Both teams relished the perfect conditions at Edenvale Park and were quickly out of the blocks with Rangers having the first chance in the first five minutes when Ollie Aplin set up Ash Donahue but Dan Tecza in the Bridgers goal brought off was the first of many brilliant stops. Almost immediately at the other end Dom Aplin brought off an even better save to preventJarvis Rowe putting the visitors ahead. It was 15 minutes into the game when James Ansell cut in from the right and was brought down for a stone wall penalty which was expertly despatched by Dan Baily. It was not long however before the visitors were on level terms when the Rangers defence misjudged a long clearnace leaving Rowe in the clear to draw the teams level.
Shortly into the second half Dan Baily was replaced by Tom Beddow and Marcus Fanson came on for Ollie Aplin. The home side continued to dominate but were finding it difficult to breakdown the opposition and when they did the outstanding Tecza in goal came to their rescue with a string of outstanding saves but he was left helpless on 70 minutes when Adam Langabeer picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and, with the help of a slight deflection found the back of the net. It was now all Rangers with Ash Donahue causing problems down the left wing and it was not long before he was instrumental in making the final score 4-1 when he set up Tom Beddoe to nudge home the third goal at the near post and then unleashing an unstoppable drive from the corner of the penalty area for the fourth.
This was a comfortable victory in the end although the visitors made it extremely difficult until the last quarter of the game but what the game did demonstrate was the importance of having a strong bench and when you see that we had Beddow, Fanson and Reed waiting to come on it puts pressure on the starting eleven to be at their best and when they are introduced they have an impact on the game and that’s exactly what happened on saturday.