Rangers went into this game missing five regulars. We were without Ash Donohue, Will Pinnick, Simon Hill, Adam Langabeer and skipper Lloyd Beech. That left us with just eleven which included George Rogers who helped us out in our hour of need. For George to travel all the way to Helston and give up his Saturday for a game of football in absolutely horrendous conditions was very much appreciated by all at the club. It also meant that Rhys Parsons and Connor Stone had to start, although they were both carrying knocks.
The wind was horrific and was obviously going to have a massive bearing on the game. The home side won the toss and chose to play into the wind. After the long journey we were slow out of the blocks and did not make the most of the elements and could easily have been behind but for a great save from Adam when Matt Bye was left in the clear. The game had become a lottery but it was Rangers who took the lead. Greeno’s shot from range was tipped over and from his resultant corner the ball fell to Bedsy but his shot was blocked and first to react was Bailo who scored from 10 yards.
Rangers knew what to expect in the second half and after the ball fell kindly to Al Williams who slotted the ball past Adam after only 5 minutes it was going to be a very long 40 minutes for Rangers as they were pegged back by the gale force wind and rain but they defended superbly restricting the hosts to shots from distance with Adam showing his quality between the sticks. The players were relieved to hear the final whistle and were soon enjoying a well deserved hot shower and celebrating a hard earned point. This point lifted the lads to seventh in the table.
Liam was well chuffed with the point. “That was horrendous. We like to play a passing game but that was completely out of the question as the conditions ultimately dictated the way you had to play and I have to say Helston adapted better than us but pure guts and determination on our part ensured that we came away with a massive point. We had lads playing out of position, a couple carrying injuries but we just kept battling for 90 minutes. I must thank George Rogers for stepping in to help us out on such a foul day, I am sure there were other things he would have rather been doing!”
Team: Seedhouse-Evans, Rogers, Ansell, Reed, Mitchell, Stone, Greening, White, Baily, R. Parsons, Beddow.