Lads put in a season’s best

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RANGERS got off to a bright start but the early chances fell to the home side who forced a first-minute save from Philip Brown on nine minutes.

Midway through the half, Rangers enjoyed their best section of play with an excellent exchange of passes between Cameron Barriskell, William Young and James Byrne, whose cross into the home side’s box was volleyed just wide by Sheldon Ayre on 23 minutes. Ayre again was played through on 24 minutes but was foiled by an excellent save by the home keeper.

With 25 minutes gone, Rangers looked as though they would be going down to 10 when Jack Lane sustained a knee injury in a committed 50-50 challenge but fortunately he was able to continue after some treatment.

Much against the run of play West Denton were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark, with Barriskell being judged to have fouled in the area, and took the lead from the spot-kick in off the left post, (1-0).

At half-time Rangers were unlucky to go in 1-0 down.

The second half started with West Denton going all out for a second forcing Jonathan Smeaton to make a 41st minute defensive header which went just over his own bar.

With an equaliser coming, Smeaton was unlucky not to net his second of the season when his 56th-minute header went just wide and Oliver’s 30m shot drifted just over the home bar.

Tristan Oliver shot agonisingly wide on the hour mark having beaten the home keeper but the leveller fell to Ayre on 63 minutes from a well-placed Kirkup pass and he netted past the out-stretched hand of the diving home keeper, (1-1).

Rangers looked to have taken the lead on 77 minutes but the home keeper seemed to be on a one-man mission to spoil Oliver’s day when he pulled out yet another save to deny him and then saved Beattie’s follow up shot.

With Rangers in control, a fantastic cross by James Byrne on 78 minutes was expertly met by Young, scoring his fourth goal in two games, to give Rangers a well deserved 2-1 lead.

West Denton’s final attempt on 79 minutes was punched clear by Brown before a last-minute free-kick. With the final kick of the game, Kirkup rifled his kick past the keeper to score an excellent third and guarantee an excellent three points for Rangers in what was probably their best performance of the season.

Rangers: Sheldon Ayre, Phillip Brown, James Byrne, Cameron Barriskell, Jordon Beattie, Michael Kirkup, Jack Lane, Tristan Oliver, Jonathan Smeaton, Liam Tiffin, William Young.