Slice of Cheese

South Emerge From NTCA With 3 Valuable Points

Northern Rangers FC

In a game that exploded to life just after the restart, producing 3 goals in 7 minutes, South claimed a 3-2 win to keep withing striking distance after the first full round. Goals from Turner and De Vecchi before a Pat-Lanau Atkinson goal capped a frenetic period that would bring an end to the scoring for the match, with no goals in the final half hour. Earlier Alex Walter had opened the scoring in the first half before Harry Thannhauser pegged it back.

South jumped out of the blocks tremendously and their early pressure paid off when Alex Walter punished Rangers inability to clear a corner, hitting an effort that Whatman got a hand to, but couldn’t keep out.

So often the man his sides turns to when they need a lift, Harry Thannhauser quickly got his side back on terms as they converted from a corner of their own. Against the run of play he volleyed home at the back post and South were back on terms.

Early in the second half the game then clicked up a gear as South finally fixed their profligacy that had plagued them in a first half filled with chances. Jack Turner was Johnny on the spot  as the ball deflected straight to him, 8 yards out and he made no mistake.

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Turner then turned provider for Renato De Vecchi Marins to stroke home and the Brazilian made no mistake to give his side a 2 goal buffer.

Not to be deterred, Rangers answered right back, Pat Lanau-Atkinson bobbing up at the back post and looping a header home two minutes later.

With 30 minutes left to go, the Rangers were suddenly back into it and twice they came close as Nick Lanau-Atkinson flashed a free kick narrowly wide and Mitchell Jones headed effort almost pulling them back to parity.

They couldn’t conjure it though and South didn’t land the knockout punch either as the game came to an end at 3-2, the same scoreline Rangers lost to Devonport in their last league home game. Once again it was a case of close, but not quite close enough and whilst their performances have been encouraging, honourable losses are tough to swallow when they repeatedly happen.

South meanwhile have clawed their way back into the title race with 6 points from the last 2 weeks of the first full round of fixtures. They are 6 points from the summit but back within touching distance of Zebras and Devonport who sit just 2 points ahead of them.