Rangers got their season up and running with a 5-1 win at Elburton Villa despite having to play all of the second half with ten men.
Clive brought in Sam Painter in place of the suspended Tom Hawkings and Sam Towler replaced the unavailable Jack Lewis.
We were quickly out of the blocks and could have scored in the first minute but Mike Humphreys close range effort following a corner was cleared off the line. But it was not long before we took the lead after taking control of the game when the home side failed to clear Sam Jones free kick and Joe Chamberlain was quickest to react and blasted the ball home from six yards. Joe now had the bit between his teeth and soon got a second firing home from the edge of the box. Rangers were rampant now and Sam Towler showed a cool head when slotting home from ten yards on the half hour. He quickly followed this with his second with a spectacular volley. Things took a turn for the worse just before half time when Mike Humphreys was harsly deemed “to be out of control (the referee’s words, not mine)” when making a tackle after he had slightly overrun the ball and to our surprise issued a red card to Mike.
Rangers decided on “what we have we keep” as they set out their stall to defend their 4-0 lead, this they were able to do without any scares until ten minutes from time when the home side pulled one back. Reece Conroy was then sent to the sin bin with ten mintes left for comments made to the referee(this is something we must cut out especially after it cost us at Axminster) which left us with nine men but we were still able to extend our lead when substitute Aiden Horne had a tap in just before the final whistle.
Clive was naturally pleased with the performance “Once we settled down I thought we controlled the game and but for the very harsh sending off I am sure that we would have gone on to win the game even more comfortably. Now we must take that performance into Wednesday when we enteratain Okehampton.”