LEIGH ATHLETIC 5, LEIGH RANGERS 2
Wednesday 12th July, 2017
New management, new players, new formation.
Leigh Athletic got their season underway with a victory that, whilst in the end convincing, was at times a little too close for comfort. It all began well, when Bradley McColl, on his debut, latched on to a through ball to fire past the Rangers goalkeeper after just three minutes.
However, thoughts of a possible stroll were quickly dashed as Rangers benefited from defensive mix-ups to score not once but twice in a five minute spell just before the twenty-five minute mark. In between those two strikes, Athletic had their chances with Danny Eaton coming close before a thirty yard piledriver from Sean Mountford rattled the post.
But with four debutants starting the game, and another two on the bench eager to get involved, Athletic began to play some good attractive possession football which at times frustrated the Rangers attack. Matthew Babilinski’s looping header restored parity and a sense of optimism was obvious. All square at the break.
Enter David “Didzy” Hunt. First touch, after eleven seconds, exquisite through ball to Adam Jones. He couldn’t miss 3-2.
Jack Davies was introduced and showed maturity in waltzing past three defenders to put the game beyond the visitors just after the seventy minute mark. Danny Eaton finally got the goal his endeavours warranted to finish the scoring on 5-2.
It was, in the end, more comfortable than the scoreline suggested. There is, as everyone knows, a long way to go before the season starts in earnest, but the early signs are encouraging.
STARTING LINE UP: David Fulton; Dale Pollitt, Adam Guy, Ben Canny, Thomas Babilinski; Tom Scott, Tom Sims, Sean Mountford, Bradley McColl; Danny Eaton, Matthew Babilinski
SUBSTITUTES (All Used): Daniel Babilinski, Adam Jones, David Hunt, Jack Davies, Scott Hough
MAN OF THE MATCH: Thomas Babilinski