Ripley Rangers u12s returned to action in fine style with a 6-2 league win against Carr Vale.
The pitch was heavy but the sun was out and in the opening exchanges both defences were tested, Luke Goold saving for Rangers and Jack Wood going close at the other end.
The game sprung into life when Jack Hounslow crossed for Reece Askew, who finished powerfully from close range to make it 1-0 to Rangers.
Rangers pressed to increase the lead with Vale’s keeper saving from David Murray, Jack Hounslow and James Phillips respectively.
Luke Goold saved Rangers before half-time with a good reaction stop and Jayden Bishop with some timely tackles.
Carr Vale started the second half well and though Goold saved the initial effort, the unfortunate Phillips put through his own goal to level the scores.
Vale had the upper hand and great defending from Roper saved the day.
The reintroduction of Hounslow, Askew and Wood swung the game in Rangers’ favour, with Hounslow having a mazy run past three defenders and unleashing a thunderous drive into the top corner from 15 yards.
Jake Maskell and David Murray were tenacious in midfield, the latter finding Hounslow, who in turn found Askew. He finished in style with a powerful shot.
Murray had an effort disallowed but a minute later he won the ball to supply Hounslow, whose pinpoint cross was converted by Askew for his hat-trick to give Rangers a cushion.
Hounslow then converted a Murray cross from close range for Rangers’ fifth goal.
Jack Hounslow got on the end of a Jack Wood crossfield ball. He evaded a couple of challenges to pass for Askew to get his fourth of the game.
Carr Vale kept going and a rasping shot evaded Goold to give them some consolation.
This was a great display from the squad, who played some lovely football.