Offwell Rangers net weekend double delight
PUBLISHED: 16:06 17 February 2015
Offwell Rangers enjoyed double delight over the weekend with a league success on Saturday followed by cup joy 24-hours later.
On Saturday they continued their climb up the Fresha League Division Seven table with a 3-1 win at Lympstone.
Dan Williams fired Rangers into an early lead and that was swiftly doubled when Ashley Trudgeon netted. Rather than that be the catalyst for an afternoon of goals, Rangers eased their foot off the gas and reached half-time with that two-goal lead intact.
Manager Scott Phillips called for a little more tempo in the second half and that’s what he got! Chances were missed to increase the lead before the home side halved the deficit with a most controversial goal!
A fierce shot struck the post ran along the goal line and came back into play. The linesman did not signal a goal, but the match official, from almost the halfway line, determined the ball had crossed the line and a goal was awarded! It was with a real sense of injustice that Rangers found a swift new gear and the two-goal lead was restored when leading scorer Williams scored the game’s fourth and final goal.
The following day Rangers entertained Sandford Reserves in a Geary Cup quarter-final.
With a solid back line and an industrious midfield Rangers bossed the game from the start and a fine run and pass from Steve Curry set up Ashley Trudgeon to fire Rangers ahead. Scorer turned provider to set up Curry to double the advantage and that was that as far as first half goals scoring went.
After the break Rangers laid siege to the Mid Devon side’s goal, but the finishing was not of the sort to please manager Scott Phillips! However, they did notch one more to seal a comfortable 3-0 win with Dan Williams providing the assist and Harry Hutton the finish.
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That sends Rangers into a last four meeting with either Winchester or South Zeal United.
After his side’s splendid weekend, boss Phillips said: “I could not be happier. Saturday was a very solid performance in a game which, given how bizarre the Lympstone goal was, might easily have gone against us. The cup tie was alarming, only in as much as we missed so many chances, but we won comfortably enough and our season is now really taking off with a top three league berth and a place booked in a cup semi-final.”
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