Worle Rangers get off to a winning start

Worle Rangers got their new league season off to a winning start against St Georges.

St Georges 2

Worle Rangers 3

WORLE Rangers got off to a great start to the season with a deserved victory over a rugged Gordano outfit.

The back four of Adam Brown, Ben Curtis, Gordon Cockle and James Milsom defended well from the start and the safe hands of Martin Williams in goal calmed early nerves.


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Gordano scored against the run of play, but Rangers responded well and Andy Young scored the equaliser when the keeper mishandled into his own net. Gordano upped their game and grabbed a second to go into the break 2-1 up.

After the break, the excellent workrate of Chris Brinson, James Nutt, Dan Liddiard and Charlie Dugmore left little room for Gordano to create anything.

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Rangers equalised from a corner when Curtis buried a brilliant header at the far post. Rangers pressed on and countless chances fell to the luckless Jamie Stephens, who just could not find the back of the net.

Eventually, after tireless running, Stephens got his reward with a fine finish from six yards. Rangers held on in a tense final few minutes to take their first three points of the season.

Nutt, Brinson and Young were commanding in midfield and Cockle had an excellent game at centre half, but the Curry Gardens man of the match went to Ben Curtis.

Banwell Res 1

Wrington Res 2

WRINGTON Reserves kicked off their season by taking three points from Banwell in their first game in Weston and District Division 3.

Wrington scored after three minutes when Selman headed home Mick Edmunds’ free kick, a lead they kept until the second half.

After the break, an injury to Callum Briggs forced Wrington to switch to 4-4-2 to combat the home side’s pressure. Edmunds joined skipper Dan Burnett at the back, the latter using his experience to marshal the defence well.

Unfortunately for Wrington, they paid the price for missed chances when Banwell equalised through a well taken volley into the top corner which left Louis Rouvrais with no chance.

Wrington pushed forward immediately from the restart, and from a loose ball substitute Tom Brewster squared for Oliphant to slot home with a cool finish on 85 minutes for the winner.

Shipham 3

Nailsea Utd Colts 4

SHIPHAM came away from this game wondering how they did not get anything out of this exciting encounter.

Nailsea took the lead when their player evaded five challenges and scored from fully 30 yards. Shipham equalised immediately when Alex MacLucas rolled the ball over to Kyle Hobden to chip the keeper from 25 yards out.

Nailsea broke again with the Nailsea player lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper to make it 2-1 at half-time.

After the break, a mix up allowed Nailsea to make it 3-1. Shipham hit back with a goal for Mitch Corrick, but conceded again as Nailsea went 4-2 up.

Shipham got a goal back with 12 minutes to go when an acrobatic Chris Green overhead kick was knocked on by MacLucas, allowing James Stacey to get his second of the match.

Shipham were unable to get the equaliser they deserved, and it finished 4-3 to Nailsea. The Shipham man of the match went to Mitch Corrick.

RESULTS

Division 1: Berrow Res 0, Winscombe Res 6; Draycott 1, Weston Super Seagulls 5; Tickenham Utd 7, Hutton 3; Yatton Ath Res 3, Cleeve West Town Res 1.

Division 2: Axbridge Town 1, AFC Nailsea 0; Burnham Utd A 2, Nailsea Utd B 4; Clevedon Utd A 12, Churchill Club 70 Res 0; Locking Park 1, Sporting Weston 4; St George (E-i-G) Res 2, Worle Rangers 3.

Division 3: Banwell Res 1, Wrington Redhill Res 2; KVFC 3, Cheddar A 1; Portishead Town B 4, Wedmore 6; Shipham 3, Nailsea Utd Colts 4; Westend 8, Winscombe A 0.

Division 4: Clapton-in-Gordano 1, Worle Res 2; Hutton Res 2, Pill Utd 1; St George (E-i-G) A 3, Kewstoke Lions Res 6; South Park Rangers 4, Portishead Town Colts 0.

Division 5: AFC Nailsea Res 6, Axbridge Town Res 0; Clevedon Utd B 4, Clapton-in-Gordano Res 1; Selkirk Utd 1, South Park Rangers Res 3; Wedmore Res 1, Shipham Ath 4; Westend Res 1, Uphill Castle A 1.

FIXTURES

Division 1: Congresbury Res v Cleeve West Town Res (B Carter); Draycott v Berrow Res (D Pinnock); Nailsea Utd A v Yatton Ath Res (A Raggett); Weston Super Seagulls v Tickenham Utd (A Locker).

Division 2: AFC Nailsea v Burnham Utd A (Tom Boylan); St George (E-i-G) Res v Locking Park (Steve Acton); Sporting Weston v Nailsea Utd B (Freddie Ferrari); Worle Rangers v Axbridge Town (Mark Sprague).

Division 3: Nailsea Utd Colts v KVFC (Mitchell Collins); Wedmore v Cleeve West Town A (Kevin Fox); Westend v Portishead Town B (Ashley Locker); Wrington Redhill Res v Winscombe A (James Collard).

Division 4: Hutton Res v Worle Rangers Res (tba); Kewstoke Lions Res v North Worle (tba); Portishead Caledonian Thistle v Clapton-in-Gordano (D Poole); Portishead Town Colts v Pill Utd (J Hickey); Worle Res v South Park Rangers (tba).

Division 5: Axbridge Town Res v Congresbury A (tba); Clevedon Utd B v Shipham Ath (tba); South Park Rangers Res v Wedmore Res (T Sharpe); Uphill Castle A v Selkirk Utd (B Dancer); Clapton-in-Gordano Res v AFC Nailsea Res (J Knight).

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