Risborough finish fifth despite final day defeat

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Risborough Rangers have finished fifth in South Midlands League Division One after completing their season with three games in six days.

Last Tuesday, Rangers produced a hard-working performance in a 2-1 defeat away at high-flying Hatfield Town.

A penalty right on half-time put the home side ahead and they added a second soon after the restart before Risborough upped their game and deservedly pulled one back through Danny Gray’s fine strike in the 77th minute.

However, despite further pressure from the visitors, they were unable to find an equaliser with substitute Ben Lewis spurning a late chance.

Rangers bounced back from that defeat on Saturday with an excellent 3-0 away win over mid-table side Langford.

The first half was an even affair as Risborough enjoyed more of the ball but failed to capitalise on their possession and the half ended goalless.

It was a different story in the second half, however, and on 52 minutes Jamie Shrimpton put the visitors in front after a flowing move.

The lead was doubled 18 minutes later when Risborough top goal scorer Martin Griggs scored after good work from Steve Tavender, and Rangers fully rammed home their advantage in the closing minutes as Griggs netted his 35th goal of the campaign.

Finally, on Monday, Risborough completed their second season in SSML Division One with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Arlesey Town Reserves.

The final fifth-placed finish represents a significant improvement on last year’s campaign when Rangers finished 14th, 29 points worse off.

Meanwhile, Risborough Reserves are in cup final action on Wednesday when they take on Crawley Green Reserves in the South Midlands Reserve Challenge Trophy held at Kings Langley.

On their route to the final, Rangers overcame Harpenden Town 4-1, The 61FC (Luton) 5-0 and Cockfosters 2-1, before they beat Oxhey Jets 1-0 in the semi-final. Tonight’s match kicks-off at 7.45pm.