All square in the top of the table clash, as Rangers remain top
The first of five big matches for Winterton saw them travel to second in the table side Campion. This was the longest league trip of the season to west Bradford where Campion are based. I arrived 5 minutes into the match as the traffic getting through the center of Bradford was bad, making it a near hour and a half trip. The ground feels like it is shoehorned in behind a modern community sports facility, the locals were friendly despite the importance of the match.
It was a good attendance for the game at 109, beating Campion’s previous record attendance of 85. With Adam Lee out for a prolonged period with a similar knee injury to Assistant Manager, Scott Helliwell, Will Peers was wearing the number 10 shirt. Ranger’s leading scorer, Luke Anderson, was also absent due to a last minute work commitment, meaning James Dean-Atkinson was making a start upfront. Winterton were in control first half, with Campion not showing much workrate upfront. Campion were defending deep, and although Rangers were having lots of possession, Campion were defending well in the last third. At the half hour mark in the match, the talk from Wayne, Paul and Baz of the local Kebab butty was too much. All I can say is it tasted much better than it looked! With the teams still cancelling each other out on the pitch, I didn’t make any notes between the food and the half time whistle. 0-0 at half time, and Rangers were disappointed that their control of the game had not been reflected on the scoresheet.
Campion started brightly in the first half. In the interest of maintaining things in Rangers’s advantage, I won’t describe any technical adjustments made by either team and the effects on the game, as these reports could be read by future opposing teams. Suffice to say Campion started the second half brightly, and continued to gain the upper hand in the match, as the second half progressed. Two or three excellent saves from Jordan kept Winterton in the match. At the other end Ben Silburn came on for the last 15 minutes, to try a different approach of running with the ball at the Campion centre-backs, who had so far coped with everything Winterton had put their way. With 2 minutes left, Silburn charged down the keeper, and the clearance deflected off his back, and rolled agonisingly a foot wide of giving Rangers the winner.
A point shared probably a fair result with Rangers the better team in the first half and Campion edging the second half. The point means Rangers remain top of the league. With third placed Grimsby next up at home in the second of the big five fixtures, Rangers will be keen to build on their second clean sheet in a row and press the home advantage to show their quality with eleven men. It will be great to see loads of Rangers fans at West Street cheering the lads on, as a few Grimsby fans will be making the short trip down the A180.
Match Squad: Quibell, Fisher-Powell, R.Start, Wheeldon, Coulbeck, Wressle, Shortland, Nelthorpe, Dean-Atkinson (Silburn 75’), Peers (Wright 90’), Turnbull
Campion 0 Winterton Rangers FC 0
Sat 17th Nov 2018 – Att: 109 (HT 0-0)
Weather: 8C / overcast
Pitch: Heavy, all players wearing studs
Distance from Winterton: 70 miles – 80 minutes