Southam United 1 - 0 Moreton Rangers (Stratford Alliance Div.1)
Rangers came unstuck in the 93rd minute away at Southam. The story, however, could have been very different..
Buoyed by the return of Dougie Wallace, Sam Tyack and the inclusion of the in-form Harry Peters Rangers had every right to feel confident about this fixture. Using the artificial 3G turf to their advantage, the away side dominated the opening exchanges with good possesion and looked threatening right from the start. Cal Peters was full of running and managed to get in behind the Southam high defensive line frequently. His good pressing work forced an error from the Southam left back and saw him gifted an opportunity to put Rangers ahead but he was scuppered by a fantastic save from the keeper. He may feel like he should have done better in hindsight.
Southam rarely threatened although a 10 minute spell in the middle of the second half meant Rangers defensive unit had to remain swithced on. Blocks from Robbie Shurmer and Mark Boydell prevented James Carter having to make saves in the Rangers goal. When Carter was called into action he was lively to the danger and kept the score at 0-0.
Moreton's best passage of play came towards the end of the half. With Dan Wooky and Jack Robson taking control in the middle of park, giving license to Sam Tyack to link up with Wallace and the Peters brothers either side. A neat one touch move resulted in another fantastic save from the Southam keeper meaning we ended the 45 with both defenses on top.
The 2nd half followed much of the same pattern although Rangers struggled to maintain their rhythm. Toony introduced Zak Ellis to the field to give the side a boost with some added pace. Henry Leonard also impressed at the back and along with the rest of the squad be gutted with a 93rd minute sucker punch.
With the game heading for a draw and what would have been a fair result. Rangers failed to deal with a throw in on the half way line and were punished when a low cross across the 6 yard box was turned in with the last klick of the game.
Overall a good performance and lots of positives for Nicky Timms and Toony to take into next weeks fixture at Henley. The league table doesn't look great although there is still a long way to go.