Friday, February 6, 2009

Northern Rangers get off to the perfect start

Northern Rangers beat Launceston United 3-2 in the opening match of the Steve Hudson Cup competition in Launceston tonight.

The twilight match at Birch Avenue was played before a crowd of about 100.

New signing from Somerset, Todd Hingston, netted on his debut by putting Rangers ahead, but Adam Smith's header made it 1-1 at the interval.

After the break, Luke Connors was brought down by a Launceston United defender and Hingston converted the spot-kick to put Rangers 2-1 ahead.

Connors scored Rangers' third before Chris Budgeon pulled a goal back for Launceston United, but they were unable to secure an equaliser.

Paul Bremner, who has joined Rangers from Clarence United, did not play as he had returned to Hobart for the weekend.

[My thanks go to Brendan Lichtendonk for the information.]

1 comment:

Captain Australia said...

Congrats to Launceston on arranging what will no doubt be a strong tournament this year.

Rangers went into the game with a quater strength side leaving out names like Bremner, Kakdumane, Marshall Pooley, Schipper and Ambrose just to name a few, partly though unavailability and partly Because Roslan Sa'ad and Carlo Ercole wanted to see some of the fringe players in action. I know there are around 42 players at this stage Rangers coaches want to get a look at during the tournament.

Launceston to their credit worked hard all night and pushed Rangers to create a tough game and a good hit out, though some pretty sloppy football was to be seen at times, what do you expect at this stage of the year?

Look forward to see where everyone else is at at the present.