August recap - Rangers began the season with a 2-0 win against Wrexham. Three narrow defeats, however, saw them fall into the bottom three. A tactical tweak saw a point gained against Ebbsfleet to round off the month. The story continues: The opening match of September came against Sutton United who lay a couple of places below Rangers. Over 1100 fans filled Barr Field hoping that Deighton could pick up their second win of the season.
"A horror injury, and one we could do without," was Macdonald's answer when asked about Jack Holliday's torn thigh muscle that ruled the youngster out for three months. "Losing this match was bad enough, losing Jack was worse!" Watching the match back during the week, the management agreed that the new tactics would be given another chance against Yeovil.
In his post-match interview, Macdonald commented, "Just what we needed! I'm so happy for both Ash and Joe for scoring their first goals of the season, but more than that, we deserved that win, the whole team was superb." Even though he was full of smiles in front of the camera behind it, he wasn't so jovial when the news filtered through that Rob Holliday had suffered a tight thigh muscle. On top of this, the club had also been fined for collecting six yellow cards during the game. A tough contest against Fylde AFC finished the week, and the good news was that Rob Holliday had passed a fitness test and could start the match.
"I'm not going to lie, Fylde's double sending off helped, but overall we were the better team, and I'm glad to see Charlie off the mark." said a beaming Macdonald to the waiting press. Rangers suffered another injury after Joe Barden received a kick to his shin during the game. A week in the treatment room awaited the midfielder! A severe test of Deighton's credentials loomed as league leaders Hartlepool waited for them at Victoria Park.
"I would say we just about deserved that point," commented Kris Marshall (no not the actor, the other one) after the game, "well done to Charlie on his third goal of the season, what a beauty it was as well!" During the week, Club Secretary Dean Buckle broke the news that Joe Turley was unavailable against Torquay due to a one-match suspension after collecting five cautions. "For crying out loud, he's got more cards than Clintons!" was heard from Macdonald as Buckle closed the office door!
"I'm very happy with this result. Torquay are a hard side to play, and it was a very tough game. The whole squad is overjoyed for Jake. It's a moment he'll never forget!" said Macdonald. The final match of the month took place at The Proact Stadium against mid-table Chesterfield.
"A terrible performance, we deserved nothing, and that's exactly what we got!" replied Macdonald tartly after being asked to sum up the game. "We need to be on top of our game constantly." Summary: "The table looks a lot better for us after picking up another ten points, but there is still work to be done. As the game against Chesterfield taught us; if we don't play our best all the time, we will be found out, and we will be beaten. October has some mouthwatering games, including an FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Match. We look forward to seeing who we will face! League wise, we have five tough opponents to face with FC Halifax being the one that I'm looking forward to." Daniel Macdonald - "Rangers Review" programme notes.
Next Time: October and the magic of the FA Cup!