Longhoughton Rangers U13...4 Morpeth SC U13...1
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RANGERS marched into Round Three of the League Cup after a very impressive display against visitors Morpeth on Sunday.
The large crowd who turned up at a sunny Westfield Park were treated to an excellent game.
The opening minutes hinted that both teams were well-matched and much of the early exchanges were played in the centre of the pitch.
As the half progressed, both teams made forays into the opposing halves. Rangers keeper Slack was cool and composed when called into action and was quick off his line on several occasions. The home side were looking threatening down the right with the pace of Trapp. Midfielders Allan and Pusey were holding firm.
Deadlock was broken on 15 minutes when Turnbull tapped a ball to Lindley, who finished neatly into the bottom left corner (1-0).
Morpeth came straight back at Rangers but it was not long before they doubled their lead after Coxford muscled his way past the visitors’ defence to slot the ball past the keeper (2-0).
With five minutes to go in the first half, Rangers found themselves three goals to the good after Coxford scored his second, running onto a through-ball and striking into the bottom left corner (3-0).
As expected, Morpeth came out in the second half with great intent.
Full-backs Briggs and Archbold were kept busy and the central defensive partnership of Clapcott and Robson put on a polished display to frustrate the visiting side.
Morpeth pulled one back but not before several shots were blocked on the line by the stubborn home defence (3-1). Morpeth went to three at the back in an attempt to attack the deficit but this only allowed Rangers to look more threatening on the counter-attack.
Coxford’s glancing header from a corner hit the bar and Friar went close after forcing a fingertip save from the keeper.
Robinson was introduced and was industrious upfront. Rangers continued to soak up the pressure and, as the clock ran down, Coxford put the tie beyond doubt and capped off an excellent performance to score his hat-trick (4-1).
Rangers fully deserved the victory after each and every player ran their hearts out for the team.
Rangers: T Slack, J Briggs, W Archbold, J Robson, B Clapcott, J Allan, J Pusey, G Lindley, J Trapp, R Coxford, J Turnbull, L Robinson, M Friar.