Rangers fielded the same team and bench for the first time this season as they made the trip to the outskirts of Mansfield to take on Shirebrook Town. The ground is in the heart of the community and the old mining social club was pretty packed with the locals getting down to some serious Saturday afternoon drinking. Outside the social club, the locals who were not yet in need of a drink were busy meeting up and racing their Whippets. The Whippet enthusiasts had eaten the woman on the Shirebrook piestand out of pies, long before kick-off.
Another muddy and lumpy pitch greeted the Rangers players as they warmed up. A glance across at the home team and it was clear that Ranger’s were going to be facing a very young side. The oldest starting member of the team was 23. Apparently, after a bad result recently the whole 1st team was replaced by the reserves. The Shirebrook team were certainly going to be hungry and full of energy for Ranger’s to deal with.
The first twenty minutes was all Ranger’s with some clear chances being missed, and the woodwork frequently coming to Shirebrook’s rescue.
A description of each of Ranger’s goals is below:
- Elliot Broughton: Great following up on the rebound from the 1st phase of the attack and a good finish on the volley to open the scoring.
- Callum Foster: A second goal in two games from full-back, again from a corner. With Callum, Kes and Luke in the box, this is really giving the opposition something to think about.
- Luke Anderson: Taped in following a free kick from the left.
The local’s are very passionate about their club, and are probably the most vociferous support in the league. Both sets of fans and players were getting upset at the lack of control the ref had on the game, and the last 20 minutes of the game was a bit niggly. Some of the Ranger’s players were getting a bit of grief off the home support as they came off the pitch, even the unused substitutes, which is a bit unfair. However, 3 more away points for Rangers, and a settled team and formation going into the next big home game against league rivals Dronfield.
Shirebrook Town 0 Winterton Rangers FC 3
Elliot Broughton 12
Callum Foster 15
Luke Anderson 83
Sat 16th Feb 2019 – Att: 103 (HT 0-2)
Weather: 8C / Sunny
Pitch: Muddy / Bumpy / Lumpy
Distance from Winterton: 62 miles – 80 minutes
Match Ratings: Quibell, Turnbull, R.Start, Foster, Fisher-Powell, Wressell, Shortland, Nelthorpe (Ball ’86), Anderson (Burdett ’82), Grimes (Bell ‘82), Broughton
Away Ground Rating (6)
Ground Friendliness (3)
Referee & Linesmen (4)