Match Report: Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves 4 v 0 Old Centralians Reserves.

A blustery afternoon provided the backdrop as Rangers Reserves looked to continue their run of good form against Old Centralians Reserves.

The opening twenty minutes saw Rangers misplace their usual confidence in front of goal, and resort to long shots that went either wide or over the target.

While the finishing wasn't spectacular, the build-up play was impressive with chances being created from both wings. Dan Flynn, Brad Spencer, Sam Murphy and Phil Turner were all heavily involved, and a corner by Andy Maxted was headed over by Michael McCartney.

A bizarre goal by Murphy gave Rangers the lead in the 26th minute. Receiving a pass from Turner, he cut inside the defender and crossed the ball to the back post, however, in mid-flight, the wind intervened and took the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net.

The goal had a calming effect on Deighton, and they worked several chances with the Old Centralians keeper showing safe hands to prevent another goal.

A quick break down the left side of the pitch saw the visitors get into shooting range, but Jonny Atkinson guided the ball back to Lewis Mallinson in goal, although a slight stumble from the keeper caused Deighton's heart rates to go up momentarily.

Sam Murphy's cross ended up in the back of the net.

The post saved Centralians from going two down when Maxted's free-kick was headed towards goal by Mike Tasker, but a diving save pushed the ball onto the upright.

A slip by the Centralians centre-back allowed the ball to roll into Jack Barker's path, but the defender recovered well and managed to poke the ball away from the striker back to his keeper.

Rangers were in the ascendency now, and Barker broke the offside trap. Shooting from an angle, another good save from the keeper prevented him from scoring.

A weak header just outside the visitor's area was intercepted by Spencer, who placed his shot over the keeper and into the net to double Rangers lead after 34 minutes.

Rangers had a claim for a penalty turned down after Maxted clashed with the Old Centralians keeper following a pass from Barker. As Maxted lifted his shot over the keeper, the two collided but Mr Maltby allowed play to continue.

The wind was causing problems as a cross by George Thelwell was blown towards the goal, however, the keeper managed to push it over the crossbar.

Rangers made it three in the first minute of added time when Barker reacted first to a corner and scored from close range.

Half-Time: Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves 3 v 0 Old Centralians Reserves

Clever link-up play between Murphy and Turner allowed the former to move into the area unchallenged. Hitting a low shot, the angle was against him, and it hit the side of the goal.

With Old Centralians pushing in midfield, it took good defending by both Atkinson and Thelwell to stop them from breaking through.

Rangers created a couple of chances when Spencer delivered a corner to the penalty spot, and despite a case of pinball in the area, no Rangers play could score. Soon after, a long shot by Thelwell went just over the crossbar.

A mix up between Tasker and Mallinson saw the defender's back pass roll past the keeper, but the Gods of football were smiling kindly on Rangers, and the ball hit the side netting.

Old Centralians came close to reducing the arrears, but a headed clearance by Dan Flynn close to the goal-line saved Rangers.

Attacking at speed, the visitors forced Rangers to react again, and this time Tasker was the hero as he timed his tackle to perfection to rob the forward.

Spencer, who was proving to be a handful down the wings, showed his trickery in the area. Creating space for the shot, he could only find the side netting.

Back on the front foot, Rangers attacked through Turner whose shot went just wide of the post. Minutes later he had another chance, but the keeper bravely dived at his feet to collect the ball.

Phil Turner battles for the ball.

Rangers welcomed Vito D'Avanzo onto the pitch to make his first appearance this season when he replaced Barker in the 65th minute.

The shot count for Rangers was increasing at a steady pace with Abbott, Spencer, Turner and D'Avanzo with a fierce volley all coming close, but a combination of poor aim and superb goalkeeping kept the score at 3-0.

The final substitution for Rangers occurred in the 70th minute when Flynn was replaced by Alex Wooler. Straight away, he was in action when he slid in to put the ball out of play as Centralians attacked.

Mallinson made his only real save of the game in the 76th minute when some intricate passing outside the Rangers area allowed the striker to shot. Fortunately, his effort was straight at the keeper, who with the windy conditions, made sure he collected it safely the first time.

The final goal of the game came in the 81st minute when Thelwell released Turner to run down the right of the area. Crossing the ball, he picked out Abbott who slid in to poke it home.

Rangers wasted a good chance to make it five when Maxted powered his shot over from a tight angle following Spencer's deep cross.

Full-Time: Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves 4 v 0 Old Centralians Reserves

Report by KDRAFC Media

Team: Mallinson, Murphy, Flynn, Tasker, Thelwell, Atkinson, Maxted, McCartney, Spencer, Barker, Turner. Subs: Abbott (Murphy 63), D'Avanzo (Barker 65), Wooler (Flynn 70). Unused: Dean, Hodson.

Goals: Murphy (26), Spencer (34), Barker (45+1), Abbott (81)

Sin-Bin: Rangers (none) Old Centralians (none)

Yellow Cards: Rangers (none) Old Centralians (none)

Red Cards: Rangers (none) Old Centralians (none)

Referee: Mr Colin Maltby

Bar Three Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves Man of the Match award winner: George Thelwell

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