Cup defeat for Rangers

Skegby Black U10s 3

Ripley Rangers U10s 0

After a resounding win last week, Rangers were hoping for a continuation in form in the the President’s Cup and with much better footballing condition this week.

Reece Askew was deputising for Luke Goold in goal and was in action immediately, gathering the ball at the second attempt after making the initial save. Skegby were pressing Rangers back and had three corners in succession but the defence held firm

Rangers then created a chance when Sam Long failed to make a full connection with the ball and the Skegby keeper happily gathered up the ball.

Then, a long goalkick from the Skegby keeper wasn’t dealt with by Rangers’ defence and a Skegby forward muscled his way through.

Reece Askew saved the initial effort but could do nothing about the rebound which made it 1-0 to Skegby.

Rangers seemed to be slower to the ball than their opponents and were struggling to get a foothold. Jake Brandrick did carve a chance for Regan McDonagh but Skegby’s keeper was equal to it.

Then a great goal came from Skegby as a midfield player struck the ball sweetly and it looped into the top corner from 25 yards to make it 2-0.

This sparked Rangers into life and they went close through Jack Wood and Ben Hawkes but couldn’t convert the chances.S o at the break it remained 2 0 to Skegby.

In the second half, Rangers rallied and Jack Hounslow went close with an effort that flashed across goal from ten yards.

Then David Murray played in Sam Long and the keeper did well to save. Then Rangers thought they had got back in it but could only look on in anguish as Jack Woods’s 20-yard drive smashed against the crossbar.

Skegby were still pressing as well and James Phillips had his wits about him to foil Skegby on three occasions.

With the game reaching its closing stages, Skegby made the game safe with a drive from just inside the penalty area which dropped in the net to make the final score 3-0 to Skegby.

On the day, Skegby were the better side and Rangers will have to up their game next week as they were well below the standards they have set over previous weeks.

Sponsors were Protec and Emmas Barbers and man of the match was Jo Bower