Rangers were back in action after a three week lay off and looked a little rusty in the early part of the game and it was the visitors who started the game brighter but they suffered a huge setback when they were reduced to ten men after only 15 minutes when a poor tackle by Jon Winters resulted in a straight red card. Villa then shocked the home team when Travis Mackie broke down the left flank and his cross was slotted home by Dan Tate.
This was a sgood as it got though for Villa as rangers struck back right away when Jack Bryant’s cross was helped into his own net by Jack Carter. Minutes later Jack picked up a loose ball in the box to side foot home past the impressive Jack Dixon and give Rangers a half time lead.
The second half was really one way traffic with new keeper Mich Woodgate raerly called into action. The heavy conditions began to tell on the visitors ten men and it was only a matter of time before Rangers extended their lead and it was that man Jack Bryant again who notched two goals in quick succession to complete his hat trick, both goals following corners which the visitors were unable to clear.
Conor Bryant was introduced from the subs bench on the hour and he was soon an the scoresheet to make it 5-0. Danny Baily and Joe Chamberlain completed the scoring and the visitors were then indebted to their keeper for pulling off a string of superb saves to keep the score at 7-1.
Liam was naturally pleased with such a convincing victory “We were slow out of the blocks but them scoring gave us a kick up the backside. It is not always easy to play against ten men but I thought that second half we introduced more width to our game which helped to make our man advantage pay. I was really pleased for Jack getting a hat trick. Special thanks to the ground staff for getting the game on, let’s hope that there will be a spell of dry weather so that they can get the pitch back into shape for the visit of Stoke Gabriel next Saturday.”