Preview of Guildford Rangers V Lyne F.C
Guildford Rangers had a fairly successful pre-season and first League encounter against Shalford last week.
League, Shalford 0-3 Guildford Ranger
Pre-season, Chobham 1-2 Guildford Rangers
Pre-season, Woking & Maybury 3-1 Guildford Rangers
Pre-season, Merrow Reserves 0-6 Guildford Rangers
Last season Guildford Rangers come fourth in the Premier Division and was joint highest goal scorers with 60 goals in 20 games.
Below has been taken from the Shalford website last week:
Shalford’s title ambitions were pulled sharply into focus as Guildford Rangers ran riot in a frenetic opening period at Shalford Park to wrap-up the points with less than 20 minutes played on the opening day of the season. Dan Parson’s side were blown away as the visitors capitalised on some hesitant defending and the general disarray in the home ranks to put themselves 3-0 up and by the time he had managed to steady the ship, the damage was already done and there was nothing left to play for except pride.
The second-half proved to be a much less dramtic and one-sided affair with the teams effectively cancelling each other out for long periods and the goalmouth action being restricted to a couple of half-chances at either end. For their part, Rangers can be excused their more cautious approach after the interval with Steve Olukun’s men having already done enough to secure the victory but Parsons will be concerned that his own players seemed unable to respond with any real urgency and intent as the game became flat and limped along towards the final whistle at a very pedestrian tempo.
Speaking after the game, Parsons was quick to acknowledge his own shortcomings saying: “Tactically, we weren’t right for the start of the game and the way I set us up clearly didn’t suit a couple of the players; I’ll hold my hands up to that and learn from it as it was definitely a factor in what happened out there today”. He warned: “That’s not even the half of it though, the fact is my players were completely fazed by the way Rangers came at them and it shouldn’t really need me to tell grown men not to panic and not to hide in that situation”. He added: “Fair play to Steve Olukun for getting his tactics absolutely spot-on and also to his lads for the way they got the job done for him; Rangers are a decent enough side and will be there or thereabouts at the end”.
Lyne F.C however seem pretty well unstoppable after last week’s victory over a very good Parkside outfit, Lyne will be looking to continue their six game unbeaten run and grab the top of the League tag for the first time this season.