Rangers went down to a Stoke Gabriel team by 5-2 on a very heavy, but perfectly playable pitch, in the only Premier League game which was played on Saturday. Great credit must go to the groundsman for getting the game and his players rewarded him with a really workmanlike display. To be honest Rangers never got out of the starting blocks and could have been a goal down withing two minutes had it not been for Nathan pulling off a great save from a Stoke penalty. But it was not long before the home side took the lead with the central defender taking advantage of pathetic defending to head home from six yards. Chances came thick and fast for both teams but both goalkeepers were in fine form but then on the stroke of half time and then immediately after the restart Stoke scored goals to make the score 3-0 and put the game out of sight. A superb long range strike from Stuart Bowker ten minutes before the end made it 4-0 but Rangers hit back through Tom Beddow before Stoke were awarde another penalty which Danny Gaze converterd but there was still time for Bradley Riggs to get another for the visitors.
It had been more than three weeks since Rangers previous game and they certainly looked ring rustybut hopefully they will have a good training session on Tuesday to put them in the mood for Saturday’s home game against Ivtbridge.