Report: Rangers 0 v 3 South Cave United

  • South Cave go into half-time 2-0 up.

  • A late goal adds gloss to the scoreline.

  • Management not disappointed with the result.

Rangers Pre-Season campaign ended with a 3-0 defeat to Humber Premier League champions South Cave United, but Manager Dan Marshall refused to be disappointed by the result.

Trying several new combinations over the pitch, it was Deighton who pressed first through Ashley Tatler.

It didn't take long for the visitors to show why they had gone 19 league matches without defeat as they stroked their passes around the pitch and maintained their shape well.

Rangers had an early warning when a South Cave cross was stabbed just wide of Jonty Smith's far post.

Deighton were having joy down the left-wing, with Tatler, Roman Neal, Conor Buckley and Rob Holliday all moving being involved. A driven cross by Tatler flashed through the area with blue shirts unable to convert, and George Widdows fired a long shot over after Holliday and Neal had combined to set him up.

The visitors scored in the 13th minute after a corner was cleared to the edge of the area. Composing himself, the South Cave player hit a superb volley that sped past Smith.

Rangers responded and forced a good save, via the post, after Tatler had surged forward from Josh Bhandal's pass. Putting in a deep cross, Neal rose highest to head goalwards, but a diving save pushed the ball onto the post and clear.

George Widdows looks to beat his opponent.

A free-kick just outside Smith's area gave South Cave another opportunity to shoot. However, what went up, thankfully didn't come down in time and the shot ended up in the hedge behind the goal.

The visitors were on the attack again, and it needed a sliding tackle by Joe Wilks to halt another dangerous run into Deighton's area. Minutes later and this time Josh Buckley produced a challenge to prevent a one-on-one with Smith.

With 41 minutes played, South Cave doubled their lead, and it was a goal that Rangers have to hold their hands up to being at fault. A quick cross into the area wasn't cut out, and the striker controlled the ball and lashed it past Smith.

Again, Rangers tried to respond, but Charlie Yates's long shot was blocked on its way to the goal.

Half-Time: Kirk Deighton Rangers 0 v 2 South Cave United

Determined to reduce the arrears Rangers swarmed forward at the start of the second half, and Harvey Ribbons pulled the ball back to Yates, but his attempted lob of the keeper produced a superb tip-over from the custodian.

The keeper was called into action again after Josh Buckley headed a corner to Wilks. Powering his header goalwards, the keeper got down well to deflect the ball clear.

Rangers were looking the crisper of the two teams, and they forced the visitor's back, but despite decent build-up play, the final ball or bit of composure needed was absent.

Holliday fired a shot wide before another fizzing cross by Tatler just alluded Yates and Widdows at the back post.

The game seemed to stall a bit, mainly due to the number of free-kicks awarded and this clearly disrupted both teams.

Jake Little looks to link with James Woodward.

Rangers looked dangerous from set-pieces, and a free-kick deceived the South Cave keeper who misread the flight of the ball. However, this also caught Tatler out, and he couldn't steer his header towards goal.

The introduction of James Woodward saw Rangers lift their tempo again, and his shot was blocked. Latching onto the ball, Yates saw his effort ricochet off a defender and land on the roof of the net.

South Cave looked comfortable on the ball and passed it around crisply, which meant that Rangers were chasing for long periods. However moving up the pitch, they did find the blue shirts hard to break down.

Rangers played themselves into trouble at the back with two minutes left, and a quick one-two saw the third goal scored after a neat turn and shot beat Smith.

Full-Time: Kirk Deighton Rangers 0 v 3 South Cave United

In review: Rangers were beaten by a good team today, and we wish South Cave United all the best in their season. However, Rangers will be disappointed with the manner that the goals were conceded. Saying that the team look strong and played well through the transitions, and if we can take this play into the league matches, it could be a great season!

Report by KDARFC Media

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