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WAREHAM RANGERS U13s vs GILLINGHAM TOWN YOUTH U13s: 2-0 (League Division 2, 13th December 2015)

posted 8 Jan 2016, 01:02 by Simon McCabe   [ updated 8 Jan 2016, 01:04 ]

Rangers Labour to Unconvincing Victory

After the visit to Bridport's jungle pitch, it was good to be back at the green, green grass of home for a match against third place and undefeated Gillingham Town. Gillingham were only able to muster 10 players and played with spirit and determination to make up for the missing man. Although Wareham had a few bright spots in the first twenty minutes, the overwhelming reaction of the Wareham coaches and supporters was to be distinctly underwhelmed by a disorganised and disjointed performance. However, in the space of around five minutes, Christian scored two goals to put Wareham ahead. The first came after good work from Callum on the right who moved the ball to Kyle; Kyle passed to Christian who still had to turn the defence before firing powerfully home. The second goal resulted from a peach of a through ball from Kyle; Christian turned on the afterburners and shot past the Gillingham defender before slotting the ball coolly into the net. Throughout the half, the Wareham defence was tested repeatedly with Gabe working hard and effectively in the centre and James called into action in goal.

It might have been expected that Gillingham would run out of steam in the second half, but they kept the pressure on Wareham with James even busier than he had been in the first half. He produced a series of saves and blocks to keep a well-deserved clean sheet. Despite some penetrating Wareham attacks, Rangers never really stabilised the match in the second half and there was a sense of relief when the final whistle went. Assistant Manager Kev Keates commented ”The lads played a bit like an energy saving light bulb today: they took half an hour to get going and even then only just did enough to get the job done. Another unconvincing performance on the whole, perhaps not helped by the two week break. However, they say it's the sign of a good team to be able to win when not playing well and there were some positives to take out of it, another clean sheet being one. The win keeps us in a decent position heading in to the Christmas break and hopefully we can all come back fully refreshed and not too overweight for the final push in the New Year.

Jol Mitchell