Rangers collected their first win of the new campaign with a hard earned 2-1 victory on the artificial surface at Plymouth Marjon. This was achieved with ten men after Joe Chamberlain was controversily sent off after 16 minutes for alledgely “grabbing a Marjon player by the throat and throwing him to the ground.” However the few spectators in the ground saw it very differently.” “Joe was tripped and turned to face the opponent and gently pushed the Marjon player in the chest who reacted as if he was auditioning for a tragedy role at the Theatre Royal.” Needless to say he was soon back on his feet once Joe had been dismissed. Joe should know better than to raise his hands against an opponent because you always risk the chance of being red carded, hopefully he has learnt his lesson. Unfortunately he is likely to miss next week’s trip to Welton Rovers in the FA Vase.
Now back to the game. Rangers took the lead on 10 minuntes when a great run and cross by Jordan Lovibond found Joe at the back post who scored with a firm header. Unfortunately the lead was short lived as the visitors, not for the first time this season, failed to clear a free kick which was punished when the loose ball was poked home.
Despite being a man light Rangers dominated the second period with Jack Bryant and Lloyd Beech both rattling the post before, on the hour, Tony Pinder got on the scoresheet with a cool finish from close range. We saw out the last half hour of the game with few alarms and were well worth the the 3 points.
Liam was pleased with the attitude of the lads “we looked in complete control, apart from the stupid goal we conceded, until Joe got sent off but, if anything it gulvanised us, and we rolled our sleeves up and got the result I felt that we deserved.”