Rangers Thrashed Again After Manager Resigns
Codicote record first win in style.
Despite Codicote recording their first league win of the season against a dismal Rangers, the big news of the day happened prior to the game when the Rangers Manager handed in his resignation two hours before kick-off. A statement recording his resignation can be read elsewhere on this website. Codicote ran out easy winners by six goals to nil as the Rangers side crumbled during this bottom of the table clash.
Codicote posed more threat in the early stages forcing a couple of corners. Rangers had the best chance to open the scoring on nine minutes however, when the visitors keeper made a good save at the feet of Luke Cairney. Three minutes later and Cairney was bought down in the box but the referee surprisingly waved away the Rangers appeals. With 17 minutes gone Codicote opened their account when a good cross from the right was headed home at the far post. Codicote's tails were up for the next few minutes and it was just as well for Rangers that the shooting was woeful. Risborough came back with Fraser Machlaclan shooting over. Then Rangers had another penalty appeal turned down when Cairney won the race for a through ball and was clearly tripped by the Codicote keeper. Somehow Cairney stumbled and stayed up but couldn't keep the ball in. It was a clear case of where, had he gone down a penalty would probably have been given. Codicote had certainly ridden their luck, but their was no luck in how they went about dispatching the home side for the rest of the game. On 40 minutes Rangers struggled to scramble away a flurry of chances and seemed to survive, until a minute to half time when a long throw was headed on by Cod's striker and it looped over Martin Fox into the Rangers goal.
The second half began with Rangers pressing as Joel Reads header dropped over the bar. A minute later and the same player couldn't quite connect with his volley and it was an easy one for the keeper. Steve Tavender then connected well onto a free kick, bringing an excellent save from the visiting keeper. Codicote made it three 20 minutes into the half courtesy of an own goal when an easy shot for Fox was deflected into the other corner of his net by the unfortunate Davies. Rangers then fell apart as two of the home side combined to present the Cod's centre forward with a simple walk of the ball into the Rangers net. It was all Codicote now as the Rangers players lost all shape. The visitors got their sixth with five minutes to go when Fox blocked the first shot with his feet but could do nothing as the rebound was drilled back past him. In the final minute Rangers mounted a rare attack with Joe Walls' shot well held by the opposing keeper under the crossbar.
If truth be told, with Codicote bottom of the table, Rangers were well beaten by a poor side and it is looking like a long hard season for the 'Windsors' faithful.