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Highfield Rangers FC
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C Nettel (14'), G Wesley (26'), J Stevenson (90' Sent Off)
Highfield Rangers v Ellistown FC

Highfield Rangers v Ellistown FC

By Andrew Grout
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Town take the points in a gutsy away performance


Highfield Rangers 1 Ellistown FC 2

Town secured a 3rd consecutive win with a gutsy 2-1 away win at Highfield Rangers.

On a windy day that had the watching Ellistown Ultras bunkering down by the dugouts, it was key that Ellistown played the conditions and were a match for a physical home side.

With the wind in our favour, Ellistown started well and quickly had Highfield pinned back and with flying winger Jacob Stevenson causing havoc, it was surly only a matter of time before we scored.

Scored we did on 14 mins when a swirling cross was dropped by the Highfield goalkeeper and the ball fell at the feet of Captain, Leader and Legend, Chris Nettles who tapped into an empty net.

HR 0-1 EFC 14 mins

The goal lifted Town and while we created more half-chances then full chances, we had the game under control as Ollie Coe and Man Of Match George Wesley sniffed out any midfield threat.

Even a hefty challenge on full back James Warren never disrupted the flow as he just swapped positions with his brother Ben who took on the full-back role.

With Central Defender Adam Poxon and Fullback Ashley Riddell having another 9 out of 10 game, we were never threaten at the back, therefore Kelby Tyres was having one of his quieter games between the sticks.

Only last ditch defending, and great goalkeeping stopped Arron Windram and Danny Turner extending our lead before a George Wesley curler on 26 mins finally broke the resistance.

HR 0-2 EFC 26 mins

Knowing that Highfield would have the wind in the 2nd half, it was key that Town never let them back in the game while searching for more goals. Our impressive pressing game ensured we kept our opponents at bay, and we had the chances to extend the lead, but we are content and happy to go into half-time with a solid 2-0 lead.

HR 0-2 EFC HT

How would we cope in the 2nd half with the wind now Highfields’s friend. The answer is brilliant as we defended in two disciplined and solid lines and with Danny Turner up front holding the ball up like a Premier League Pro, we controlled the game as Highfield struggled to create chances.

This was the perfect team performance that the conditions demanded and while we would take any chance on offer, we played the % game and suffocated the home side. Ashley Riddell would have been proud of this 40 yarder that caught the wind and forced a smart save from Stephon Seeperdad.

It was not surprising after all the effort that both teams put in that in the last mins of the game, players would be running on empty and I wish we had Ollie Coe's tank as he kept on pressing, chasing, tackling, and dribbling as he lived up to his Kante nickname.

The game woke up in injury time as a 2nd booking resulted in a red card for Jacob Stevenson and Highfield took advantage as Max Geary pulled a goal back with a daisy cutter from the edge of the box.

HR 1-2 EFC 90 mins

Would the Ellistown Ultras panic, yes, we did, would the players panic, no as they pressed the reset button and defended like lions as the ball fizzed around the penalty box.

The final whistle went with both teams shaking hands knowing they had been in a battle and considering the conditions put on a decent game of football.

Summary

Well done lads, the perfect away team performance where everyone put everything on the line in the name of Ellistown FC.

Credit to Highfield Rangers who looked after us after the game and are a credit to the league.

We go again next Saturday at home to Ashfordby in the Tiger league cup with a great chance of reaching the last 8.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 29, Jan 2022

Kickoff

14:00

Attendance

12

Competition

Everards Brewery Premier Division

League position

9
Ellistown FC
13
Highfield Rangers FC
George Wesley

Star Player

George Wesley