Rangers in seventh heaven as Casuals are crushed
Five goals in the final nine minutes, what a way to end 2017
Wolves Casuals 2 Black Country Rangers 7
BCR saw out 2017 in style as they condemned their hosts to the biggest home defeat of the season.
It’s hard to imagine that on home soil Wolves had already clocked up six occasions when they had scored six goals or more against fellow league opposition, and yet Rangers made it look so easy that any neutral in attendance would have thought that they were the home side.
Arriving at Brinsford lane, on the back of impressive eight game unbeaten run, manager Wayne Spicer made just two changes to the side that had put Shifnal to the sword with Ben Birch and Jamel Fuller replacing Jordan Hall and Jonathan Ashfall who found themselves on the bench.
With quite a few games falling victim to the weather, the Casuals pitch was in excellent condition thanks to the hard work put in by the Casuals backroom staff of Mick Green & Sam Plant.
BCR got off to a flying start after just three minutes when Jason Chilton’s swift break down the right saw him supply Lewis Taylor Boyce whose first touch found Rangers leading goal scorer Shaq Whittingham. Despite mis-kicking the ball, the close range shot was still powerful enough to trickle into the corner of the net, much to the dismay of the Casuals defence.
Nine minutes later, Rangers doubled their advantage when Kieron Clarke executed a low drive from 12 yards which gave Casuals keeper Mark Brach little hope of recovery.
Wolves however picked up their tempo, and on 16 minutes former BCR man Liam Hughes was unfortunate to witness his strike fall short of the target while at the other end Lewis Taylor Boyce looked even more frustrated after his close range effect was deflected off the line and out for a corner by Craig Radford.
Rangers, sitting on a two goal lead then proceeded to switch off for ten minutes which allowed Casuals to move the ball around with Dwayne Jackson denied a great chance to reduce the arrears when his strike was headed off the line by Jamal Fuller. Rangers then drew a second breath ten minutes from the break when a surge forward saw Shaq Whittingham supply a perfect corner ball, only for Brad Lawley to scream the ball high over the bar.
Two minutes from the break, club captain Matthew Vaughan made the game as good as safe when he rose high to beat his marker and head home Rangers third goal of the afternoon.
HT Casuals 0 BCR 3
The opening quarter of the second half was evenly balanced, with Casuals being motivated onwards and upwards by recent signing Mark Habbenshaw who had joined them earlier in the week from Wolves Sporting Community, and at times they didn’t look like a side who were trailing by three goals to nil.
Rangers were presented with an early opportunity with Shaq Whittingham being denied by Jay Holdcroft, who cleared off the line on 49 minutes, and at times the visitors reminded me of an athletic training and going through the motions of Sprint, Walk, and Rest.
On the hour mark, Ben Birch laid on Jamel Fuller who was just inches wide of the far post, however a minute later, he made amends with a long range strike which made it 4-0.
However full credit to Casuals, they refused to lie down and on 80 minutes Jay Holdcroft clawed back a consolation goal.
BCR appeared to be somewhat shell shocked having conceded a goal and immediately stepped up a gear forcing them into overdrive. Shaq Whittingham restored the four goal advantage with an absolute screamer on 82 minutes while team mate Kieron Clarke added his name to the score sheet just a minute later.
Jason “Chilly” Chilton netted Rangers seventh on 86 minutes, with Hayden Hughes a new signing from Darlaston Town missing out on a debut goal following some good work by Brache shortly after.
Holdcroft claimed his brace for Casuals on 89 minutes for the game to finally finish 7-2 to the visitors.
Rangers departed Brinsford Lane with their best away result of the season to climb from 3rd into joint pole position alongside Tividale with only goal difference separating them.