wakelin through the defence. He hit a shot sweetly, but the Papamoa keeper pulled off a terrific save to tip it over the bar. At half time the score was locked up at 1 – 1.