Carterton Rangers v Aston 16/01/2015
Aston Crumble As Rangers Blast 6
On Saturday Carterton hosted Aston at monahan way, fresh off the back of a hard fought victory vs Chadlington. Before the game both teams observed a minute's silence as a sign of respect to Samuel Justin who sadly, recently passed away.
Ranger’s first encounter of Aston this season was the first game of the term. Aston strolled to a 7-1 victory to a severely under strength side, that, last weekend were out to set the record straight against a very different looking 11 to what starting the first game for Aston. James Barker had a strong side out but with a few noticeable players missing he was expecting a tough game.
3 points seemed even less likely when 20 minutes in the Carterton back 4 failed to deal with a long free kick, the resulting bounce evaded Jonny Dover and the inzaghi- like Hewer latched onto the ball and slotted past Bishop to make it 0-1. Rangers were looking shell shocked and could have gone behind further when another long ball counter evaded the back four, allowing the Aston winger to collect and round the keeper but failing to hit the target from a tight angle.
Despite the counter-attacking of Aston, Rangers could have drawn level, as from set pieces they looked very dangerous with 2 Pearce free kicks missing everyone and the far corner. If it wasn’t for some last ditch tackles and blocked shots they probably should have equalised. It was not to be though and Aston led at half time 0-1.
After a strong team talk (similar to the Chadlington one) Rangers come out of the 'changing rooms' strongly, looking to pressure Aston into making mistakes or giving away set pieces to capitalise on. After some heavy pressure from Rangers and throwing big centre half Jonny Dover up top, Aston gave away a throw in some 20 yards out. Rangers sending in the big guns from the back, Lee and Izzard looked to bully themselves a goal which duly came. The Pearce throw was long and the on rushing Izzard caused enough of a nuisance that the defender could not prevent his header from equalising. Rangers had their deserved goal 1-1.
Aston looked very unsure at the back, compared to their opening game, clearances going askew and general bickering started as rangers started to get amongst them, after some good work down the right, Matty Lee won a corner. The usually suspect deliveries from Pearce were not to be seen though and the ever-willing-to-attack Adam Lee made it 2-1 when he rose above his marker to head in, leaving the goalkeeper stranded! The momentum was fully with Rangers now and they pressed more and more looking to extend their lead and exact justice for the reverse fixture.
With Dover working hard up front, his constant direct running and strength gave Aston something different to worry about, as opposed to the classy Hall, who dropped deeper to try and influence the game. Dovers' goal came surely enough after a sceptical through ball meant the Aston keeper came out to kick long. The resulting kick found the Rangers left back Joe Collett, who had a 45 yard cross/shot headed in by Dover while the keeper was in no man’s land.
At 3-1 Rangers looked good for their lead and Aston had to react or risk being outgunned by the hungry Rangers. Despite their pressure and comfort, the goal difference was pulled back to 1 by Sundblad, who must have been shocked to have started on the bench, especially when he played a strong part in the 7-1 game earlier in the season. A 1v1 save from Bishop prevented the game becoming 3-3 and rallied Rangers into action.
After some good attacking pressure rangers were awarded a free kick after a stamp on the club captain Macdonogh. Pearce stepped up and curled the resulting free kick past the keeper, for it to crash against the post! Adam Lee reacted quickly to the ball and pulled it back to Pearce again who crossed for Dover to head his second and rangers 4th.
From here Aston collapsed, shipping their 3rd-6th goals in the last 20 mins with all 6 coming in the last 30. Pearce finally got his goal shortly after the 4th. Superb vision from the captain picked out an unmarked Pearce at the back post form a corner and his looping header evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner. Rangers weren't finished there, captain Macdonogh scored his deserved goal from the penalty spot after superb work from Jonny Dover, stealing the ball off a defender before being brought down.
All in all rangers thoroughly deserved their win with some very decent performances culminating in another victory after conceding first, but more importantly 3 points which put Rangers upto second in the league and just 2 points behind the undefeated Eynsham.
Match report By - Ben Pearce