Rayner double act to lead Rangers into new season

Jamie Rayner will co-manage the Rangers this season alongside Bob Rayner
Jamie Rayner will co-manage the Rangers this season alongside Bob Rayner

Risborough Rangers have appointed former player Jamie Rayner as joint first team boss alongside long-standing manager Bob Rayner.

After hanging his boots up early due to injury, Rayner moved into management with Risborough Reserves, where he guided the team to promotion in his first season.

Following that, he moved into the first team set-up as joint assistant manager and coach for the successful 2014/15 campaign when Rangers finished fifth in the Spartan South Midlands Division One, narrowly missing out on promotion. He has now made the next step up as joint first team manager.

Jamie and Bob will also being working alongside assistant manager and coach Nick Young and fitness coach Charlie Steptoe to develop the team for the new season.

Jamie, who also played for Thame United and Chalfont St Peter, said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity as joint first team manager at a club that’s been a big part of my life for so many years.

“It’s a wonderful club to be involved with and I’ve witnessed massive strides forward, both on and off the pitch in the last five years. We have a great set of players and the committee behind the scenes offer an immense amount of support to help drive us forward.

“We are incredibly hopeful about the 2015/16 campaign, as we look to improve on last years superb season and we eagerly await an historic day when we enter the FA Cup for the very first time; it’s an exciting time for us.”

On Saturday, Risborough began their pre-season with an emphatic 4-1 victory in a friendly against SSML Division Two side Clean Slate.

Played at a neutral venue on a 3G pitch at Mandeville School, Rangers began on the front foot and looked the fitter side throughout, opening the scoring on only two minutes when new signing Chris Davies, who has joined from Buckingham Athletic, headed in his first goal for the club.

Davies went on to score another two well-taken goals before the break to complete a first half hat-trick, while Martin Griggs also netted to give Risborough a commanding 4-0 lead at the interval.

Rangers made various changes as they looked to rotate the squad in the second half and this allowed Clean Slate to get back into the game with a goal midway through the half, but Risborough comfortably saw the game out with little trouble.

Rangers play their second pre-season game away at Thame United this Friday, kick-off 7.30pm, before they visit Grendon Rangers next Tuesday.