U9s Rangers vs Witham Nomads
|13 Nov 2011
Under 8 Rangers - Still unbeaten since September, the run continues.
With a mid week trip arranged to watch the England U21's destroy Iceland and with an amazing unbeaten run continuing, Witham Nomads arrived at Elmwood facing a confident and determined looking Rangers, maybe out to impress the lively crowd and maybe push for a place in the full England squad!
Having been unbeaten since September, Rangers were looking to settle scores with the only team throughout this season that have managed to grab a victory against Rangers and after a impeccable minute silence from both teams and their supporters, the game kicked off at a rapid pace.
The crowd and players realised it was to be a close affair. Rangers were looking tidy in possession but initially finding it difficult to break down the organised Nomads. Ben Conway was slowly beginning to get a foothold in the game and orchestrate a wave of Ranger attacks .On 12 minutes Jack Allen received the ball on the half way line, burst past the first defender, evaded the second defender with a drop of the shoulder and drove a cool finish under the goalkeeper for the important first goal and probably Hotshot Allen's best goal to date!
With Rangers edging into a lead, Nomads responded well and began to put today's back line of Dan Caples and Teddy Bettis under pressure. Although conceeding an equaliser, both players were fearsome and looked comfortable knowing that Marcus Bunn was on hand to react and snuff out any further attempts on goal with an increasingly safe pair of hands. The match was being played with good spirit and as half time approached Rangers attacked from wide, Harry Hanneman with a swival of his hips, spun his marker and notched the important second goal and at such a crucial time of the match. Rangers trooped off at the break, just infront. HT 2-1
With a brief managers chat, it was stressed for the players not to lose concentration, it was critical the boys dug deep and helped together as a team, not only when attacking but also when they were trying their best to win the ball back and assist the defence. A shuffle of the pack pushed Joshua Hewes up front being a real threat to the Nomads sitting defenders, Jack Camfield with a lung busting performance gave great width to the home team and Jack Allen's shear determination not to give up on any loose ball was thoroughly rewarded when on 35 minutes broke free from midfield and finished cooly inside the box putting Rangers further ahead.
Witham Nomads as they had all game, responded immediatley and pulled a goal back, this causing several heart in the mouth moments, yet towards the end of the game Rangers could have put the match to bed with several close calls themselves, one a fantastic cross from Ben Conway, with Harry Hanneman rising like a salmon and heading onto the cross bar. Although the game finished with another impressive performance and a win for Rangers, it will still be made clear that all the players must keep trying to improve all aspects of their game and not get too carried away. Players, managers and supporters left Elmwood happy indeed. FT 3-2
Well done boys, keep it up!
M.O.M - Jack Allen. Phenomenal work rate and notched a superb brace, one being Michael Owen esq against Argentina back in 1998..what a goal! The score was 3-2.
- Harry H
- Jack C
- Daniel C
- Joshua H
- Ben C
- Marcus B
- Teddie B