"After a long and successful pre-season, Warmley kicked off their competitive fixtures with a tough away game to Easton Mondays. A sell out attendance in the away end with all 5 of Rangers fans making it in time to see their team warm up.
Availability issues, along with commitment concerns from a couple of players, meant that Rangers manager Tucker was forced into starting 17th choice centre back Kev Hounslow - apart from this Warmley fielded a decent team.
The game was played in a very good spirit and Rangers found themselves competing well with a Div 1 team. After having a header cleared off the line, and hitting the post twice Rangers fell behind to a well worked goal from the Easton lads. 1-0 at half time with a chorus of boo's from the Warmley faithful who made the long trip to Coombe Dingle.
A small tactical change at half time to try and counter the impressive 3 of Easton in their midfield saw Rangers carry less of a threat in the second half. However an impressive display of defending limited the home team to long range efforts - all of which Rangers number 1 dealt with.
After a few changes and some tired legs Easton managed a further 2 goals in the second half.
All in all a very good performance from a new team playing in their first game against a very good team in Easton.
Well done and good luck for the season.
Player of the match
Ports (right back)
Muppet of the match
Kev Hounslow (CB)"
Easton Monday Report:
" Whilst away sailing his yacht around the Isle of Skye, Chairperson Colonel heard that the season got off to a shambolic start when the team turned up for this first round cup tie without the kit bag!
As co-player-manager Maldini later confessed... “all my fault, just checked my garage to find the kit and lucky JAFFA cakes from Scholesey in a bag."
After scrambling around for odd bits of kit and resorting to at least one player having to play in a grey t-shirt the game got underway.
The team set up in an untried 4-3-3 formation to accommodate the three midfield talents of Iniesta,Modric and Charlton.
The Mondays dominated much of the first 45 up the slope, with several chances going begging. Bergkamp and Modric both had efforts cleared off the line and Warmley’s keeper pulled off a couple of classy saves.
The narrow pitch seemed to suit Warmley more than the Blues (or should that be Blue/Greys) and some poor first touches and passes highlighted first-game-of-the-season rustiness.
Warmley's big units caused some concern in the air from corners with one chance coming back off the far post.
Eventually the pressure paid off when Suarez popped up with a superb solo effort cutting in from the left beating two defenders and finishing low to the bottom right from just inside the box to make it 1-0.
Subs were made second half with Pearce, Maguirre and Milner coming on and plenty of rotation for tiredness after that.
Again Mondays took control down the slope and the second came from a Rooney run into box who then passed the ball across the face of the goal toward Bergkamp running in at the back and the defender bundled it home.
Bergkamp nodded in from a quality Rooney cross to make it 3.
It was great to get a clean sheet thanks to a solid defensive performance with both Vinny Jones and Maguirre dominating in the air. Keeper Pickford also made a couple of decent saves when called upon.
Ramos and Baresi also proved to be a threat when they got a chance to attack down the flanks.
Warmley were a decent bunch of lads as sometimes the physical teams can overstep the mark - something they never did and as Maldini summed up…“They were a good bunch of lads, competitive game in good spirit.”
If we could give a Corinthian score of 11, they would have been award with it.
MoM went to Suarez for his tireless effort making a nuisance of himself all game, going back to help defend corners and scoring a great goal."