Ockleford wants a response from his Rangers team

PAUL OCKLEFORD admits that Rangers will have to start with a more positive attitude if they are to close the gap on Priaulx League leaders Bels tomorrow afternoon.

Paul Ockleford
Rangers coach Paul Ockleford.

PAUL OCKLEFORD admits that Rangers will have to start with a more positive attitude if they are to close the gap on Priaulx League leaders Bels tomorrow afternoon.

In terms of points dropped, the clash between Ockleford’s men and the reigning Priaulx League champions at the College Field is one between the two best performing sides, with Rangers unbeaten at home.

However, they enter the clash in differing form, as Bels’ 3-0 midweek win over Sylvans was a complete contrast to the thumping 5-0 defeat Rangers suffered at St Martin’s a week ago.

Rangers will also have to still do without the injured Dale Garland and Shane Billien, although Dave Parrott and Marc Isabelle should return as they look to cut the lead of joint-leaders Bels and North to two points.

When the sides met earlier in the season, Bels comfortably won 7-1 and Rangers coach Ockleford admits his side need to be out of the blocks quicker this time.

‘Against Saints, we were far too flat and conceded two early goals, which put us right up against it from the start,’ he said.

‘Credit to Saints because they played well and fully deserved the win with their performance, but our display on the night wasn’t great and it will have to be much better against Bels.

‘We need to come out positively from the start and try to put them under pressure early, so we will see where that takes us against a very strong team.’

In tomorrow's other Priaulx League game, Rovers host Vale Rec at Port Soif. Both games kick off at 2pm.

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