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Reece rolls in with debut goal for Lions
11:20am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Football
Broughton 2 Andover Lions 6.
Andover Lions hit their local rivals Broughton for six in this Hampshire Premier League Division One clash with an impressive debut from a new player with a familiar name.
Seventeen-year old Reece Rusher, son of former Andover favourite Vinnie, made his first appearance for his hometown club and like his dad, he knew how to find the back of the net.
Vinnie Rusher scored 179 goals for Andover in his time in the red and black stripes and it took his son just six minutes to notch his first goal when he ran onto a perfectly weighted pass from Ryan Steele and drilled the ball confidently past the Broughton keeper.
Just a minute later Lions increased their lead when Brad Craney burst through to notch his third of the season. It was the perfect start after dropping recent points but Broughton refused to roll over and 20 minutes later it was all square again after Ben Rankin, a summer target of the Lions, first beat the offside trap to run through and score unchallenged and then followed up with a close range header to level the scores.
Brad Craney hit the bar from 20 yards then Andy Burt prevented Broughton grabbing the initiative with a fine finger tipp save.
Eight minutes after the break Lions regained the lead when Rusher played the ball into the danger area where skipper John Robb nodded in at the far post. Rusher almost added a second when a 25 yard effort was tipped behind and a minute later his free-kick was headed wide by Robb.
Casson Spencer provided the fourth with an audacious flick and within two minutes had added a fifth when Craney chased Darren Paris’s long pass and was dragged back conceding a penalty.
Dan Reynolds scored for the sixth consecutive match then scored his second showing great strength to get onto a Rusher pass to round off a good afternoon for The Lions.
Boss Ray Cozze was delighted to have picked up three points in what looked a difficult fixture: “It was important for us to pick up points today as we don’t have another league game for a month and we wanted to get points on the board for others to have to chase.
‘We put a few things right at half-time and the second half performance was excellent and we looked like scoring on every attack.
‘Reece Rusher had an excellent first game for us - I have a few good youngsters here and I’m not afraid to play them.
‘Dan Reynolds is now joint top scorer in Division One and we are a getting some consistency going and can improve as we have some tough games coming up.”
l Lions have no game this weekend and then they travel to Locks Heath, last season’s Senior Division champions, in the League Cup in what will be their biggest test to date.