Following a disappointing defeat against Shelley FC last weekend, Rangers now embark on three home games in which they will be looking for a return of maximum points. Needless to say however, this won’t be easy with three difficult opponents in store, starting with tomorrow’s clash against Pool AFC!
The match has a 2:30 pm kick-off and is very kindly sponsored by Oak Bloke. Looking ahead at the weather forecast, we should be in for a pleasant afternoon with sunny intervals and a light breeze forecast.
Pool have had a decent start to this campaign and sit three places above us in sixth position with a return of 12 points from 21. Their last match saw them run out 4-1 winners against Rawdon Old Boys, and indeed it has been down to a unbeaten run at home that has seen them claim nine points of their total haul. Their only success on the road has been against Kippax when they won 2-0. Aberford Albion, Campion and our near neighbours Wetherby Athletic have taken maximum points from them, hopefully we will be able to make it a quadruple of defeats away from their Arthington Lane ground.
Goal stat wise, Pool average 2.3 goals per game, whilst their concede rate stands at 2.1 goals per game, so as can be seen, from a statistics point of view, it should be a very close game full of goals! They have managed to keep two clean sheets so far, against East End Park and Kippax, and have scored in every game that they have played.
Head To Head.
Looking through the database, it appears that the two teams have met have met at least 20 times. In fact, meetings stem back to 1952, when they were better known as Pool St Wilfreds!
Out of the 20 games, we have won ten with Pool picking up eight (there are two scores unknown). Goals wise, we have scored 57 times, whilst Pool have notched 46.
The last match that was played at Barr Field was on the 8th September 2018 when we won 2-0. Goals that day came from Charlie Yates and Craig Heard.
Team News For Rangers.
It’s still not looking good for Dan Marshall with regards to the amount of injuries that we have. Several players have begun to train again, but match fitness is still a concern and First Team Coach Ben Lawrence and Assistant Manager David Campbell will be watching them closely at training.
One player who has returned is James Woodward, who missed the Shelley defeat due to personal reasons.
Captain Joe Wilks is still on the suspended list, serving the second of his three match ban for his dismissal against Campion.
What About Pool AFC?
Unfortunately, not a lot is known about our opponents line-up. They seem to have been pretty consistent with player selection, and it will be a very competitive team that will want to continue their good start to the season.
They have a clean bill of health, suspension wise, according to the FA Full Time website.
The Man In The Middle.
Taking charge of this match will be Mr Richard Douglas. This will be Mr Douglas’s sixth game in charge this season and, so far (according to the FA Full Time website), he has sent one player to the Sin-Bin and issued a single yellow card.
As with all the officials and visitors to Barr Field, we hope that Mr Douglas has a pleasant and hassle-free time whilst he is with us.
Following The Match.
Our Media team should be at this game, so if you cannot make it, log onto our Twitter feed if you can and keep up-to-date with regular updates on the score and action.
As normal for a 2:30 pm kick-off, the gates should be open an hour before for the general public and our club house will be ready to serve you a great range of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), so please come in and say hello and enjoy yourself before the match starts. We will be featuring our match day special drink, which you can purchase at a great price.
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 are pleased to announce that tomorrows match will be sponsored by Oak Bloke. Please check out his fantastic website by clicking here, or on his logo below. All at the club would like to thank Oak Bloke for his kindness in sponsoring this match.
To end the afternoon, we will presenting our Kirk Deighton Rangers B&F Electrical Distributors Man Of The Match award to the wining player, so please stay and give the lucky recipient your congratulations.
This match is kindly sponsored by:
Our B&F Electrical Distributors Man of the Match award is kindly sponsored by: