Travelling to the coast to take on the unbeaten div 1 league leaders those spectating would be forgiven in thinking that Rangers were the table toppers . Cup it was and although Hall Road were comfortable been camped in their own third of the field the pattern of their play had to change. A few longer balls from the back started to get Jamie Cording, the lone striker, into the game.
Well backed up throughout the game by James Tullett and Sam Longlands the striker won a corner on 12 minutes only to see Jacob Todd head over from close range. After a few attempts at goal that hadn’t bothered Luke Cotton he was brought into action on 33 minutes when a penalty was awarded after the visitors had given the ball away 25 from goal. 1-0.
Many decisions went against Hall Road for a ten minute spell and though the young side were robustly treated all over the pitch it seemed a total injustice when skipper Brad Hotte was synically held back but no penalty was awarded. HT 1-0.
The second half and Rangers showed how adaptable they are and a willingness to play out of favoured positions and different formations. With players unavailable for different reasons Todd had started at centre half but with a more attack minded style he moved forward to partner Cording up front leaving three in defence.
Although now on top it was Hornsea who doubled their led. Then with total disrespect for the Rangers they made a triple substitution with probably their most effective players coming off. Job done ? I think not! 65 mins gone. Young, naive maybe but nevertheless fit these young men are getting a never give up mentality as part of their make up. On 70 an opening shows itself and Cording opened his 2016/17 account with a sweet finish from the edge of the box after some great build up play throughout.
Well marshalled at the back by Hotte, Thames and the eternally youthful Dobson , Hornsea were now under the cosh and when Mobarak Gahnug scored the equaliser it seemed only one team would win. A chance came with some excellent work on the right, a deep crossfire Todd to rise swan like only to see his fantastic header stunningly saved by Greensides. FT 2-2 Extra time with a series of strange decisions against both teams it looked like the official was ready for home. 13 mins played of the first half. Then into the second period it seemed like he wanted penalties when disallowing a Cording header late in the period. A late twist with 20 secs left it seemed he wanted to go home again. Free kick within range for Hornsea. Superb strike goal ward , in all the way. Step up Luke Cotton with a worldie of a save. AET 2-2 Penalties all excellently dispatched until the 8th which was saved by Greensides for the home side giving them a victory of 5-3.
Again we marvel at the very youthful squad of 13 again holidays, injuries and work commitments the Rangers with 9, 16 yr olds have taken the game to the opposition. Technically advanced, brave to play from their own third an ability to change effortlessly into different formations.
Although the result was against them I feel they are gaining many admirers as they continue they development.
Next up Harrogate Railway away in the FA Youth Cup, Thursday . May the adventure continue.