Offwell Rangers edged out by Hemyock

PUBLISHED: 08:16 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:16 07 October 2014

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Offwell Rangers were edged out by the odd goal in three when they met table-topping Hemyock.

Rangers made a slow start and might well have fallen behind in the first third of the contest but for some smart saves by keeper Ben Kayes.

A switch in formation paid instant dividends as player-boss Scott Phillips threaded a ball through to Darren Whitmarsh who kept his cool to slot home his first goal for the club.

It was almost two, but a fierce drive by Ashley Trudgeon was tipped over by the goalkeeper.

After the break chances were fashioned, and spurned and that was to return to haunt Rangers with Hemyock levelling in the 70th minute.

Just before the equaliser the influential Brad Spiller limped out of the action with a hamstring problem.

Minutes later a free-kick was launched into the area and, without Spillers presence, the ball was not cleared and it ended up in the back of the net.

There were just minutes remaining when Hemyock grabbed the winner.

Before his injury Spiller had a fine game as did Jake Phillips, but the Rangers Man of the Match, as selected by match sponsors Tip Top Trees, was Jamie Westwood.

Phillips said: “It was another harsh lesson for the lads to take in that you have to play to the whistle all the time. It’s incredibly frustrating that this was a game we should, have won That said, given that we are now putting out a side that a few short months ago was being put together from scratch it’s really pleasing to see the squad evolve.”

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