Plains Rangers AFC

24 April 2021
Omokoroa FC 0, Plains Rangers 8

Plains Rangers racked up a high scoring win on Saturday, with a very unusual hat-trick of assists a notable feature. Rangers travelled away to play new club in senior football Omokoroa FC. In fact so new are they, that they wore the strip of the defunct AFC Fury club while they await the arrival of their inaugural jerseys.
The pitch at Western Avenue is smaller than average and this proved helpful to the Rangers team. After four minutes a throw in by Hamish Wilde sailed to the far post and was headed in by captain James Hart to give Rangers an early lead. Four minutes later David Wakelin ran through the Omokoroa defence and his shot found the back of the net. Rangers were cruising and Wakelin hit the woodwork midway through the half. On the half hour, another Wilde long throw in sailed across the pitch and was headed in, this time by Phil Ballingall. At half time the score was 3 – 0 to Rangers.
At half time player-coach Christian Wetting demanded that his team to play good well constructed football.
It paid off immediately after the break. Elijah Wetting sent in a good cross that was well finished off by Ballingall. Ten minutes into the half Isaiah Davidson scored direct from a Rangers corner. The home team were being run ragged. Ballingall hit a good shot that was saved, but Elijah Wetting finished off the rebound. Hamish Wilde secured a highly unusual hat-trick of assists when another long throw-in found substitute Barrie Hawkes in front of goal. His goal-bound touch was finished off by Sione Lotu. In the final minute Wilde got on the scoresheet himself, after a solo run and a good finish, to make the final score 8 – 0 to Rangers.
Omokoroa were unlucky to have met an in-form Rangers team playing good fast flowing football and will have learned a lot from the game. Hamish Wilde was named player of the day for his all round game.
This Saturday Plains Rangers have another away game, this time a tougher trip, to meet unbeaten Papamoa Old Boys.