Tucker own goal leaves Rangers in deep trouble
Kamen Tucker's own goal denied Southampton Rangers a crucial point in the fight for survival after losing to Flanagan's Onions at Southampton Oval yesterday.
Tucker's own goal proved to be the difference between the two sides after Keston Lewis, the Onions striker, cancelled out Steven Astwood's opener for Rangers.
“It's not the result we were looking for obviously, but I appreciated the effort the team put in today,” Maurice Lowe, the Southampton Rangers coach, said.
“Unfortunately, the goal that won the game was scored by us, but to be honest they didn't look as though they would score on their own, so it is a bit upsetting in that regard.
“It is what it is, the league goes down to the final weekend and we must prepare to fight for our survival.
“The goal was to come out and get the points, our destiny is in our hands and that's what you want as a team in this position.”
Rangers, who are in the middle of a three-way relegation dogfight, took an early lead through Astwood, the former Bermuda striker.
Three minutes later, though, Lewis was in the right place at the right time to finish off an Onions passage of play from close range.
Both sides had half chances with Onions' Pete Robey and Reggie Lowe, the Rangers midfielder, both coming close in the early moments of the second half.
The telling blow would be delivered by Tucker, when he a Jake Fox cross into his own net, leaving goalkeeper Akale Bean no chance to stop the effort.
“If we don't train and prepare well throughout the week then it makes no difference. We have to show up on game day, execute the plan and that will be the difference.
“We are thankful it is in our own hands, but we must use that advantage.”
Rangers play Somerset Trojans on the final weekend of the season at home on March 30, with a one-point lead over St David's and two points above Wolves.
St David's take on Onions at Lord's, while Wolves host title contenders North Village at Devonshire Recreation Club