Brampton Rovers Under 13s 1
Ripley Rangers Under 13s 10
Ripley Rangers Under 13s followed up last weekend’s opening day win by securing another three points away at Brampton Rovers.
Rangers looked confident in the early stages but it was Brampton that took a surprise lead after ten minutes when the ball wasn’t cleared and the Rovers striker didn’t need to be asked twice when he smashed the ball home.
Rangers responded well, creating some good chances which they failed to convert but they equalised on 20 minutes when a through-ball from Sam Clifton found Max Didcock in space, where he sidestepped the defender and drilled the ball home.
It was Didcock who was on hand to give Rangers the lead soon after, when he finished well after a through-ball from Keilan Harrison to make it 2-1.
Rangers looked in a confident mood and it was 3-1 after 30 minutes when Kyle Gregory sent over a perfect cross for Joe Martin to smack home on the back post.
Gregory had been excellent throughout the first half with some brilliant wing play and crosses but it was a through ball from him that put Martin through on goal just before half time and he coolly slotted past the goalkeeper to give Rangers a 4-1 lead.
The second half started with Brampton getting in an early attack and they nearly pulled a goal back but an excellent save by Sam Linford kept the score at 4-1.
Some changes in the Rangers attack had seen Keilan Harrison push forward and he scored a hat-trick in ten minutes to put Rangers out of sight. Some good passing between him and Luke Gee gave him the first from close range and then two more great crosses from Gregory put the ball in the right place twice for Harrison to coolly finish with some neat control on both occasions.
With the score at 7-1, Rangers were eager for more and some more trickery from Harrison ended with him being brought down for a penalty. A very cool Matty Rice stepped up to smash the ball home to extend the lead.
With little more than five minutes left another good passing move saw a great cross from Luke Jaques reach the far post where Chester Norman expertly brought the ball down and fired a great shot into the far corner.
There was still time for Danny Bain to have a five-minute spell up front and he took advantage of a defensive mix-up to sprint clear and drill the ball into the bottom corner to make it 10-1.
This was a great win with a brilliant attacking display from the lads and some rock solid defending too.
MOTM: Kyle Gregory – brilliant attacking on the left wing with lots of inch perfect crosses
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