With The Lockmen missing eight players, it was a scratch side that returned from deepest Shropshire with the point that makes them all but safe from relegation. The home side had the worst possible start when keeper Mason Springthorpe came to head clear a through ball, as he reached the edge of the area it bounced awkwardly and he instinctively caught the ball high above his head inches outside the area. After long discussion with his assistant he decided that a goal-scoring opportunity had been denied and was dismissed. However, the home side made light of the disadvantage and passed quickly and incisively. Ben Holden saving well to touch a low strike from distance around the post before on 29 minutes, a quick ball throw-in down the right and first time cross into the box found an unmarked Brendan Price to open the scoring. Callum Foster and Paul Holden both went close for the visitors before Rangers doubled their advantage on 41 minutes when a speedy break down the left saw Ryan Jones picked out in the box and he finished well.
With the fierce wind now blowing behind The Lockmen, they were almost undone twice at the start of the second-half but recovered to take control of the game, but hadn’t created much of a chance until they scored out of the blue on 76 minutes. Some tricky footwork from Foster saw him past three defenders before his shot hit a post, Matt Dorgan was curling to tuck home the loose ball. With six minutes left Dorgan bravely challenged the keeper for a loose ball, he won and succeeded in heading the ball past the keeper and home before taking a shuddering collision full on. The game ended on a little bit of a sour note as Foster was harshly penalised for a supposed foul and an Ellesmere defender decided in retribution with a nasty kick as he was walking away. Goal scorer Dorgan followed him off the pitch for shoving.
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