Griggs takes goal tally past 30 as Rangers climb to fourth

Risborough Rangers leading goalscorer Martin Griggs. Picture by Marc Keinch
Risborough Rangers leading goalscorer Martin Griggs. Picture by Marc Keinch

Risborough Rangers are up to fourth in SSML Division One after collecting four points from two games this week.

On Wednesday, Rangers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at London Lions. In a resilient display, goals from top scorer Martin Griggs, who netted his 29th of the season, and substitute Rory Lonsdale earned the away side a precious point.

Risborough then welcomed Wodson Park for another league clash on a bitterly cold day and they strengthened their position at the top with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

The ever-influential Griggs racked up his 30th goal of the season when his clinical header from close-range put Rangers into a 10th minute lead.

Wodson rallied and pulled a goal back within five minutes, however, as a cagey first half ended all square.

The second period started with Rangers in the ascendancy and they were rewarded for their efforts through that man Griggs, whose composed finish from just inside the box put the hosts back ahead.

Laurence Clark then spurned a great chance to add a third and Risborough were indebted to goalkeeper Steve Clark, who superbly saved a late Wodson effort to preserve the points.

Risborough have now gone eight games unbeaten in the league, with manager Bob Rayner saying: “We didn’t play so well in the first period but were better in the second half and I am pleased with the hard earned three points.”

Rangers were also in action last night, Tuesday, when they travelled to Buckingham Athletic for a local derby. Risborough have a break from their league campaign this weekend but they return to action at home to Bedford FC next Tuesday.