York City striker Michael Rankine sets double figured goals target

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YORK City striker Michael Rankine is targeting double figures after scoring his seventh goal of the season at Kettering.

Since making his professional debut for Scunthorpe United in 2004, Rankine’s biggest haul came two years ago when he plundered 14 for Rushden and Diamonds, beating his previous best tally of ten.

The 25-year-old forward ended a 12-game drought, stretching back to November, with the only goal of the game at Rockingham Road after receiving instructions from manager Martin Foyle to shoot on sight.

Now, the 6ft 3in target-man is hungry for more, despite admitting he’s not a natural marksman.

Rankine said: “I have never been prolific – ever. I just like to chip away and work as hard as I can and, hopefully, then you get rewarded with goals.

“My benchmark is ten for the end of the season and anything more than that will be a bonus.”

Rankine was replaced midway through the second half at Kettering, having left three home defenders on their backsides in separate incidents.

The first aerial challenge resulted in a yellow card for the former Doncaster trainee but the striker felt referee Richard Wigglesworth might have been deceived.

Added the 14-and-a-half stone front-man: “I thought he was going to give me a second yellow but some of their players went down a bit softly for me to be honest.

“I thought the booking was soft as well but referees have to do their jobs. It’s just one of those things and that can be the way.

“Sometimes, you go down and it’s not a free-kick but, then, they give one when it happens the other way round.”

Having seen City close the gap on top two Oxford and Stevenage, Rankine also believes automatic promotion is now a realistic target.

He said: “We don’t want to run before we can walk but we have a great squad and every chance of going up. Promotion is up for grabs because we are flying.

“We just have to keep winning, doing our jobs and not worrying about what the other teams are doing. Then fate will take care of things.”

Rankine added that having a defence that has only conceded three goals in ten league matches means he is confident of victory if he or one of his team-mates opens the scoring at the other end of the pitch.

“Our back four have been solid all season and there’s also a great ’keeper behind them,” he pointed out.

“Saturday’s was a game we had to roll up our sleeves for and dig in and it’s the sign of a good team when you can drag out a 1-0 win.”

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10:52am Thu 11 Feb 10

Al Dross says...

G'won Ranks. Knock em about
G'won Ranks. Knock em about Al Dross
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11:05am Thu 11 Feb 10

rogue84 says...

i'll echo 'Al Dross' - go on Ranks get stuck in!
i'll echo 'Al Dross' - go on Ranks get stuck in! rogue84
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11:11am Thu 11 Feb 10

speaks99 says...

think 10 goals isn't a great target - he should be targeting beating the 14 he has got for R&D, even as the second striker of the pair.
Saying that he works hard and is a great guy too, so all he can do is keep doingwhat he is doing and hopefully he'll get one or two more...
think 10 goals isn't a great target - he should be targeting beating the 14 he has got for R&D, even as the second striker of the pair. Saying that he works hard and is a great guy too, so all he can do is keep doingwhat he is doing and hopefully he'll get one or two more... speaks99
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11:24am Thu 11 Feb 10

iandwightbenton says...

The new Craig Farrell, even faz would of got 10 - wouldn't he ?

Rushden v Stevenage this weekend - what result to we want ?
The new Craig Farrell, even faz would of got 10 - wouldn't he ? Rushden v Stevenage this weekend - what result to we want ? iandwightbenton
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12:31pm Thu 11 Feb 10

Rapid Vienetta says...

Great player Rankine-a man mountain, quick, strong and gives his all all of the time-no wonder he gets tired after an hour or so. Goalscoring record is strangely low, no doubt he has the ability-that goal in the cup at Cambridge was a firecracker. Everything else about his game makes up for it though. Take him over Faz any day.
Great player Rankine-a man mountain, quick, strong and gives his all all of the time-no wonder he gets tired after an hour or so. Goalscoring record is strangely low, no doubt he has the ability-that goal in the cup at Cambridge was a firecracker. Everything else about his game makes up for it though. Take him over Faz any day. Rapid Vienetta
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12:56pm Thu 11 Feb 10

RKforever says...

Quality player! He works hard and always gives 100% Although his goal tally is lower than some would like I would love to know what his assist tally is.
Quality player! He works hard and always gives 100% Although his goal tally is lower than some would like I would love to know what his assist tally is. RKforever
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1:09pm Thu 11 Feb 10

shirl.ycs says...

iandwightbenton wrote:
The new Craig Farrell, even faz would of got 10 - wouldn't he ? Rushden v Stevenage this weekend - what result to we want ?
The Conference Board are due to issue a statement on the Fate of Chester this afternoon..I've got this horrible feeling they've gone.Which would leave all games,points and goals null and void.Leaving Stevenage with 57 points 28 games.Oxford on 57 points with 27 games and us on 56 points with 28 games.
[quote][p][bold]iandwightbenton[/bold] wrote: The new Craig Farrell, even faz would of got 10 - wouldn't he ? Rushden v Stevenage this weekend - what result to we want ?[/p][/quote]The Conference Board are due to issue a statement on the Fate of Chester this afternoon..I've got this horrible feeling they've gone.Which would leave all games,points and goals null and void.Leaving Stevenage with 57 points 28 games.Oxford on 57 points with 27 games and us on 56 points with 28 games. shirl.ycs
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1:09pm Thu 11 Feb 10

shirl.ycs says...

iandwightbenton wrote:
The new Craig Farrell, even faz would of got 10 - wouldn't he ? Rushden v Stevenage this weekend - what result to we want ?
The Conference Board are due to issue a statement on the Fate of Chester this afternoon..I've got this horrible feeling they've gone.Which would leave all games,points and goals null and void.Leaving Stevenage with 57 points 28 games.Oxford on 57 points with 27 games and us on 56 points with 28 games.
[quote][p][bold]iandwightbenton[/bold] wrote: The new Craig Farrell, even faz would of got 10 - wouldn't he ? Rushden v Stevenage this weekend - what result to we want ?[/p][/quote]The Conference Board are due to issue a statement on the Fate of Chester this afternoon..I've got this horrible feeling they've gone.Which would leave all games,points and goals null and void.Leaving Stevenage with 57 points 28 games.Oxford on 57 points with 27 games and us on 56 points with 28 games. shirl.ycs
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2:24pm Thu 11 Feb 10

iandwightbenton says...

Surely thats a better position for us ? Leaves play off spots tighter than before but Oxford on a bad run and officially only 1pt behind Stevenage is ok ain't it ? !
Surely thats a better position for us ? Leaves play off spots tighter than before but Oxford on a bad run and officially only 1pt behind Stevenage is ok ain't it ? ! iandwightbenton
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4:29pm Thu 11 Feb 10

OLD - HEAD says...

Michael Rankine has been a revellation up front for City, a typical old fashioned centre forward. But the only downer is that he is currently keeping out a player who is probably our best all round striker - "Michael Gash". Martin Foyle will quite rightly continue with Michael Rankine and Richard Brodie up front, because they have done the business for York City, and deserve to retain their places. This only illustrates the quality we have on the bench this season. This of course will be vital, for suspensions and injuries can be costly at this stage of the season.
Michael Rankine has been a revellation up front for City, a typical old fashioned centre forward. But the only downer is that he is currently keeping out a player who is probably our best all round striker - "Michael Gash". Martin Foyle will quite rightly continue with Michael Rankine and Richard Brodie up front, because they have done the business for York City, and deserve to retain their places. This only illustrates the quality we have on the bench this season. This of course will be vital, for suspensions and injuries can be costly at this stage of the season. OLD - HEAD
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6:35pm Thu 11 Feb 10

shirl.ycs says...

Chester suspended for 7 days.Conference Board meet again next Thursday
Chester suspended for 7 days.Conference Board meet again next Thursday shirl.ycs
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9:06am Fri 12 Feb 10

Sir Alex says...

shirl.ycs wrote:
Chester suspended for 7 days.Conference Board meet again next Thursday
I can't see the point of formally suspending them, but at least it gives them a few more days to sort it out and hopefully a final decision will be made next week. Teams need to know their positions in the league table before the run in without uncertainty.
[quote][p][bold]shirl.ycs[/bold] wrote: Chester suspended for 7 days.Conference Board meet again next Thursday[/p][/quote]I can't see the point of formally suspending them, but at least it gives them a few more days to sort it out and hopefully a final decision will be made next week. Teams need to know their positions in the league table before the run in without uncertainty. Sir Alex
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