The Sydney Rangers B-team travelled to Centenary Park on Saturday for a clash with table leaders Burwood. Confidence among the Rangers was high, with the opposition’s key frontman injured and watching from the sidelines.

But straight from the kick-off, Burwood pressed and attacked, with the ball rarely leaving the Rangers’ half for the first 20 minutes. The Rangers began to gain a foothold, although clear-cut chances and service to the forward players were few and far between.

With 10 minutes to go, it looked like Rangers B were going to hold out for a draw, but it wasn’t to be.

As the Rangers surged forward, the defence was more exposed and a second goal was conceded from the right flank. Rangers 0, Burwood 2.

The Rangers A team headed to Croydon Park on Saturday to kick off against the second-placed Canterbury.

The Rangers quickly shut down the Canterbury midfield and put on a sustained 15 minutes of pressure towards the end of the half with corner kicks penning the Canterbury defence in their box.

As the second half started, the game burst into life with chances at either end for both teams. Canterbury were on the front foot as the Rangers midfield tired and if not for the acrobatic skills of goalkeeper Ben Bagshaw would certainly have found themselves a goal down.

The Rangers withstood 10 minutes of concerted pressure before they turned the tables on Canterbury and enjoyed almost total control in the final 15 minutes. The score was a 0-0 draw.

“We played like a team and showed a terrific fighting spirit and never say die attitude. Our defensive display was excellent and if we keep this up we will be hard to beat,” Rangers coach Joseph Roppolo said.

“The next few weeks are pivotal to our 2012 season as we now play two double headers in a row. Thank you to Bruce Nagle who stepped off the plane from LA to put on his football boots and give another courageous effort for Rangers A.”

Rangers A’s next game is against Belmore on Saturday, June 30, 1.15pm at Callan Park #2, Rozelle. They also play Burwood on Sunday, July 1 at Blair Park, Burwood.


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