Offwell Rangers show great character and spirt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:35 11 December 2012

Honiton Town 2nds at home to Starcross. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 5196-49-12TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Honiton Town 2nds at home to Starcross. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 5196-49-12TI To order your copy of this photo go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Offwell Rangers 4, Tedburn St Mary 4

Rangers played very well in the first half, then fell away only to reproduce their early match form in the later stages to thoroughly deserve a share of the points.

The opening period saw some slick passing by Rangers and they were good value for a 2-0 half time lead thanks to goals from Craig Sluman, who later dedicated his goal to the birth earlier in the week of his baby daughter and a superb strike from Ollie Cramer.

However, within 25 second half minutes Rangers shipped four goals thanks to a combination of poor defending and clinical finishing by the visitors.

At 4-2 down keeper Kieran Sluman produced a magnificent save and that proved to be the pivotal moment of the game!

With five minutes remaining centre half Ben Gilbert weaved his way forward before unleashing a fierce strike that made it 4-3 and there was still time for one last raid that saw Liam Spiller’s low drive nestle in the bottom corner of the net to seal a dramatic draw.

Rangers boss Gary Osbourne said: “I was delighted with the character that the team showed. It was a game we should have had sewn up by the break, then one we looked out on our feet on. Kieran (Sluman) made that great save and we grew in strength and fully merited, at the very least, a draw!”

The two teams meet again on Saturday at Tedburn St Mary.


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