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Black Country Rangers
Ellesmere Rangers
S McDonald (60', 94'), K Clarke (80' Pen)
Full time
Unknown (25', 35')
Tue 26 Sep 19:45 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Premier Division

Black Country Rangers put in a spectacular second half to come back from 0-2.

Fight back shows mental toughness.

Black Country Rangers went into their game against high flying Ellesmere Rangers on the back of two draws against Cradley and Malvern.

Forward Lewis Archer came into the starting line up for his second start of the season as Kieron Clarke dropped to the bench, it was BCR who had the first chance as a long ball from centre back Alex Hammond found Shaquille Mcdonald in between the two Elssmere centre halves but his snapshot went high wide and not very handsome.

On loan Hednesford keeper Liam Haynes kept the scores level at 0-0 when he saved an effort from the Ellsmere forward just four minutes into the game but it was the away side who took the lead after just seven minutes when their number seven cut inside from the left hand side and whipped his effort into the top right corner.

BCR struggled to settle and their passing was wayward, Lewis Archer managed to find himself some space down the left hand side and drilled his cross in which found Mcdonald just four yards out, his toe poke effort hit the bar and with the keeper stranded on the floor and the whole goal to aim at it looked impossible for Mcdonald to miss the rebound, however he's strike was straight at the Ellsmere keeper on the floor who knew nothing about his save.

Within two minutes the away side had doubled their lead, as a throw from Fuller was nicked in midfield and Ellsmere quickly broke and slotted the ball beyond the on rushing Haynes. Ellesmere continued to fire shots off at the BCR goal and in truth they should probably have had a bigger lead going into the half time breal.

Half Time: BCR 0 Ellesmere 2

Just four minutes into the second half and it appeared that BCR manager Jones had seen enough of his teams poor performance, opting to change the teams shape and putting K.Clarke on for Ross Clarke. Kieron who was playing like he had a point to prove quickly got himself involved in the game picking up foul after foul and picking the ball up in all areas of the pitch.

More changes rang for the home side as Kieran Miller came on to replace Lewis Archer with 55 minutes played, this gave Rangers more of an option to use the target man. The deficit was reduced on 65 minutes when a punched ball into Kieron Clarke saw him play a fantastic ball through to Shaquille Mcdonald who made no mistake slotting it into the bottom corner.

The away side tried to break the game up and sit off BCR in an attempt to see out the game and head back to Shrewsbury with all three points, however the introduction of England C team winger Dilano Reid who came on for Jamal Fuller quickly changed things in BCRs favour.

Reid punched a pass into K.Miller who's shot at goal hit the Ellesmere defender and fell into the path of Mcdonald who looked destined to slot the ball home, Mcdonald was pulled back by the Ellesmere defender as BCR were awarded a penalty. Up stepped K.Clarke who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper, with ten minutes left it was BCR who had their tails up and with every striker on the pitch all that was left to do was attack.

Wave after wave of BCR attacks were seen off my Ellesmere who were under heavy pressure, the game looked to be heading towards a draw when in the 94th minute the ball found it's way out to Dilano Reid who had been exceptional since his introduction. Reid whipped an inch perfect cross onto the head of Mcdonald who from six yards out put his header into the bottom corner to send the BCR players into jubilation.

There was hardly time to kick off again as the ref blew for full time giving BCR the three points and sending Ellesmere home cursing there missed chances.

Full Time: BCR 3 Ellesmere 2

Key moments

25:00
Goal Goal for Ellesmere Rangers
35:00
Goal Goal for Ellesmere Rangers
45:00 +49:00
Goal Shaq McDonald scores for Black Country Rangers
60:00
Goal Shaq McDonald scores for Black Country Rangers
80:00
Scored Penalty Kieron Clarke scores a penalty for Black Country Rangers

Highlights

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80:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 2
Kieron Clarke scores a penalty for Black Country Rangers
60:00 Assist
Kieron Clarke makes an assist for Black Country Rangers
60:00 Goal 1 - 2
Shaq McDonald scores for Black Country Rangers
End of period 1
45:00 +49:00 Assist
Dilano Reid makes an assist for Black Country Rangers
45:00 +49:00 Goal 3 - 2
Shaq McDonald scores for Black Country Rangers
35:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Ellesmere Rangers
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Ellesmere Rangers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Black Country Rangers
  • Ellesmere Rangers
  • 0
  • Goal 25:00'
  • Goal 35:00'
  • Dilano Reid Assist 45:00 +49:00'
  • Shaq McDonald Goal 45:00 +49:00'
  • Kieron Clarke Assist 60:00'
  • Shaq McDonald Goal 60:00'
  • Kieron Clarke Scored Penalty 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. W'Ton Sporting Community 15 42
2. Tividale 16 38
3. Malvern Town 17 38
4. Black Country Rangers 21 36
5. Bewdley Town 18 36
6. Cradley Town 18 35
7. Ellesmere Rangers 18 33

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