Kintbury Rangers Reserves began life in the Swindon & District League with a narrow 2-1 victory at Blunsdon on Saturday.
Dan Chamberlain gave Kintbury the perfect start as he beat the keeper to a bouncing ball and score into an empty net after an even opening five minutes. Blunsdon responded really well and went on to dominate the rest of the first half with wave after wave of attacks. Ross Thorne had to be at his best to tip over a free kick as Rangers somehow held firm despite being second best.
Kintbury began the second half much better and doubled their lead with Aidan Maycock heading in a well-worked move to make it 3 in 3 games for him in his debut season for the club. Defensively Rangers were more compact but a rash challenge gave Blunsdon the chance to pull a goal back from the spot. Ross Thorne was the hero again with a fantastic save down to his left which preserved the two-goal advantage. But Blunsdon didn’t have to wait long for their deserved goal with a stunning free-kick into the top left of the net. There were no more chances of note as Kintbury ground out the victory.
A good win for Kintbury against a good Blunsdon side especially as Rangers were nowhere near their best. Next up is an unbeaten Sportz Central at home this coming Saturday, 2.30 kick off.
MATCH REPORT by Nicholas Wason