Local football: Saffron Rangers pile the pressure on at the top of NMC 2A after nine-goal rout of City Life
PUBLISHED: 13:40 18 February 2014
Saffron Rangers’ 9-0 demolition of City Life on Saturday moved them to within six points of leaders Great Chesterford in NMC 2A.
With Chesterford facing title contenders Haverhill Borough next week and Rangers having two games in hand the victory was vital.
City Life played with a ferocious wind at their backs in the first half but it was Rangers who learnt from last weeks game in similar conditions and dominated the first half.
An early chance for Matt Anthony was a sign of things to come and on 12 minutes Leke Ojumu fired Rangers in front with a customary run and finish just inside the box.
Ojumu then added a second as City Life failed to clear their lines, giving the striker his 22nd goal of the season.
Anthony hit Rangers’ third from close range on 35 minutes to give the home side a comfortable half time lead.
Manager Steve Selves was then afforded the opportunity to ring the changes during the second half, as Dan Foster, Ben Brooks, Dan Holt and reserve team striker Phil Baten entered the fray.
On 48 minutes Callum Hicks rounded off a good move by Rangers netting from 25 yards with a stunning strike.
Anthony then emulated Hicks by firing home from distance to make it five in the 53 minute.
New boy Steve Larson made it six in the 63 minutes with a powerful header from just in side the six-yard box before Ben Brooks struck a free kick from 40 yards that looped over the keeper to put Rangers 7-0 up on 78 minutes.
After another re-shuffle it was Queen who made it eight with a well-timed run and finish from close range in the 82nd minute.
With five minutes to go Rangers were awarded a penalty which was given to Pill Dillon by Ojumu and Anthony (both on hat-tricks), the striker ending a lean spell in front of goal by making no mistake from the spot.
The back five was led superbly by Mat Ridgewell and man-of-the-match El Meichen can be proud of a clean sheet in such challenging conditions.
The win equals Rangers best result, set against Foxton Reserves in the 2011/12 season by the same score.
Next game, Saffron Rangers face Great Shelford Reserves at the LVC on Saturday, KO 2pm.