Rangers survive two penalties to beat Duxford

PUBLISHED: 14:15 30 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 30 September 2014

Saffron Rangers triumphed over Duxford United in the first round of the Lower Junior Cup on Saturday.

A fast start from Rangers was rewarded when a Matt Ridgewell long ball over the defence was calmly finished by a well-executed lob from Mat Anthony with only minutes on the clock.

In truth, Rangers struggled to find their passing rhythm with both teams guilty of missing presentable first-half scoring opportunities. The most noteworthy of these being when the Duxford striker poked the ball past the on-rushing Ridgewell and slid the ball towards an open goal only to be thwarted by an Elliot Meichen clearance from under the crossbar.

Rangers went further ahead when man of the match Anthony controlled a Leke Ojumu flick-on before rifling past the keeper.

With less than 20 minutes to go till half-time, Duxford were handed a lifeline. After a tangle of legs in the Ranger’s area, the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Tom Richardson grabbed the opportunity with both hands, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to half the deficit.

However, Rangers went on restore their two-goal cushion before half time when Phil Dillon steered a loose ball home despite the best efforts of the two Duxford defenders on the goal line.

In the second half, Rangers were presented with a golden opportunity to kill the contest. Dave Phillips will be disappointed not to have scored, hitting the ball straight at the keeper with the goal at his mercy.

Duxford were given the opportunity to ensure a nervy last 10 minutes when they were awarded a second penalty after a tug back in the area. However, Ridgewell got down smartly to save the initial kick and then smother the rebound in what was the last action of note in a well contested game.

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