Rangers set up Aylesbury clash after winning first ever FA Cup tie

Risborough pose for a team photo after the win over Ampthill
Risborough pose for a team photo after the win over Ampthill

Risborough Rangers have set up a tasty FA Cup clash with Aylesbury FC after winning their first ever game in the competition when beating Ampthill Town on Saturday.

The extra preliminary round tie was an evenly-matched affair for much of the first half, but Risborough gradually got on top and on 30 minutes, Lawrence Clarke swung in a corner which Martin Griggs met on the edge of the area with a sweet right foot volley that rifled into the top corner for a superb opener.

Rangers remained 1-0 ahead until half-time before Ampthill were dealt a further blow when, on 55 minutes, their goalkeeper brought down Chris Davies when he was through on goal, resulting in a red card.

The 10 men tried to rally and hit the bar in a warning to Risborough, however visiting keeper Steve Clark was in fine form throughout as he pulled off a string of outstanding saves to keep the hosts at bay.

Rangers then bagged the crucial second goal when Dean Stenning was sent through to cut inside and shoot at the keeper, who could only parry the ball back to Stenning, who followed up the rebound.

Risborough then sealed the win five minutes from time when a through ball was latched onto by captain Laurence Clark, who calmly placed the ball past the onrushing keeper.

The final whistle was greeted with loud cheers from a happy and large contingent of Rangers fans who had travelled to Bedfordshire.

The victory nets Rangers £1,500 in prize money.

Previous to the tie, Risborough’s joint-manager Bob Rayner told the FA website: ““It would be great to make some progress in the FA Cup in my last season. Just to get through the first stage would be fantastic, then the money would be a great help for us

“It’s such a great tournament and lovely to be part of it. Where else can you play in the same competition as Arsenal or Chelsea, clubs of that ilk who pay their players super wages and our players pay to play? It’s fantastic.

“We have a home tie with our local rivals Aylesbury, who are a couple of steps higher than us. That will be a great game for us and I’m sure will attract a decent crowd.

“Any money we have is ploughed back into the club, we don’t pay our players.

“The money would go towards improving the club’s infrastructure. We would like to have new dressing rooms and spend some money on the pitch.”

Risborough will host Aylesbury in the preliminary round on Saturday, August 29.

Rangers were also in action last week when Nick Gurney’s goal and a brace from Laurence Clark saw them come from 2-0 down to beat Winslow United 3-2 in SSML Division One.

This weekend, Risborough entertain Hatfield Town at 3pm before they go to Buckingham Athletic next Tuesday evening.

For more information about the club, visit www.risboroughrangers.com.