Rangers twice came from behind to level the scores against high riding Plymouth Parkway but on both occasions they immediately conceded soft goals.
Rangers were on the back foot for most of the first half and Parkway deservedly took the lead through Mike Smith who was allowed to cut through the home sides back line far too easily. Rangers then had a great chance to level when Ollie Aplin’s lighning pace took him into the clear but Harvey in the visitor’s goal blocked his close range effort. We then lost the services of Simon Hill who was helped with blood flowing from a cut eye. Tom Beddow slotted into the back four and Dan Bialy came own up front.
The second half was only minutes old when 17 year old Billy Greene, who was making his first start, flicked home the loose ball following good work from Greeno and Dan Baily. Five minutes later Parkway took the lead again when Adam Langabeer could only get his toe to a left wing cross but that was just enough to divert the ball inside Dom’s near post. Back came Rangers and Ollie Aplin headed Greeno’s corner home to make the score 2-2. Unfortunately only seconds later a long range effort from Jamie Bass sqeezed through the hands of Dom and fell agonosingly over the line to restore the visitor’s lead. Harvey in the Parkway was called upon to make excellent saves from Greeno and Langers but Rangers were not able to find another equaliser.
This was a much better performance than the one on Boxing Day and Rangers can count themselves very unlucky not to have taken something from the game.
The bumper crowd of 106 would have gone home having watched an excellent contest.