Rangers climb ladder after two in a row

FINALLY, Forest Rangers are on the way up.

BDSA:  Ballarat v Warrnambool, Luke Swards

BDSA: Ballarat v Warrnambool, Luke Swards

Two consecutive wins in the Ballarat District Soccer Association open division one competition has Forest Rangers climbing the table.

Having lost 19 out of 20 matches last year, securing just one draw in a winless season, the rejuvenated Wendouree-based side has now strung together back-to-back wins.

The latest victory in the resurgence was a 4-0 thumping of North United on Sunday, which followed a dominant 5-0 display over Castlemaine in the week previous.

Mykel Smith snagged a hat-trick in the rout, after Dylan Kinna rocketed a scorcher of his own from outside the 18-yard box to open the proceedings in the first half.

The result sees Forest Rangers rise to fourth spot, while North United fall to fifth.

Coach Shane Skontra said there was a new culture around the club that he felt would lead to more wins throughout the season.

“The culture is a lot better than it used to be, there is a lot of positivity around the club at the moment,” he said.

“We’re playing some pretty solid soccer at the moment, we’ve actually got some depth throughout all the sides and it is showing on the park.

“It’s about positive reinforcement at the moment and about continuing to do the right things properly.”

Having won its last two matches with a combined 9-0 scoreline, Forest Rangers are certain to find the going a lot tougher next week, meeting an undefeated Ballarat side.

“Ballarat are extremely strong and it will be a good test to see where are really at,” Skontra said.

In other open division one matches at the weekend, Ballarat scored two second-half goals to claim a 3-0 victory over Warrnambool, while Vic Park snuck home 2-1 over Castlemaine.

patrick.nolan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Two consecutive wins in the Ballarat District Soccer Association open division one competition has Forest Rangers climbing the table.

Having lost 19 out of 20 matches last year, securing just one draw in a winless season, the rejuvenated Wendouree-based side has now strung together back-to-back wins.

The latest victory in the resurgence was a 4-0 thumping of North United on Sunday, which followed a dominant 5-0 display over Castlemaine in the week previous.

Mykel Smith snagged a hat-trick in the rout, after Dylan Kinna rocketed a scorcher of his own from outside the 18-yard box to open the proceedings in the first half.

The result sees Forest Rangers rise to fourth spot, while North United fall to fifth.

Coach Shane Skontra said there was a new culture around the club that he felt would lead to more wins throughout the season.

“The culture is a lot better than it used to be, there is a lot of positivity around the club at the moment,” he said.

“We’re playing some pretty solid soccer at the moment, we’ve actually got some depth throughout all the sides and it is showing on the park.

“It’s about positive reinforcement at the moment and about continuing to do the right things properly.”

Having won its last two matches with a combined 9-0 scoreline, Forest Rangers are certain to find the going a lot tougher next week, meeting an undefeated Ballarat side.

“Ballarat are extremely strong and it will be a good test to see where are really at,” Skontra said.

In other open division one matches at the weekend, Ballarat scored two second-half goals to claim a 3-0 victory over Warrnambool, while Vic Park snuck home 2-1 over Castlemaine.

patrick.nolan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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