Rangers deservedly took the three points from local rivals Elmore with a hard earned 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Sam Bryant and Joe Chamberlain but we will look back at the game and we will have to admit that we made heavy weather of the win due to squandering a host of good chances and also the visitors will be grateful to Joe Moore in goal for bringing off a string of outstanding saves.
Rangers were without James Ansell(ill), Ash Donohue(suspended and injured) and Tim Hutchings(work) so Simon Hill stepped into the back four alongside Dan Cullen. Elmore fielded six players who had donned a Rangers shirt in the past so this obviously added a bit of spice to the game. In front of a sizeable crowd it was Rangers who dominated the first period but all they had to show for their efforts was a 1-0 lead when Joe Chamberlain’s free kick was headed on by Alex Greening into the path of Sam Bryant who made no mistake from close range. Joe Moore then spread himself when faced with a couple of one on one situations and came out on top on both occasions.
The second half was more of the same with Adam in the Rangers goal a virtual spectator, but then a stroke of brilliance from Joe Chamberlain doubled the Rangers lead. Picking up a loose ball he spotted Joe Moore off his line and from fully forty yards drifted a superb left footed chip over his head and into the back of the net. Joe could have increased his tally but was thwarted twice in as many minutes by the excellent Elmore keeper. With ten minutes to go Rangers were punished for conceding needless free kicks around their penalty area when Lewis Hill drilled home a superb shot from twenty yards to give Elmore a life line but Rangers saw out the remainder of the game with few alarms .
Liam was pleased with the result “We deserved the three points but we really must start killing sides off when we enjoy so much possession and create so many chances. In the end we were happy to hear the final whistle when in all honesty the game should have been put to bed.”