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Wanderers 2 WH Rangers 6
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8th December 2002 - Division 4 - Langborough Rec.

Following their dismal display in the last match, Wanderers were given an immediate chance of revenge as they entertained WH Rangers at Langborough Rec.

 

Alan Mellor, Alan Pearce, Dan Van der Laan-ODonnell and Oliver Bambrough were all missing and this forced Phil Soane and Andy Kinch to play when not fully fit.  It was clearly too soon for Soane, who was forced off midway through the first half, with Owen Holland replacing him.

 

Wanderers found themselves only two goals down at half-time and had enjoyed some good passing spells within the half.  The best chance came when Kinch released Anthony Prior down the right and after beating his man, he cut inside and pulled the ball back for Ford.  His shot was saved and then handballed away from goal by the Rangers defender.  Despite strong appeals, the referee refused to give the penalty.

 

In the second half Rangers picked up their game and scored three times however Jamie Gumbo Ryall fired in a trademark freekick, awarded following a foul on Prior.  Shortly after this Ryall moved into attack as the injured Prior dropped into the midfield.

 

A second Wanderers goal quickly followed when Prior played a forty yard pass into the path of Ryall who coolly curled the ball around the advancing Rangers keeper.

 

Rangers hit one more before the end but Wanderers showed great improvement and spirit and can at least take heart from becoming the first side to score more than once against Rangers this season.

 

TEAM: Mark Timms, Chris Orbell, Phil Soane, Clint Falcus, Chris Hillsdon, Jamie Ryall, Andy Kinch, Scott Ford, Tom Soane, Lewis Trusty, Anthony Prior.

SUBS: Mark Devenny (for Kinch), Owen Holland (for Soane)