Category: U9 Rangers

East Coker Cockerels Rangers vs Sherborne Town U9 – Report

The Rangers took to the field against a very strong Sherborne Town side with the disadvantage of having only 6 players available to play.  Not wanting to call the game off and deciding to play, the Ranger’s management team were confident if a game plan was stuck to the team had enough in them to get a result.  Even with a one man deficit.

The game started with East Coker fully in control with Rocco Sughayer going close with numerous efforts on target with only some fantastic saves from the away goalkeeper preventing the deadlock from being broken. Emily Palmer’s delivery from corner kicks continues to improve as she whipped in 3 fantastic efforts in a short space of time with precise accuracy.  With the 1st quarter over the Rangers could feel hard done by not to be leading the game.

The second quarter began with Sherborne imposing themselves on the game much more.  Pressing the Rangers into a few panicked clearances with Corey Groves in goal saving fantastically well from a one on one situation where he looked second favourite to the ball. Sherborne eventually took the lead through a goalmouth scramble with the away team’s striker making no mistake from 2 yards out. Half time 1-0 to Sherborne.

The third quarter started terribly from The Rangers, with Sherborne getting an early goal to stretch their lead and give the 6 players from East Coker a mountain to climb.  The second goal gave East Coker somewhat of a second wind as Jake Ashton and Dele Ollie Frost pushing on much more to give help to the tireless Rocco Sughayer and Rhys Ashton up front.  Following a spell of pressure Rocco Sughayer skipped passed 2 Sherborne players to slide a fantastic through ball to Rhys Ashton who scored at the second time of asking to give The Rangers a glimmer of hope. With the wind in their sails The Rangers continued to press in search of an equaliser. Shortly after, from the same combination Rocco Sughayer once again slipped in Rhys Ashton who hit a left footed drive into the near top corner to a tremendous cheer from the home support.

The fourth quarter much like the third didn’t start the best.  The Rangers legs now starting to tire with no substitutes available to replace the tired players they had to hold on and dig deep for each other. Sherborne gained a free kick and scored to deflate The Rangers once again. Following this a spell of pressure from Sherborne with fantastic defending from Jake Ashton, Emily Palmer and Ollie Frost standing firm with Corey Groves standing firm in goal to deny any further damage.  With 5 minutes left captain Rocco Sughayer found himself with time and space in midfield to drive towards the Sherborne goal passing 2 defenders on his way as he let fly with a right footed missile into the far top corner to bring the score level. It was at this point Sherborne Town realised East Coker were only playing with 6 men. This goes to show the level of play the East Coker players had produced.  Rhys Ashton and Rocco Sughayer then had to sit deep to protect the score and see the game out. The referee then brought an end to a fantastic game 3-3.

The level of effort and team work produced from the East Coker players should not be underestimated.  A lesser team would have called the game off, or rolled over to the team with 7 players. Corey Groves, Emily Palmer, Jake Ashton, Ollie Frost, Rhys Ashton and Rocco Sughayer can all look back on the game with a tremendous amount of pride as they worked so hard for each other and took on instruction whilst tired to gain a fantastic result when all odds were against them.

East Coker Rangers U9 5 Bruton United U9 1 – Cup Semi Final Report

East Coker Rangers defeated a spirited Bruton United U9 side 5-1 in the cup semi final.

On a very cold Saturday morning The Rangers would need to be on their toes to defeat a very good Bruton side who have improved each time the sides have met this season.

The early exchanges were a typically tight affair with Bruton shading the possession and attacking fronts, with only strong defensive play from the Rangers backline of Emily Palmer, Jake Ashton, Jack Marles and in particular Charlie Hillier-Nickels in goal.  Isabel Hillier-Nickels came the closest to breaking the deadlock when her out stretched leg wasn’t quite long enough to get on the end of a great Joel Trott cross.

The breakthrough eventually came, a through ball from Rocco Sughayer was hit fantastically well first time by Joel Trott, his shot looped over the Bruton United goalkeeper into the near top corner to send The Rangers into a somewhat undeserved 1-0 lead. Parity was soon restored through a great attack from Bruton which saw their centre forward through on goal to steer the ball past Charlie Hillier-Nickels in goal. A cagey few minutes then followed before a defensive mix up between the Bruton goalkeeper and defence to give The Rangers an indirect free kick on the edge of the box. Joel Trott rolled the ball to his right for Rocco Sughayer to curl a powerful shot through a crowded area into the bottom corner to put The Rangers 2-1 up at half time.

At half time The Rangers management team put the emphasis on the next goal, with it being able to swing the game either way. The second half saw a return to The Rangers flowing attacking football from recent weeks with Oliver FrostRhys Ashton and Joel Trott combining well to carve out a chance for Jake Ashton to follow up superbly and slam the ball home left footed from close range to make the score 3-1. Shortly after Rocco Sughayer danced his way through the Bruton defensive line to leave him one on one with the Bruton goalkeeper, he opened up his body up brilliantly to steer the ball in the far corner to make it 4-1. East Coker managed to keep the score at 4-1 for the next 10 minutes with Bruton driving forward in search of a second.  A fantastic save from Charlie Hillier-Nickels and then Corey Groves coming to the rescue to save a certain goal with a fantastic goal line clearance kept the score the same. The final goal came when Rocco Sughayer hit a fierce volley over the away goalkeeper to round off the scoring and complete his hat-trick.

Charlie Hillier-Nickels claimed the man of the match award with a string fantastic saves in goal and a very confident overall display which even earned plaudits from the Bruton United management team.

A great team display overall and a much deserved second cup final in a row. Well done to everyone and thank you to the parents, friends and family for their continued support.

East Coker now progress to the cup final on April 29th at Somerton against a very good Aller Park Rovers. Only a strong performance will be enough to lift the trophy.

East Coker Rangers U9 v Ilminster Town U9 – Report

26th Novemeber 2016

The Rangers continued their march into the Cup Semi-finals with another fine team performance on a chilly Morning at East Coker Rec. The Rangers are making a habit of winning in matches where the early exchanges suggest the game could be won by either side. This contest was no exception, as Ilminster showed good intent and probably shaded the early exchanges requiring Emily Palmer to show just how well she can defend. The East Coker team broke forward only twice in the first half with Rhys Ashton narrowly missing with what could well have been the first headed goal of the season and Jake Ashton missing with a well struck shot which just missed to the left of the Ilminster goal. Jack Marles showed again why other teams are finding it difficult to score against this Rangers team, his positional play and reading of the game coupled with excellent tackling technique prove a formidable barrier, meaning other players can commit forward knowing “Jack is back”.
The second quarter was an example of how The Rangers are able to put spells of superb football together, with passing and skills that other teams are finding it very hard to contain. The first goal of the morning came courtesy of Rocco Sughayer who followed in sharply after a corner to bury a right footed shot. The second goal followed swiftly as some good skill down the right wing was followed by an Oliver Frost cross in to the centre, after a couple of ricochets the ball fell to Isabel Hillier-Nickels who made no mistake. Rocco Sughayer increased the lead to three with a nicely taken right footed shot. An incredible bit of skill from Rocco Sughayer involving a back heel, a “Maradona”, a perfectly weighted cross and a volley by Jake Ashton almost sealed the first prize in the goal of season comp, but it wasn’t quite to be. However, the next goal did not take long to come as a sweetly struck right footed free-kick from Rocco Sughayer found its way around the defensive wall and into the net.
The third quarter saw the team try a few different combinations. The changes didn’t seem to unsettle the young Rangers too much, but Jake Ashton was required to show excellent defensive concentration to stop Ilminster from pulling a goal back. Having kept a clean sheet playing in goal for the first half, Corey Groves was keen to affect the score line at the other end during the second half, his first chance came from an Oliver Frost cross which he steered just past the left hand post. Corey had to wait a little bit longer for his turn as the star attraction, as Rocco Sughayer played a perfect pass to Rhys Ashton to fire home to make it 5 – 0. Having taken over goalkeeping duties Emily Palmer showed great agility at her left hand post again stopping Ilminster from registering on the score sheet.
The final quarter saw Jack Marles head further up-field in an attempt to add to the score-line, on another day he could have left the field with a hat-trick but on this occasion the ball just would not cross the line, a combination of blocks, saves and the woodwork stopping the ball from crossing the line. The next moment of note came as a miss-timed tackle in the Rangers’ area gave Ilminster a chance for a consolation goal from the penalty spot. However, Emily Palmer had other ideas and promptly saved a solidly struck penalty. From that point on the game became the “Corey Groves show”. His first goal came when he converted a nice pass with a side foot, first time shot. His second came when he was quickest to react to post-corner scramble and his hat-trick was complete two minutes later as he made the final score 8-0.
The team now progress into a semi-final next week against Bruton. Good luck Rangers!

Match Report: Mike Frost

MOM: Emily Palmer

East Coker Rangers U9 vs Bruton United U9’s – Report

East Coker Rangers U9 v Bruton U9 – 19th November 2016
The Bruton team arrived aiming to reverse a loss in the game between these two sides in a league match two weeks ago. The Rangers being the only team Bruton have failed to beat so far this season!
A lively crowd of 25 energised by Sharon’s excellent Victoria sponge saw two strong, well matched teams take the field. The first half saw the Rangers kicking down the slope towards the Ashton End. The first action of any note saw Isabel Hiller-Nickels, looking comfortable in her centre forward role, hit the first shot of the game. The opening period turned out to be a tight affair, with both teams fighting strongly for every ball. The highlights of the quarter being a long shot from Rocco Sughayer and a superb goal line clearance from Jake Ashton, which kept the scoreline blank.
The first goal of the game arrived shortly after the quarter break. Some good interplay involving the whole team, created a chance for Rocco Sughayer to stroke a side footed shot low into the bottom right hand corner, giving the visiting goalkeeper no chance.
The game could have swung back into the balance shortly after, but for a fine save from Charlie Hiller-Nickels.
On the 20 minute mark a chipped pass from Oliver Frost released Rocco Sughayer to strike a fine second for him and the Rangers. To the young Bruton side’s credit they once again fought back strongly, and only a determined challenge from Emily Palmer (one of many) avoided the deficit being halved. Value of this defensive play was highlighted immediately after when a strong run and back-heeled cross by Rocco Sughayer was converted with a tidy finish by Rhys Ashton. Bruton were far from beaten though as they bravely fought back with a well-crafted goal of their own. As Rangers continued to press, Joel Trott very nearly made it four with a fine curling shot from distance, the Bruton goalkeeper acrobatically saving.
The second half kicked off with the Rangers leading 3-1 and now kicking up the slope toward the Scout hut end. Jack Marles defused a promising Bruton attack, with a solid clearance out of play. Unusually Rangers were finding themselves on the back foot, but with credit to the defenders the home goal was only threatened once when a solid shot produced a fine reaction save from the dependable Corey Groves. Strong defence from Jack Marles and good interplay between Jake and Rhys released Rocco Sughayer to unleash a curling shot from distance which just squeezed in between the scrambling keeper and the post. This opening goal was swiftly followed by a chance for a second when Rhys Ashton drilled a low pile driver which the Bruton goalkeeper saved with his feet.

The final quarter saw Jack Marles move into midfield and his impressive display continued. However it was Rocco Sughayer who ghosted through the defensive line and came out on top in a one on one with the goalkeeper.

At 5-1 down Bruton never gave up and great credit must go to them for sticking to their game plan. However, a penalty decision towards the end of the half gave Rocco Sughayer the chance to convert a penalty with a solid shot down the middle of the goal.
Two strong shots in quick succession from Corey Groves almost increased the lead and rewarded the Rangers for their first spell of sustained pressure. That said, the home keeper Charlie H-N also had two saves to make late on which he did well to keep the visitors tally to one.
This was arguably the Rangers best performance and credit must go to the players and the coaches for their continual improvement week on week. Final score 6-1 to the Rangers.
Next week sees the visit of Illminster, let’s hope the improvement continues.

Match report: Mike Frost

MOM: Rocco Sughayer

Castle Cary U9 0 vs East Coker Rangers U9 5 – Report

East Coker Rangers U9 went into the game against Castle Cary facing a side who had just come down from the league above. A tough game was ahead for the team on a wet Saturday morning on a sodden pitch.

East Coker started brightly with Isabel Hillier-Nickel and Corey Groves relentlessly running and pressuring the Castle Cary back line into defensive errors. The breakthrough came from a winding run on the wing from Rocco Sughayer who crossed in for Rhys Ashton who fired the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. An early contender for team goal of the season.

Number 2 soon followed… not to be outdone Rocco Sughayer made a left wing run, cutting inside to score with a tidy finish at the near post.

East Coker began to express themselves more often in the second half of the game. There was strong play from Emily Palmer and Jack Marles who provided a solid back line for Jake Ashton and Oliver Frost to pile forward in search of more goals. Goal number 3 arrived from Joel Trott, sending a shot crashing in off the underside of the crossbar to score his second in as many weeks. Soon after it was 4-0, Isabel Hillier-Nickel adding to her goal tally for the season being in the right place at the right time earning her reward after a lot of running.

Finally 5-0 arrived after a mass scramble for a loose ball in the box, this was swiftly poked home by Rocco Sughayer just ahead of the tireless Charlie Hillier-Nickel who narrowly missed out on scoring. A special mention must go to Oliver Frost for sprinting the length of the pitch on his own to deny Castle Cary a goal, a fantastic attitude to win that at the moment is flowing through a very good young side.

Well done today everyone.


MOM Jack Marles

U9 Rangers training session with British Army’s finest


East Coker Rangers U9 geared up for their cup run by being put through their paces by the British Army’s Staff Sergeant Keith Emmerson.

Keith, who plays for Farnborough Town and The Army football 1st team is a close friend of U9 Rangers coach Dean Ritchie, put on a great session full of laughter and expert technical information.

The club can’t thank Keith enough for giving up his time to help us out and give the players some training from a professional level.

East Coker Rangers U9 Cup draw

East Coker Rangers U9 will begin their winter cup campaign this weekend away to Castle Cary U9.

Also drawn in group B are Bruton and Ilminster. Both of these games give East Coker the home advantage.

Keep an eye on the calendar for fixture details.