Free-scoring Rangers demolish PHC
Hapless PHC were condemned to their second successive hefty defeat last night at the hands of Southampton Rangers.
Zebras, who were beaten 6-2 by Devonshire Cougars at the weekend, have now conceded a staggering 11 goals in their first two games of the season hardly the start new coach Brian (Bulla) Anderson would have hoped for.
PHC have now been eliminated from the Dudley Eve competition.
Rangers were three goals up by half-time at the 'Den' with Vernon Perinchief opening the scoring with a low strike from around 20 yards, which found its way past PHC goalkeeper Jason Wade.
Former Somerset Trojans marksman Adrian Burrows then helped himself to a double salvo to give Zebras a proverbial mountain to climb in the second half.
Burrows' first saw him take advantage of some awful defending, latching onto a deep kick from keeper Jason Smith, beating the offside trap, before rounding Wade and sliding the ball home.
The striker's second, like Perinchief's opener, was another long range effort which Burrows curled into the top corner from distance.
After the break, PHC's woes were compounded when they conceded again after Kemon Smith drove an effort from the edge of the box that crept past Wade.
At least Aquino Grant gave PHC's supporters a brief moment of cheer when he pulled a goal back with a neat finish from inside the box, although Smith should have perhaps done better between the sticks.
It wasn't long, however, before Keith Jennings' free-scoring side restored their mammoth advantage when Reggie Lowe became the chief beneficiary of some more sloppy defensive play in the PHC ranks. This time it was keeper Wade the guilty culprit, cannoning his clearance into the back of defender Richardson with the loose ball falling invitingly into Lowe's path.
Wade's mistake afforded Lowe the simple task of calmly dribbling the ball towards the empty net before tapping home.
Despite their comfortable win, Rangers coach Keith Jennings refused to get overly excited about his side's performance. He was, however, encouraged by his team's finishing considering they had been working on their shooting all week in training.
“You can't read too much into the first game of the season,” said Jennings. “But I'm satisfied with our performance and it's good to see the players' hard work pay off. We've been practicing our shooting in training this week so it's good to see it was worthwhile.”
Jennings also praised striker Burrows for his goalscoring display.
“We were basically missing our frontline tonight but Adrian showed that he can be a goal threat for us this season,” he said.
“I've been keeping on at him to show a better attitude and tonight he showed what he can do.”
PHC: J Wade, R Robinson, C Dowling, M Lambe, J Ball, A Russell (S Philpott, 70), J Sealey, M Piper (L Bascome, 70), K Lambe, T Brown, A Grant
Substitutes not used:
Piper, Russell, Grant
J Smith, K Symonds, K Smith, M Williams, M Burch, J Charles, A Russell, R Lowe (V Bean, 80), I Mallory, A Burrows (J Caisey, 76), V Perinchief
Substitutes not used:
Goals: Perinchief, 23, Burrows, 38, 45, Kemon Smith, 50, Lowe, 75
A Burrow (Rangers)
Man of the match:
North Village skipper Sammy DeGraff scored a hat-trick as the defending Dudley Eve champions recorded an emphatic win over St George's at Devonshire Rec.
North Village 5 St George's 1
Jason Davis and Pierre Smith also got on the scoresheet for the Rams, while Jahron Dickinson struck for St George's.
In a match that turned out to be a mismatch, DeGraff opened the scoring in the 24th minute. The lead lasted 12 minutes when Dickinson scored an early goal of the year candidate.
DeGraff put his side back in the front in the 47th minute, before new boy Davis struck a third.
Smith then got in the act, with DeGraff grabbing his third from the penalty spot in injury time. Gregory Wade was sent off after giving away the penalty.
North Village: P Smith, J Samuels (D Grant,60), T Burgess, L Alexander, S DeGraff, L Dill, R Bean, J Davis, V Tankard (J Smith-Deshields,55), K Dill (J Williams, 45)
Subs not used: M Saunders, T Wilson
Bookings: J Samuels
St George's: E Trott, D Signor, J Simmons, M Hodsoll, C Simmons, J Dickinson, J Bassett, J Hayward, M Anderson (M Simmons,70), C Hill (C Darrell,60), A Douglas
Subs not used: M Crane, S Pitcher, Ajaleon Dill, G Wade, J Carlington
Bookings: C Darrell, M Simmons
Red card: G Wade
Referee: R Cann
Man of the Match: S DeGraff