New Plymouth Rangers were made to work for their Western Premiership win by a dogged North End side at Merrilands domain on Saturday before two late goals sealed a 4-1 win.
After going 2-0 up, Rangers looked set for a comfortable win in what was becoming a familiar position for the New Plymouth side.
But North End, as they did in the earlier clash between these sides, showed spirit and no shortage of skill to give their hosts a competitive match.
The Palmerston North side were rewarded for their play with a headed goal midway through the second half and were threatening to draw level.
However, the telling signs of the match came late in the game as the visitor tired, with Ranger capitalising for two late goals to take a 4-1 win, with Josh Bolton and Jack Sanderson scoring a brace each.
The win saw Rangers’ goal difference improve to 54 from 13 games, but the three point margin at the top of the league to second placed Hokowhitu Rangers remained as they beat Palmerston North Boys’ High.
Taranaki Daily News