Rangers on the front foot

WARRNAMBOOL Rangers coach Nick van Rooy expects the side’s new-look front half to deliver in coming weeks.

Warrnambool player Izzy Wilkinson controls the ball, shadowed by from Forest's Rachel Cameron.

Warrnambool player Izzy Wilkinson controls the ball, shadowed by from Forest's Rachel Cameron.

The Rangers registered their first draw of the Ballarat and District Soccer Association division one season on Sunday at Jones Oval.

Van Rooy lamented wasted opportunities in the 1-1 tie with North United.

“They are a great team and played brilliantly but they had three opportunities for the game and capitalised on one,” he said.

“We couldn’t find the back of the net. We had a couple hit the cross bar and a couple flash wide.”

The Rangers, who have won two of their first four games, are tinkering with their attack.

Van Rooy said it would take time for the new-look combination to establish itself.

“It’s been the story of the season so far — opportunities and not capitalising on them,” he said.

“We had a lot of opportunities up front but we are developing our forward line. 

“Our strikers will hopefully come good. 

“Eli (Slater) has stepped up as a senior this year and Matt (van Rooy) has played defence all his life and he’s developing up front. He has been doing brilliantly but is a work in progress.”

Warrnambool captain Raya Rantall said the women’s side had made a bright start to its season despite suffering a 5-0 loss to Forest on Sunday. 

The Rangers’ inexperienced side has notched one win and a draw from its first four games.

Rantall said Sunday’s heavy loss was “a bad day”. 

“Every team has those bad days,” she said. “We’ve been going surprisingly well (overall) with pretty much a whole new team.”

Rantall said Forest gained the ascendancy in the second half through its superior passing.

In the division two men’s competition, Warrnambool suffered a 2-1 loss to North United, with Philip Burns its goal kicker.

The Rangers’ under 18s thumped Maryborough 18-1, with Charlie Locke (six goals), Oscar Bishop (four), Isaac Slater (three) and Michael Mullins (two) their multiple goal scorers.

Warrnambool’s under 15s recorded a 3-3 draw with Buninyong.

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