Rangers surrendered a two goal lead as Newsome fought back from 3-1 down to secure a point and, in all reality, could have stolen all three as they relentlessly bombarded the Deighton goal in the final twenty minutes.
The game started in the worse possible way when Jonathan Richards’ clearance was charged down just outside the area, and the Newsome player drove his shot wide of Jonty Smith’s outstretched foot and into the net after just 82 seconds!
Rangers were soon in Newsome’s area, but as Dave McKay tried to break free, a tackle took the ball away and behind for a corner, which Deighton couldn’t capitalise on.
It became evident that the visitors were one of the strongest teams we have seen at Barr Field this season. Crisp in the pass and moving the ball at speed, they mounted several attacks, but superb covering tackles from Luke Dubery, Kieran O’Brien, Joe Wilks and Richards prevented them from gaining a clear sight of Smith’s goal.
Deighton were having problems hitting their stride and time after time, passes went astray and balls that would normally be controlled, were being lost under minimal pressure. Breaking down the right, it took a diving save from Smith to push the ball wide after a free kick had released the winger.
Switching play to the right flank, McKay lifted his pass over the Newsome defence, but left Josh Barden with a lot of work to do, and the striker just failed to get to the ball before it bounced out of bounds.
Gaining a foothold into the match, Rangers suddenly found themselves profiting down the left and several attacks, usually involving Charlie Yates, Danny Grannon and Barden, nearly produced a clear chance, but as it was, it was Roman Neal’s shot from distance that spun off a Newsome leg that was their best effort.
Another move, following a free kick for Rangers just inside the Newsome half, saw the ball on the left flank again. Moving it quickly across the pitch to Wilks, the right back picked out Grannon, but having to hit his volley first time, the ball sailed over the bar and into the foliage behind the goal.
The match was becoming littered with free-kicks, with Newsome’s left back receiving the first yellow card of the game, but neither side was able to use these to their advantage, and on most occasions, the ball ended either out of play or in the hands of both keepers.
Grannon was nearly the one to bring Rangers back on level terms when he reached Yates’s cross with a diving header, but the Newsome custodian was able to back-pedal and took the ball into his gloves.
On the attack, the visitors were moving the ball well, and another flowing move saw Rangers put under pressure as a deep cross looked to pick out the player at the back, but like several times before, there was too much pace on the ball and it dropped over the line before being controlled by the player.
Rangers thought that they had equalised in the 44th minute when Barden set up Yates to turn and shoot in the area. The keeper diverted the ball goal wards and then had to scramble to stop the ball from crossing the line, which he just managed to do with Barden closing in on the rebound.
However, a minute later it was all square when Grannon was caught as he went for the ball just inside the box and Mr Spicer pointed at the spot! Yates stepped up, sent the keeper to his left and watched as the ball nestled in the opposite side of the net.
The second half started with Grannon being denied by a superbly timed sliding tackle just inside the area as the Liverpudlian looked to have broken free. Soon after, Yates went past his man and teed up James Woodward, but the midfielder’s shot went inches wide of the far post.
The game started to settle back into its rhythm of either box to box action or scrappy play that clearly frustrated both teams. A push on Grannon on the left flank allowed O’Brien to curl in the free-kick to the near post, but showing why they are extremely difficult to break down, the defence quickly closed Rangers down and cleared.
Forced to improvise as Newsome attacked, Smith had to head clear just outside his area before racing onto his own clearance and unceremoniously hammering the ball down the pitch.
A complete turn around of fortunes in the 59th minute saw Barden bring down Grannon’s deft little chip and one on one with the advancing keeper, he calmly placed it wide of him and into the net.
The goal sparked Rangers into producing a spell of good football and it was Newsome who were having trouble keeping the ball. Woodward and Barden were presented with half chances, but were unable to produce the final part of the equation.
It was bodies on the line for Rangers as the visitors upped the pressure looking for equaliser and a series of corners saw blocks and tackles produced as Deighton tried to clear their ranks.
A pass by substitute Adam Carter in the 64th minute released Wilks, who got to the byline and his cross picked out Grannon at the far post, and he had the simple task of netting from a yard out.
Newsome stormed back and forced Rangers deep into their own half and again it was only dogged defending that held the red shirts back, but a move that span across the front of Rangers box saw the ball drop over the striker’s shoulder and his hooked shot beat Smith at his near post to reduce the arrears after 74 minutes.
With renewed purpose in their steps, Newsome surged forward from the kick off, but this time Smith raced off his one to block the ball as a dangerous through pass looked like it may pay dividends.
Joe Turley and Conor Buckley were now on for Yates and Neal as Rangers tried to block Newsome’s momentum and a good tackle by Turley on the touchline saw the ball break to Dubery, picking out Woodward on the edge of the area, his shot was straight at the keeper.
The moment that Rangers dreaded finally occurred in the 79th minute when a sliced shot from the corner of the box looped into the air, spun over the stranded Smith and into the net.
The final ten minutes saw Newsome ply constant pressure, and it took several blocks by Smith and his defence to repel this, but they were thankful for the visitor’s bad aim when a free header, from a right sided cross, flashed just wide of the back post.
Report by Pete Arnett.
Team: Smith, Wilks, O’Brien, Woodward, Richards, Dubery, McKay, Neal, Barden, Yates, Grannon
Subs: Carter (for Richards 61) Turley (for Neal 70) and Buckley (for Yates 78) Not used: Holliday, Straker,J.
Yellow Cards: Rangers (Wilks - foul) Newsome (1 player - foul)
Red Cards: None
Referee: Mr Mick Spicer
KDRFC Man of the Match (chosen by the Management) was Danny Grannon. A never say die performance by Danny capped off by a poachers goal. Danny led the front line well all game and his power helped us relieve the pressure when we could get the ball to him.
Post-Match Reaction from Manager Dan Marshall:
“Our first half performance was poor and we could have quite easily found ourselves three nil down if it wasn’t for Jonty Smith. However, we came in at one all after Charlie concerted a penalty right on the stroke of half-time. We started the second half in better form and scored two well worked goals through Josh and Danny, and from there, we should have seen the game out but didn’t and that’s frustrating. Credit to Newsome however, they kept going and they deserved something from the game.”
Goal 1 - Charlie Yates.
Goal 2 - Josh Barden
Goal 3 - Danny Grannon
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