Narrow defeat but Rangers emerge from cup tie with credit
By Paul Davies
Thame take on big boys and come close to shock result
Rangers took a break from league football and were given a chance to test themselves against older opposition in the Development Cup.The result may have been disappointing but coaches and parents were impressed with the way the Thame players handled themselves, particularly after going two goals down midway through the first half.
In fact Rangers more than held their own against a strong team and Chinnor's lead was not a reflection of what had gone before. George Bennetts and Alex McStay were doing really well in the physical midfield battle and Jake Dann had gone close on a couple of occasions before one disappointing bit of defending and another impressive piece of football saw the home team go two up.
Rangers hit back with an impressive moment of their own,Dann setting up strike partner Billy Herbert for a smartly taken goal. Thame were now moving the ball well and creating gaps in the Chinnor defence but failed to make their most of their opportunities.
The second half saw the younger visitors carve out enough chances to at least salvage a draw but Dann, Gibson and Sam Muscroft all went close without finding the net. In the end Chinnor were glad to hear the final whistle but Rangers can take a lot from a performance that was only lacking in its final touch.
After the unpleasantness of the previous Sunday it was good to see a decent match with the Thame players rediscovering their passing game. The large cup tie squad meant there were multiple changes during the 90 minutes but the coaches were pleased to see Rangers staying competetive whichever eleven was on the pitch.
Squad: Eddie Hart,Tom Howard,Matt Gomm,Jordan Baker, Tom Darling, Ed Hickman, Ollie Gibson,Jack Howland, George Bennetts, Alex McStay,Cameron McLaren, Sam Muscroft, Jake Dann, Billy Herbert and Niall Davies.