Rangers certainly put a dent in Saltash’s hopes of winning the title this year with an outstanding performance at Edenvale Park on Saturday. Saltash must have been harbouring thoughts of a late title challenge with games in hand of the teams above them but Rangers were having none of that. We were missing, Donohue, Ansell, Channer which meant a first start since Boxing Day for skipper Lloyd Beech with Beds and Connor Stone also starting.
Rangers started the game really well with Bailo forcing a save out of Ryan Rickard in the first minute and it came as no surprise when we took a deserved lead after twenty minutes. A neat passage of play around the edge of the box involving Isaac and Bailo ended with Greeno having a clear shot at goal from 10 yards and he made no mistake. Rangers continued in the ascendency until half time but the second period was a different story with Saltash gaining the upper hand and showing their class but Rangers fine rearguard action meant that clear cut chances were very few with the nearest The Ashes getting to scoring was a Ryan Richards header which bounced on the top of the crossbar. Rangers regained their composure for the final quarter of the game and could easily have grabbed a second with Rhys Parsons going close.
Liam was really pleased with the result “I thought we were excellent in the first half and passed the ball really well on what was a very difficult surface. I knew they would come at us second half because they have quality players but we kept our shape and composure and deserved the three points. Adam had very little to do in goal but when called upon he was calm and composed especially under the high balls that we were bombareded with. It was great to have Beechy back although he felt his knee early on but insisted on carrying on. I guess that is the sort of attitude you expect from your skipper but I am sure he will be sore on Sunday but let’s hope we can patch him up and roll him out again on Wednesday night for the return fixture. I think that is the first time Saltash have failed to score in a league game this season so that is great credit to the defensive qualities of these players. Finally a special thankyou to the groundsman who managed to get the game on, I am sure that he feels that all his efforts were justified with the three points in the bag against one of the top teams.”
Team: Seedhouse-Evans, Stone(White 25mins), Hill., Beech(R. Parsons 80 mins), Langabeer, Greening, Pinnock, Mitchell, Reed, Baily, Beddow.