Offwell Rangers edged out by high-flying Newton St Cyres

PUBLISHED: 16:08 13 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:08 13 October 2015

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Offwell Rangers went down by the odd goal in five to table-topping Newton St Cyres Reserves.

What made the Rangers task all the harder was that they came up against many of the opposition’s senior players as their first team were without a game!

Rangers made an excellent start and were the better of the teams for the first 20 minutes, but fell behind to a counter-attack goal.

Heads dropped in the Rangers ranks and they went into half-time two goals down.

After the break Rangers were back in the game when player-boss Scott Phillips and Paul Dudley combined prior to the latter firing the ball home. The two-goal lead was swiftly restored by Newton St Cyres, but Rangers hit back, scoring a second through Steve Curry to set up a grandstand finish. Rangers almost bagged a point, but Curry saw his header flash wide of the mark.

Match sponsors, Andrew Wall Guitar Tuition opted for Paul Dudley as the Rangers Man of the Match.

Scott Phillips said: “I was delighted with the players against a side clearly strengthened by first team players. We showed we can be a match for the best in this division.”

The week before Rangers bagged a first win of the season courtesy of a single goal win at Wellington.

It proved to be a good day all-round for Rangers player-boss Scott Phillips who made his first start of the season and played a big part in his side’s success.

Dean Sluman, who did not lose a challenge on the ground or in the air through the 90 minutes, was named Man of the Match and a special mention also for Tom Cligg who ran Sluman close for the individual award.

After the game a delighted Phillips said: “That was a good day at the office for us! It means we are up to sixth in the fledgling table. We have begun to look a solid unit all over the pitch and going into games with more confidence.”

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