Last seasons division 3 champions Buckfastleigh Rangers Continued their excellent form into their first game of the 2009/10 season against fellow promotion winners Hele Rovers reserves at Barton Downs. Rovers looked a shadow of the side they were last season and Rangers proved far too strong for them on the day, dominating the game from start to finish in all areas of the pitch. The away side quickly got the scoring underway through Nathan Isaac from close range and Stewart Mitchell soon added another after some good build up play by Rangers. Arren De Young added a third with the goal of the game, an unstoppable volley from 20 yards. Mitchell scored his second of the game before half time and would've completed his hat trick before the break if not for a tremendous save from the Hele keeper to tip the ball onto the bar. De Young raced through to take the score to 5-0 in the second half with a cool finish into the bottom corner, then last seasons top goalscorer Ryan Porter went round the keeper to tap into an empty net for 6. De Young went within inches of completing his hat trick when another excellent volley dipped just over the bar before Porter added his second with a powerful header from a pin point cross from midfield playmaker Eric Hale. Isaac then popped up to add his second of the game and complete the scoring for Rangers. New signings Eric Hale, James Revell, Ryan and Ben Ritchie all impressed on their league debuts and Buckfastleigh played some attractive football over the 90 minutes but there will be far tougher tests to come this season, starting with the visit of Teign Village next Saturday.
Rangers failed to build on their excellent start to the season with a disappointing goalless draw with Teign village at Duckspond. The home side found themselves missing 7 players from the squad that comprehensively beat Hele Rovers the week before, but despite that, managers Dave Scholz and Colin Hayman still felt they should have taken more than just a point from their first home game. Rangers dominated the game from start to finish and restricted their opponents to long range efforts and goalkeeper Ashley Wood was never troubled throughout the 90 minutes. Roll of Honour. Meanwhile at the other end Buckfastleigh grew more and more frustrated as they failed to capitalise on some good build up play and lacked the cutting edge in the final third to break down the stubborn defence of their visitors. Teign Village battled hard for their point and will certainly be the happier of the two sides. Rangers will be hoping for a much improved performance next week at Kingskerswell and Chelston.
Rangers' young side continued to learn valuable lessons as the lost 4-1 at Kinsbridge and Kellaton. Manager Martyn Potter was delighted with his teams work rate and attitude and is confident that his inexperienced side will only get better as the season goes on, but they must learn to take their chances when presented to them and cut out the little mistakes that are costing them goals. Rangers goalscorer was stand-in striker Gareth Burton from the penalty spot.