Following a perfect August that saw nine points and three wins collected, Rangers Reserves head in September in extremely positive mood, but they face another stern test tomorrow afternoon when East End Park Reserves come to Barr Field.
The match has a 2:30pm kick-off and looking at the weather forecast, it looks like we should have decent weather with sunny intervals and light cloud on the horizon!
East End Park have had a great start to this season and sit on top of the table following three wins and a draw. Their opening day 5-5 draw against Old Centralians was followed up with 6-1 & 7-2 victories against Tingley Athletic and a 5-2 win over Kippax.
As can be seen, our visitors know where the net is, averaging 5.75 goals per game, so our backline will have to at their best to make sure that they limit the amount of chances that leading goalscorer Aaron Kitao and their other forwards get.
With East End one of the favourites to regain their Alliance League 1 status, which they lost a couple of seasons ago, it should be a great game!
Head To Head.
Since our return into the Alliance Divisions, we have played each other twice with 3-0 wins to us on both occasions.
The last time that the two teams met at Barr Field was on the 9th February 2019 when goals from Chris Plews, Phil Turner and Vito D’Avanzo did the damage.
Team News For Rangers.
It’s still a bit of a bleak time for Rangers with multiple players on the injury list, both for the Reserves and First Team. We know that Brad Spencer is still doubtful with his injury and Mike Tasker is another one who will need monitoring.
The only player on the suspension list is First Team skipper Joe Wilks, so Manager Kris Macdonald at least doesn’t have any headaches in that area.
What About East End Park?
Little is known about our visitor’s team. Like us, they have a fair number of players registered, so it is without doubt that they will bring a highly competitive team.
They do have two players in the suspension list however, with both Kyle Jeffery and Kyle Wilkinson missing a few games.
The Man In The Middle.
With a shortage of referees this weekend, our match is unfortunately one without an appointed official, so the two clubs will have to be in agreement on a nominated person to referee.
Following The Match.
We will hopefully have our media team at this game, so if you can’t make it, please log onto our Twitter feed and keep up-to-date.
The gates will be open at around 1.00 pm and all fans from both teams are guaranteed a warm welcome. Our clubhouse will be pulling pints and serving a wide range of beverages (both alcoholic and soft) so everyone can enjoy a drink, Pre, at half-time and after the referee has brought things to a close!
We will also have a matchday special drinks offer on, so please see the noticeboard near the bar for more details.
Also, if you have any spare pennies and would like to donate them to a great cause, we will also have our prostate Cancer UK collection boxes around the clubhouse. You can also buy one of their great Men United Pin Badges for a pound (or two!) from these boxes as well.
We will be presenting our Kirk Deighton Rangers Bar Three Man Of The Match Award after the game, so please stay and give the winning player your support.
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