by CRFC Media
CRFC Reserves 8-0 Uley 3rd's
Cotswold Rangers Reserves picked up their 4th win of the season on Saturday, with an 8-0 victory over bottom club Uley 3rds. Rangers dominated the game from the first whistle to the last and there was no surprise when Harmer opened the scoring early on, capitalising on a cracking through ball to neatly finish in to the far corner of the net. The lead was doubled shortly afterward with Foss stroking the ball past the opposition 'keeper after more good work in midfield. Uley's only effort on target came later in the half, with a sliced cross being tipped over the bar by Glannerz. Rangers led 2-0 at half time and were looking fairly comfortable.
The second half saw Rangers fully show their dominance, with 6 more goals. Dan Freeman was first to strike, with a 30 yard free kick in to the top corner of the net - although it is widely believed he was looking to deliver to the far post! Luke Stancombe then came close with another free kick, which the Uley 'keeper saved well. Foss made it 4-0, doing well to take advantage of a loose ball in the box and coolly slot the ball past the scrambling Uley defenders. 5-0 came thanks to Stephen Nash, who's half volley smashed in to the back of the net, leaving the Uley 'keeper and defenders helpless.
Goal of the game came courtesy of second half substitute Kyle Roche. Roche beat one man on the edge of the box and then fired the ball in to the far top corner of the net to give Rangers a 6-0 lead. Roche then claimed his 2nd of the afternoon, latching on to Bee's flick on header and slot the ball past the Uley 'keeper. The rout was completed when Roche was cynically brought down inside the box, allowing for Foss to claim his second Rangers Reserves hat-trick with a lovely penalty tucked to the 'keeper's left hand side.
Man of the match was awarded to Luke Stancombe, whose constant talking, instructions and commitment made the game easier for the rest of the team. Honourable mentions also go to Bee, for making 4 assists and Dan Freeman for consistently good work on the right hand side of the pitch.
The win means Rangers remain in 5th place in the league with 12 points, closing the gap with Stroud Imps to 3 and opening a 4 point gap, with a game in hand, over 6th place Longlevens - who the Rangers host this coming Saturday at Marling School.
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