Super Kayes as Offwell Rangers net point at Elmore
PUBLISHED: 17:06 27 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:06 27 September 2015
Offwell Rangers were good value for a 1-1 draw at Elmore Reserves.
Rangers made a bright start and looked the better of the two teams inaction at Horsdon Park, Tiverton.
The early pressure mounted and, when a goal-bound shot was kept out by the hands of the home centre half – he picked up a yellow card – but the resultant spot kick, well struck by Dan Williams, drew a stunning save by the Elmore glovesman.
Rangers could, indeed perhaps should, have been awarded a second penalty when Steve Curry was brought down in the box by the same player who had kept the ball out with his hands, but the match official saw differently and half-time arrived with the game goalless.
After the break, fuelled by what they felt was a massive injustice, Rangers began with real vigour and it was no more than they deserved when Steve Curry weaved his way round three players before passing the ball into the net.
Elmore hit back, but the Rangers back line, and particularly the impressive Joe Webber, stood firm. Goalkeeper Ben Kayes was in superb form and one of his saves had people at the game reminiscing about the late – and great – Gordon Banks!
It was not until the final kick of the game that Kayes was finally beaten by what was a superb strike.
Tom Cligg was outstanding, but the undoubted Rangers Man of the Match was glovesman Kayes.
Rangers boss Steve Phillips says: “This performance really does show how far we’ve come in as much as we are clearly disappointed with a draw away to a strong Elmore side and I’m sure we’ll push on with confidence from this.”
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