Slice of Cheese

Clarence v Northern Rangers (NPL)

 Shots On
 Shots Off

FULL TIME! Clarence 2-3 Rangers

Rangers hold on and win it! Credit to Whatman, recovered from a soft one early to make some massive stops there at the end including a huge penalty save. It was a game that both sides could have easily won, they both had chances, but Rangers take the spoils thanks to a moment of magic from Nick LA.

90+2′ Shot on! Naden steadies himself entering the box on the right hand side and blasts an effort near post that Whatman denies with a strong save.

90+1′ Shots Blocked! Body on the line from Pat LA, twice he makes crucial shot blocks by throwing himself in the way. Eventually Palmer drives a shot from outside the box and it’s wide.

90+1′ Shot off! Rodriguez runs into the box and chips to the back post where a diving N;gr

88′ Shot off! Close to a leveller, Naden did well on the right, crossed to Malcolm whose squaring header found Reibel who leapt up and headed narrowly over the crossbar.

86′ GOALLLLLLL!!!! NICK LANAU-ATKINSON! A free kick from the right wing, a solid 35-40 yards out, he bends it to the far post and it bounces in off the post. Perfection! And quite possibly the match winner!

84′ OFFSIDE! Naden had run onto a through ball, placed a perfect shot in off the post only to turn and see the flag raised.

82′ Shot off! Fulton finds a pocked off space outside the box but he tugs his shot wide.

80′ SAVED!!! Whatman with a superb, full stretch stop. Heath stepped up and hit the penalty, and fired it with power bottom corner, but the keeper comes up huge!

79′ PENALTY!!! Naden facing away from goal is felled by Rodriguez. Totally unnecessary foul.

78′ Ngor with a thumping clearance to deflect the ball away from a lurking Robb.

77′ Shot off! Thannhauser gets up and wins a header from the middle of the box but nods wide.

75′ Double Sub for Clarence- Robb and Palmer come on for Hallard and Burgess. Ngor comes on for Rangers,

72′ Brilliant sliding challenge from Burk halts a surging Naden run and puts it behind for a corner.

70′ GOAL! 2-2! A long range free kick into the box deflects off a head and into the back of the net, Rodriguez the goalscorer! Great sub from Sciulli that.

69′ Slice of Cheese! Hallard sycthes down Pat LA and enters the book.

67′ Hallard tries a long range bomb from the middle of the park but his shot is right down the throat of Whatman.

67′ Slice of Cheese! Cross with a foul on the wing and he enters the book.

66′ Sub- Jin replaced by Rodriguez.

64′ Hallard sends in an in-swinging corner that nearly curls into the near post but Whatman claws it behind for another corner.

63′ GOAL! 2-1 Clarence! A deft chip into the box from Hallard finds Naden who fires a shot that Whatman gets hands to but it slides through and into the back of the net!

60′  No scoring chances to speak of in the second half, has developed into quite a dour affair. Rangers have done the bulk of the attacking but not much is coming from it.

46′ Back underway at an overcast Wentworth Park.

Half Time: Clarence 1-1 Rangers

45+2′ Shot off! Thannhauser looks to curl one from outside the box but his effort is always rising, and that is half time.

45+1′ Shot off! A well worked corner falls to Fulton who shanks his shot wide. Rangers have responded well to conceding the equaliser and had their best spell of the game.

45′ Nick LA makes space from 25 yards and drives one which Lewis closes down and gets enough on to deflect behind for a corner.

43′ Nick LA making defenders miss in the box after a lovely ball from Fulton, surrounded by 4 he still somehow gets a good cross into the middle of the box but Heath arrives to thump it away with his head.

41′ Somehow O’Neill avoids a card for a challenge on Pat LA that was about five years late. Presents a free kick in a good position for Nick LA to swing in that is cleared away.

34′ GOAL! 1-1! Talk about an immediate impact, Hedge has come on the ground and after just a few seconds, with his touch lobbed the keeper from 35 yards and levelled it up!

33′ Sub- Clarence forced into an early change and Hedge comes on for Stuart.

29′ Shot on! O’Neill bobs up in front third and sets a volley for himself and fires an effort that is no trouble for Whatman.

25′ Shot off! Hallard must have been watching Cowen on Friday night, he tries to chip Whatman from the middle of the park but it floats over the bar.

22′ GOAL! 1-0 Rangers! A superb long range cross into the middle of the box from Pat LA is met by the head of Darrant who loops a header that chips Randall and crosses the line. Initially seemed like Darrant hadn’t met the header well but, the keeper has been caught out.

20′ Whatman’s blushes saved!! Had a fresh air swing at a clearance that allowed Stuart to run the ball into an open net but the offside flag went up and saved the Rangers keeper from a howler.

17′ Shot on! Whatman’s turn to make a good save, getting a foot to deny a Stuart drive after he had charged into the box and fired from the angle.

15′ Shot off! Naden makes some space for himself at the top of the box and sets himself on his left but gets under it and it flies over the top.

12′ Shot on! Randall makes a strong save to deny a ferocious drive from the top of the box from Darrant who had been played in on goal by a clever pass from Thannhauser.

8′ A good spell of pressure from Rangers results in multiple shot/cross blocks and eventually a fine diving header from Heath to clear the area for Clarence. Good work from the Clarence defensive unit.

5′ Shot off! Jones has a shy from 30 yards out but smashes his effort well over the bar.

2′ Shot off! Naden so close to opening the scoring, he jinked around Burk and into  the box but pulled his shot across the face of goal.

1′ Kick off, and we are now underway.

It’s 2:03 and the Challenge League game has just ended so anticipating a delayed kick off.

Welcome to the Dune-geon for the final game of round 10 between Clarence and Northern Rangers. These two sides last met back in the opening round when we had the rarity of a 0-0 draw, which was just the fourth such instance in the league’s history. It was an entertaining affair despite the lack of goal scoring, with both sides missing chances to win, but taking enough positives out of the match to indicate they could both enjoy improved league campaigns in 2017. Both sides have had mixed bags of fortune since then and have been very up and down in how they have performed, you never know which version of these two sides will show up, which makes them hard to forecast.