Birtley Town vs Boro Rangers


Boro Rangers

  • Daniel Lofts - 3 (63', 73', 82') goal(s)
Tue 05 Sep 2023 | 7:30 pm
Birtley Town


Birtley fell to a 3-0 defeat to Boro Rangers on Tuesday evening to hand them their first league defeat of the season. 

Match programme is available here

The Hoops made just one change to the side that won at West Allotment Celtic with Sam Hedley returning to the side to replace Liam Witherspoon. Birtley knew it would be a difficult test after locking horns with Boro Rangers twice last season. The first-half was a typical Northern League battle with a hectic pace and challenges aplenty. Chances were few and far between for both sides in the opening period. it took 34 minutes for Birtley to create their first real opportunity when a Callum Smith free kick was met by Alex Francis. Unfortunately for The Hoops his header was straight at Boro keeper Daniel Horner. Both sides were showing desire and commitment to keep the scores level. The key moment of the opening period came in the 43rd minute when a Glen Hargrave free-kick crashed off the crossbar. Boro Rangers had a late chance to open the scoring but this was denied by Alfie Gordon

HALF TIME | Birtley Town 0 – 0 Boro Rangers

The second half started in similar fashion with both sides working extremely hard to cancel the other side out. A long throw-in from Owen Lancaster was met by Glen Hargrave which forced Horner into a smart save. The first crucial goal was scored on 65 minutes after a defensive mix-up allowed Daniel Lofts to slot home. Birtley were clearly disappointed by the manner in which they conceded the first goal and never seemed to fully recover in the game. Boro meanwhile had themselves in-front and looked well organised, the visitors seemed to be enjoying sitting back and then breaking on the counter. They doubled their lead just eight minutes after the opener. Birtley had a chance to break through Proctor and Hall but Rangers regained possession before Lofts found himself in behind the Birtley backline, he took a touch to his right to steady himself before leashing a brilliant left footed effort into the top corner. 

Boro wrapped up their win when Lofts completed an 18 minute hat-trick. Rangers again broke on the counter attack and found themselves baring down on goal with the striker enjoying an easy finish to complete his hat-trick. Birtley tried to get themselves back in the game throughout the 2nd period. Stephen Hall cannoned an effort off the crossbar and Alex Francis missed a late penalty that would have been nothing more than a consolation. 

FULL TIME | Birtley Town 0 – 3 Boro Rangers

Birtley will be disappointed by the full-time result and manner in which they reacted to going a goal behind. Full credit must be given to Boro Rangers who were well organised and looked in control as soon as they opened the scoring. 

Attendance – 311

Manager’s Corner

Paul Bryson: I thought the first half was one of the best we have played all season. I was a little disappointed we didn’t come in ahead at half-time. We were really competitive. I have a lot of respect for Boro Rangers, both teams were going toe to toe. I thought we shaded the first half. We played out from the back and our link up play was good. Glen hit the bar from a set play and Alex should probably score from a header. Those little moments didn’t go our way. I said to the lads at half-time that I was proud of the performance. It was the type of performance that you want to be associated with. We were showing endeavour, commitment and effort. We were trying to play when we could, the hardest part was always going to replicate the performance.” 

“I thought they started the second half well then after 65 minutes we have conceded a really poor goal. It was a bad mistake from us. The biggest disappointment was the lack of response after we conceded. There was still 25 minutes left in the game plus injury time. We had 35 minutes to get back into the game. We had a good chance with Glen to score the opener but their keeper made a great save, those little moments changed the game. We stopped taking responsibility after the opener. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded after that. We had a good opportunity at 2-0 when we were two against one, Proc should arguably do better and within 10 seconds we were 3-0 down.”

“There were some real plus points. I thought Kyle Wharton was outstanding. He will play a big part for Birtley going forward. We have to respond on Saturday. We are looking for massive response. I feel the players own themselves a performance.”

H2H vs Boro Rangers (all games)
P3 W0 D1 L2 GF3 GA7 Pts 1

05.09.2023 | Birtley Town 0-3 Boro Rangers | NL Div 1 – (N/A)
 | Birtley Town 0-1 Boro Rangers | NL Div 2 – (N/A)
19.10.2022 | Boro Rangers 3-3 Birtley Town | NL Div 2 – (A. Francis, OG, G. Hargrave)

Next up…

Birtley host Sunderland RCA on Saturday with a good old-fashioned 3pm kick-off. 


Highlights will follow however we are currently having issues with our VEO camera. 



Date Time League Season
Tue 05 Sep 2023 7:30 pm Northern League D1 2023-24


Birtley Town
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Durham Road, DH3 2QW


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Birtley Town000
Boro Rangers033

Birtley Town

1Alfie Gordon Goalkeeper
2Owen Lancaster 14 Defender
3Sam Hedley Defender
4Kyle Wharton 17 Midfielder 47'
5Alex Francis Midfielder
6Callum Turnbull Defender
7James Proctor Midfielder
8Glen Hargrave Forward
9Stephen Hall Forward
10Callum Smith 12 Forward
11Lewis Exley 15 Defender
12Drew Lake 10 Midfielder
14Josh Strassheim 2 Defender
15Lewis Orrell 11 Midfielder
16Chris Mason Defender
17Ben Pentland 4 Defender
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 21 47 55 63 73 74 76 82 85 88 88 88 93 95 FT