Sunday, 14 February 2016

Rangers bidding to halt United’s Rayn of terror

ASKAM United hot-shot Callum Rayner has been terrorising defences all season.

He’s netted 13 times so far in this campaign – a number which has been unlucky for United’s league rivals.

Rayner was on target last week for the West Lancs League Division Two leaders in his side’s 4-2 win over Croston United at Duddon Road, and will be keen to add to his tally at Canal Foot against GSK Ulverston Rangers tomorrow.

Askam chairman Robbie Braithwaite rates the player highly, as he does his brother Jordan.

“Callum is absolute top draw. He gets man of the match nearly every week, he is a fantastic player,” said Braithwaite.

“Jordan is an absolute workhorse. He gives 100 per cent every week regardless of how he plays. If he’s having a bit of a stinker, and they are very few and far between, he still gives everything he’s got.”

Braithwaite is not expecting a easy ride against Rangers at Canal Foot, with both clubs having a mutual respect for each other.

The derby promises to be a thriller – if it survives the weather – with Rangers hoping to get one over on the visitors who edged it 2-1 in September when they last met in the league.

As Braithwaite pointed out: “Local derbies, Ulverston especially, are always hard games. I think it is going to be a difficult game, anything can happen on Saturday.”

Rangers secretary Phil Grant said: “When it comes to a derby anything goes, the form book goes out of the window.”

He admitted however, that he would be satisfied with a share of the spoils. Rangers had a decent result last week, a 1-1 home draw against Leyland United with Carl Brown putting Ulverston in the lead, but Grant feels his side should have been four or five up before the interval.

Ulverston have conceded 31 goals in 16 games although 12 of those came in just two games.

“If you take into consideration we have only conceded 19 in 14 games so, for a young side, that isn’t too bad.

“ But the only problem is we’ve only scored 17,” said Grant.

“Saturday proved a point. I think there was probably three one-on-ones where I think they didn’t hit the target.

“Its just a case of persevering and carrying on, and hopefully things will come good and someone will get a bit of a spanking one day.”

“Askam are a young side and are going great guns at the moment,” added Grant, who recently watched the Sandrats in action.

“I was quite impressed with them. I have quite a soft spot for Askam because of people like Colin Rayner and Robbie Braithwaite. We tend to be quite close, so if we’re not doing well I’m glad that they are doing well, but hopefully they won’t be doing well on Saturday.

“They are doing the opposite of what were doing. We can’t score to save our lives while they are scoring for fun.”

Looking at their win over Croston, Braithwaite said: “We set off like a house on fire and did our usual – let them back in a little bit – but we controlled the game for the majority of the second half and the lads did all right. When you consider we finished the game with five of our current under-18s squad playing it was fantastic.”

Regarding Askam’s league position, Braithwaite added: “It is a bit of a false position when you look at the games in hand but we’ve got the points in the bag – they’ve got to get them.”

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