Offwell Rangers end home season with terrific show
PUBLISHED: 11:40 04 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:40 04 May 2015
Offwell Rangers rounded off their season with a richly deserved draw against Fresha Division Seven champions Winchester.
In the fourth meeting between the teams – they have also met in two cup competitions this season – Rangers once again took the lead – something they have done in all four encounters!
A slick finish from Dean Thomas put Rangers in front and they ought to have doubled the lead before a rather fortunate goal from Winchester restored parity.
Rangers regained the lead with a goal of high quality! Darren Whitmarsh provided the assist with an excellent header and player-manager Scott Phillips rifled the ball home.
Winchester levelled once more leaving the game all square at half-time.
Rangers made a good start to the second half, but were reduced to ten men with the sending off of Jake Phillips who did appear to be the player offended against as opposed to being the offending player!
Winchester made their numerical advantage pay as they levelled through a thunder-bolt of a strike from Thomas and, in the final minute, Thomas was a whisker away from winning the game.
Manager Phillips said: “I was very pleased with the application from the team. This was a much improved performance from last week. We battled from start to finish and it was exactly the sort of shift I wanted to complete our home league programme with. It’s performances like that that really do make all the hard work of managing a side worthwhile. As for the red card, we shall certainly be contesting that one!”
Match sponsors Tip Top Trees opted for two-goal Dean Thomas as the Man of the Match.