Mattersey FC 4 Ranby Rangers 2
11 September 2011 | Craig Holland
Mattersey produced a very impressive, high energy performance and got their new season off to a winning start by beating Ranby Rangers at the weekend......
Ranby fielded a very physically imposing starting eleven and Mattersey manager Chris Woodhead knew that his young charges has to be up for the fight. Both sides began at a high tempo with Mattersey, particularly, stringing together some fine passing movements.
The first incident of note saw full back Kevin Williams surge into Ranbys penalty area before he was crudely dragged to the ground and earn his side a penalty kick. Unfortunately Martin Woodhead dragged his effort wide of the upright.
However the same player made amends soon after when Ranbys keeper inexplicably dropped the ball at the young strikers feet and with an empty net in front of him, Woodhead could not miss.
Ranby came out for the second period in determined mood and Mattersey keeper Craig Holland was called into action when he beat away a stinging shot from distance.
However, Holland could do nothing about Ranbys equaliser when a long ball over the top, found centre half Luke Cobb at full stretch and his unfortunate header looped just under the crossbar and conceded a cruel own goal.
Matterseys heads did not drop and they continued to play some attractive football. On the hour mark they regained the initiative when Nathan Millington burst down the flank before squaring to left winger Jack Johnson who struck a delightfully first time shot that sailed into the top corner.
Millington again turned provider when his accurate through ball saw Carl Marriott clean through on goal and he kept his composure before sliding the ball under the onrushing keeper and extend Matterseys lead.
Ranby nearly reduced the deficit when a goalmouth scramble produced an effort from close range that Holland bravely saved from almost point blank range.
With ten minutes left Mattersey got a fourth goal that their efforts deserved when Millington got his name on the score sheet with a fierce effort from just outside the area.
In the dying moments of the game an unlucky Luke Cobb scored his second own goal of the game when he diverted a low cross past his keeper.
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