Moorthorpe Rangers bag another pre-season win

Moorthorpe Rangers won the South Kirkby tournament.
Moorthorpe Rangers won the South Kirkby tournament.

Moorthorpe Rangers continued their fine pre-season form with victory at the South Kirkby Knights tournament last weekend.

Following on from their recent victory at the Upton Tournament, Rangers made it two pre-season wins on the bounce with another brilliant footballing display at Kirkby.

The boys stormed through to the final without conceding a single goal after blowing away the competition at the tournament, scoring 13 goals along the way.

In the final they faced hosts South Kirkby Knights, who were looking to give the home crowd something to cheer about with victory.

Moorthorpe dominated the game but were unable to find a way past the inspired home keeper, who kept his side in the contest with a string of good saves.

The deadlock was finally broken after a clear handball led to a Rangers penalty, and Man of the Tournament Brodey Burden coolly dispatched his spot-kick to give Rangers the win.

Despite taking a depleted squad to the tournament, Moorthorpe were the best side and deserved their victory, rarely being troubled in defence.

Star man Burden and Jed Parker both scored four goals in the tournament, while Cairen McGuckin and Ben Davies chipped in with three strikes apiece.

The boys will now be looking to make it three tournament wins in a row as they head to the Hemsworth Terriers Tournament on Sunday, August 4.

Last month, two sides from Moorthorpe, the Reds and the Blues, took part in the Upton Tournament, with both sides reaching the finals.

The Reds won their final after a tense penalty shootout against Ossett, eventually prevailing 6-5.

The Blues’ match also went down to spot-kicks with Rangers losing out to Pontefract Collieries 4-2.

The pre-season schedule has been encouraging so far for the team, who play their home games at Thorpe Audlin Playing Fields.

They will be hoping to make it a treble of tournament wins at Hemsworth to provide the perfect warm-up for the new season, and current form suggests they could be in for more silverware in 2013/14.

Moorthorpe Rangers is a junior football set-up with sides competing across a range of age groups from under nines to under 16s.

Based in Thorpe Audlin, the club has sides competing in the Charles Rice Fair Play League and a number of regional cup competitions.