Saturday 24 August 2019: 15:00 Kick Off at The Hammond Homes Stadium
11 Wins away from Wembley! (I am including the Semi-final at Wembley here) Fact: If Rangers are to win the 2020 Emirates FA Cup, they will need to beat better opposition than the unknown quantity that is Kirby Muxloe. The more realistic Rangers fans will be thinking one game at a time, and each win does provide a significant cash boost for the club, so it will be great to see a big crowd tomorrow to support the lads.
After a good start to the season Kirby Muxloe lost their last game 4-0 away to Lichfield City. They have an impressive Twitter page, with match stats including % possession and shots on goal. These show zero shots on or off target for Kirby, and Lichfield only had 5 shots all match, all on target.
Rangers will be keen to maintain their 100% start to the season, although there will be no complacency as the team have learnt that if they drop concentration or give away the ball cheaply, they have been punished this season. The lads will be confident though after the midweek home victory against Harrogate RA, which saw them battle hard for the first 40 minutes before dominating the last half of the game.
Rangers earnt their place in this round of the FA Cup after soundly beating arch rivals Grimsby Borough in the previous round. It was a match that was so enjoyable it pretty much underlines why the players play football, and the fans follow in all weathers to watch the team do so.
Interesting matches in the NCEL this weekend away from The Hammond Homes Stadium, are:
Dronfield Town v Glasshoughton Welfare
East Hull v Swallownest
Hall Road Rangers v Campion
North Ferriby v Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
Ollerton Town v Armthorpe Welfare
Retford FC v Parkgate
Rossington Main v Harrogate Railway Athletic
Selby Town v Brigg Town
Skegness Town v Hallam
For Rangers, the road to Wembley continues tomorrow……..
Interesting Fact: Kirby Muxloe have a castle on their badge. In 1480, William Hastings, the 1st Baron Hastings of Hungerford, began to build the moated Kirby Muxloe Castle during the period of the Wars of the Roses. However, work on the castle stopped soon after Lord Hastings was executed 3 years later at the Tower of London for conspiracy on the orders of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (days later to become King Richard III)