First published in Clubs A-C

A SOLITARY goal late on gave the home side the spoils in this keenly contested match, played at a dry and bright Ralph’s Filed Stadium.

Pick of the home chances in this first period was a rasping drive from home midfielder Joe Weaver, which just scrapped the top of the bar.

Cradley too had their moments, but found the Badgers' defence in equal mood to that of their own, and as it was, the score remained goal-less at the break.

The second period continued with both teams defending stoutly and looking to break the deadlock.

A Cradley free-kick, midway through the half, almost found its way through, but instead came crashing back off the crossbar, and was cleared.

Despite both sides’ efforts not to concede, it was the Rangers’ who got the all important strike.

The scoring move began with a forward pass from deep in his own half, by Luca Adorisio, who found team-mate, Josh Smallman out wide, just inside the Cradley half, with a great pass.

Drawing the advancing full-back, Josh Smallman floated in an inch perfect cross, towards striker Ted Hill, who towered above his marker to head home the winning goal from close in.


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