11:40am Wednesday 11th September 2013
MALVERN Rangers secured their first West Midlands League Division Two win of the season at the fourth time of asking.
They thrashed Wyrley Reserves 7-0 at home with Sam Rathbone helping himself to four goals.
Sean Smith weighed in with a brace and Euan Rodgers added one for ninthplaced Rangers who head to Penkridge Town tomorrow (3pm).
Meanwhile, Rangers mark their 50th anniversary celebrations with two old boys’ games.
They face a County Building Supplies XI at Malvern Vale Community Centre, Swineyard Road, today (6.30pm) followed by a social evening at The Cross Keys pub, Belmont Road.
The second match is at the end of September with Rangers Old Boys hosting a West Mercia Police XI. Both games will raise money for local charity.
Anyone wishing to take part, even for a 10-minute cameo, can call Reg Reynolds on 07958-176937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, after a fine start of five straight wins following an opening defeat, manager Geoff Woodward’s side crashed back down to earth.
They slipped down the table with a 5-0 weekend home loss to Wellington Amateurs and then a 6-0 mid-week thrashing at early leaders Pegasus Juniors.
Woodward said: “The best sides in this league will probably be Lye Town, Pegasus and Black Country Rangers.
I expect them all to be at least in the top six.
“For us, ending mid-table is the target although a topeight position would be fantastic as it would mean qualification for next year’s FA Cup.
“If we are to get to that standard, we need to maintain the form we’ve shown in the earlier games.
“We’ve brought some new faces in with some older heads who know how to play at this level. The spine of our team is good and our experienced players have made us more solid.”
Anyone in school year three is welcome. For further details, contact Ian Hughes on 07921-259444.
Having finished second in their group, the boys lost to a late goal in their Cup quarter- final.
But they recovered to win their Plate last-four clash 3-1 against Highnam before losing to Cheltenham Saracens Spears 2-1 on penalties in the final.
The boys are stepping up to under 10s level in the Herefordshire Junior League Sterling Division this season.
The successful squad included Thomas Rex, Ronan Chowns Higgs, Sam Booth, William Brandreth, Toby Chamberlain, Alex Allcock, Finlay Chalkley, Harrison Walker, Ben Winchester, Ben Day and Ollie Smith.
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