Offwell Rangers player-boss celebrates goal in fashion befitting a dad-to-be!


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Offwell Rangers will probably consider it a case of two points dropped after they shared six goals with an Elmore Reserves side that started the day in the bottom four of Fresha League Division Seven.

On a heavy surface it was the visiting side that struck first, somewhat against the run of play, but the Rangers response was good and Ashley Trudgeon provided the assist when he squared a ball to player-boss Scott Phillips to drill the ball home from 18 yards.

The goal celebration was befitting of a player who is three weeks away from becoming father!

When the expectant dad was brought down outside the area Dean Thomas delivered a teasing cross that Dan Williams rose to meet with his head and give Rangers a 2-1 interval lead.

With a number of regulars missing – late withdrawals on the eve of the game – coupled with the heavy conditions, a few tired legs began to emerge amongst the home players. The visitors seized the opportunity and levelled.

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However, this Rangers team is made of strong stuff and were soon back in front courtesy of a Ben Fullick strike.

However, in recent times Elmore have proved to be something of a bogey side to Rangers and so there were to be once again as they levelled with the very last kick of the game!

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Manager Phillips said: “It’s always disappointing when you concede so late on, but, on a heavy surface and without a few regulars I guess I have to be contest to settle for something out of the game. We must look at the positives and the fact is the point means we are just two point short of being the table-toppers! It was unfortunate that we didn’t go into this game with a full squad as we had the opportunity to go top, but that said the lads that stepped up, all put in a superb shift, and we deserved the three points, but it wasn’t to be. We’re still unbeaten in the league since September so can’t complain too much!”

In terms of the Man of the Match award which was chosen by match sponsors Tip Top Trees, the award went to the whole team for their collective effort on a boggy pitch.

Next up is a Saturday (December 19) visit to Langdon Reserves who sit second bottom of the table.

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