Rangers capitulate under pressure

New Plymouth Rangers suffered its darkest day since its promotion into the Lotto Federation League on Saturday when it met North End AFC in Palmerston North. Both teams were tied in second place going into the match and no one could’ve predicted what followed. The outcome was a 9-3 victory to North End who put on a display of fast counter attacking football that Rangers couldn’t negate. Rangers actually started the game well scoring after less than twenty seconds, before their opponents even touched the ball. Niall Leggett, captaining for the day in the absence of usual captain Wade Randle, controlled the ball on the left side of the box and finished past a shell shocked North End keeper.

Bottom beats top as New Plymouth Rangers flop

There are no easy games in football and that proved the case when the bottom placed team met the top over the weekend. Wanganui City, newly promoted to the Lotto Federation League, came into the match on the back of two losses and looking to prove they belong in this league. In both losses they had been reduced to ten men due to a lack of discipline, compounding the pressure on the squad. On the other hand, New Plymouth Rangers were sitting top after wins against Red Sox Manawatu and Wanganui Athletic but they also haven’t hit their stride yet this season. The new squad needs time to gel and the performances have been disjointed, albeit still enough to win. Wanganui started the game on the

Five from five

There was reason to celebrate in the clubrooms of New Plymouth Rangers at the completion of round two after a dominating club wide display. Whilst the games were close and didn’t all go to plan, the end result was five wins from five games for the senior mens teams. Our women’s premier team have the bye this weekend although on last week’s performance they probably would have completed the set of victories. In the feature match, our first team came out on top in a hard-fought battle against Wanganui Athletic. This fixture has quickly became a fierce rivalry for New Plymouth Rangers in the Lotto Federation League. Like last week, Rangers had the better of the first half but couldn’t conver

Rangers face stern challenge

Having collected maximum points on the opening day of the season, New Plymouth Rangers faces a testing challenge on Saturday when it hosts Lotto Federation football neighbours Wanganui Athletic. The visitors will come to Merrilands for the 2.45pm match – to be refereed by New Plymouth’s Daniel Gallo – bouyed by a 5-2 derby win over old rival Wanganui City at Wembley last weekend. Rangers and Athletic produced some titanic battles last season and spectators can expect more of the same on Saturday. The visitors have former Team Taranaki striker Josh Smith in their ranks and he was on the scoresheet last weekend. Rangers have a new look under coach Mal Bourgoise. English import Sam De St Croix

Rangers do just enough

The Lotto Federation Football League kicked off on Saturday in Palmerston North where New Plymouth Rangers faced Red Sox Manawatu. Rangers started the game well and forced Red Sox back into their own half for much of the first thirty minutes. Whilst they were applying all the pressure, they weren’t able to apply the finishing touch. Against the run of play, Red Sox then went closest to scoring when a cross from outside the box drifted and hit the far post and fortunately for Rangers, bounced away from goal. The two teams went into the half time break at 0-0. Red Sox came out stronger in the second half and probably should have taken the lead five minutes in when their striker missed an o

Teens to lead the football revolution

As one door closes, another opens with the start of the Lotto Federation Football League on Saturday. This was the message given to New Plymouth Rangers youngsters when news of Team Taranaki’s demise was announced. Rangers open their season against Red Sox Manawatu in Palmerston North brimming with confidence and a young squad this weekend. Eight players are still in their teens and have impressed in the preseason fixtures, earning their spots in the eighteen man squad. The youngest, Tyler Snow, is only fifteen years old but has shown he has the technique and ability to compete at this level. Club chairman Monty Ammundsen says Rangers continue to work hard on player development. “It is

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