Rangers might not have started the season with a win, but they have an opportunity straight way to make amends as they host Otley Town at Barr Field tomorrow night.
Kick-off is 6:30 pm and as one expects now-a-days, the weather is set to do a U-turn and thundery showers, a gentle breeze and temperatures about 16 degrees is forecast!
Otley had a great opening day beating East End Park 4-2 to sit in second place in a group of five teams that enjoyed victories last Saturday.
A good run, especially in the second half of last season, saw Otley finish in 7th place on 44 points. Away from their Old Showground home, they shared the games across the board, winning, drawing and losing five games apiece.
Like us, Otley were promoted from Division Two at the end of the 2017/18 season and also like us, they will be looking to make that step up to the Premier Division sooner rather than later.
Head To Head.
The last time the two teams met was on the 8th December 2018 at Otley’s place when a Roman Neal goal made sure that both teams kept a point in a 1-1 draw.
On home soil, we enjoyed two wins over Town last season, with a 4-1 win in the league (goals by Jake Young (2), Roman Neal and Joe Wilks) and a much closer 4-3 in the West Yorkshire League Cup (Goals from Danny Grannon (2) Josh Barden and Rob Holliday).
The KDRAFC Database shows that we’ve met at least five times, with three wins going our way and one and one defeat. Goals wise, we have scored 12, whilst conceding 7.
Team News For Rangers.
Dan Marshall is hopeful that he will have a bigger pool of players to pick from than he did on Saturday. With it being a midweek match, there will be certain players who can’t make it due to work commitments, so we may well see several faces making their first appearance of the season.
One player missing for certain will be Joe Straker who is still battling a knee injury and we also have several players who have picked up knocks in the final pre-season matches that may still be a doubt.
What About Otley Town?
Otley appear to have a few new names in their squad, so it will probably be a different team than we have seen before, but their opening day win shows that they mean business.
With the goals spread amongst three players (presumably one of the strikes was an own goal), it looks like Otley possess threats throughout the team, so Rangers will have to be on point to stop anymore from being registered.
The Man In Charge.
In charge of the whistle is Mr Mike Stoddart. This is Mr Stoddart’s first game of the season and we wish him a pleasant and hassle-free time whilst he is at Barr Field.
Following The Game.
The gates will be open at around 5.30 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.