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Sherborne Town vs Wareham Rangers U12’s (Dorset Youth Cup) 1-10 WIN (2/11/14)

posted 5 Nov 2014, 13:34 by Simon McCabe   [ updated 6 Nov 2014, 10:44 ]


The pre-match touchline talk among some of the away fans at the start of today's cup fixture against Sherborne may have been about who scored a '10' on 'Strictly', but no-one expected the visitors would match this feat in an impressive performance against spirited opposition who did not deserve to be on the end of such a one-sided scoreline.

The tone was set in the opening minutes when successive Rangers' corners led to a goal mouth scramble, and early shots from Gabe, Joe, Luke and Harry were either saved or fizzed past the woodwork. Consistent pressure from Wareham paid off, however, and the first goal came in the 9th minute when Christian tucked away Harry's cross from inside the box. Six minutes later and what might have been the goal of the game was disallowed for offside when a neat passing move found Dannon who jinked and made a slide-rule pass for Harry to fire home.

Sherborne won a free kick in a dangerous position shortly afterwards, but Rangers showed great counter-attacking flair to go up the other end and score their second: Alfie cleared and the ball reached Christian who cut inside and beat the Sherborne keeper at his near post. Within a minute it was 0-3 when Dannon executed a stunning Cruyff turn on the edge of the box to set up Joe. His deft chip left the home side's goalie stranded. Rangers were now unstoppable and two minutes later Dannon was again provider, this time passing to Harry who pounced to make it 0-4. Christian completed his hat-trick a minute later when Joe played him in for a right footed shot low into the net. With a few minutes to go to the change of ends Samuel, George and Callum came on for Alfie, Luke and Christian. The changes didn't do the visitors any harm as Samuel's close range shot made it 0-6 on the stroke of half-time.

Within two minutes of the restart Harry had rattled the Sherborne crossbar, but it took until the 38th minute for Rangers to stretch their lead to 7 in a sweeping move which took in the length of the field: George picked the ball up at right back, passed neatly to Samuel, who in turn released Dannon. He caused sufficient panic in the Sherborne defence for the ball to reach Harry to slot in efficiently for his second goal of the game. To their credit, the home side came back stronger in the second half to display skill as well as courage under fire, culminating in a well deserved, and well taken, goal on the counter in the 45th minute. Ranger's reply was immediate, Joe, Samuel and Dannon combining well for the latter for fire home in the 47th minute to make it 1-8.

James, who had little to do in the first half, was much busier in the second, and as is the mark of a good keeper, remained alert to danger and made important saves despite some long periods of inactivity. He was well protected by those in front: Joe was everywhere winning countless balls in midfield, Ethan and Gabe both had another solid game in defence, and made way for Alfie and Luke to return for the final 20 minutes and do likewise. George also defended well and, shortly after Sherborne's goal, prevented what looked a certain second for the home team with a well timed tackle just as Sherborne's striker prepared to pull the trigger. This seemed to snuff out the home team's resistance as Rangers went on to score two more: Joe's corner was steered goalbound by Callum for Samuel to poach Wareham's 9th at the far post, and Christian completed a great performance with his 4th goal, another right-footed shot after cutting inside to create the opportunity for himself.

Manager Darren Mears commented: 'I was very impressed with the lads this afternoon. Some great defending, wonderful one touch football and precise finishing resulted in a scoreline that will give us great confidence for what will be a challenging league schedule in the coming weeks'.

Peter Moore