Phillips makes first start and his Offwell Rangers team net first win!

PUBLISHED: 09:23 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:34 07 October 2015

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Offwell Rangers bagged their first win of the season with an excellent single goal success at Wellington.

With match day withdrawals to his planned team, Rangers boss Scott Phillips gave himself a starting berth for the first time this term and his team made a bright start in Somerset.

Indeed, but for an extraordinary acrobatic goal line clearance to deny Steve Curry’s header from a Dean Thomas free-kick, Rangers would have made the perfect start!

With neither defence having been breached in a well-contested first half Phillips championed his side during the break to stay solid and look to take any chances that came their way in the second half.

Such was the wing play after the break, particularly from the impressive Ben Fullick, that the home side were forced to withdraw one of their full-backs to try and stem the flow of Rangers’ raids!

Fittingly, it was player-boss Phillips who had a major influence on the games decisive moment.

His clever through-ball released Dan Williams who ran on and passed it beyond the advancing Wellington glovesman and into the net.

That’s three so far this term for the master marksman who hit 31 last season!

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.

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.”

On Saturday Rangers turn their attention to the Devon Intermediate Cup and a home match against Newton St Cyres (2pm).

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