Rangers pay the price for missing their chances

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LONGHOUGHTON Rangers’ latest home game saw them take on Kingston Park in a mid-table clash at a sunny Westfield Park last Sunday.

With five minutes gone, Rangers took an early lead through Tristan Oliver when he cooly slotted the ball past the visitors’ keeper and Oliver was unlucky not to extend Rangers lead when his eighth-minute effort drifted wide.

On 10 minutes, Rangers failed to clear a loose ball and were punished when Kingston Park equalised with a well-taken lob over the advancing Rangers keeper Phil Brown.

With 25 minutes gone, Rangers were awarded a free-kick just outside the visitors’ penalty area and looked to have scored but Kirkup’s sweetly-struck kick was denied by the crossbar.

While enjoying a good spell of possession, Rangers re-took the lead on 30 minutes when Oliver managed to latch onto a poor clearance by the visitors and score his second of the game. Kingston Park’s response was immediate when, on 31 minutes, they slotted past the advancing Brown.

Half-time: 2-2.

The second half started at the same pace of the first with Kingston Park trying a long-range shot on 43 minutes which was collected by Brown.

Oliver completed his hat-trick on 44 minutes with a well-taken goal to make the scoreline 3-2 to Rangers and should have scored a fourth barely a minute later.

Rangers had an opportunity to extend their lead on 70 minutes when Oliver’s pass found Smeaton in the box but, injuring himself in the process, his shot drifted wide, with Connor Scott coming on as a replacement.

Rangers paid the price for their missed chances when Brown could only parry a strong Kingston Park shot and the visitors were quickest to the loose ball scored a 74th minute equaliser 3-3.

Both teams had opportunities to score the winner with hat-trick hero Oliver shooting wide on 76 minutes for Rangers and the visitors yet again being denied by Brown on 76 and 77 minutes.

The match ended in a draw, a fair result in a tight and evenly-matched game with Rangers paying the price for missed chances.

Longhoughton Rangers: Phillip Brown, James Byrne, Cameron Barriskell, Jordon Beattie, Ryan Kelly, Michael Kirkup, Jack Lane, Ben Lack, Tristan Oliver, Josh Potts, Connor Scott, Jonathan Smeaton, Dale Thompson, Liam Tiffin, William Young.

Rangers manager’s man-of-the-match: Tristan Oliver (Hat-trick hero). Opposition manager’s men-of-the-match: Phillip Brown and Tristan Oliver.