Risborough Rangers’ promotion charge was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday when they were heavily beaten 4-0 by Harpenden Town.
Due to some adverse weather conditions, this was Risborough’s first home game of 2015 having had four consecutive matches called off and they were keen to return to winning ways after picking up just one point from their last two league fixtures.
The game started well for the home side, who had numerous amounts of attacking play and on 10 minutes, Rangers’ Laurence Clarke was unlucky when he had an effort cleared off the line.
As the game progressed, the visitors from Hertfordshire took a firm hold of the game and opened the scoring against the run of play on 20 minutes.
Harpenden then started to gain in confidence, playing attractive football buoyed by their goal, which put them on the front foot, and things got worse for Rangers when a defensive error put Town two ahead on the stroke of half-time.
With the interval approaching, Risborough’s problems mounted when the visitors added a third goal, much to the dismay of the home supporters.
Rangers manager Bob Rayner made a few changes at the break but Harpenden put the game beyond doubt on 55 minutes when they netted for a fourth time.
The home side made further substitutions in a desperate attempt to fight back but it was all to no avail as the visitors held on for a comfortable victory.
Risborough’s scheduled home league game against Codicote last Tuesday was another to fall foul of the weather due to a frozen pitch.
Rangers have another busy week coming up. Last night (Tuesday), they travelled to Codicote for a quarter-final tie in the South Midlands Challenge Trophy, and this weekend, Rangers are back in league action when they welcome newly-formed Edgware Town at 3pm on Saturday.
Finally, next Tuesday, Risborough make the short trip to Chalfont St Peter for another quarter-final tie, this time in the Wycombe Senior Floodlit Cup.
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