Rangers sunk in first game of the new season

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Worle Rangers were beaten 2-1 by Portishead A in their first game of the new season.

Worle Rangers 1

Portishead A 2

UNDER new management, Rangers went into the season opener against an experienced Portishead side.

They started brightly, with Young, Powell and Backhouse dominating the midfield and within five minutes Green had the ball in the net, but his effort was disallowed for offside.


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Rangers did take the lead on 12 minutes, when Young played a defence-splitting through ball to Lester who netted his first of the season. Nutt was next to get in on the action, playing a neat one-two with Green, only to see his shot tipped over the bar.

Rangers continued to dominate, with Coleman, Quick and McConachie holding a firm line from the back, and Kelleher and Nutt causing havoc down the flanks.

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The lead was almost doubled when Kelleher beat two players and played in Lester whose strike hit the woodwork, but Portishead equalised when a long free kick was headed home.

Rangers started the second half on the back foot and following a handful of great saves from Hockey, Portishead took the lead on the hour mark when the ball was scrambled home on the third attempt.

Now chasing the game, Rangers switched formation and introduced subs Donoghue and Duberry, and it wasn’t before they were back in control - with great chances falling to Green and Nutt.

The best chance of the game came in the closing minutes when a good one-two and cross from Nutt found Lester, who could only volley over the bar from close range.

The Curry Garden man of the match was Kevin Hockey.

Uphill Castle A 1

Dynamo Locking 2

DYNAMO Locking got their Division 4 campaign underway with an impressive performance away to Uphill Castle A.

Dynamo took the lead after 10 minutes when Si Channing and Kyle Hobden exchanged one-touch passes for Hobden to score. Dynamo were in control and doubled their lead when Mitch Corrick sliced an attempted long-range shot into the path of Matt Friday, who put Dynamo 2-0 up.

Dynamo continued to create chances, Friday again unlucky not score after his shot was blocked by the keeper and Lyndon Cook rattled the crossbar from long range.

Dynamo started the second half well and more chances went begging. Having failed to put the game to bed, Uphill got a goal back to make it a nervy finish.

The Raddy’s Café Bar man of the match went to Mitch Corrick.

Banwell A 4

Congresbury A 0

A YOUNG Banwell side took to the field and ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Congresbury A.

With Locker in goal and Higgins commanding his back four of Bragg, Williams and La Touche, Congresbury struggled to gain any dominance.

Brett and Higgs in the centre of the Banwell midfield worked tirelessly, while out wide Fitzpatrick and Sampson were causing problems. The deadlock was broken when Higgs’ free kick split the Congresbury wall and was helped on by Rodriguez to Nickells, who calmly slotted the ball home.

Rodriguez turned scorer, slotting the ball home after good work by Fitzpatrick and grabbed his second and Banwell’s third with a smart finish.

The introduction of Davis tightened things up at the back, while Allen caused the Congresbury defence even more problems. Sampson and Brett combined well and a decent cross saw Fitzpatrick convert the chance with a stylish volley.

Naked Signs man of the match was Ryan Higgs.

RESULTS

Division 1: Hutton 2, Nailsea Utd A 3; Locking Park 0, Winscombe Res 7; St George (E-i-G) Res 2, Clevedon Utd A 0; Weston Super Seagulls 1, Cleeve West Town Res 1; Worle Rangers 1, Portishead Town A 2.

Division 2: Axbridge Town 1, Wedmore 3; Berrow Res 6, AFC Nailsea 0; Congresbury Res 0, Sporting Weston 2; KVFC 5-1 Westend 1.

Division 3: Burnham Utd A 3, Nailsea Utd B 0; Cheddar A 1, South Park Rangers 4; Clapton-in-Gordano 7, Cleeve West Town A 0; Kewstoke Lions Res 2, Churchill Club 70 Res 0; Portishead Caledonian Thistle 3, Winscombe A 0; Worle Res 1, Banwell Res 2.

Division 4: AFC Nailsea Res 0, Portishead Town B 4; Clevedon Utd B 2, Clapton-in-Gordano Res 3; Uphill Castle A 1, Dynamo Locking 2; Westend Res 3, Hutton Res 0; Worle Rangers Res 2, Shipham 1.

Division 5: Clapton-in-Gordano A 5, Axbridge Town Res 4; Congresbury A 0, Banwell A 4; Portishead Town Colts 0, Wedmore Res 3; South Park Rangers Res 6, St Pauls Church FC 3.

FIXTURES

Division 1: Cleeve West Town Res v Winscombe Res (E Dawe); Nailsea Utd A v St George E-in-G Res (T Billinghurst).

Division 2: AFC Nailsea v Axbridge Town (D Pinnock); Sporting Weston v Wrington Redhill Res (A Smith); KVFC v Berrow Res (M Collins); Wedmore v Congresbury Res (S Kay); Yatton Ath Res v Westend (M Sprague).

Division 3: Cleeve West Town A v Kewstoke Lions Res (T Barlow); Nailsea Utd B v Worle Res (R Dyer); Portishead Caledonian Thistle v South Park Rangers (tba); Winscombe A v Cheddar A (tba).

Division 4: Clapton-in-Gordano Res v Worle Rangers Res (tba); Hutton Res v AFC Nailsea Res (W Jones; Portishead Town B v Dynamo Locking (tba); St George (E-i-G) A v Clevedon Utd B (tba); Westend Res v Shipham (tba).

Division 5: Axbridge Town Res v Banwell A (tba); Selkirk Utd v Portishead Town Colts (tba); South Park Rangers Res v Wedmore Res (tba); Wrington Redhill A v Clapton-in-Gordano A (tba).

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