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 convert their chances and had to go in level at the break. Goalkeepers Matt Calvert (Wanganui Athletic) and James Burroughs (Rangers) were outstanding and made several key saves to add to the frustrations of both teams. The teams were very even and it was going to take a special moment to decide the game and take the points. And special it was when the goal finally came for Rangers. Taku Warren making his debut for New Plymouth Rangers, pounced on a headed through ball from Ethan Bird to volley over Calvert from almost twenty metres. The first time strike rose and then dipped under the bar to the delight of the home crowd. Athletic pushed hard for an equaliser in the last twenty minutes but couldn’t find the net and the game finished at 1-0 to Rangers. After two round, Rangers now sit on top of the table equal with North End AFC and will look to cement that placing away next weekend to bottom placed Wanganui City.
The premier league side had a good 4-1 away victory against Woodleigh to get their campaign back on track. The tie was in the bag after a dominant first half performance with Rangers up 3 nil. Goals from Sean Mosquera (2), Shaan Cory and surprisingly goalkeeper Jeff Yates who by all accounts deceived the opposition’s goalkeeper with a powerful clearance.
The Championship side had a comfortable 3 nil win over Woodleigh also at Sutherland Park however no Rangers players were on the scoresheet. The opposition, under relentless pressure managed to find their own net on three occasions.
The Oddbodz have kept the challenge trophy in Division 1 with a tough 2 v 1 victory against Inglewood. The score line paints a story of a close game, but the shots statistics tell a different story, one of missed opportunity. But ultimately it is the three points that matter and the Oddbodz have now made it two wins from two and will look to push on from here.
The Division 2 lads again made it hard for themselves with some errors at the back almost costing them against Woodleigh. After total domination in the first twenty minutes with numerous chances, hitting the post twice and crossbar once, they found themselves one nil down after some miss-communication at the back. They struck back to 1 all before another error in the midfield was punished by the Woodleigh strikers. In the second half they found themselves 3-1 down after some some goalbox pinball saw the ball land on the Woodleigh striker’s foot and he didn’t miss from close range. However, the best was yet to come, and the old boys showed their experience and put three goals away to claim the victory 4-3.
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Lotto Federation League
Massey Feds 2 vs 2 Watson PN Marist
Hokowhitu FC 1 vs 1 Breakers RSM
Big Orange Wanganui City FC 3 vs 4 North End Association Football Club
Smith’s Sports Shoes Taranaki Men’s Premiership
Flooring Design Moturoa AFC 2 vs 1 Rough Habits Hawera
Eltham Vet Services 3 vs 0 Kitchen Draw Inglewood AFC
NPBHS 1st XI 3 vs 3 Peringa United
Smith’s Sports Shoes Taranaki Men’s Championship
R Adamson Contracting Inglewood 2 vs 1 Oliver Flooring Eltham
NPBHS 2nd XI 6 vs 1 Bounceback Physio Peringa
FDMC New Style Homes 2nd XI 1 vs 1 Millwards Roofing FC Western
Jones Quarry Moturoa AFC 3 vs 0 Wonder Minerals Kaponga SC
Smith’s Sports Shoes Taranaki Men’s Division 1
Moturoa AFC Withers Coachlines 0 vs 3 Mark Frost Electrical Hawera
Smith’s Sports Shoes Taranaki Men’s Division 2
Stratford AFC 7 vs 1 Peringa United AFC