Unbeaten Rangers aim to give boss a double boost
Wymondham Rangers are targeting double success as the perfect leaving gift for their manager.
Rangers have yet to taste defeat this season and the Norwich Sunday League Premier Division table-toppers have their sights set on Carrow Road cup success as well as the league title.
“We really want to target the Sunday Senior Cup this year because our manager Andy Speller has told us he will be stepping down at the end of the season,” said assistant manager and club secretary Andy Blowers.
Speller took the side to a highly-creditable runners-up position in their top flight debut season last year and is aiming to bow out on a high after two seasons at the helm.
“He just felt that that was his stint and that was what he wanted to do,” said Blowers. “At the start of the season we were determined to push on from finishing second last season.”
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“The pressure of being at the top and unbeaten has not got to anybody yet. Remaining unbeaten is going to be tough though,” said Blowers. “There are two or three sides that we have had close games with who we have to play again and we have still got to play a lot of the top sides. The Grove are one of the top sides and Marlborough seem to be a little bit reborn and have only lost one game.
“It would be nice to round off the season with the record intact.”
Rangers beat the Grove 3-2 to book their place in this weekend’s Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup quarter-finals when they travel to Bradwell to play El Sol, beaten in the 2009 final by Marlborough
“It’s a tough looking game. El Sol must be one of the favourites to win the cup.”
A home-grown formula has been behind the Rangers rise.
“The majority of the side are Wymondham lads or local lads. We all get on well. Some of them lpay for Wymondham Town on Saturdays,” said Blowers.
With nearly all of the players under the age of 25 it looks very much like a squad that will only get better over the next few years.
The club also fields a reserve team, which, hit by injuries and unavailabilities, has been struggling at the bottom of Division 2b. But the team, managed by Duncan Walker, were given grounds for optimism by a shock win over leaders Rose Tavern which saw Gareth Barker, Matt Bradfield and Jamie Harrison net in a 3-2 success.