Rangers needed a response after a poor second half showing saw them crash to a 3-1 defeat against Shelley last weekend, they got it today, in what was a game full of incident, but goals at the right end!
Following a few games where Deighton have started poorly, the blue shirts surged forward and before long, shots from Charlie Yates and Josh Barden were collected by the Pool keeper.
Yates nearly turned provider in the 3rd minute when he picked out Ali Thompson, however it was another good block by the keeper that diverted his shot wide.
It took a while for Pool to get into Deighton’s half, but they flashed a warning shot from near the touchline over Jonty Smith’s cross bar, and then minutes later a free-kick was blocked with the follow-up claimed by Smith.
A clever flick over Pool’s backline by Thompson after Smith had picked him out with a pinpoint goal-kick freed Yates, but with a defender running back and closing the gap, he had to shoot from distance and the ball went just past the far post.
Pool were attacking down Deighton’s right and a deep cross into the middle was cleared by John Large with two attackers close by.
Turning up the pressure, Rangers won a free-kick on the edge of Pool’s area. Seeing a gap, Barden drove his shot in low, but it went a foot wide of the far post with the keeper stranded.
Moments later and Pool were thanking the post as it came to their rescue after Yates’s shot from an angle beat the glovesman but smacked off the upright.
A lung busting run by skipper Luke Dubery saw his cross flicked on by Thompson, but despite getting his head to the ball, Yates couldn’t generate enough power to trouble the keeper.
With crosses reigning in from Barden, Yates, Andy Maxted and Rob Holliday, Pool’s backline and keeper were earning their money as time after time they managed to repel Deighton’s attacks.
However, all things must come to an end, and in the 12th minute Rangers broke Pool’s resistance when the ball reached Ashley Tatler on the edge of the area and he measured his half volley to perfection and blasted it past the keeper and into the net.
Looking for an instant reply, Pool combined down the right, but as the player cut into Rangers area, Josh Buckley and Dubery combined to dispose him before he could shoot.
A nutmeg sent Thompson scampering towards Pool’s goal, but forced to shoot from further than he would have liked, his shot was easily collected by the keeper.
Another ball over the top released Yates, but he hit his shot too full on and dragged it just wide of the far post.
Rangers doubled their lead in the 42nd minute when Holliday won a tackle in midfield. Seeing Thompson begin his run, he placed the ball perfectly into his path. Taking off down the left flank, a quick look up saw Yates unmarked in the area and a pinpoint cross picked him out to steer the ball past the keeper.
The goal seemed to cause a momentarily lull in discipline for both sides and in a crazy four minutes, both teams suffered a booking apiece and a dismissal as Dubery and Pool’s left back went into the book for a tackle and retaliation, then Tatler and a Pool defender were given their marching orders for what was deemed violent conduct by the referee as the teams lined up to defend a free-kick.
Half-Time: Kirk Deighton Rangers 2 v 0 Pool AFC
Holliday started the second half driving down the left, cutting the ball back, the Pool defence intercepted and cleared.
Joe Turley was next up to try his luck, but despite some close control and finding space, his shot crashed into the bushes as it flew over the bar.
A lovely piece of skill by Pool’s tall striker saw him glide past both Large and Dubery, but with Rangers defence regrouping, his attempted pass was misplaced and Smith watched it roll out.
Good combination between Yates and Maxted saw Yates’s initial shot blocked, but taking control, Thompson hit a powerful effort which brought out a super tip over from Pool’s keeper.
Rangers made it 3-0 in the 55th minute and it was another cracking goal from Turley. A short corner by Barden picked out the left wing-back and he drove in a low shot from just outside the area that smacked into the inside of the post and nestled into the net.
Rangers weren’t easing off the gas pedal and soon after Yates smashed a low shot wide after skinning a defender, whilst Thompson was causing problems in and around the area.
Pool hit a golden patch of possession and it was Deighton who were forced back. A shot from just outside the area, after a driving run, was plucked out of the air by Smith before he had to be quick off his line to secure the ball as a Pool striker closed him down.
A plethora of substitutes saw both Josh Bhandal and Dan Flynn join James Woodward who had replaced Dubery just after the third goal. Holiday and Maxted were the players who made way.
A bizarre moment saw Smith booked for allegedly releasing the ball from his gloves outside his area, and from the resultant free-kick, Pool drove the ball straight at the keeper who parried clear with the rebounding header flying over.
Pool survived a penalty claim when the referee deemed that the defender wasn’t able to get out of the way of Yates’s cross, and then a collision on the edge of the area between Yates and a Pool player fell in favour of the visitors, with many a blue shirted player holding their head in disbelief.
The game was ebbing from end to end and whilst Yates and Thompson had half chances, it took an outstretched leg of Turley’s to clear as a Pool player was set to shoot.
The final goal did arrive after 86 minutes when Yates spun his man to race into the box, slipping past the final defender, he placed the ball past the keeper to spark some wild celebrations on the touchline.
Final Score: Kirk Deighton Rangers 4 v 0 Pool AFC
Report by Pete Arnett
We would like to say a massive thank you to OakBloke who sponsored today's match.
Team: Smith, Turley, Maxted, Dubery, Buckley.J, Large, Holliday, Barden, Thompson, Yates, Tatler Subs: Woodward (Dubery 56), Bhandal (Holliday 61), Flynn (Maxted 64)
Goals: Tatler (12), Yates (42, 86), Turley (55)
Sin-Bin: Rangers (No players) Pool AFC (No players)
Yellow Cards: Rangers (Dubery, Smith) Pool AFC (1 player)
Red Cards: Rangers (Tatler), Pool AFC (1 Player)
Referee: Mr Richard Douglas
Kirk Deighton Rangers B&F Electrical Distributors Man Of The Match Award: Ali Thompson