Stafford Rangers 0 Whitby Town 1
EVO-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 4th May 2013


Whitby completed the double over Rangers in the final game of the season at Marston Road.

Following their success in the Walsall Senior Cup in midweek, Greg Clowes’ men were looking for their 5th straight victory to end a disappointing season. In a game of no consequence to either end of the league table, neither side gained any sort of early foothold. Rangers could have opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Michael Carr created space for himself but his far post shot skimmed the upright. Chris Flynn came close to breaking the deadlock when his weak shot rebounded off the inside of the post to safety after 38 minutes. On the stroke of half-time, Fabrice Kasiama hit the side-netting from close range.

Danny Quinn missed a great chance for Rangers 8 minutes after the break but he blasted wide when put clean through by Jon Sheldon. Sheldon himself then went close after beating a couple of Whitby defenders.  The game turned in the 61st minute. Nathan Evans broke through for Whitby but saw his shot deflected for a corner.  From the resulting dead ball, referee Husband pointed to the penalty spot after an alleged shove by a Rangers defender. Mark Robinson dispatched the spot-kick to give Whitby the lead. Within 3 minutes, Whitby keeper Nick Liversedge pulled off a fine fingertip save to tip over a Luke George header. The season ended on a sour note for Jimmy Turner who was shown a straight red card ten minutes from time for pulling back Steven Snaith when adjudged to have been the last man.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Alcock, Jimmy Turner, Ryan Brown, Chris Flynn, Luke George, Michael Carr (Christian Smith 84), Sean Kinsella (Luke Bottomer 63), Peter Heler, Danny Quinn, Fabrice Kasiama, Jon Sheldon. 
Subs not used: Liam Walshe, Oliver Davies, Alex Curtis

Whitby Town: Nick Liversedge, Ibrahim Hassan, Mark Robinson, Craig James, Nathan Evans, Arjun Purewal, Darren Williams (Callum Wilson 63 (Alex White 84)), Tom Portas, Steven Snaith, Craig Farrell, Nathan Mulligan.
Subs not used: Kevin Burgess, David Campbell

Booked: Sheldon, Bottomer (Stafford), James, Mulligan (Whitby)
Sent Off: Turner (Stafford)
Referee: Chris Husband (Worcester)
Attendance: 400

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

WALSALL 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
WALSALL SENIOR CUP FINAL - Wednesday 1st May 2013


Two goals from Danny Quinn gave Greg Clowes his first trophy as Rangers’ manager as his side brought the Walsall Senior Cup back to Marston Road for the first time in over 90 years.

Rangers shocked the home side inside three minutes when Danny Quinn burst into the area and fired home his 25th goal of the season.

Walsall had already wasted a good chance of their own when Ryan Brown lost out to Kieron Morris but the midfielder produced an indifferent attempt on goal that was easily gathered by Adam Alcock.

Several members of the Walsall squad had first team experience and their class was soon on show. It needed a good challenge from Luke George to halt George Bowerman while Adam Alcock just got his fingertips to a rising drive from Morris.

Walsall levelled the scores on 13 mins. Richard Taundry’s free kick from near the left corner flag was sliced past his own keeper by Peter Heler although Walsall striker Aaron Williams was given the credit by the stadium announcer. 

Bowerman lifted a shot over the bar from just inside the area but Rangers weathered the storm and Quinn ‘s ball to Luke Bottomer almost opened up the Walsall defence but Jamie Ashmore came across quickly to clear.

At the other end, a Taundry free kick struck the top of the Rangers bar but the game turned on two incidents in a six minute spell. Firstly, the influential Bowerman limped out of the game but more significantly, Walsall defender Alex Dallison was sent off on 37 mins for hauling down Quinn as the Rangers forward closed in on goal.

Rangers took control in the second half as Sean Kinsella and Peter Heler both went close but Walsall were still a threat and it needed an excellent tackle from Ryan Brown to deny Jake Jones.

An error from Sean Kinsella nearly gifted the Bescot side the lead but their approach looked too casual and the combination of Brown and Heler forced Williams to scuff his shot and spare Kinsella’s embarrassment.

Walsall sub Danny Griffiths was denied twice in a matter of seconds when his first shot was parried by Alcock and his follow up effort was cut out by Chris Flynn.

It was the introduction of Fabrice Kasiama that provided the final twist in Rangers’ favour. Back from suspension, it was Kasiama’s pass that resulted in Quinn being tripped by Richard Taundry and Rangers’ leading scorer slammed home the resultant penalty on 80 mins.

There was no comeback from the home side and Rangers’ name was on the cup for the first time since 1922 – when they defeated the same opposition.

WALSALL: 1 LiamRoberts, 2 Jamie Ashmore, 3 Mal Benning, 4 Alex Dallison, 5 Ben George, 6 Richard Taundry, 7 Kieron Morris, 8 Liam Kinsella, 9 Aaron Williams, 10 George Bowerman (12 Danny Griffiths 31m(14 Richard Jones 88m)), 11 Jake Jones.
Unused Subs:  15 Wes Rush, 16 Alex Reid, 17 Aris Christopherou

STAFFORD RANGERS: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Tuner (15 Oliver Davies 71m), 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Chris Flynn, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Smith (12 Michael Carr 57m), 7 Sean Kinsella (14 Fabrice Kasiama 75m), 8 Peter Heler, 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 16 Christian Dacres, 17 Alex Curtis

CAUTIONS: Heler, Carr (Stafford)
SENT OFF: Dallison (Walsall)
REFEREE: Craig Taylor
ATT: 479

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 NANTWICH TOWN 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - 27th April 2013


Rangers recorded their 3rd win in 8 days as they leapfrogged Nantwich in the Evostik Premier table.

With nothing but pride at stake, the game started at a slow tempo with neither side taking control. It was Rangers who opened the scoring in the 15th minute. A poor clearance from Charlie Raglan picked out Sean Kinsella. Kinsella controlled the ball, picked his spot and sent an arrow of a shot into the far corner past Jon Brain. The goal failed to ignite the game with neither side testing the opposition keeper in a drab first half.

Jon Sheldon went close to increasing Rangers’ lead when he rode 3 challenges before firing wide of the near post. Adam Alcock was finally brought into action in the 65th minute but Tom Bentham’s shot was straight at the Rangers keeper. Rangers doubled their lead in the 69th minute when Sheldon’s perfectly delivered corner was converted by Jimmy Turner with a brave header. Nantwich never threatened to get back into the game and Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Alcock, Jimmy Turner (Liam Walshe 81), Ryan Brown, Chris Flynn, Luke George, Christian Smith, Luke Bottomer, Peter Heler, Danny Quinn, Sean Kinsella (Alex Curtis 83), Jon Sheldon (Oliver Davies 77).
Subs not used: Christian Dacres, Jordan Wood

Nantwich Town: Jon Brain, Arron Cole, Chris Bailey (Tom Bentham 24), Casper Hughes, Charlie Raglan, Ryan Dicker, Jo Guest, Nial Maguire, Kyle Wilson, Harry Clayton (Josh Lane 74), Paul Hudson.
Subs not used: Zack Foster, Darren Moss, Oliver Devenney

Booked: Cole (Nantwich)
Referee: Matthew Wilkes (Stourbridge)
Attendance: 356

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

STAFFORD RANGERS 4 BROCTON 3
Walsall Senior Cup Semi Final - Tuesday 23rd April 2013


Rangers survived scare after scare to defeat Brocton in a seven goal thriller to book as place in the final of the Walsall Senior Cup.

The first half was a virtual non event with barely a threat to either goal.

The best two chances fell to Brocton captain David Berks but he scuffed the first wide then forced Adam Alcock to extend his arms to keep out the second.

The two sides exchanged chances in the space of a minute at the start of the second half but still few could have anticipated what was to come.

A needlessly conceded corner on 55 mins was the trigger as Brocton hot shot Gary Fife nipped in ahead of the pack to head home Berks’ flag kick.  

The lead lasted just three minutes and it was another corner, this time from Sean Kinsella, that led to Rangers equalising through a Chris Flynn header.

Sub Dan Cope then combined with Kinsella to fire Rangers ahead on the hour but Brocton fought back once more and, on 66 mins, a quick free kick allowed Sam Bell to force home Jamie Evans’ centre at the back post.

A moment of quality from Berks – a Stafford player himself over ten years earlier- put Brocton back in front on 73 mins but the bizarre sequence of scoring was extended to six goals in 20 mins when Cope played in Danny Quinn to level for Rangers on 75m.

Fife, another ex Ranger, missed a golden opportunity for Brocton in the closing stages when he chipped the ball over the bar with just an exposed Alcock to beat while Cope poked the ball just wide for Rangers soon after.

Extra time brought yet more drama. Quinn smashed a shot against the post while Bell sent the ball across the face of the Rangers’ goal.

With all three subs used, Rangers were reduced to 10 men when Cope suffered a suspected broken ankle following a foul by David Abelwhite.

But it was Rangers who were to hand out the killer blow, three minutes into added time at the end of the first half of extra time.

Peter Heler’s shot struck Charlie Jones on the line and Adam Whitehouse blocked Jon Sheldon’s follow up before Flynn forced home his second of the night.

Brocton refused to give up and hit the bar again late on but Rangers held out to book a trip to the Bescot Stadium next Wednesday evening.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Chris Flynn, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Smith, 7 Luke Bottomer (16 Dan Cope 56m), 8 Michael Carr (15 Peter Heler 39m), 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Sean Kinsella (14 Oliver Davies 93m), 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 12 Liam Walshe, 17 Jordan Wood

Brocton: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Richard Jones (15 Sam Hollinsworth 96m), 3 Jamie Evans, 4 David Ablewhite, 5 Robert Tomlinson, 6 Charlie Jones, 7 Sam Bell, 8 Jordan Bloor (17 Michael Fox 104m), 9 Gary Fife, 10 David Berks, 11 Daniel Lomas (12 Joe Pickering 111m).
Unused Subs: 14 Andrew Chandler, 16 Ben Harrison

Cautions: Turner, George, Flynn (SRFC), Evans, Tomlinson (BFC)
Referee: Matt Jones
Attendance: 451

Report by Chris Elsley

AFC FYLDE 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 20th April 2013


An excellent performance for Stafford Rangers as they shocked play-off chasing Fylde at Kellamargh Park.

Rangers made two changes from the side that lost heavily in midweek at Whitby with Michael Carr and Jon Sheldon replacing Liam Walshe and Oliver Davies. In bright sunshine, Rangers started with purpose and Sean Kinsella tested Ben Hinchliffe after 10 minutes. Stafford took the lead in the 26th minute with a piece of individual brilliance from Sheldon. The midfielder controlled the ball on the left, drove forward and hammered a 30 yard shot past the despairing Hinchliffe into the roof of the net. Hinchliffe was almost caught out a minute later when he palmed a free-kick from Kinsella over his own bar. The Coasters best chance of the half fell to Sean Cooke but Adam Alcock was equal to it.

Fylde went close on 56 minutes when a clearance from Chris Flynn fell to Brad Barnes but his volley went agonisingly wide. Joe Booth flicked a header wide as Fylde tried to press but Rangers were resolute and defended with purpose. Luke Bottomer should have sealed the points midway through the second half when set up by Danny Quinn but he gave Hinchliffe time to make the save. Fylde almost grabbed the equaliser with ten minutes remaining but Matt Hughes' volley came back off the bar. The home side were reduced to 10 men with three minutes left when Brad Barnes elbowed Quinn off the ball.

AFC Fylde: Ben Hinchliffe, Steve Haslam, Adam Sumner, Matt Hughes, Paul Scott, Brad Barnes, Jack Dorney (Joe Booth 58), Harry Winter (James Dean 52), Adam Farrell (James McCarthy 76), Michael Barnes, Sean Cooke.
Subs not used: Michael Taylor, Luke Denson

Stafford Rangers: Adam Alcock, jimmy Turner, Ryan Brown, Chris Flynn, Luke George, Peter Heler, Luke Bottomer, Michael Carr, Danny Quinn, Sean Kinsella, Jon Sheldon.
Subs not used: Liam Walshe, Oliver Davies, Dan Cope

Booked: Hughes (Fylde), Flynn, Heler, Quinn (Stafford)
Sent Off: Brad Barnes (Fylde)
Referee: David McCallum
Attendance: 368

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

WHITBY TOWN 4 STAFFORD RANGERS 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Wednesday 17th April 2013


The long midweek trip to Whitby ended in a heavy defeat but, although they were beaten, Rangers were by no means disgraced.

The game was ruined as a spectacle due to a strong blustery wind that blew down the pitch which made it difficult for players of both sides to control the ball.

The wind was behind Rangers in the first half and that is where the game was ultimately lost.

It was a story of two halves and although Rangers played better against the wind than Whitby, the home side took the advantage with the wind in their backs.

Chances were limited and the game was approaching the half hour mark before Sean Kinsella forced a save from Nick Liversedge. Ryan Brown nearly caught the home side out from the resultant corner.

Peter Heler’s shot from 20 yards went high out of the ground before Whitby’s Graeme Armstrong wasted a great chance for the home side when he fired wide with just Adam Alcock to beat.

Rangers’ best chance of the half fell to Heler just before the break but again his effort flew high over the bar.

Rangers began well in the second half and Kinsella had an early opportunity but failed to test Liversedge.

Alcock held on to a first time shot from Alex White then the Rangers’ keeper had to scramble away a back header from Oliver Davies.

A decent shot from Kinsella went just wide as the game remained evenly balanced but the turning point came on 64 mins when Whitby full back Ibby Hassan let fly a screamer from 35 yards to put the home side in front.

Whitby went two up on 78 mins when Luke Bottomer allowed Mark Robinson to centre for Craig Farrell who was left with an easy poke past Alcock.

Whitby’s third came on 82 mins with Dave McTiernan’s ball over the top found Nathan Mulligan and he clipped the ball over the Rangers’ keeper.

Tom Portas added the final goal of the evening in the final minute after a Whitby break away saw the midfielder on the end of McTiernan’s through ball.

Whitby Town: 1 Nick Liversedge, 2 Ibby Hassan (16 Arjun Purewal 86m), 3 Mark Robinson, 4 Kevin Burgess, 5 Alex White (15 Craig James 83m), 6 Dave McTiernan, 7 Tom Portas, 8 Shane Henry, 9 Craig Farrell (12 Steven Snaith 85m), 10 Graeme Armstrong, 11 Nathan Mulligan.
Unused Subs: 14 Darren Williams, 17 David Campbell

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Chris Flynn, 7 Luke Bottomer, 8 Peter Heler, 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Sean Kinsella (14 Dan Cope 83m), 11 Oliver Davies (12 Michael Carr 69m).
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Curtis, 16 Jordan Wood

Cautions: None
Referee: Paul Brown
Attendance: 174

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 BLYTH SPARTANS 4
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 13th April 2013


Rangers’ miserable run of form continued with a home defeat against Blyth Spartans.

There were two changes to the side that lost at Stocksbridge in midweek with Adam Alcock replacing the recalled Ben Garratt in goal while Jon Sheldon came in for Peter Heler.

Rangers got an ideal start when Danny Quinn netted a 3rd minute penalty after being tripped by Stephen Turnbull.

A rising shot from Luke Bottomer nearly added to the score before Jimmy Turner blazed wide with the goal at his mercy.

Rangers remained in command as Quinn set up Bottomer but his drive was comfortably saved by Blyth keeper Mark Cook.

But Blyth sent out a warning shot when Lee Mason fired wide after running on to a quick throw from Robbie Dale and the visitors drew level on 27 mins through Daniel Maguire. Craig Hubbard’s right wing corner was flicked on by Joe Kendrick and Wayne Buchanan and Maguire’s close range overhead kick gave Alcock no chance.

Mason and Maguire both went wide while Dale saw his drive bounce back off the Rangers’ bar as Blyth pressed on but Quinn should have restored Rangers’ lead with the final action of the first half when he cleverly created the opening only to shoot wide from ten yards out.

The game was interestingly balanced at the interval but Blyth put the contest out of reach with a three goal burst early in the second half.

Dale struck first on 48 mins when he converted Maguire’s centre at the near post.

On 56 mins, Cook denied Fabrice Kasiama in a one on one. Play immediately switched to the other end where Turner was penalised for a foul on Maguire and Hubbard just beat Alcock with the spot kick.

Good cover by Luke George spared Ryan Brown after his dreadful error let in Maguire but Hubbard netted his second penalty in five mins after Alcock had brought down Andrew Jennings.

Jennings nearly got his name on the scoresheet with a shot from nothing that crashed off the bar.

Rangers did pull one back when Sean Kinsella’s free kick glanced off the head off Stephen Turnbull and squirmed under Cook but the damage had already been done.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner (12 Peter Heler 65m), 3 Ryan Brown (15 Oliver Davies 65 m), 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Chris Flynn, 7 Luke Bottomer, 8 Michael Carr (14 Sean Kinsella 56m), 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs:  16 Alex Curtis, 17 Jordan Wood

Blyth Spartans: 1 Mark Cook, 2 Richie Slaughter, 3 Damon Mullen, 4 Joe Kendrick, 5 Wayne Buchanan, 6 Stephen Turnbull, 7 Lee Mason (12 Tom Berj 82m), 8 Craig Hubbard, 9 Andrew Jennings (15 Ryan McGorrigan 72m), 10 Daniel Maguire (16 Phil Airey 81m), 11 Robbie Dale.
Unused Subs: 14 Darryl Donnelly, 17 Connor Grant

Cautions: George, Heler (Stafford), Jennings (Blyth)
Referee: Edward Smart
Attendance: 326

Report by Chris Elsley

STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 0

EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 9th April 2013


A disappointing display saw Rangers fall to defeat at a cold Look Local Stadium.

Relegation threatened Stocksbridge stunned Rangers on 55 seconds when Alex Callery was given time and space to float the ball over Ben Garratt from just inside the area.

Rangers struggled to get going against a side with one of the worst home records in the league and the half had reached the midway point before they managed a shot on goal, Liam Walshe firing over from Jimmy Turner’s knock down.

An unmarked Nick Swirad missed a great chance to extend Stocksbridge’s lead when he headed straight at Garratt from inside the six yard box.

Ryan Brown fired over from distance and a long range drive from Luke Bottomer forced the first save from Ben Scott but chances were at a premium at either end.

Stocksbridge went 2-0 up on 53 mins when Chris Bettney’s corner was diverted past Garratt off the head of Luke George.

The introduction of Sean Kinsella and Jon Sheldon provided a bit more of a threat for Stafford. A good drive from Kinsella was parried by Scott but Michael Carr couldn’t keep his follow up effort down while Danny Quinn blazed wide at the back post from a Kinsella corner.

Alec Denton nearly added to Rangers’ misery with a good turn and shot that Garratt did well to save.

Rangers pressed late on and Scott saved well from Liam Walshe before Jimmy Turner headed against the bar but Rangers didn’t deserve much from the game while the home side boosted their survival hopes with a second home win in three days.

Stocksbridge Park Steels: 1 Ben Scott, 2 Liam Davis, 3 Tommy Agus, 4 Nick Swirad, 5 Brett Bowden-Lovell, 6 Nicky Darker, 7 Chris Bettney, 8 James Knowles, 9 Danny South (16 Nathan Joynes 26m (15 Jordan Thewlis 75m)), 10 Alec Denton (17 Nathan Forbes-Swindells 84m), 11 Alex Callery.
Unused Subs: 12 Richard Haigh, 14 Will Senior 

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Chris Flynn, 7 Peter Heler (14 Sean Kinsella 64m), 8 Michael Carr, 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Fabrice Kasiama (12 Jon Sheldon 59m).
Unused Subs: 15 Oliver Davies, 16 Alex Curtis, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions: None
Referee: Neil Guest
Attendance: 121

Report by Chris Elsley

CHORLEY 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 6th April 2013


Rangers’ search for a first ever win at Chorley continued as they were beaten by the play off hopefuls.

But, on their second half showing, they could have had at least a share of the spoils and it was only a controversial late goal that finally ended the Boro’s hopes.

Chorley took the lead in the 6th minute through a simple back post header from Adam Roscoe following a deep cross from Porya Ahmadi.

Dale Whitham then fired wide from around 12 yards out while Ben Garratt was forced to race out of his area to clear from Ahmadi as the home side looked firmly in control.

An outswinger from Roscoe went just wide of Garratt’s left hand post then the Stafford keeper tipped away a shot from Ahmadi before Andy Teague headed wide.

Rangers only forced one first half save from Jack Cudworth but the Chorley keeper comfortably dealt with Fabrice Kasiama’s effort.

The second half began slowly and the game had reached the hour mark when Roscoe forced another save from Garratt.

Rangers began to show more belief and Danny Quinn twice went close only to be denied by O’Brien and Cudworth.

A downward header from Ahmadi should have killed off the Rangers’ challenge but the ball bounced up and over the bar while Luke Bottomer missed a great chance to grab a late equaliser when he volleyed over from close range.

But the game ended on a controversial note as Darren Stephenson scored a second for Chorley with two minutes remaining despite being in an offside position.

Chorley: 1 Jack Cudworth, 2 Mark Ross, 3 Andy Russell, 4 Andy Teague, 5 Keil O’Brien, 6 Dale Whitham (15 Jamie Vermiglio 72m), 7 Paul Jarvis, 8 Tom Baker, 9 Adam Roscoe, 10 Cameron Darkwah (12 Darren Stephenson 86m), 11 Porya Ahmadi.
Unused Subs: 14 Steve Flitcroft, 16 Tom Walker, 17 Adam Caunce

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Chris Flynn, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Sean Kinsella (15 Luke Bottomer 70m), 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Fabrice Kasiama (14 Dan Cope 70m (12 Oliver Davies 83m)), 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 16 Alex Curtis, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions: Whitham, Ross, Vermiglio (Chorley), Flynn, Sheldon (Stafford)
Referee: Ken Hancock
Attendance: 576

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 ASHTON UNITED 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Monday 1st April 2013


For the second time this season, Rangers and Ashton United canceled each other out to force a goal less draw.

Rangers made three changes to the side beaten at Witton 48 hours earlier with Ryan Brown, Dan Cope and Peter Heler coming in for Oliver Davies, Danny Quinn and Sean Kinsella.

The game took time to settle and the first half had reached the midway point before either goal was seriously threatened.

An error from Thomas Moore conceded possession to Fabrice Kasiama who pulled the ball back for Heler but the midfielder could only stab the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

Ashton’s first real chance of the afternoon came a couple of minutes later as another defensive error, this time from Luke George, allowed Matty Barlow to release Aaron Burns but Ben Garratt saved well.

The best move of the game came from the visitors on the half hour, ending with Danny Lambert’s square ball to Burns but Garratt managed to turn it on to the underside of the bar before grabbing the ball at the second attempt as it bounced back up off the line.

Rangers ended the first period on top but Jon Sheldon missed a great chance when Heler’s cross glanced off his head before Jimmy Turner’s header was saved by Paul Phillips.

At the start of the second half, a free kick from Kinsella, on for the injured Christian Dacres, dipped over the bar while Burns sent his drive over the top as both sides saw chances come and go but the stalemate remained soundly intact.

A swirling miss-hit cross from Matty Kosylo gave Garratt a concern while Burns headed over from close range as Ashton looked to hold a slight advantage but it could have been Rangers who took the points in the final minute as Phillips misjudged the bounce as he raced out of his goal. Kasiama squared for Kinsella but Ashton had numbers on the line to ensure the draw.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Chris Flynn, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Dacres (16 Sean Kinsella 34m), 7 Peter Heler, 8 Michael Carr, 9 Daniel Cope, 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Jon Sheldon (15 Oliver Davies 85m).
Unused Subs: 12 Danny Quinn, 14 Liam Walshe, 17 Adam Alcock

Ashton United: 1 Paul Phillips, 2 Chris Lynch, 3 Kyle Harrop, 4 Matty Burke, 5 Craig Robinson, 6 Thomas Moore, 7 Matty Kosylo, 8 Michael Connors (15 Steven Murty 69m), 9 Aaron Burns, 10 Matty Barlow (14 Dennis Sherriff 83m), 11 Danny Lambert.
Unused Subs: 12 Chris Baguley, 16 Kahmori Brangman, 17 Kyle Riley

Cautions: Robinson, Lambert (Ashton)
Referee: Stuart Eagland
Attendance: 330

Report by Chris Elsley

WITTON ALBION 3 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 30th March 2013


Rangers’ small hopes of a top half finish are all but over after defeat away to Play Off hopefuls Witton Albion.

The Boro took an early lead when Ryan Grocott tripped Danny Quinn in the area. Although Matt Cooper saved Quinn’s spot kick, Michael Carr was first to react to the loose ball, sliding in to put Rangers one up on 9 mins.

It should have been 2-0 when Quinn ran onto Fabrice Kasiama’s pass but he over hit his delivery into the box.

It was a costly error as just a minute later Oliver Davies was penalised for bundling Shaun Tuck to the ground and Joshua Hancock netted from the spot (18m).

But Rangers still looked the most threatening. Quinn couldn’t keep his volley on target from Jon Sheldon’s cross and Carr failed to make clean contact with his drive after Cooper’s punch had failed to clear the lines.

After Hancock and Anthony Sheehan had sent shots comfortably over the Rangers’ bar, Quinn missed another chance when he scuffed his shot wide after a good turn from Kasiama had created the opening.

The opening to the second half saw another missed opportunity as Christian Dacres headed over from close range.

Witton then struck twice in three minutes to change the shape of the game.

Tuck put the home side ahead on 63 mins after collecting a pass from Sheehan, then scorer turned provider as Tuck pulled the ball back for Daniel Andrews to make it 3-1.

Rangers were unable to get back into the game and two free kicks from Sheldon was as close as they got but Cooper was equal to them.

Witton Albion: 1 Matt Cooper, 2 Ryan Grocott, 3 Mathew Wood (12 Oliver James 46m), 4 Benn Harrison, 5 Joshua Glover, 6 Anthony Sheehan, 7 Joshua Hancock, 8 Michael Powell, 9 Shaun Tuck (15 Michael Moseley 90m), 10 Steve Foster (14 Joseph Shaw 75m), 11 Daniel Andrews.
Unused Subs: 16 Joshua Horne, 17 Stuart Plant

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Chris Flynn, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Sean Kinsella (15 Luke Bottomer 68m), 8 Michael Carr, 9 Danny Quinn (16 Daniel Cope 68m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 12 Liam Walshe, 14 Peter Heler, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions: Grocott, Foster, James (Witton), Flynn (Stafford)
Referee: Anthony Moore
Att: 426

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 EASTWOOD TOWN 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 16th March 2013


Rangers laboured their way to a first win in seven league games at the expense of bottom of the table Eastwood.

The visitors had conceded exactly 100 goals in 33 league games prior to kick off but Rangers found their defence a tough nut to crack.

Sean Kinsella forced an early save from Richard Stainsby and the Eastwood keeper was again on hand to keep out Fabrice Kasiama after Paolo Piliero’s clearance had rebounded off Christian Dacres .

But it was an error from Dacres that nearly gifted Eastwood the lead on 18 mins when he conceded possession just outside the Rangers area. Ben Garratt could only parry Sam Winch’s shot but Bradley Munn’s follow up shot hit the far post and was cleared.

Stainsby was again Eastwood’s saviour when he kept out a Jon Sheldon effort with his legs prior to Eastwood’s best spell of the game which saw Garratt turn a rising shot from Winch away for a corner and Mitch Hanson fire over when well placed.

Just before the interval, Kasiama looked to have played Danny Quinn through but he was tripped just outside the box and the subsequent free kick came to nothing.

Neat exchanges between Michael Carr and Sheldon early in the second half saw the latter force another save from Stainsby while Quinn volleyed wide from a Carr centre.

The deadlock was finally broken on 57 mins as Rangers benefitted from a questionable free kick awarded on the half way line.

Chris Flynn struck the ball deep into the Eastwood area where James Bolton, playing the last game of his loan spell fired home via the underside of the bar.

But Rangers were unable to press on and it wasn’t until five minutes from time that they secured the points when captain for the day Dacres headed home from Sheldon’s corner which had been needlessly conceded by Wayne Diuk.

Rangers went close to a third in the closing moments but Stainsby made a fine double save to keep out Sheldon’s drive and then the follow up from Peter Heler.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Chris Flynn, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Sean Kinsella (15 Jimmy Turner 80m), 8 Michael Carr, 9 Danny Quinn (16 Peter Heler 77m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Jon Sheldon (14 Oliver Davies 88m).
Unused Subs: 12 Christian Smith, 17 Adam Alcock

Eastwood Town: 1 Richard Stainsby, 2 Daniel Roberts (12 Wayne Diuk 76m), 3 Josh Raven, 4 Mitch Hanson, 5 Romaine Graham, 6 Scott Rogers (15 Preston Robinson 81m), 7 Vijay Selvam (14 Nicholas Labbate 67m), 8 Kallum Keane, 9 Samuel Winch, 10 Bradley Munn, 11 Paolo Piliero.
Unused Subs: 16 Travis Munn, 17 Tyler Witton

Cautions: Bolton, Dacres (Stafford), Roberts, Raven (Eastwood)
Referee: Mark Howes
Att: 332

Report by Chris Elsley

BUXTON 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 9th March 2013


Rangers’ winless run was extended to six league games after Buxton came from behind to maintain their play off hopes.

There were recalls for Luke George and Peter Heler from the side that drew with Marine a week earlier and it was Rangers who made the early running in an open start to the afternoon.

Danny Quinn missed a great chance to give Rangers an early lead when he fired over from 6 yards following a header from Christian Dacres.

Instead, it was Michael Carr who made the breakthrough on 22 mins when he cut in from the left and drilled the ball home from the edge of the area to put Rangers ahead.

Buxton responded well and Marc Roberts headed just off target from Neil Stevens’ centre but that was about the best chance the home side created.

Rangers should have added to their tally just before the break when Carr picked out Sean O’Connor but the Hednesford loanee sent his header wide.

But Rangers failed to maintain their authority after the break and Buxton grabbed a hold on the game.

An unmarked Jamie Green fired wide while Roberts was again off target. A good tackle from Chris Flynn denied Lee Morris who then headed wide but it was the Buxton frontman who delivered the crucial ball for Steve Istead to level the scores on 57 mins.

Morris went from provider to scorer on 69 mins when he ran on to a ball from Michael Towey and drove smartly past Ben Garratt.

Disappointingly, Rangers failed to create much that threatened an equaliser. A free kick from Carr was parried by Ian Deakin in the closing stages but that was the nearest they came.

Buxton: 1 Ian Deakin, 2 Grant Black, 3 Kevin Sandwith, 4 Steve Istead, 5 David Haggerty, 6 Marc Roberts, 7 Neil Stevens, 8 Matt Thornhill (14 Michael Towey 67m), 9 Lee Morris, 10 Scott Maxfield, 11 Jamie Green.
Unused Subs: 12 Kieran Lugsden, 15 Mark Reed, 16 Sam Duncum, 17 Andrew Mills

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Chris Flynn, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Smith (14 Lee Downes 68m), 7 Peter Heler (16 Luke Bottomer 73m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Sean O’Connor, 10 Danny Quinn (15 Fabrice Kasiama 69m), 11 Michael Carr.
Unused Subs: 12 Sean Kinsella, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions: Dacres (Stafford)
Referee: Michael Hanley
Att: 329

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 4 RUSHALL OLYMPIC 2
Walsall Senior Cup 3rd Round - Thursday 7th March 2013


Rangers booked a home tie with Brocton as they progressed to the semi finals of the Walsall Senior Cup at the expense of holders Rushall Olympic.

Both sides made several changes with a total of seven in the Stafford starting eleven from the side that drew with Marine.

Christian Smith nearly opened the scoring but Rushall keeper Paul Hayward just avoided embarrassment as the ball squirmed through his legs.

When the two sides met in the league three weeks earlier, Ahmed Obeng gave Rangers a torrid time scoring two early goals and missing a host of other chances. He went close again with his first opportunity of this cup tie, forcing Adam Alcock to concede a corner.

But it was Rangers who made the first breakthrough on 20 mins when old boy Nick Amos headed into his own net from Jon Sheldon’s corner.

Towards the end of the half, Hayward pushed away a well struck drive from Lee Downes while Rushall went close when Obeng’s volley played pinball off Peter Heler and Downes before looping into the arms of Alcock.

Wayne Daniel appeared as a second half sub for Rushall but, within a minute, Rangers had doubled their lead through a close range header from Smith from Sheldon’s free kick.

Hayward parried a free kick from Smith before recovering in time to keep out Heler’s follow up, but a few minutes later, the Rushall keeper was forced out of the game through injury.

Ryan Edmunds and Kyle Haynes both missed out on chances to reduce the arrears before Danny Quinn netted his first goal of 2013 with a 77th min penalty after he had been fouled by Edmunds.

Two minutes later, Quinn made it 4-0 with a fine solo effort after a good advantage was played by referee Craig Taylor.

Rushall missed out again when Alcock dived to his left to push away Obeng’s 82nd minute penalty while Daniel’s last ditch challenge prevented Quinn from recording his hat trick.

Obeng finally pulled a goal back in the 90th minute after being picked out by Edmunds and Amos headed in a second two minutes later but Rangers had already done enough.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Chris Flynn, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe (15 Michael Carr 63m), 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Smith, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 12 Sean O’Connor, 14 Christian Dacres, 16 Ryan Brown, 17 Ben Garratt

Rushall Olympic: 1 Paul Hayward (13 Chris Gemmell 56m), 2 Ian Cooper, 3 Jonathan Haynes (12 Kyle Haynes 70m), 4 Mitchell Tolley (14 Wayne Daniel 46m), 5 Blake Thompson, 6 Gary Fitzpatrick, 7 David Bridgwater, 8 Ramone Stephens, 9 Ahmed Obeng, 10 Nick Amos, 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Sub: 15 Grant Beckett

Cautions: Davies (Stafford), Amos, K Haynes (Rushall)
Referee: Craig Taylor
Att: 145

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 MARINE 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 2nd March 2013


After a wait of almost four years without a goal-less draw at Marston Road, Rangers played out their second such result in five days against play off hopefuls Marine.

Rangers made four changes from the side that drew with Witton in midweek with a trio of newcomers taking their place in the starting line up. Christian Smith and Sean O’Connor made their debuts while Chris Flynn began his third spell with the club at right back. The more familiar face of Danny Quinn joined O’Connor in attack.

But Quinn was guilty of missing a hat trick of chances in a second half that provided hope of a break in the deadlock but ultimately, it was to be unfulfilled hope.

The first half contained few chances at either end. A low drive from Marine’s Liam Rice was struck straight at Rangers’ keeper Ben Garratt while Ryan Brown’s effort at the opposite end had a similar outcome as Ryan McMahon got down low to save.

The best effort came from Christian Dacres whose 30 yarder appeared to be dipping under the bar until the back pedaling McMahon tipped over, but the half was most notable for two head injuries from separate incidents which resulted in Stafford’s Sean Kinsella and Marine’s Shaun Dowling requiring hospital treatment.

Marine’s Bohan Dixon flashed a shot across the face of goal at the start of the second half before Rangers created a number of chances that should have seen them have the game settled.

A volley from Dacres went just over before Quinn missed the first of his chances, putting the ball wide after meeting Flynn’s delivery on the full.

Quinn missed an easier opportunity less than a minute later when he blazed wide from close range while his third chance in a seven minute spell saw him pulled his shot just wide of the target.

Marine sensed it might be their day but found Garratt in good form. The Crewe loanee produced a stunning save to deny Dixon and denied the Marine forward once more following a poor back header from Liam Walshe to make it two successive clean sheets in the league for the first time since January 2010.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Chris Flynn, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Smith, 7 Michael Carr (12 Lee Downes 86m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Sean O’Connor, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Sean Kinsella (16 Levi Reid 29m (14 Luke Bottomer 54m)).
Unused Subs: 15 Oliver Davies, 17 Adam Alcock

Marine: 1 Ryan McMahon, 2 Shaun Dowling (12 Phil Ojapah 56m), 3 John Shaw, 4 Matty Brown, 5 Danny Grannon, 6 Alan Burton, 7 Sean Doherty (16 Michael Brown 84m), 8 Liam Rice, 9 Bohan Dixon, 10 Nick Rogan, 11 Matty Devine (14 Jonathan Goulding 56m).
Unused Subs: 15 Michael Ordish, 17 Callum Williams

Cautions: Walshe, Bolton (Stafford) Rice (Marine)
Referee: Stuart Richardson
Attendance: 455

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 WITTON ALBION 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 26th Feb 2013


Rangers were held their first goal less draw on home turf for almost four years in an uninspiring and frustrating game against play off hopefuls Witton Albion.

The game failed to flow with countless fouls, offsides and throw-ins making it a stop start affair while both sides were guilty of wasting possession too easily. Referee Nicholas Hopton didn’t help matters. He cautioned a total of seven players, with yellow cards shown to Christian Dacres and Fabrice Kasiama in particular looking undeserved.

But there was also a high price to pay by Rangers as striker Karl Ashton suffered a serious looking leg injury midway through the first half which required hospital treatment.

The better of what few chances that were created in the opening 45 mins fell to Rangers with Kasiama shooting straight at Witton keeper Stuart Plant, and Dacres heading over inside the opening quarter.

Ashton’s lay off gave Kasiama another opening but he dragged his shot across the face of goal. Seconds later, Ashton raced across to block a Witton clearance and landed awkwardly. It was immediately clear that he was in some trouble and he was carried off on a stretcher.

The half time team break failed to change the pattern of play although a tidy build up from Rangers gave Michael Carr a half chance but his shot was some distance wide of the target.

The game livened up midway through the second half when an error from Peter Heler let in Witton’s Joshua Hancock but an excellent tackle from Dacres halted the attack. Rangers immediately broke forward but Kasiama fired just wide of the far post.

Dacres came to the rescue again a couple of minutes later when he blocked Steve Foster’s shot after Liam Walshe’s initial error.

It looked like one goal would be enough to win it and Rangers nearly snatched it on 70 mins when Dacres’ shot was blocked on the line but the stalemate remained to the end resulting in the first 0-0 draw since Rangers met Workington on 17 March 2009.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Ben Garratt, 2 Peter Heler, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Luke Bottomer (16 Jon Sheldon 83m), 8 Michael Carr, 9 Karl Ashton (12 Danny Quinn 29m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Sean Kinsella.
Unused Subs: 14 Lee Downes, 15 Oliver Davies, 17 Adam Alcock

Witton Albion: 1 Stuart Plant, 2 Anthony Gardner (14 Oliver James 46m), 3 Joshua Glover, 4 Ben Harrison (12 Mathew Wood 29m), 5 Daniel Meadowcroft, 6 Anthony Sheehan, 7 Joshua Hancock, 8 Michael Powell, 9 Shaun Tuck (16 Michael Moseley 86m), 10 Steve Foster, 11 Daniel Andrews.
Unused Subs: 15 Ryan Grocott, 17 Adam Bettley

Cautions: Brown, Bolton, Dacres, Kasiama (Stafford), Sheehan, Hancock, Foster (Witton)
Referee: Nicholas Hopton
Attendance: 329

Report by Chris Elsley

NORTH FERRIBY UNITED 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Sat 16th February 2013


Rangers bounced back after defeat against Rushall to pick up a well earned point away at league leaders North Ferriby United.

Rangers were without the injured trio of Fabrice Kasiama, Ryan Brown and Danny Quinn while Michael Carr (unavailable) and Luke George (suspended) were also absent, allowing a recall for Levi Reid and a first start of the season for Sean Kinsella.

The match was a stop start affair littered with fouls although there wasn’t a bad one throughout the afternoon.

Kinsella produced the first shot on goal with a free kick from the left side of the area but it was straight at Adam Nicklin in the home goal.

North Ferriby went close after some good work by Anthony Wilson but Ryan Kendall couldn’t convert from close range.

A rising shot from Wilson ended up in the allotments at the rear of the ground but the Ferriby forward made amends when he played Liam King through to open the scoring on 34 mins.

Rangers’ best chance of the half came soon after but Karl Ashton’s near post header went wide of the target while Adam Alcock saved from King to prevent Ferriby from extending their lead just before the break.

Ryan Williams forced another save from Alcock at the start of the second half but it was a double substitution on the hour that changed the pattern of the game, with Rangers making a more positive approach.

Peter Heler almost forced his way through but it was Christian Dacres who headed home the equaliser on 76 mins after Nicklin had saved Liam Walshe’s initial effort.

A good save from Alcock prevented Wilson from heading a winner for Ferriby but a share of the points was the least that Rangers deserved after a battling performance.

North Ferriby United: 1 Adam Nicklin, 2 Steve Gardner, 3 Nathan Peat, 4 Liam King (14 Russell Fry 68m), 5 Gregg Anderson, 6 Paul Foot, 7 Danny Clarke, 8 Chris Bolder, 9 Anthony Wilson, 10 Ryan Kendall, 11 Ryan Williams (15 Paul Robson 70m).
Unused Subs: 12 Gary Bradshaw, 16 Oliver Banks, 17 Rob Moy

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes (14 Jon Sheldon 60m), 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Sean Kinsella, 11 Levi Reid (12 Luke Bottomer 60m).
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Forde, 16 Alex Curtis, 18 Ryan Brown

Cautions: Gardener (North Ferriby), Walshe (Stafford)
Referee: S Meredith
Att: 232

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1 RUSHALL OLYMPIC 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 12th February 2013


A dreadful opening and a missed penalty cost Rangers dearly as they lost to Rushall Olympic at a chilly Marston Road.

Rangers were two goals behind before they had even broken sweat. Ahmed Obeng opened the scoring on four mins when he easily outpaced the Boro defence to clip the ball past Adam Alcock.

Two minutes later, the lively Obeng caused havoc once more, skipping past Liam Walshe and James Bolton to score his second of the night.

Christian Dacres went close to reducing the arrears when he got on the end of a Ryan Brown free kick but his effort went across the face of goal and wide.

Important interceptions from Jimmy Turner and Brown prevented Obeng from inflicting further damage while the Rushall forward wasted another chance to grab his hat trick when his chip landed straight in the arms of Alcock.

A free kick from Turner forced Chris Gemmell into a flying save but Rangers should have pulled one back on 32 mins when Oliver Davies was tripped in the area by Josh Craddock but Danny Quinn failed from the spot for the first time, Gemmell making the save to his left, and Peter Heler’s follow up header went over.

Alcock pushed over a drive from Obeng who then hit the post after being put through by Dave Walker.

Rangers finally grabbed a lifeline in first half stoppage time when Rushall failed to deal with Turner’s free kick and Karl Ashton netted from close range.

Sean Kinsella replaced Davies for the second half and he nearly made an immediate impact with a free kick which went just wide of the target.

After Obeng had put another great chance into Alcock’s arms, Rangers put the Rushall goal under siege but a series of corners failed to produce the equaliser, a shot from Lee Downes which was deflected wide being the best chance.

Rushall weathered the storm although Rangers still had chances to level with Christian Dacres turning his header just over while another Kinsella free kick was smothered low down by Gemmell.

But, despite a much improved second half performance, it was that disastrous opening that was to prove costly to Rangers.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown (16 Jon Sheldon 88m), 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Oliver Davies (14 Sean Kinsella 46m).
Unused Subs: 12 Michael Carr, 15 Levi Reid, 17 Alex Curtis

Rushall Olympic: 1 Chris Gemmell, 2 Kyle Haynes (17 Blake Thompson 46m), 3 Jonathan Haynes, 4 Mitchell Tolley, 5 Gavin Caines, 6 Sam Smith, 7 Carl Palmer, 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Dave Walker 16 Hakeem Islam 69m), 10 Ahmed Obeng (15 Dave Bridgewater 84m), 11 Andre Landell.
Unused Subs: 12 Wayne Daniel, 14 Grant Beckett,

Cautions: Smith, Islam (Rushall)
Referee: Joseph Johnson
Att: 290

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 3 FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 3
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 9th February 2013


Rangers blew a two goal half time lead to gift Frickley their first away point of the season, but the game will be remembered for the mass brawl early in the second half that resulted in both sides being reduced to ten men.

Greg Clowes made one change to the side that defeated Ilkeston a week earlier with Jimmy Turner in for Liam Walshe who was unavailable.

Rangers had the ball in the back of the net inside the first minute only for Karl Ashton to be flagged offside but it was no surprise when the home side went ahead in the 14th minute, Christian Dacres heading home a high cross from Fabrice Kasiama on the left hand side.

Frickley posed little threat until a slip by James Bolton gave Luke Hinsley an opening but Bolton recovered to force the Blues front man wide and Adam Alcock was able to make a comfortable save.

Play immediately switched to the opposite end and Kasiama should have doubled the Boro’s lead when he was let in by an error from Luke Jeffs but he failed to deliver the shot and when he eventually pulled the ball back, Dacres drilled wide.

But Kasiama orchestrated a fine second goal on 35 mins, linking with Ryan brown and then Danny Quinn before firing past Jamie Green.

Rangers could have been even further ahead by half time but Quinn missed out with a couple of chances that came his way.

Turner blazed a great chance wide as Rangers continued to press at the start of the second half but on 51 mins a poor challenge by Frickley’s Matty Bloor on Peter Heler just in front of the main stand was to have a lasting impression on the game.

Players and officials from both sides became involved in a mass brawl that took several minutes to calm down, with the referee eventually showing red cards to Bloor and Stafford’s Turner. Several other players could consider themselves lucky not to have joined them.

The atmosphere was a little uneasy when play finally resumed but it was to be Frickley who were to take the initiative and a poor clearance from Dacres allowed Chris wood to reduce the deficit on the hour mark.

Defensive frailties were exposed again on 71 mins when the Boro failed to deal with a high ball and Jake Picton slid in to level the scores.

Green saved from Ashton while Dave Buck shot wide for Frickley as both sides went in search of a third. Rangers appeals for a penalty were turned down after Ashton was challenged by Jeffs while the Boro striker fired just wide after a good ball from Oliver Davies.

Luke George fired Rangers back in front with three minutes of normal time remaining after Kasiama’s shot was blocked but Frickley had the final say when Liam Hardy was allowed space to head home Chris Howarth’s free kick five minutes into added time.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Luke George, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres (14 Oliver Davies 82m), 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn (12 Michael Carr 61m), 11 Fabrice Kasiama (15 Sean Kinsella 90+1m).
Unused Subs: 16 Levi Reid, 17 Alex Curtis.

Frickley Athletic: 1 Jamie Green, 2 Luke Jeffs, 3 Chris Fisher, 4 Jake Picton, 5 Milah Bleau, 6 Patrece Liburd, 7 Terry Barwick, 8 Matty Bloor, 9 Luke Hinsley (15 Chris Howarth 81m), 10 Chris Wood (14 Liam Hardy 88m), 11 Jimmy Ghaichem (12 Dave Buck 55m).
Unused Subs: 16 Jason Yates, 17 Zack Levers

Cautions: Bleau (Frickley)
Sent Off: Turner (Stafford), Bloor (Frickley)
Referee: Dumitru-Ravel Cheosiaua
Att: 398

Report by Chris Elsley

ILKESTON 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
EVO-STIK NNorthern Premier League - Saturday 2nd Feb 2013


Rangers brought an end to Ilkeston’s fine run of form with a deserved 2-0 win at the New Manor Ground.

The home side had won eight of their last eleven games to take them from bottom of the table to a top ten place but they were undone by two excellent finishes.

The game itself took some time to settle with a hooked shot from Ilkeston’s Aaron Hooton the only chance of note in the first half hour but Adam Alcock saved comfortably.

Rangers’ first chance fell to Fabrice Kasiama but his volley from Peter Heler’s centre flew over the bar. Minutes later, Adam Alcock tipped Gary Ricketts’ header over and following the resultant corner, Jack Watts had his 20 yard drive blocked.

Kasiama forced a near post save from  Chris Martin in the Ilkeston goal but Karl Ashton gave the former Port Vale keeper no chance with a clinical finish on 40 mins after Danny Quinn had set up the chance from Ryan Brown’s long ball.

A slip by James Bolton a minute before half time let in Laurie Wilson but Luke George made an excellent covering tackle to ensure Rangers were still in front at the interval.

Rangers were unable to capitalise when Martin fumbled a shot from Ashton at the start of the second half while Quinn’s shot appeared to be blocked by team mate Christian Dacres before Liam Walshe’s follow up was saved by Martin as Rangers looked to extend their lead.

Ilkeston enjoyed the greater possession for an extended spell but rarely threatened the Rangers goal, the best chance falling to the unmarked Jideofo Maduako but he planted his header straight at Alcock.

But it was Rangers who struck the vital blow on 70 mins when Walshe headed Kasiama’s right wing corner into the roof of the Ilkeston net to establish a two goal cushion.

Ilkeston pressed but Ryan Brown’s intervention and a point blank save from Alcock denied Ricketts when the veteran striker looked certain to score on both occasions.

Ilkeston: 1 Chris Martin, 2 Rob Kozluk (12 Dan Partridge 60m), 3 Jake Wholey, 4 Laurie Wilson, 5 Joe Maguire, 6 Jideofo Maduako, 7 Jack Watts (15 Cameron Darkwah 46m), 8 Ryan Wilson, 9 Gary Ricketts, 10 Aaron Hooton (16 Kieran O’Connell 46m), 11 Matt Richards.
Unused Subs: 14 James Reid, 17 Russell Cooke

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn (14 Oliver Davies 87m), 11 Fabrice Kasiama.
Unused Subs: 12 Jimmy Turner, 15 Sean Kinsella, 16 Levi Reid, 17 Alex Curtis

Cautions: Maguire (Ilkeston), Heler (Stafford)
Referee: Geoff Law
Attendance: 515

Report by Chris Elsley

HEDNESFORD TOWN 3  STAFFORD RANGERS 0
Staffs Senior Cup Quarter Final - Tuesday 29th January 2013


After a 17 day weather break, Rangers returned to action with a Staffs Senior Cup quarter final tie at local rivals Hednesford but it proved a game to forget.

The Boro started brightly but it was a mishit cross from Levi Reid that almost caught out the home side, Dan Crane forced to turn the ball over the bar for a corner. Reid’s flag kick was flicked on by Karl Ashton but Christian Dacres couldn’t apply the finishing touch from a couple of yards out.

Oliver Davies blazed over when well placed and Danny Quinn fired just wide as Rangers continued to press but they received a set back when Luke George was sent off for a rash challenge on Hednesford skipper Darren Campion on 22 mins.

Davies was sacrificed for sub Jimmy Turner who filled in at the vacant right back spot but despite being a man down, Rangers still had the best chance of opening the scoring when Ryan Brown’s corner hit an unsuspecting Dacres at the back post and the ball squirted wide.

Hednesford’s best chance of the half fell to Elliott Durrell just before the break but his rising drive went high over the bar.

The second half produced a catalogue of errors from Rangers that were to prove the decisive factor.

On 50 mins, Adam Alcock parried a Michael Lennon shot but Turner made a hash of the clearance leaving Sean O’Connor with a simple tap in.

O’Connor and Nathan Woolfe missed out on chances to extend Hednesford’s lead before Danny Quinn fired over for Rangers after getting the better of Sam Barnes.

Alcock nearly gifted Hednesford a second when he tried to beat Lennon inside his own area but Rangers broke away quickly and Fabrice Kasiama forced a save from Dan Crane.

On 70 mins, another poor clearance from Alcock landed on the head of Lennon but the Rangers’ keeper made amends by tipping Lennon’s header away for a corner.

But a minute later, it was 2-0 as Durrell blasted his shot past Alcock.

Alcock saved from Dave MacPherson before James Bolton tidied up his own error, clearing off the line from Durrell after a poor header had let the midfielder in.

Crane saved from Quinn in what was to be Stafford’s last chance of salvaging something from the game while Alcock saved from O’Connor following a poor header from Liam Walshe.

But it was Hednesford who had the final say as Lennon wrapped up a comprehensive victory in the final minute.

Hednesford Town: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Darren Campion, 4 Ben Bailey (14 Sam Craven 72m), 5 Sam Barnes, 6 Dave MacPherson, 7 Jamey Osborne (12 John Disney 68m), 8 Elliott Durrell, 9 Sean O’Connor, 10 Michael Lennon, 11 Nathan Woolfe (17 Luke Shearer 76m).
Unused Subs: 15 Aaron Rey, 16 Asa Wright

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Levi Reid (18 Sean Kinsella 76m), 8 Peter Heler, 9 Karl Ashton (14 Fabrice Kasiama 56m), 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Oliver Davies (15 Jimmy Turner 28m).
Unused Subs: 12 Lee Downes, 16 Michael Carr.

Cautions: Osborne (Hednesford), Heler (Stafford)
Sent Off: George (Stafford)
Referee: Mr S Bratt
Att: 314

Report by Chris Elsley

FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER 3  STAFFORD RANGERS 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 12th January 2013


Two defensive howlers put Rangers on the road to defeat after they squandered chances to take a half time lead.

Rangers had the better of a somewhat scrappy first half and could have taken an early lead when Michael Carr found himself in space but he declined to shoot and the opening disappeared.

United keeper James Spencer saved from Karl Ashton and Peter Heler as Rangers continued their bright start before United came into the game and Adam Jones headed wide when well placed.

Danny Read saved well with his legs to keep out Tom Greaves but Rangers missed several chances in the final five minutes of the half that were to prove costly.

Spencer made a flying save to turn away a goal bound header from Liam Walshe before Fabrice Kasiama scuffed his shot across the face of goal when well placed.

With the final action of the half, Jimmy Turner’s shot found its way past two United defenders but straight into the arms of Spencer.

It was a woeful header from Ryan Brown that put United on their way on 52 mins. Greaves and Astley Mulholland both had efforts scrambled off the line before Jerome Wright hammered the ball into the back of the net.

Read saved well from Jerome Wright a couple of minutes later but it was another defensive error, this time from Walshe, that led to United’s second on 72 mins, Greaves squaring for Matthew Wolfenden to score.

Michael Carr nearly reduced the arrears when his deep centre came back off the bar but hopes of a come back were ended when Greaves’ speculative volley from the corner of the area left Read standing.

FC United of Manchester: 1 James Spencer, 2 Kyle Jacobs, 3 Lee Neville, 4 Dean Stott, 5 Adam Jones, 6 Louis Horne (14 Dave Birch 46m) 7 Astley Mulholland (12 Rhodri Giggs 74m), 8 Matthew Tierney (16 Jake Cottrell 65m), 9 Tom Greaves, 10 Jerome Wright, 11 Matthew Wolfenden.
Unused Subs: 15 Carlos Roca, 17 Cedric Krou

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Jimmy Turner (16 Levi Reid 73m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Fabrice Kasiama (14 Danny Quinn 62m), 11 Peter Heler.
Unused Subs: 12 Lee Downes, 15 Sean Kinsella, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions: Wright (FC United)
Referee: Patrick Mahon
Attendance: 2,131 (162 Stafford)

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1 NANTWICH TOWN 2
Doodson Sports Cup 3rd Round - Tuesday 8th January 2013


Rangers crashed out of the Doodson Sports Cup with defeat at home to Nantwich Town in a disappointing match at Marston Road.

The Boro had the better of the early chances with Sean Kinsella missing out when his shot was blocked while Dabbers keeper Jon Brain saved from Danny Quinn seconds later. As Rangers continued to threaten, Levi Reid’s well struck drive from over 20 yards out went just wide.

The first chance for the visitors came on 18 mins when Mark Beesley glanced a header wide from Sean Cooke’s cross.

Kyle Wilson went close on 28 mins with a well struck volley and it was the Nantwich forward who opened the scoring a minute later. Luke George had the misfortune to see the ball run into Wilson’s path following his challenge on Mark Beesley and Wilson snapped up the chance, rolling the ball past Danny Read from a tight angle.

Reid went close to an equaliser for Stafford with a shot that grazed the outside of the post while Cooke could have extended Nantwich’s lead on the stroke of half time, his shot just clearing the intersection of post and bar.

Rangers made a positive start to the second half with Oliver Davies and Quinn both forcing saves from Brain. Efforts from Quinn and Reid sailed over the bar and Kinsella’s shot swung wide but the best chance fell to Fabrice Kasiama on 74 mins. An accurate crossfield ball from Reid picked out the Rangers sub who was making his 100th appearance for the club but, with just Brain to beat, he went for the flamboyant rather than the clinical and his chip over Brain also cleared the bar.

Nantwich dealt the killer blow four mins from time when George was harshly penalised for handball and Cooke netted from the spot.

Karl Ashton scored a consolation for Stafford two minutes into added time but it wasn’t enough to keep the Boro in the competition.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Levi Reid, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Sean Kinsella (12 Karl Ashton 61m), 11 Oliver Davies (14 Fabrice Kasiama 65m).
Unused Subs: 15 Michael Carr, 16 Christian Dacres, 17 Jimmy Turner

Nantwich Town: 1 Jon Brain, 2 Ryan Dicker, 3 Niall Maguire, 4 Casper Hughes, 5 Darren Moss, 6 Rod McDonald, 7 Sean Cooke, 8 Paul Brown (12 Josh Lane 89m), 9 Kyle Wilson, 10 Mark Beesley (14 Simon Everall 82m), 11 Lewis Short (15 PJ Hudson 77m).
Unused Subs: None- only three subs named.
(Wilson wore no 10 and Beesley no 9 during the first half)

Cautions: Downes, Kinsella (Stafford) - Dicker, Cooke (Nantwich)
Referee: Thomas Harty
Attendance: 210

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 3 WORKSOP TOWN 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 5th January 2013


Rangers returned to the league’s top ten after an impressive victory over 5th placed Worksop Town.

Greg Clowes chose to leave out leading scorer Danny Quinn and captain Lee Downes with recalls for Jimmy Turner and Ryan Brown while Fabrice Kasiama joined Karl Ashton in attack. In goal, Danny Read replaced Adam Alcock who was unavailable.

But it was the visitors who took the early initiative when Matt Young volleyed into the top corner from 20 yards on 12 mins following a corner from Lee Beeson.

Kasiama volleyed over for the Boro while Oliver Davies’ search for his first goal in Boro colours continued when he fired wide of the far post after linking well with Ashton.

Worksop’s Lee Potts missed a good chance to double his side’s lead when he placed his shot wide of the target.

But Rangers hit Worksop with three goals in a ten minute spell that turned the game around.

Ashton struck first, on 29 mins, when he headed in a corner from Kasiama and Liam Walshe put the Boro ahead three minutes later when he got just enough head on Michael Carr’s free kick to divert the ball past Paul Bastock.

Carr was involved again on 39 mins when an attempted clearance from Worksop struck Carr and the ball ran into the path of Kasiama who advanced to fire past Bastock.

A 35 yard screamer from Christian Dacres was within inches of giving Rangers a fourth before the interval.

Rangers continued to command the game after the break and Turner should have put the game out of reach on 73 mins but he skied the ball over the bar with just Bastock to beat.

Worksop’s best chance of the half was presented to them by a poor clearance from Read and James Bolton’s failure to clear. Jamie Jackson tried his luck by shooting towards an empty goal from distance but Brown raced back to clear.

The closing minutes saw two more great chances go begging as Bastock saved from Peter Heler and Ashton ballooning the ball over after walking through the Worksop offside trap.

The win completes a league double over Worksop and takes Rangers up to 9th in the table.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Michael Carr (17 Sean Kinsella 90+3m), 7 Jimmy Turner (16 Peter Heler 75m), 8 Christian Dacres (12 Lee Downes 72m), 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 14 Danny Quinn, 15 Levi Reid

Worksop Town: 1 Paul Bastock, 2 Ryan Clarke, 3 Lee Ridley, 4 Matt Young, 5 Adie Hawes (12 Stuart Ludlam 57m), 6 Kern Miller, 7 Lee Beeson (17 Nathan Modest 57m), 8 Steve Towers, 9 Tom Denton, 10 Jamie Jackson, 11 Lee Potts (16 Jake Scott 57m).
Unused Subs: 14 Luke Shiels, 15 Matt Telling

Cautions: Davies (Stafford), Clarke, Towers (Worksop)
Referee: Edward Smart
Attendance: 527

Report by Chris Elsley

ASHTON UNITED 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 1st January 2013


Rangers opened up 2013 with a rare goal less draw away to Ashton United. It was exactly two years to the day since they last had such a result, away to AFC Telford United.

With a strong wind behind them, Rangers nearly made the dream start when Ashton keeper Paul Philips could only push Fabrice Kasiama’s 2nd minute free kick on to the cross bar but it was the home captain Chris Lynch who was first to react to the loose ball to clear the danger.

A minute later, Michael Carr’s goal bound drive was blocked by a posse of Ashton defenders.

Ashton responded and Stephen Johnson fired wide before Oliver Davies cleared a header from Lynch away for a corner.

Ashton’s leading scorer, Aaron Burns had the ball in the net on 20 mins but had strayed offside.

Philips looked uncertain with the high ball and flapped at corner from Kasiama before redeeming himself with a good save from Carr’s rising drive.

Johnson burst into the Stafford area, forcing a save from Adam Alcock and immediately Rangers went on the attack, Carr setting up Danny Quinn but his shot lacked power and Philips saved easily.

Philips saved again from Kasiama and then turned a well struck free kick from Carr over the bar as the two sides went in at the break on level terms.

With the wind now in their favour, Ashton made a strong start to the second half.

A good challenge from James Bolton blocked Matty Kosylo’s progress but Matty Burke’s corner that followed glanced off the Rangers’ bar.

Alcock saved well from Burns after the Ashton forward found himself clear on goal and then denied the same player again with an even  better save, stretching out a hand to grab the ball off the toes of Burns after an error from Liam Walshe.

The home side kept up the pressure. Bolton headed off the line from Ashton sub Matty Barlow and Christian Dacres was on hand to clear a corner from Burke.

Alcock nearly blotted his copybook when he failed to hold Chris Denham’s header but Dacres cleared the danger once more.

Ashton threatened to win it in added time as Burns broke on the left but his centre flashed across the face of goal with former Stafford striker Barlow unable to get the crucial touch.

Ashton United: 1 Paul Philips, 2 Alex Frost, 3 Kyle Harrop (16 Chris Denham 88m), 4 Matty Burke, 5 Craig Robinson, 6 Chris Lynch, 7 Scott Hogan, 8 Thomas Moore (12 Tom Baker 84m), 9 Aaron Burns, 10 Matty Kosylo (14 Matty Barlow 74m), 11 Stephen Johnson.
Unused Subs: 15, Chris Baguley, 17 Mark Peers

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Luke George, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Michael Carr (14 Sean Kinsella 78m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Fabrice Kasiama (16 Levi Reid 62m).
Unused Subs: 12 Ryan Brown, 15 Peter Heler, 17 Danny Read.

Cautions: Harrop, Burke (Ashton), Ashton, George, Davies (Stafford)
Referee: Peter Gooch
Att: 163

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 HEDNESFORD TOWN 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Wednesday 26th Dec 2012


Hednesford’s Aaron Rey scored the only goal of the game to condemn Rangers to a disappointing Boxing Day defeat at Marston Road.

The visitors made the early running and could have been three goals to the good inside the opening ten minutes but found keeper Adam Alcock on top form.

The Stafford keeper flew to his right on 6 mins to push a Nathan Woolfe free kick on to the post then kept out a long range drive from Rey a couple of minutes later.

Alcock completed a hat trick of fine saves to keep out Neil Harvey after the Hednesford front man had beaten the Boro offside trap.

Ben Bailey should have done better with his back post header as Hednesford continued to dominate the play and Alcock was on hand to save again when he made a near post save from Elliot Durrell.

Gradually, Rangers stopped the flow but rarely tested Dan Crane in the visiting goal. The Hednesford keeper was only called upon once in the first half when Fabrice Kasiama’s flick gave Danny Quinn an opening but Crane was able to parry.

On a greasy surface, there were several flying tackles during the opening 45 mins but the second period was a toned down affair.

Hednesford created a couple of half chances that came to nothing before Kasiama saw his lob cleared off the line by Alex Melbourne on 73 mins.

Play switched to the other end and four minutes later a short ball through the Rangers defence from Durrell put Rey in the clear and Alcock was finally beaten.

Stafford: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Luke George, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Michael Carr (16 Levi Reid 68m), 8 Lee Downes (14 Peter Heler 79m), 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Fabrice Kasiama (12 Sean Kinsella 85m).
Unused Subs: 15 Ryan Brown,  17 Danny Read

Hednesford Town: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Darren Campion, 4 Ben Bailey, 5 Francino Francis, 6 Dave MacPherson, 7 Jamey Osborne, 8 Elliot Durrell, 9 Neil Harvey (14 Sean O’Connor 79m), 10 Aaron Rey (17 Sam Craven 89m), 11 Nathan Woolfe (12 Michael Lennon 71m).
Unused Subs: 15 Sam Barnes, 16 John Disney

Cautions: Bolton, George, Downes (Stafford), Durrell, Francis (Hednesford)
Referee: Mark Billingham
Att: 1,124

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 4 AFC FYLDE 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 18th Dec 2012


Danny Quinn’s second hat trick of the season helped Rangers make it three wins out of three as they defeated AFC Fylde in a thrilling match at Marston Road.

The game was barely two minutes old when Rangers opened the scoring. Fabrice Kasiama found a gap in the Fylde defence which allowed Karl Ashton to pick out Danny Quinn on the far side of the area and the Boro’s leading scorer finished clinically.

But Fylde make a quick response and levelled in the 9th minute when Jack Dorney got away from Oliver Davies and centred for Michael Barnes to fire home at the back post.

Rangers enjoyed a good period as the match reached the half hour mark with Quinn missing out from in front of goal when Ashton’s pass ran under his feet while Ben Hinchcliffe saved twice in quick succession, keeping out a Peter Heler snapshot before pushing over a header from Quinn from the subsequent corner.

There was a flurry of goals at the start of the second half with three coming in a five minute spell.

Rangers were the first to strike within a minute of the resumption when Ashton took advantage of a sliced clearance from Hinchcliffe and they extended the margin three minutes later through Quinn who fired home after good work from Ashton.

Adam Alcock saved well from Paul Jarvis but James Dean reduced the arrears on 51 mins when he headed home Dorney’s twice taken corner.

The two goal margin was restored on 62 mins when Ashton put Kasiama through and, when he couldn’t find the gap he wanted, he cleverly lifted the ball to the back post where Quinn snapped up the chance to complete his hat trick and take his tally to 20 for the season.

Peter Heler and Quinn had efforts blocked as Rangers continued to press but the best chance fell to Kasiama who drilled his shot across the face of goal.

Levi Reid almost made it five in stoppage time but couldn’t find the power to beat Hinchcliffe but Rangers will head into the Christmas period in good spirits after another good performance.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner (15 Levi Reid 67m), 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 James Bolton, 6 Peter Heler, 7 Michael Carr (14 Sean Kinsella 79m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Fabrice Kasiama.
Unused Subs: 12 Ryan Brown, 16 Alex Curtis, 17 Danny Read

AFC Fylde: 1 Ben Hinchcliffe, 2 Steve Haslam, 3 Paul Jarvis (17 Aaron Fleming 74m) 4 Matty Hughes, 5 Michael Taylor, 6 Brad Barnes, 7 Jack Dorney, 8 Harry Winter, 9 James Dean, 10 Michael Barnes, 11 Richie Allen (12 Adam Farrell 52m).
Unused Subs: 14 Glenn Steel, 15 Adam Summer, 16 Joe Booth

Cautions: Heler, Kasiama, Reid (Stafford), Winter (Fylde)
Referee: Gareth Hubbard
Att: 305

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 5 KENDAL TOWN 1
EVO STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 15th Dec 2012


Rangers recorded their biggest win of the season at the expense of lowly Kendal Town.

Both sides missed out on chances that fell their way inside the first minute or so but Rangers soon had their noses in front when Alex Ralph tripped Michael Carr and Danny Quinn fired home the 4th minute penalty.

Carr made it 2-0 on 17 mins with a drive from around 12 yards after Jimmy Turner’s free kick had been helped on by Karl Ashton and Liam Walshe’s first effort was blocked by Craig Dootson.

Rangers looked dangerous every time they pushed forward against a suspect Kendal defence and Quinn and Carr had sent shots well off target, before Ashton finally opened his Boro account on 34 mins following Quinn’s pass through the Kendal back line.

Rangers could have been five up by the break as another Turner free kick shaved the outside of the near post, Ashton headed over and Dootson saved from Quinn.

Kendal came out positively following the interval and a long clearance gave forward Simon Rawnsley a chance of a way through but eventually he found his route blocked by Oliver Davies and Luke George.

But Rangers were soon back on the attack and when Fabrice Kasiama played the ball inside for Davies to run on to, it looked as though the young defender was going to grab his first goal  but the ball bounced off the far post and back into the arms of Dootson.

Carr skewed a shot wide after a slip from Ralph let him in but Ashton made it 4-0 on 69 mins after being put clear by Turner.

There was an amazing miss from Kasiama who scuffed wide of an open goal after a pull back from Ashton before Adam Alcock was called into serious action for the first time since the kick off when he went low to his left to save from Ben Fishwick.

Kasiama was determined to get on the score sheet but missed a couple more chances that came his way while Christian Dacres headed wide from Ryan Brown’s free kick.

But Rangers have only managed two clean sheets in the league all season and they let slip once more when Zach Clark got clear in the 86th minute and Rawnsley got the final touch ahead of an attempted goal line clearance.

Kasiama rounded off the scoring three minutes into added time when he burst past two Kendal defenders and fired past Dootson with the final kick of the game.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Michael Carr, 8 Lee Downes (15 Peter Heler 77m), 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Danny Quinn (12 Ryan Brown 81m), 11 Fabrice Kasiama.
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, 16 Sean Kinsella, 17 Danny Read

Kendal Town: 1 Craig Dootson, 2 Danny Maghan, 3 Alex Ralph, 4 Martin Grundy, 5 Dean Overson, 6 Jordan Tucker-Blanc (16 Liam Shields 83m), 7 Jack Cook (15 Ben Fishwick 70m), 8 Jordan Armstrong (14 Mike Rushton 57m), 9 Simon Rawnsley, 10 Zach Clark, 11 Maison McGeechan.
Unused Subs: 12 Marly Gough, 17 Alec Hague

Cautions: Maghan, McGeechan (Kendal Town)
Referee: Grant Taylor
Att: 364

Report by Chris Elsley

MATLOCK TOWN 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 3
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 8th Dec 2012


Rangers came from behind to defeat ten man Matlock Town in an entertaining match at Causeway Lane.

Top scorer Danny Quinn came off the bench to score twice in the second half to give Rangers the points after Matlock had cancelled out Jimmy Turner’s opener.

Turner struck on 12 mins, heading home a left wing centre from Sean Kinsella who had been given a second chance to deliver following a disappointing initial corner.

The blossoming new Boro front line partnership nearly produced another goal as Fabrice Kasiama put Karl Ashton through but Jon Kennedy made a good save.

Matlock got themselves level on 28 mins following Micky Harcourt’s free kick. Joe Leesley saw his shot blocked but the ball fell to Oliver Radford who fired into the far corner.

A minute later, Harcourt’s appeals for a penalty were turned down. Rangers immediately broke but the move ended when Kasiama dragged his shot wide.

Before play resumed, the referee called over an angry Harcourt and showed him a straight red card for a gesture of dissent.

But, the ten men of Matlock continued to play positively and took the lead four minutes into the second half.

Massiah McDonald went on a run reminiscent of Eastwood’s Romaine Graham a week earlier but, rather than shoot, McDonald squared for Glyn Cotton. Adam Alcock failed to hold Cotton’s drive and Phil Roe followed up to score although McDonald appeared to foul Liam Walshe in his attempts to clear.

Just before the hour, Greg Clowes introduced Quinn and Michael Carr into the action and the move paid dividends on 64 mins when Quinn stabbed home from close range following Turner’s centre.

Kasiama went close to putting Rangers in front when he forced Kennedy to tip over with a 25 yarder but Quinn made no mistake five minutes from time when he snapped up his chance after Ashton’s shot had been blocked.

Quinn was looking for his hat trick but was denied when Kennedy pushed his first time shot over.

Matlock pressed forward to salvage a point and it needed a flying save from Alcock to keep out James Ashmore and ensure Rangers first league win in five outings.

Matlock Town: 1 Jon Kennedy, 2 Micky Harcourt, 3 Phil Roe, 4 Glyn Cotton (15 Martin Foster 56m), 5 Adam Yates, 6 Oscar Radford, 7 Joe  Leesley (16 Laurence Gaughan 75m), 8 James Ashmore, 9 Massiah McDonald, 10 Lewis McMahon, 11 Gareth Davies (12 Bradley Grayson 90+1m).
Unused Subs: 14 Anthony Griffiths-Junior, 17 Nick Buxton

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Dacres (12 Michael Carr 58m), 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Fabrice Kasiama (14 Levi Reid 82m), 11 Sean Kinsella (15 Danny Quinn 58m).
Unused Subs: 16 Ryan Brown 17 Danny Reid

Cautions: McDonald (Matlock), Heler (Stafford)
Sent Off: Harcourt (Matlock)
Referee: M Bingham
Att: 307

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 BUXTON 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 4th December 2012


Rangers and Buxton fought out a draw in an incident packed game that saw three players sent off.

Greg Clowes was hoping for a positive response following Saturday’s poor showing at Eastwood but instead saw his side go behind in the 4th minute when an unmarked Lee Morris was allowed to head home a right wing centre from Neil Stevens.

Morris went close to a second with a 25 yard drive that went just wide but Rangers were soon back on level terms as Karl Ashton set up Fabrice Kasiama to fire past Ian Deakin on 10 mins.

Ashton headed wide at the near post after good work from Levi Reid before a shot from Oliver Davies ran across the face of the Buxton goal.

In between, Buxton’s Kevin Sandwith sent a free kick over the Rangers bar.

Rangers took the lead on 43 mins after Ashton and Kasiama linked once more and the latter unleashed a well struck drive just inside the far upright.

But Buxton hit back two minutes into added time when headers from Marc Roberts and Morris combined to set up Kieran Lugsden who nodded in from close range.

Rangers suffered a set back five minutes into the second half when Luke George was sent off for picking up a second yellow card but the numbers were evened out four minutes later when Buxton’s Morris received a straight red for a stamp on Jimmy Turner.

Both sides continued to go for goal. Deakin saved from Kasiama and Ashton saw his follow up deflected away for a corner while Adam Alcock saved well from David Haggerty’s near post header at the opposite end.

Kasiama squandered a great chance to record his hat trick when he was kept out by Deakin following another neat flick from Ashton.

Lugsden became the third player to be dismissed when he collected his second caution of the night on 81 mins but it was the nine men of Buxton who threatened next when Alcock was forced to race out of his area to deny Jack Bradbury.

Alcock’s clearance reached the half way line where Sandwith returned the ball with interest and Alcock just managed to get back to tip the ball over for a corner.

The closing stages saw Rangers press for a winner but Deakin saved from Peter Heler then made a flying save to claw away a shot from Kasiama that was heading for the top corner.

In the final exchanges, Deakin was beaten by a deflected shot from Sean Kinsella but the ball struck the junction between post and bar.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Luke George, 6 Christian Dacres (14 Sean Kinsella 78m), 7 Levi Reid (12 Peter Heler 55m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 15 Ryan Dicker, 16 Karl Espley, 17 Danny Read

Buxton: 1 Ian Deakin, 2 Grant Black, 3 Kevin Sandwith, 4 Steve Istead, 5 David Haggerty, 6 Marc Roberts, 7 Neil Stevens, 8 Matt Thornhill, 9 Lee Morris, 10 Kieran Lugsden, 11 Sam Duncum (14 Jack Bradbury 77m).
Unused Subs: 12 Mark Reed, 15 Charlie Johnson, 16 Michael Towey, 17 Kyle Nix.

Cautions: Downes, Dacres (Stafford), Black (Buxton)
Sent Off: George – 2 cautions (Stafford), Lugsden – 2 cautions, Morris (Buxton)
Referee: Jonathan Hunt
Att: 283

Report by Chris Elsley

EASTWOOD TOWN 2  STAFFORD RANGERS 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 1st Dec 2012


A stoppage time penalty from Sean Kinsella salvaged a point for Rangers against bottom of the table Eastwood Town.

The Notts side had lost their previous eight games and that run looked set to be extended when Levi Reid fired Rangers ahead in the 27th minute but Eastwood hit back through Matt Harris and Romaine Graham before Kinsella struck late on.

Rangers produced one of their most disappointing displays of late but began to assert some authority after Reid’s corner came back off the far post just before the midway point of the first half.

A minute later, Fabrice Kasiama fired over following Karl Ashton’s knock down.

The new Boro front line linked again on 27 mins when Ashton put Kasiama clear and although Richard Stainsby parried the shot, Reid followed up to score.

Harris should have levelled a minute later but somehow managed to turn the ball wide from close range.

Rangers went on to miss out on a number of openings as complacency set in and they were made to pay a minute into first half added time when Harris turned smartly to fire past Adam Alcock.

Six minutes into the second half, Eastwood skipper Graham embarked on a run after picking up possession midway inside his own half. He breezed past countless Boro players to find himself clear on goal and finished his run by firing past Alcock to put Eastwood in front.

Rangers went close to drawing level when Kasiama hit the post a minute later after being set up by Christian Dacres but it was Eastwood who created the better chances and Alcock made two crucial saves, keeping out Paolo Piliero and Lavell White.

A melee saw Eastwood’s Harris cautioned on 78 mins and when the same player made a poor challenge on Ashton a minute later, referee Marvyn Amphlett had no hesitation in showing him a second yellow.

But Rangers struggled to make their extra man count until Chris Shaw felled Kasiama five minutes into added time and Kinsella put away the penalty.

Eastwood Town: 1 Richard Stainsby, 2 Josh Raven, 3 Chris Shaw, 4 Travis Munn, 5 Romaine Graham, 6 Scott Rogers, 7 Joel Holland, 8 Paolo Piliero, 9 Lavell White (12 Ewen Clark 88m), 10 Matt Harris, 11 Jake Green.
Unused Subs: 14 Vijay Selvam, 15 Bradley Munn, 16 Gary Breach (only four subs named)

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Karl Espley, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Christian Dacres (12 Sean Kinsella 69 m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Karl Ashton, 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 14 Jimmy Turner, 15 Peter Heler, 17 Danny Read (only four subs named)

Cautions: Shaw, White, Stainsby (Eastwood), Dacres (Stafford)
Sent Off: Harris – two cautions (Eastwood)
Referee: Marvyn Amphlett
Attendance: 187

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 SOUTHPORT 4
FA Trophy 1st Round - Saturday 24th November 2012


Rangers’ best run in the FA Trophy for seven years came to an inglorious end as they were well beaten by Blue Square Premier division outfit Southport.

On a greasy Marston Road surface, Rangers were chasing the game from the word go as Southport eased their nerves by taking a 5th minute lead.

Former Boro defender Andy Owens went straight into the Southport starting line up after joining from Mansfield earlier in the week and he quickly repaid manager Liam Watson’s faith in him when he got in a deep cross for the unmarked Chris Almond to head home at the back post.

Stafford’s main threat came through the pairing of Jon Sheldon and Fabrice Kasiama but, despite working hard, they struggled to mount a serious threat on the Southport goal.

Both created half chances for each other but in each case they saw half chances go wide of the target.

Southport nearly doubled their lead when Almond’s corner nearly squirmed through Danny Read’s defences at the near post.

Port keeper Tony McMillan wasn’t  brought into action until a minute before the break when he was called upon to keep out a low drive from Sheldon.

Rangers had a disastrous start to the second half when a defensive error allowed Owens to send Steve Tames clear and he fired past Read for Southport’s second.

After Owens had headed wide for Southport, Read saved well from Chris Lever, pushing the ball out for a corner.

The tie was as good as over on 58 mins when Ryan Brown’s back pass fell short and Owens pounced to make it 3-0.

Brown was again at fault in the build up to Southport’s fourth goal on 75 mins when his weak clearance allowed Tames in. Although Read saved the first effort, Tames followed up to net his second of the game.

Rangers sub Peter Heler went close to a late consolation in the closing stages but it was not to be Rangers’ day.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Karl Espley, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Jimmy Turner (15 Levi Reid 64m), 8 Lee Downes (14 Sean Kinsella 68m), 9 Danny Quinn (12 Peter Heler 61m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 16 Ryan Dicker, 17 Adam Alcock

Southport: 1 Tony McMillan, 2 James Smith, 3 Chris Lever, 4 Steve Akrigg, 17 Chris Lynch, 18 Steve Tames, 16 Alan Moogan (15 Aaron Chambers 77m), 8 Karl Ledsham, 9 Andy Owens (21 Darren Stephenson 66m), 22 Godfrey Poku (12 Russell Benjamin 61m), 11 Chris Almond.
Unused Subs: 23 Liam Willis, 13 Zak Hibbert

Cautions: Walshe, Dacres, Kasiama (Stafford)
Referee: Robert Jones
Attendance: 531

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD TOWN 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
Walsall Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 20th November 2012


The honours went the way of the Rangers in the first ever competitive Stafford derby between the two sides. The tie attracted an excellent crowd of 518 to Evans Park.

Rangers made seven changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Nantwich but it was still strong starting eleven named by Greg Clowes.

There were three former Rangers players in the Town line up with Ishmale Reid, Paul McMahon and Chris Morris all looking to get one over on their old club and, in Ishmale's case, his brother.

The game took some time to settle with neither keeper being called upon to make a save until Dean Oliver struck a shot straight at Town’s Richard Stone as the game approached the 15 min mark.

Rangers brought some life into the game by taking the lead on 33 mins. Fabrice Kasiama did well to get in a cross from the left which was helped on by Peter Heler and Levi Reid pounced to fire the Boro in front.

Minutes later, Stone was forced low to his right to keep out a Sean Kinsella shot but Town could have go in at the break on level terms when McMahon hooked the ball goalwards following a poor clearance from Adam Alcock but the Rangers keeper managed to get back to spare his blushes.

Kinsella made it 2-0 on 49 mins when he found the tightest of gaps between Stone’s hand and his right hand post and Kasiama went close to adding a third with an audacious 35 yard lob that came back off the Town bar.

But, with Rangers looking set to run away with it, Town got back into the game on 55 mins with McMahon claiming the crucial touch from Ishmale Reid’s free kick.

Town should have been on level terms when the ball fell to Spencer Gunnell’s feet following a corner from John Kirby but he delayed sufficiently to allow Christian Dacres in to block the shot.

Jimmy Turner and makeshift striker Heler (twice) both missed chances to restore the two goal margin but Rangers held on to avoid what would have been an embarrassing defeat had they not progressed. But it was a win with a price to pay as Dean Oliver, Ryan Dicker and Michael Carr all picked up injuries that forced them out of the game.

Stafford Town: 1 Richard Stone, 2 Mat Dockerty, 3 Joe Woodward, 4 Ben Henderson (15 Liam Evans 83m), 5 Spencer Gunnell, 6 Ryan Fox, 7 John Kirby (12 Steve Bennett 71m), 8 Ishmale Reid, 9 Paul McMahon (16 James Price 78m), 10 Chris Morris, 11 Darryl Johns.
Unused Subs: 14 Daryll Evans, 17 Neil Brasenell

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Luke George, 3 Jimmy Turner, 4 Karl Espley, 5 Ryan Dicker (16 Jon Sheldon 46m), 6 Michael Carr (14 Lee Downes 79m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Peter Heler, 9 Dean Oliver (12 Christian Dacres 27m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Sean Kinsella.
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Curtis, 17 Danny Read

Cautions: Levi Reid (Rangers)
Referee: Stuart Eagland
Attendance: 518

Report by Chris Elsley

NANTWICH TOWN 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 17th November 2012


Rangers had to settle for a share of the spoils at Nantwich in a game that both sides wasted opportunities to take maximum points.

Nantwich were the first to show with former Rangers striker Simon Everall having two great chances inside the opening three minutes.

Everall was one of four former Stafford players in the Nantwich side, lining up with Chris Flynn, Rod McDonald and Niall Maguire.

Everall’s first chance came from a gift wrapped back pass by Karl Espley that forced Danny Read to race off his line to clear. A minute later, Sean Cooke’s through ball put Everall clear but this time Read was able to push his shot over the bar.

Rangers’ first opening fell to Fabrice Kasiama from a Danny Quinn lay off but he could'nt keep his volley down.

After Cooke had placed a volley wide at the other end, it was Lee Downes’ turn to try his luck, but his shot also failed to find the target.

Soon after, Nantwich skipper Mat Bailey left the field on a stretcher following an innocuous looking clip of the heals by Quinn.

Two chances came and went for Nantwich midfielder Fraser McLachlan but it was Rangers who had the advantage at half time when Luke George hooked the ball home from close range following Jimmy Turner’s corner a minute into added time.

Kasiama curled a shot just wide at the start of the second half but Everall was denied by Read once more when he latched onto a long clearance by Jon Brain before Espley blocked the follow up.

Kasiama should have doubled Stafford’s lead  after he had linked well with Turner but he fired straight at Brain from close range and Nantwich made him pay for the miss with 12 mins remaining.

A deep free kick was headed across goal by Kyle Wilson and converted at the back post by Bailey’s replacement, Darren Moss.

The goal triggered a strong finish from Nantwich who went in search of the winner. Everall headed over while Wilson had a shot blocked and sent a volley over.

But it was Rangers’ keeper Read who was to ensure the points were shared with a superb save from Wilson in stoppage time.

Nantwich Town: 1 Jon Brain, 2 Adam Carden, 3 Chris Flynn, 4 Niall Maguire, 5 Mat Bailey (12 Darren Moss 24m) 6 Rod McDonald, 7 Sean Cooke, 8 Fraser McLachlan (15 Christian Smith 87m), 9 Simon Everall, 10 Kyle Wilson, 11 Josh Lane (14 Lewis Short 74m).
Unused Subs: 16 Lyndon Campbell, 18 Josh Brehaut

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Karl Espley, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Jimmy Turner, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn (16 Dean Oliver 69m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama (15 Sean Kinsella 88m), 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Subs: 12 Michael Carr, 14 Ryan Dicker, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions: Flynn, Maguire, Cooke, Lane, Moss (Nantwich), Walshe, Dacres, Turner, Downes (Stafford)
Referee: Ollie Yates
Att: 474

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 LEEK TOWN 0
Staffs Senior Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 13th November 2012


Rangers recorded their third cup win in eight days to book a 2nd Round tie away to rivals Hednesford Town.

Both sides had early chances and Leek’s Adam Roberts wasted the first of a number of good opportunities that came his way during the night when he failed to test Adam Alcock after getting behind the Rangers defence inside 5 minutes.

A minute later, Fabrice Kasiama saw his shot squirm under the body of Leek keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston but just the wrong side of the post. Jimmy Turner’s downward header from the corner bounced up and over the bar.

Leek’s main threat came via the long ball but it was a fine pass from Tom Urwin that gave Roberts another opening only for the door to be firmly shut by Liam Walshe.

Sean Kinsella fired at the Leek keeper from 18 yards but Oliver Davies should have netted his first goal for the Boro when he broke into the area only to poke his shot wide.

Roberts missed out again when presented with a free header, Alcock making the comfortable save, then saw his shot deflected over by Davies following a flick on by Tim Grice.

It was Kasiama who finally broke the deadlock on 31 mins when he linked well with Turner before spotting Lloyd-Weston a couple of yards of his line and clipped the ball over the Leek keeper.

Rangers increased their lead a couple of minutes into the second half. Leek’s George Melling beat Karl Espley to Sean Kinsella’s free kick but could only send the ball beyond Lloyd-Weston and into his own net.

Roberts headed over for Leek with Adam Alcock caught out of position while sub Matt Haddrell also failed to keep his header on target from Ricky Bridge’s left wing delivery.

Danny Quinn came on for Kasiama and should have wrapped up the tie but chipped the ball over the Leek Bar.

In the final minute Alcock prevented Grice from pulling a goal back with a good save before Espley made a goal line clearance to keep out the follow up.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Karl Espley, 6 Sean Kinsella (15 Alex Curtis 84 min), 7 Jon Sheldon, 8 Peter Heler (14 Alex Forde 68 min), 9 Dean Oliver, 10 Fabrice Kasiama (12 Danny Quinn 72 min), 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Sub: 17 Danny Read – only four subs named

Leek Town: 1 Daniel Lloyd-Weston, 2 Tim Sanders, 3 Ricky Bridge, 4 George Melling, 5 Mat Bradbury, 6 Sam Hall, 7 Tom Urwin, 8 Dan Shelley (12 Matt Haddrell 47 min), 9 Tim Grice, 10 Adam Roberts (16 Dan Cope 67 min), 11 Matt Bell.
Unused Subs: 14 Peter Wright, 15 Michael Thomas, 17 Dan Roberts

Cautions: None
Ref: Steve Rushton
Att: 202

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 3 BRADFORD PARK AVENUE 1
FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round - Saturday 10th November 2012


Rangers booked themselves an FA Trophy 1st Round tie for the first time in five years with a deserved win over Conference North outfit Bradford Park Avenue.

Goal chances were at a premium in the opening half hour but this was in no way a dull spectacle.  The first opportunity fell to the visitors on 12 mins when Danny Holland teed up a chance for Alex Davidson but Danny Read saved with his right boot.

The half was approaching the midway point before Rangers created their first real chance but Liam Walshe couldn’t keep his back post header on target following a corner from Ryan Brown.

Brown was involved again a few minutes later when his free kick was headed on by Danny Quinn but Tim Deasy saved Fabrice Kasiama’s shot before a good drive from Bradford’s Craig Radcliffe at the other end went just wide of the upright.

Rangers began to look the stronger side but failed to convert chances that fell to Kasiama and Christian Dacres and they were made to pay a minute before the break when Richard Marshall let fly from 25 yards, his shot being grabbed by Read after bouncing down off the underside of the bar but the referee’s assistant indicated that the ball had already crossed the line.

Moments later, Holland should have made it 2-0 but he failed to convert from five yards out.

Michael Carr replaced the injured Lee Downes for the second half and within four minutes of the resumption the Boro were level when Brown’s free kick from near the right hand touchline went in directly via the top of the far post.

A Liam Walsh free kick was saved by Deasy and Dacres shot wide but Rangers continued to press and when Kasiama linked with Jimmy Turner on 70 mins, Rangers won a penalty following a body check on Turner by James Knowles.

Quinn hammered home the spot kick and Rangers were in front.

Kasiama went close to adding a third when he ended a solo run with a shot against the Bradford bar and then badly miscued an attempted chip over Deasy as the Bradford keeper advanced out of his area.

Kasiama finally got the goal to kill off the Bradford challenge with three minutes to go. A poor clearance from Deasy fell to Quinn who laid the ball off for the unmarked Kasiama to fire Rangers into the 1st Round.

Michael Duckworth missed a chance to set up a grandstand finish when he fired across the face of goal but Bradford could have no complaints.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Karl Espley, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Peter Heler (14 Jon Sheldon 60m), 8 Lee Downes (12 Michael Carr 46m), 9 Danny Quinn (15 Sean Kinsella 90m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 16 Alex Curtis, 17 Adam Alcock

Bradford Park Avenue: 1 Tim Deasy, 2 Michael Duckworth, 3 Craig Radcliffe, 4 Richard Marshall, 5 James Knowles, 6 Nathan Hotte, 7 Alex Davidson (14 Jamie Jackson 60m), 8 Matty James (15 Rob O’Brien 75m), 9 Danny Holland (12 Tom Greaves 75m), 10 Jordan Deacy, 11 Paul Walker.
Unused Subs: 16 Martin Drury, 17 Ross Daly

Cautions: Heler (Stafford), Hotte (Bradford)
Referee: Simon Barrow
Attendance: 419

Report by Chris Elsley

WOLVERHAMPTON CASUALS 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 3
Walsall Senior Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 6th November 2012


Rangers lined themselves up with a local derby at Stafford Town after marking their Walsall Senior Cup debut with victory over Wolverhampton Casuals.

Peter Heler and Danny Quinn were on the receiving end of a couple of poor challenges in the early stages as the home side looked to make their mark earning John Clapp and Lee Butler yellow cards.

There was little for either keeper to worry about until Jon Sheldon forced a save from Todd Henderson on 21 mins while Ryan Dicker should have done better with his close range header and Heler fired his left foot drive over.

A hitherto disappointing game was kick started into life three minutes before the break when Fabrice Kasiama jinked both ways before beating Henderson inside his left post from 25 yards.

Casuals should have been level at the break when Craig Love put Craig Edwards clear but his touch allowed Danny Read the opportunity to smother.

But the home side were back on level terms less than two minutes after the restart when Love sent former Rangers man Dean Clarke away in the inside left channel and he advanced to curl his shot over Read.

A good save from Henderson prevented Heler from restoring Stafford’s lead a couple of minutes later but Danny Quinn was presented with a chance that he couldn’t miss on 52 mins following some good approach play from Sheldon.

Further saves from Henderson kept out Kasiama, Liam Walsh and Quinn while, at the other end, Read had to race out of his area to clear from Clarke. Carlo Franco fired the loose ball goalwards but Walshe was on hand to clear.

But it was still Rangers who were creating the better chances and Quinn missed out firing a close range effort over after Henderson had saved his first shot.

An ongoing feud between Clarke and Jimmy Turner saw both players cautioned and eventually Turner was replaced by Ryan Brown to save him from seeing red.

It was sub Michael Carr who finally wrapped up the tie, firing home Rangers third from 20 yards two minutes from time.

Rangers now ‘travel’ to Stafford Town in the 2nd round in two weeks time.

Wolverhampton Casuals: 1 Todd Henderson, 2 Carlo Franco, 3 Barry Evans (15 Jonathan Aldridge 66m), 4 Lee Butler, 5 Daniel Lloyd, 6 John Clapp, 7 Richard Adams, 8 Craig Love (14 Angelo Franco 68m), 9 Craig Edwards (16 Mark Bellingham 57m), 10 Dean Clarke, 11 Daniel Pilgrim.
Unused Subs: 12 George Williams, 17 Lee Cooke

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Jimmy Turner (14 Ryan Brown 85m), 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Sean Kinsella (12 Michael Carr 66m), 9 Danny Quinn (15 Alex Curtis 89m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Jon Sheldon.
Unused Sub: 17 Adam Alcock – only four subs named

Cautions: Butler, Lloyd, Clapp, Clarke (Wolves Casuals), Turner, Carr (Stafford)
Ref: A Sarginson
Att: Approx 100

Report by Chris Elsley

BLYTH SPARTANS 1  STAFFORD RANGERS  0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 3rd Nov 2012


Rangers failed to build on Tuesday nights victory over Chorley, going down to the only goal of the game at Blyth Spartans.

It was Rangers’ seventh defeat in eight visits to Croft Park but they came so close to coming away with at least a point, despite playing the last 34 mins with only ten men after Peter Heler was sent off for a professional foul.

Rangers’ Danny Read was the first keeper called in to action when he was forced low to his right to keep out Damon Mullen’s drive.

An unmarked Liam Walshe missed a golden opportunity when he headed a Jimmy Turner free kick wide and a fine shot from Fabrice Kasiama went inches wide of the upright.

But it was Blyth who made the important breakthrough on 11 mins. Robbie Dale sent Lee Mason away on the right and his cross was met by Ryan McGorrigan at the back post to fire the home side ahead.

Blyth keeper Conor Grant pushed away a well struck drive from Ryan Brown as Rangers looked to get back level but, at the other end, Dale fired just over from just outside the area.

Rangers’ best chance of the half fell to Oliver Davies just before the break when he clipped his shot against the bar while Sam Hodgson, a late inclusion in the Blyth starting line up, ended his game early when he left the field on a stretcher following a harmless looking challenge by Jimmy Turner.

But Rangers’ hopes took a blow on 56 mins when Peter Heler misjudged a ball over the defence from Blyth sub Craig Farrell and conceded a penalty when he hauled down Dale. Rangers were reduced to ten men as Heler received a red card but Farrell failed to inflict any further damage when his poorly struck penalty went wide.

Lee Mason fired wide for Blyth when well placed and McGorrigan shot wide after being sent away by Neal Hooks.

Read saved well from both Phil Airey and Dale as Blyth wasted chances to put the game beyond doubt, inviting a spirited last effort from Rangers.

Ryan Dicker blazed over from close range and Lee Downes, barely able to walk, struck the post from 20 yards.

Read made a super goal line clearance to deny Farrell in stoppage time but the final chance fell to Downes who was just off target from 25 yards out as Rangers were left to rue missed opportunities.

Blyth Spartans: 1 Conor Grant, 2 Shaun Utterson, 3 Sam Hodgson (12 Craig Farrell 45m), 4 Shaun Vipond, 5 Wayne Buchanan, 6 Darrel Donnelly, 7 Lee Mason (16 Tom Berj 68m), 8 Neal Hooks, 9 Ryan McGorrigan (14 Phil Airey 77m), 10  Damon Mullen, 11 Robert Dale.
Unused Subs: 15 Jake Turnbull, 18 Carl Jones.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr (15 Sean Kinsella 68m), 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn (18 Darren Alexander 68m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Oliver Davies (14 Jon Sheldon 78m).
Unused Subs: 12 Christian Dacres, 16 Levi Reid.

Cautions: Utterson, Buchanan, Airey (Blyth) Walshe (Stafford)
Sent Off: Heler (Stafford)
Ref: Warren Broadbent
Att: 317

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1 CHORLEY 0
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 30th October 2012


Some of the best football served up in front of their own fans for several years gave Stafford Rangers the points against high flying Chorley.

It was the front pairing of Danny Quinn and Fabrice Kasiama who terrorised the Chorley defence in a second half showing that left fans wondering how Rangers had not scored more than one goal.

Greg Clowes made one change to the side that had beaten Ramsbottom United three days earlier with Ryan Dicker replacing Levi Reid.

But it was all one way traffic in the opening 20 mins as Rangers were forced to defend against repeated Chorley attacks.

An error from Adam Alcock nearly presented the visitors with a goal inside the first minute but Dicker cleared ahead of Adam Roscoe. Ciaran Kilheeney and Roscoe both headed over while Kilheeney fired at Alcock – all before five minutes were on the clock.

Rangers weathered the storm but were still on the back foot as they failed to pose a threat on the Chorley goal.

Alcock parried a well struck drive from Dave Mellor while a great block by Dicker denied Kilheeney when the Chorley forward looked certain to score.

Rangers’ best effort of the half came just before the break when a Jimmy Turner free kick drifted just wide.

But the second half belonged to the men in black and white.

Peter Heler fired over from 25 yards and Quinn was blocked by Mark Ross before Rangers began to open up the Chorley defence and after Oliver Davies had halted a Chorley attack, Lee Downes broke away to send Peter Heler away only for Jack Cudworth to save.

The all important goal came on 62 mins when Quinn got behind his marker to head home a deep free kick from Dicker.

Kasiama turned on the magic and set up chances for both Downes and Davies but both went begging.

Quinn was put clear by Kasiama but fired over from close range before shooting wide from 20 yards out.

Rangers kept pressing and Kasiama and Quinn both should have scored in added time but were kept out by good saves from Cudworth.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Peter Heler, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn (15 Darren Alexander 90+3m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama, 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 14 Christian Dacres, 16 Jon Sheldon, 17 Danny Read

Chorley: 1 Jack Cudworth, 2 Ashley Parillion, 3 Dave Mellor, 4 Mark Ross, 5 Andy Russell, 6 Dale Whitham, 7 Kirk Millar, 8 Simon Garner (14 John Cunliffe 77m), 9 Ciaran Kilheeney (15 Porya Ahmadi 58m), 10 Adam Roscoe, 11 Tom Ince.
Unused Subs: 12 Steve Flitcroft, 16 Tom Walker, 17 Tom Williams

Cautions: Mellor, Millar (Chorley)
Ref: Marvyn Amphlett
Att: 377

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 3 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0
FA TROPHY 2nd Qualifying Round - Saturday 27th October 2012


A hat trick from Danny Quinn helped Rangers move into the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy at the expense of Ramsbottom United.

Quinn’s treble was the first by a Rangers player in the competition since Mick Cullerton hit three against Bishop Auckland in 1979 – the year that Rangers last won the cup.

After the midweek departures of Courtney Pitt and Simon Everall, there were further problems for Rangers before kick off as Ryan Dicker pulled up with a quad injury in the warm up, and Michael Carr was promoted in to the reshuffled starting line up.

Ramsbottom, who play their league football a level below Rangers in the NPL First Division North, made a positive start but it was Rangers who were soon taking control.

Visiting keeper Grant Shenton made an acrobatic save from Fabrice Kasiama but when Quinn ran on to a through ball from Kasiama, Shenton brought him down. Quinn smashed the resultant penalty into the roof of the net to put Rangers ahead on 11 mins.

A back post header from Joel Pilkington was blocked by Peter Heler in a rare threat from Ramsbottom while Ryan Brown nearly extended Stafford’s lead with a surprise shot from a free kick which forced Shenton down to his left to concede the corner.

A bit of luck went Rangers’ way as Quinn made it 2-0 on 34 mins. Good approach play involving Ryan Brown and Kasiama allowed Carr to pick out Quinn but his shot struck Mark Ayres before rebounding back off Quinn and into the net.

Rambsottom’s best chance of the half came just before the break when Ayres headed against Adam Alcock from point blank range.

After a half time blasting, Ramsbottom began the second half well but another costly miss came their way just two minutes after the resumption when Lee Gaskell sent Grant Spencer clear only for Alcock to make another important save.

Gaskill just missed out with another couple of half chances that came his way as the visitors continued to threaten but Rangers gradually quelled the Ramsbottom flame.

Kasiama drilled a shot across the face of goal and, on 65 mins, Quinn was halted by the outstretched arm of Shenton as he tried to go round the visiting keeper.

But Quinn was not going to be denied his hat trick and within seconds he had been put clear by Kasiama and held off two defenders before finding the bottom corner of the net.

The game drifted towards an uneventful finish until two minutes before the end when Stafford sub Darren Alexander got involved with Daniel Warrender near the half way line. Tempers between one or two players were still heated and a minute later Ayres was sent off after striking Jimmy Turner.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Michael Carr, 6 Peter Heler, 7 Levi Reid (14 Christian Dacres 72m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn (15 Darren Alexander 85m), 10 Fabrice Kasiama (16 Jon Sheldon 83m), 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 12 Sean Kinsella, 17 Danny Read

Ramsbottom United: 1 Grant Shenton, 2 Daniel Warrender, 3 Joel Pilkington, 4 Gary Stopforth (Martin Cosgrave 71m), 5 Mark Ayres, 6 Ian Flannery, 7 Dominic Smalley, 8 Philip Edghill, 9 Lee Gaskill, 10 Grant Spencer (12 Mark Sharples 71m), 11 Philip Dean (14 Kieron Pickup 60m).
Unused Sub: Elliot Threlkeld

Cautions: Walshe, Reid, Downes (Stafford) Shenton (Ramsbottom)
Sent Off: Ayres (Ramsbottom)
Referee: Steven Mycock
Attendance: 341

Report by Chris Elsley

MARINE 3  STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 23rd October 2012


Two goals in the final five minutes sent Rangers to defeat at Marine.

Rangers looked set to take something from the game after enjoying a man advantage for the best part of an hour but Marine went into the ascendancy after Levi Reid saw red midway through the second half.

Marine made the early running but Adam Alcock comfortably dealt with a low shot from Nick Rogan before making a brave save from Danny Grannon under the challenge of Marcus Carver.

The shape of the game changed in the 14th minute when Marine skipper Matty Brown was sent off for pulling back Simon Everall as he was about to break in to the home area.

Callum Williams made a save from a Dean Oliver drive but Marine continued to press themselves and Ryan Brown was forced to clear from Carver while Grannon put a good chance wide from the resulting corner.

After Reid had been tripped by John Shaw, Brown’s free kick deflected inches wide off the Marine wall.

But it was Marine who opened the scoring, just two minutes before the break. Grannon thought he had scored when he climbed highest to get to Andy Fowler’s corner. His header was cleared off the line but only to Alan Burton who drilled the loose ball through the crowd to put his side ahead.

Oliver missed a great chance to level before the break but planted his header wide of the target from inside the six yard box.

An injured Oliver was replaced by Danny Quinn for the second half but it was Marine who should have doubled their lead within 20 seconds of the restart when Carver fired over from six yards out.

But Quinn soon made his mark and headed Rangers level on 51 mins when he rose to meet Jimmy Turner’s cross.

Brown and Lee Downes both went close as Stafford looked to take control but Reid was sent off after 67 mins for clashing with John Shaw and Marine stepped up their game.

A poor effort from Burton went over and a shot from Karl Noon was deflected wide before a good shot from Nick Rogan found the back of the net via the far post on 86 mins.

The result was sealed two minutes later, Rogan found himself clear in the area and fired past Alcock to make it 3-1.

Marine: 1 Callum Williams, 2 Shaun Dowling, 3 John Shaw, 4 Matty Brown 5 Danny Grannon, 6 Robbie Lawton, 7 Andy Fowler (14 Karl Noon 69m), 8 Jonathan Goulding, 9 Marcus Carver (17 Paul Lundon 90m), 10 Nick Rogan (12 Michael Ordish 90m), 11 Alan Burton.
Unused Subs: 15 Paul Jones, 16 Liam Rice

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Peter Heler, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Dean Oliver (14 Danny Quinn 46m), 11 Oliver Davies.
Unused Subs: 12 Courtney Pitt, 15 Michael Carr, 16 Fabrice Kasiama, 17 Danny Read

Cautions: Shaw, Goulding (Marine), Turner (Stafford)
Sent Off: Brown (Marine), Reid (Stafford)
Ref: Anthony Moore
Att: 311

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 NORTH FERRIBY UNITED 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 20th October 2012


Rangers were beaten by league leaders North Ferriby United in an uninspiring encounter at Marston Road.

The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in respect of former keeper Milija Aleksic who died suddenly earlier in the week.

Rangers began well and nearly opened the scoring on 11 mins following a left wing corner from Jimmy Turner. Visiting keeper Adam Nicklin flapped but Danny Quinn’s shot was cleared off the line by Steve Gardner.

It was against the run of play that North Ferriby took the lead in the 22 minute.

A deep ball from Nathan Peat found Liam King unmarked and although his header came back off the post, Russell Fry was first to react and had a simple tap in.

The goal turned the shape of the game as Rangers failed to maintain their early promise and Mark Gray could have put the Villagers two up when he headed wide from Ryan Williams’ cross.

An over head effort from Ryan Dicker was the nearest Rangers came to equalising as North Ferriby held on to their lead at the interval.

Ryan Kendall wasted a good chance early in the second half when he clipped the ball wide of the target and was then denied by Adam Alcock a few minutes later.

The introduction of Fabrice Kasiama and new signing Dean Oliver gave Rangers a slight lift and Levi Reid fired just over 20 yards.

Alcock had to go full stretch to keep out King but after Kasiama had fired wide for Stafford, Kendall went clear in added time to wrap up the points.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall (12 Dean Oliver 58m), 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Courtney Pitt (16 Fabrice Kasiama 60m).
Unused Subs: 14 Luke George, 15 Ryan Brown, 17 Jordan Wood

North Ferriby United: 1 Adam Nicklin, 2 Steve Gardner, 3 Nathan Peat, 4 Liam King, 5 Gregg Anderson, 6 Mark Gray, 7 Russell Fry, 8 Chris Boulder (14 Steve Ridley 70m), 9 Jack Muldoon (15 Danny Clarke 70m), 10 Ryan Kendall, 11 Ryan Williams.
Unused Subs: 12 Ben Hunter, 16 Dean Lisles, 17 Antoni Pecora

Cautions: Anderson, Ridley (North Ferriby)
Ref: Matthew Wilkes
Att: 450

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 ILKESTON 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Tuesday 16th October 2012


Rangers bounced back from a dismal display at Frickley to collect a much needed three points.

Simon Everall made a welcome return to the scoresheet with goals in the opening minutes of each half before Ilkeston pulled one back to set up a nervy final 15 mins.

Everall gave Rangers an ideal start when he latched on to a ball from Peter Heler to fire past Ashley Timms with less than 3 mins on the clock.

Levi Reid, making his first start since signing for the club for a fourth time, hit a low drive wide as Rangers looked to assert their early authority. A slip by Ryan Dicker nearly undid the good start as it allowed Daryll Thomas in but Adam Alcock came to the rescue.

Alcock denied Thomas again after the Ilkeston striker had been put clear by Matt Richards as Rangers’ lead came under threat once more but, at the other end, Danny Quinn almost increased the Boro lead after Timms had dropped Courtney Pitt’s free kick.

James Reid sent a well struck drive just over the Stafford bar but the half ended with a Rangers attack and a Ryan Dicker header that was saved by Timms.

But it was Everall who was on the mark once more when he put Rangers 2-0 up in the 47th minute, beating Timms at the second attempt after the Ilkeston keeper had blocked his first attempt.

Ilkeston brought on Gary Ricketts to try to boost their chances and the experienced forward soon tested Alcock with a back post header.

Everall skewed wide from 20 yards as he looked for his hat trick but it was an excellent strike from Jack Watts that put Ilkeston back in the game on 73 mins.

But although the visitors pressed in the final stages, they rarely showed any signs of levelling the scores apart from one drive from Dion Chambers that brought a save from Alcock.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Peter Heler, 7 Levi Reid (14 Fabrice Kasiama 86m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall (15 Darren Alexander 90+2m), 10 Danny Quinn, 11Courtney Pitt.
Unused Subs: 12 Luke George, 16 Alex Curtis, 17 Jordan Wood

Ilkeston: 1 Ashley Timms, 2 Joe Wilcocks (12 Greg Pearson 70m), 3 Ryan Wilson, 4 Dion Chambers, 5 Dan Partridge, 6 Joe Maguire, 7 Jack Watts, 8 Matt Richards, 9 Aaron Hooton (16 Gary Ricketts 52m), 10 Daryll Thomas, 11 James Reid (15 Dereece Gardner 52m).
Unused Subs: 14 Russell Peel, 17 Chris Martin

Cautioned: Walshe (Stafford), Timms, Partridge (Ilkeston)
Ref: Paul Hobday
Att: 312

Report by Chris Elsley

FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 13th October 2012


A poor second half showing sent Rangers to defeat at bottom of the table Frickley Athletic.

Rangers made one change to the side that drew at Rushall with Simon Everall getting the nod ahead of Peter Heler while new signing Levi Reid had to settle for a place on the bench.

The two pronged attack of Everall and Danny Quinn looked set to pay dividends as Rangers took an early grip on the game.

The first opportunity fell to Quinn but he seemed caught in two minds as he drilled the ball across the face of goal.

A shot from Everall flashed over before Frickley created their first serious threat of the game when Gavin Allott broke into the area only to skew his shot wide under pressure from Oliver Davies.  

A poor back pass from Jake Picton almost let in Everall but Tom Woodhead just managed to clear and the Frickley keeper denied Everall again moments later.

But Rangers finally got their deserved goal on 23 mins when Quinn headed in Courtney Pitt’s centre from the left after Everall had done well in the build up.

A poor challenge from Matty Bloor on Karl Espley was eventually to force him out of the game with Alex Forde taking over at right back.

Frickley began to make more of a showing up front and Allott forced a good save from Adam Alcock while Luke Hinsley fired just wide of the advancing Stafford keeper.

Frickley’s equaliser came three minutes before the break when Tom Johnston’s deep centre was headed back by Picton and Hinsley volleyed in from close range.

Nine minutes into the second half Frickley were ahead. Michael Carr gave the ball away in midfield allowing Allott to advance on a solo run. He shrugged off the challenge of Ryan Dicker before firing past Alcock from the edge of the area.

But, after a competitively fought opening 45 mins, the second period was a great disappointment. Play deteriorated rapidly as both sides were guilty of giving the ball away far too easily.

Only late on did Rangers threaten when Quinn got his head to a Jon Sheldon corner but Picton got in ahead of Everall while Dicker’s header from the resultant corner looped over.

Allott wasted two great chances added time but his earlier strike was enough to ensure the Yorkshire side would take the points.

Frickley Athletic: 1 Tom Woodhead, 2 Terry Barwick, 3 Lee Stratford, 4 Inderjeet Aujla, 5 Jake Picton, 6 Tom Johnston, 7 Jason Yates (16 Dave Buck 81m), 8 Matty Bloor, 9 Gavin Allott, 10 Luke Hinsley (14 Jake Quickenden 77m), 11 Jimmy Ghaichem.
Unused Subs: 12 Chris Wood, 15 Henry Sibenge, 17 Zack Levers

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Karl Espley (16 Alex Forde 37m), 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr (12 Jon Sheldon 66m), 7 Jimmy Turner (14 Peter Heler 63m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Courtney Pitt.
Unused Subs: 15 Levi Reid, 17 Jordan Wood

Cautions: Aujla, Bloor (Frickley)
Ref: Ken Haycock
Att: 244

Report by Chris Elsley

RUSHALL OLYMPIC 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League - Saturday 6th October 2012


A goal from Jimmy Turner earned Stafford Rangers a point from their trip to second placed Rushall Olympic on Saturday.

Turner, who had recorded his first goal for the club a week earlier in the FA Trophy draw at Rugby, got on the end of a centre from Courtney Pitt midway through the half to cancel out Gavin Caines’ 7th minute strike for the home side.

Rangers made one change with Tuesday night’s match winner Danny Quinn replacing Simon Everall in attack but it was Rushall who made the early running.

Both Michael Clarke and Ahmed Obeng saw chances fall their way before former Stafford defender Caines flicked the ball past Adam Alcock following Grant Beckett’s corner to put Rushall in front.

Rangers found chances hard to come by until Turner pounced to head home from close range on 23 mins.

Rangers took charge but were unable to find a way through the Rushall defence as the game reached half time with the sides all square.

Beckett missed out on a good chance for Rushall at the start of the second half when he scuffed his shot through to Alcock while Rushall keeper Chris Gemmell saved well from Ryan Dicker shortly after.

Obeng missed out twice when he headed straight at Alcock before shooting wide of the target seconds later.

Caines also went wide with a back post header from Beckett’s corner but Alcock wasn’t really troubled.

Chances came at both ends in the final minutes with Rushall’s Kyle Haynes shooting over and Stafford’s Turner slipping as he prepared to shoot at the other end.

But it was Simon Everall who wasted the best chance to win it in the final minute when he got behind the Rushall back line but his delayed shot was blocked by Gemmell’s legs.

RUSHALL OLYMPIC: 1 Chris Gemmell, 2 Kyle Haynes, 3 Grant Beckett, 4 Mitchell Tolley, 5 Gavin Caines, 6 Lucan Spittle, 7 Jordan Fitzpatrick, 8 Danny Bragoli, 9 Michael Clarke, 10 Ahmed Obeng (17 Andre Landell 84m), 11 Lei Brown (15 Craig Owen 79m).
Unused Subs: 12 Jonathan Haynes, 14 Josh Craddock, 16 Ramone Stephens

STAFFORD RANGERS: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Karl Espley, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Jimmy Turner, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn (12 Simon Everall 68m), 10 Peter Heler, 11 Courtney Pitt (15 Jon Sheldon 81m).
Unused Subs: 14 Alex Forde, 16 Liam Newman, 17 Danny Read

Cautions: Tolley, Caines (Rushall), Heler (Stafford)
Ref: Andrew Newbold
Att: 322

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1 RUGBY TOWN 0
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Replay Tuesday 2nd October 2012


Stafford Rangers earned a home tie against Ramsbottom United after a hard fought victory over Rugby Town in this FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round replay.

But victory came at a cost as the Boro finished with nine men after Michael Carr and Karl Espley were both sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

Rangers opened up with a succession of unsuccessful long range shots and it wasn’t until the first half approached the midway point that they got close in on goal, Carr placing his header wide from eight yards out.

Rangers went close when Peter Heler’s 20 yarder was only parried by Dave Bevan in the Rugby goal. Simon Everall was first to the loose ball but put the rebound across the face of goal.

Rugby rarely threatened although Fazel Koriya almost found a way through when he went round Adam Alcock but left himself too much work to do from a tight angle.

Craig Kelly spared the blushes of former Rangers’ defender Ed Booth with a goal line clearance from his glancing header towards his own net.

The half finished on a sour note for Rangers as Carr picked up two yellow cards in two minutes – the first for hand ball and the second for a foul on Seb Lake-Gaskin.

Rugby started to come into it and created their best opening just before the hour when Ellis Myles created a chance for Richie Allen but Alcock saved well to his right.

Alex Gudger put two headers wide and only an excellent interception from Oliver Davies prevented Lake-Gaskin from putting Rugby ahead.

But neither side was able to find a winner inside 90 minutes, forcing the tie into extra time but it took less than two minutes of the extra half hour for the deadlock to be broken.

Turner chased a long ball into the Rugby area, was clipped from behind by Kelly and sub Danny Quinn fired Rangers ahead from the penalty spot.

Espley was sent off for his second caution of the game, a harsh decision for a soft looking foul on Lake-Gaskin, leaving Rangers to play out the final 20 mins with just nine men.

Ross Miller twice went close as Rugby pressed and in the final seconds Kelly flashed a centre across the face of the Rangers goal and Alcock saved well from Lake-Gaskin as Rangers held on for their victory.

STAFFORD RANGERS: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Karl Espley, 3 Oliver Davies, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Jimmy Turner, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall (12 Danny Quinn 78m), 10 Peter Heler, 11 Courtney Pitt (14 Jon Sheldon 73m).
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Forde, 16 Liam Newman, 17 Danny Read

RUGBY TOWN: 1 Dave Bevan, 2 Ellis Myles, 3 Craig Kelly, 4 Ross Miller, 5 Ed Booth, 6 Alex Gudger, 7 Steve Palmer, 8 Richie Allen (12 Alex Austin 83m), 9 Seb Lake-Gaskin, 10 Fazel Koriya (15 Nik Evangilinos 86m), 11 Robbie Banks (14 Tyron Amory 99m).
Only 3 subs named.

Cautions:
Walshe (SRFC), Miller, Booth, Allen (RTFC)
Sent Off: Carr, Espley – both 2 yellows (SRFC)
Ref: Dumitru-Ravel Cheosiaua
Att: 232

Report by Chris Elsley

RUGBY TOWN 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Saturday 29th September 2012


Stafford Rangers and Rugby Town will have to battle it out again after the two sides could not be separated in Saturday’s FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round tie at Butlin Road.

A catalogue of missed opportunities, including a missed penalty, prevented Rangers from completing the task at the first time of asking against a Rugby side who played most of the second half with just ten men after Ross Miller was sent off.

It was a dramatic afternoon for the Rugby skipper who was due to be one of his side’s substitutes until a nasty collision between Mason Rowley and Tyrone Fagan in the pre match warm up left Rowley requiring hospital treatment.

Rangers enjoyed the better of the early exchanges and should have taken the lead after 13 mins when Simon Everall was presented with a gilt edged chance in front of goal. Rugby keeper Dave Bevan did just enough to deny Everall. The ball ran to Lee Downes who looked certain to score only for Ellis Myles to clear off the line.

Myles was again Rugby’s saviour when he raced back to block a goal bound shot from Everall and from the resultant corner, Bevan made a good reaction save to keep out Downes.

Another goal line clearance, this time from Craig Kelly, denied Courtney Pitt as Rangers continued to threaten but it was Rugby who were to make the break through six minutes before half time when Richard Blythe slipped the ball through to Fazel Koriya who finished smartly.

Rugby felt they should have had a penalty a minute later when Koriya shot struck Ryan Dicker on the line but their claims of handball, which would have seen Dicker sent off, went unanswered.

There was further despair in the home camp just two minutes into the second half when Miller was penalised for a hand ball in the area and was, somewhat harshly, sent off for a second yellow of the afternoon.

Michael Carr blasted the spot kick high over the bar but Rangers were level on 53 mins when Carr picked out Jimmy Turner who cut inside Kelly to score via the inside of the far post.

Danny Quinn, on for Peter Heler, wasted a good chance to give Rangers the lead but Rugby sent out a couple of warning shots of their own when former Stafford defender Ed Booth saw his header bounce back off the cross bar before Blythe forced a good save from Adam Alcock a minute later.

Although Rangers looked most likely to win it they failed where it mattered most. Bevan pushed a shot from Everall into the path of Carr who blasted against the bar while Quinn mishit his shot from in front of goal.

Both Everall and Downes put decent efforts just over the Rugby bar in the final minutes, but the two sides will have to try again at Marston Road.

RUGBY TOWN: 1 Dave Bevan, 2 Ellis Myles, 3 Craig Kelly, 16 Ross Miller, 5 Ed Booth, 6 Robbie Banks, 7 Alex Austin, 8 Richard Blythe (15 Richie Allen 75m), 9 Seb Lake-Gaskin (14 Alex Gudger 87m), 10 Fazel Koriya, 11 Tyron Amory (17 Steve Palmer 46m).
Unused Sub: 12 Tyrone Fagan

STAFFORD RANGERS: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Karl Espley, 3 Ryan Brown (16 Oliver Davies 29m), 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6Michael Carr, 7 Jimmy Turner, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Peter Heler (12 Danny Quinn 54m), 11 Courtney Pitt (14 Jon Sheldon 73m).
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Forde, 17 Danny Read

Cautions: Espley (SRFC)
Sent Off: Miller (RTFC) – two yellow cards
Ref: Dean Appleby
Att: 206

Report by Chris Elsley

GRESLEY 3 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Saturday 22nd September 2012


Rangers blew a two goal lead as they suffered yet another embarrassing defeat in the FA Cup.

It was all looking good for Rangers after goals from Danny Quinn and Michael Carr gave them a half time lead but they took their foot off the pedal after the break and the home side made them pay.

Rangers had the better of the first twenty minutes but failed to make the most of chances that came their way as Simon Everall dragged a shot wide and Danny Quinn saw his effort deflected for a corner.

But it was the goal scoring hero of the last round, Ryan Dicker, who was guilty of the worst miss when he fired wide from close range following Jimmy Turner’s corner.

Gresley came into the game and Dean Oliver missed out on four good chances in a five minute spell with a combination of poor finishing and a good save from Adam Alcock.

When Phil Massingham sent a shot across the face of the Stafford goal on 33 mins, it seemed only a matter of time before Gresley would score but, instead, it was Rangers who were to break the deadlock, just a minute later.

Luke Bottomer beat Jordi Gough on the right to get in a cross which Quinn met acrobatically to send his volley bouncing high into the roof of the Gresley net.

Dicker headed just over soon after but Carr made no mistake when he stooped to head home Jimmy Turner’s corner four minutes before the break.

The second half was a quiet affair until Marc Goodfellow struck the top of the Rangers bar with a free kick midway through.

Taking inspiration, Gough pulled a goal back on 73 mins with an excellent finish, finding the top corner from around 20 yards out.

With ten minutes to go, it was all square. Rangers sub Jon Sheldon, making his first appearance of the season, was penalised after bundling Goodfellow to the ground and Guiseley’s leading scorer leveled from the penalty spot.

Alcock denied Rob Spencer as Gresley went in search of the winner but it duly arrived four minutes from time. A link up between two substitutes saw Mickey Lyons put Rich Hanslow clear and he went round Alcock to slot the ball into the empty net.

GRESLEY: 1 Gary Hateley, 2 Jamie Barrett, 3 Jordi Gough, 4 Marc Strzyzewski, 5 Michael Nottingham, 6 Craig Attwood (16 Mickey Lyons 61m), 7 Rob Spencer (17 Lavel White 90+1m), 8 James Jepson, 9 Dean Oliver, 10 Phil Massingham (12 Rich Hanslow), 11 Marc Goodfellow.
Unused Subs: 14 Matt Roome, 15 Gareth Langford, 18 Dan Douglas

STAFFORD RANGERS: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Luke Bottomer, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn (16 Liam Newman 87m), 10 Simon Everall (14 Peter Heler 74m), 11 Courtney Pitt (15 Jon Sheldon 72m).
Unused Subs: 12 Karl Espley, 17 Danny Read

Cautions: Barrett (Gresley), Turner, Bottomer (Stafford)
Ref: Stuart Richardson
Attendance: 414

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1  FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Tuesday 18th September 2012


Stafford Rangers came from behind to earn a draw against FC United of Manchester in an entertaining encounter at Marston Road.

The visitors, backed by a large vocal support, could have run away with the game in the first half as they created a number of clear cut chances, but they were only able to take one of them, leaving the gate open for Rangers’ second half comeback.

Adam Alcock saved well from Carlos Roca after the former Northwich man got clear but the Rangers keeper was well beaten on 15 mins by a first time shot from Jerome Wright who got on the end of a long ball from Dean Stott.

A good double save from Alcock a couple of minutes later kept Rangers in the match as he blocked a shot from Roca and Matt Wolfenden’s follow up.

Rangers were playing a competitive game but struggled to create much of a threat on the FC United goal.

Wolfenden missed another good chance when he dragged his shot wide of goal while it needed a header of the line from Ryan Dicker to keep out a shot from Roca that left Alcock beaten.

Mike Norton failed to make the most of another opening for United at the start of the second half and Rangers made them with an equaliser on 48 mins.

Luke Bottomer inspired the comeback with a fierce drive that James Spencer pushed away for a corner and from Jimmy Turner’s flag kick, Ryan Dicker hooked the ball home from close range.

The visitors continued to waste chances with Wright and Norton both going wide before Alcock saved from Norton following a lay off from Nicky Platt.

Peter Heler was caught in possession on the half way line, allowing United to break, but Jake Cottrell ended the move by curling his shot wide of Alcock’s right hand post.

Despite Rangers constantly pressing for a winner themselves, they were denied but of a look in and saw one of their better chances stabbed onto the roof of the social club by Lee Downes.

In the closing stages, Chris Amadi could have won it for United but failed to force the ball past Alcock and the two sides had to settle for a deserved share of the points.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Peter Heler (16 Oliver Davies 75m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Courtney Pitt (12 Danny Quinn 64m).
Unused Subs: 14 Kevin Street, 15 Alex Forde, 17 Jordan Wood

FC United of Manchester: 1 James Spencer, 2 Kyle Jacobs, 3 Lee Neville, 4 Dave Birch, 5 Nicky Platt (16 Cedric Krou 85m), 6 Dean Stott, 7 Carlos Roca (14 Chris Amadi 73m), 8 Jake Cottrell, 9 Mike Norton, 10 Jerome Wright, 11 Matthew Wolfenden.
Unused Subs: 12 Scott Cheetham, 15 Charlie Anderson

Cautions: Pitt, Quinn (SRFC), Roca, Norton (FCUM)
Ref: Edward Smart
Att: 814

Report by Chris Elsley

WORKSOP TOWN 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 3
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Saturday 15th September 2012


Rangers staged a second-half fight back to return to Staffordshire with all three points on a glorious summer day in Worksop.

Rangers made three changes from the side that made progress in the FA Cup in midweek. Adam Alcock replaced the unavailable Danny Read, Peter Heler replaced Kevin Street and Luke Bottomer started in place of the injured Simon Everall. Worksop gave a debut to 6’ 5” striker Tom Denton, on loan from Alfreton, and the big striker was soon involved heading the ball into the path of Steve Towers who fired over the bar.
Rangers were ahead in the 7th minute. Bottomer threaded a wonderful ball down the right hand side for Heler to run on to. Heler’s low cross into the box was met by the onrushing Michael Carr who slid the ball home, much to the annoyance of Worksop’s veteran keeper, Paul Bastock. Heler almost doubled Rangers lead, skimming the cross bar with a 25 yard effort. Bottomer was proving a real handful for Worksop and he created a good opportunity for Danny Quinn however the striker’s shot lacked power. Worksop had the ball in the net after 25 minutes but Leon Mettam was flagged offside.
Denton wasted a decent chance for the home side, heading off-target when well placed. Worksop were back on terms four minutes before the interval. Towers jinked into the penalty area before crossing for Mettam to tap home unmarked. Things got better for Worksop as they took the lead on the stroke of half-time. Mettam floated a cross to the far post and Denton headed in from a tight angle.

Rangers continued to play decent football without really threatening the Worksop goal but they were gifted an equaliser in the 61st minute. A high ball into the area from Courtney Pitt was flapped at by Bastock under pressure from his own centre-back Kern Miller, and Karl Espley was on hand to nod the ball into the empty net. The goal gave Rangers confidence and Pitt headed wide from an excellent Bottomer cross. Rangers were denied a clear cut penalty on 72 minutes when Quinn beat Adie Hawes only to be tripped by the centre-back but referee Grunnill deemed it was fair challenge.
Six minutes later, it was a different story. Quinn received a throw from Luke George, turned Hawes and was pulled down in the box. This time, the referee pointed to the spot and Quinn despatched the penalty to give Rangers the lead.
Six minutes into stoppage time, Worksop could have snatched a point but Matt Young missed the target and Rangers celebrated their first away win of the season.

Worksop Town: Paul Bastock, Ryan Clarke, Owain Warlow (Massiah McDonald), Chris Wood, Adie Hawes, Kern Miller, Matt Young,  Steve Towers, Tom Denton, Leon Mettam, Lee Beeson (Craig King 74).
Subs not used: Matt Telling, Lheuruex Menga, Bruno Holden

Stafford Rangers: Adam Alcock, Luke George (Alex Forde 90), Ryan Brown, Liam Walshe, Ryan Dicker (Karl Espley 51), Michael Carr, Peter Heler (Liam Newman 90), Lee Downes, Danny Quinn, Luke Bottomer, Courtney Pitt.
Subs not used: Kevin Street, Oliver Davies

Booked: Denton (Worksop), Brown, Dicker, Quinn (Stafford)
Referee: W Grunnill
Attendance: 300

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

STAFFORD RANGERS 2 STOURPORT SWIFTS 1 (AET)
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay
Tuesday 11th September 2012


Ryan Dicker was the saviour as another embarrassing page looked set to be written into Stafford Rangers’ FA Cup history.

Dicker, playing in an emergency strike role, headed in the equaliser in the final minute of normal time before scoring the winner with 10 minutes of extra time remaining.

It was a harsh outcome on Stourport who had taken the lead just before half time when a lack of understanding between Dicker and Boro keeper Danny Read had gifted Lewis Pountney with a simple chance.

Despite the late drama, it was a disappointing tie with Rangers struggling to find a way past the resolute Stourport back line, a task made harder when the visitors put every man behind the ball after they had taken the lead.

It was Pountney who had the first real chance of the game when he latched on to a through ball from Paul Jones only to be denied by Read.

Michael Carr fired wide and Courtney Pitt struck his free kick straight at Haydn Whitcombe in a couple of rare efforts on goal from the home side before Pountney pounced.

It could have been a lot worse as Jordan Jones volleyed over when well placed just before the half time whistle sounded.

Karl Espley replaced Kevin Street after the interval with Dicker pushed up into an attacking role but Paul Jones missed out on a great chance to double Stourport’s lead just seconds after the restart.

The visitors dropped further back as time went on, relying on sporadic breakaway’s and Espley made a crucial tackle to halt a threatening run from Paul Jones.

But, as the clock reached the 90 min mark, Dicker was on hand to glance home Liam Walshe’s long ball to force an extra 30 minutes.

A long range effort from Stourport’s Calvin Dinsley was deflected just wide while Simon Everall and Dicker both failed to convert chances for Stafford as the first 15 mins failed to separate the sides.

But it was Dicker who was there to send a looping header over Whitcombe after 110 mins when he got on the end of a high ball from Carr.

Read had to claw away a goal bound lob from Tim Jackson a minute later but Rangers held on to take their place in the 2nd Qualifying Round where a trip to Gresley awaits.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brow, 4 Ryan Dicker, 5 Liam Walshe, 6 Lee Downes, 7 Kevin Street (14 Karl Espley 46m), 8 Michael Carr, 9 Danny Quinn (15 Liam Newman 75m), 10 Simon Everall, 11 Courtney Pitt.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Forde, 16 Oliver Davies, 17 Adam Alcock

Stourport Swifts: 1 Haydn Whitcombe, 2 Jordan Jones, 3 Jamie Willetts, 4 Kevin Spencer, 5 Mark Smith, 6 Gary Walker, 7 Joe Adams (15 Kyonn Evans 75m), 8 Calvin Dinsley (17 Dan Taylor 118m), 9 Lewis Pountney, 10 Paul Jones (14 Louis Bridges 114m), 11 Tim Jackson.
Unused Subs: 12 Dennis Pearce, 13 Aaron Bannister, 16 Mark Benbow, 18 Paul Hurrell

Cautions: Espley (SRFC), Dinsley (SSFC)
Ref: James Thornhill
Att: 309

Report by Chris Elsley

STOURPORT SWIFTS 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round 8th September 2012


Rangers were held to a draw by Midland Alliance Stourport in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at sun-baked Walshes Meadow.

Rangers made three changes from the side that drew at Grantham in midweek. Ryan Dicker, Kevin Street and Danny Quinn replaced Karl Espley, Jimmy Turner and Luke Bottomer while there was a place on the subs bench for recent signing Liam Newman. Both sides struggled to gain any momentum in the early stages with Courtney Pitt having the game’s first attempt on goal. Stourport went close in the 17th minute when Tim Jackson played the ball into the feet of Paul Jones whose curling shot was just over the bar. Rangers should have broken the deadlock after 24 minutes when Street’s cross fell to Pitt at the far post but his shot was off target, grazing the crossbar. From another cross from Street, Quinn’s header looped safely into keeper Haydn Whitcombe’s arms. Stourport grabbed an unlikely lead 4 minutes before the break. A deep corner from Joe Adams was headed back into the penalty area by Kevin Spencer and Lewis Pountney managed to bundle the ball over the line. Ryan Brown tried his luck from distance but Whitcombe dealt with it comfortably.

The home side went close after the break when Pountney and Galvin Dinsley were both off-target. Rangers were being troubled by dead ball situations and from another Jackson free-kick, Pountney was allowed a free header at the far post but Paul Jones failed to finish. Rangers finally began to build some momentum and both Street and Michael Carr forced Whitcombe into simple saves shooting from distance. Rangers were level on 65 minutes and it was a goal of real quality. Pitt’s corner was partially cleared to Street who headed the ball back into the box. Ryan Dicker nodded the ball on to Carr with his back to goal, who scored with an overhead kick giving Whitcombe no chance. Simon Everall should have made it two five m9nutes later when he got the wrong side of the defence but a lack of control allowed Jamie Willets to make the last-ditch challenge. Swifts substitute Kyonn Evans created an opening for himself but fired wide as the home side began to tire in the heat. From another Pitt corner, Luke George headed the ball back into the 6-yard box but Dicker’s header was too high. An excellent through ball from Luke George picked out Newman on his debut and with the goal at his mercy the former Witton man fired over. Deep into stoppage time, Danny Read was forced into a save at his near post from a Louis Bridges snap shot.

Stourport Swifts: Haydn Whitcombe, Jordan Jones, Jamie Willetts, Kevin Spencer, Mark Smith, Gary Walker, Joe Adams (Kyonn Evans 67)), Calvin Dinsley, Lewis Pountney (Louis Bridges 90), Paul Jones (Dan Taylor 90), Tim Jackson.
Subs not used: Aaron Bannister, Paul Hurrell, Dennis Pearce, Alex Lavery

Stafford Rangers: Danny Read, Luke George, Ryan Brown, Ryan Dicker, Liam Walshe, Lee Downes, Kevin Street , Michael Carr, Danny Quinn (Liam Newman 61), Simon Everall, Courtney Pitt.
Subs not used: Karl Espley, Alex Forde, Adam Alcock, Oliver Davies

Booked: Walker, Paul Jones (Stourport)
Referee: G Law
Attendance: 171

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

GRANTHAM TOWN 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Tuesday 4th September 2012


Rangers let slip a two goal lead as both sides finished with ten men in an incident packed match at South Kesteven Stadium.

Rangers made the ideal start when Jimmy Turner sent the ball over the top of the Grantham back line for Simon Everall to take the ball round James Lindley to give the Boro the lead after just 90 seconds.

After Liam Walshe had fired a first time shot over the Grantham bar, the game drifted into a midfield battle with both sides cancelling each other out.

Rangers went close again only for Lindley to deny Everall but from the resultant Luke Bottomer corner, Everall headed home from close range to put the visitors 2-0 ahead on 29 mins.

Grantham hit back within a minute with a disappointing goal from Rangers’ point of view, Ben Saunders beating Danny Read to Martin Ball’s high delivery into the area.

Saunders fired over from 20 yards as Grantham looked to get back on level terms but Rangers finished the opening 45 mins on top as Bottomer flicked the ball across the face of the Grantham goal while Lindley was forced to go low to the feet of Everall in the last action of the half.

The game took a down turn for Rangers on 56 mins when Karl Espley saw red for a professional foul after hauling down Karl Demidh.  Boro midfielder Courtney Pitt was immediately replaced by Ryan Dicker.

Danny Read made an excellent save to deny Rhys Lewis soon after but Grantham kept up the pressure and levelled the scores on 59 mins when Grant Brindley sent a looping header over the Rangers’ keeper.

It was all Grantham and Demidh missed a golden opportunity to give his side the lead while Ball wasted a free kick by sending the ball to lane 8 of the surrounding running track.

Grantham lost their player advantage when pacey forward Demidh picked up a second yellow for a foul on Dicker on 74 mins, taking much of the sting out of their attacking play.

It was Rangers who came closest to taking the points as Bottomer forced a save from Lindley and Everall saw his 25 yarder deflected wide but the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Grantham Town: 1 James Lindley, 2 Sam Purcicoe, 3 Lee Potts, 4 Grant Brindley, 5 Michael Jacklin, 6 Phil Watt, 7 Rhys Lewis (15 Emeka Nwadike 86m), 8 Martin Ball, 9 Karl Demidh, 10 Ben Saunders (12 Tony Battersby 90+1m) , 11 Damian Magee (14 Jamie McGhee 80m).
Unused Subs: 16 Gio Carchedi, 17 Connor Higginson

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe, 5 Karl Espley, 6 Michael Carr, 7 Jimmy Turner (15 Kevin Street 49m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Courtney Pitt (12 Ryan Dicker 57m).
Unused Subs: 14 Fabrice Kasiama, 16 Alex Forde, 17 Adam Alcock

Cautions:   Watt, Lewis, Ball, (GTFC), George, Brown (SRFC)
Sent Off: Demidh (GTFC) 2 yellows, Espley (SRFC) professional foul
Ref: T Bramall
Att: 270

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1 MATLOCK TOWN 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Saturday 1st September 2012

Rangers picked up their first league win of the season against a spirited Matlock Town at Marston Road.

Rangers made four changes from the side that drew a high flying Hednesford. Luke Bottomer, on loan from Tamworth, made his debut replacing Jimmy Turner and there were starting places for Karl Espley, Ryan Dicker and Simon Everall in place of the injured Jermaine Johnson and the unavailable Kevin Street and Lee Downes. Injury hit Matlock had newcomers of their own and 18 year old Kane Richards on loan from Derby County made an immediate impression. In the 7th minute, Richards cut inside, beat two defenders and played the ball into the path of Lewis McMahon but his chip drifted wide.
Matlock should have scored in the 10th minute when Nathan Joynes cushioned the ball into the path of Lee Ellington however the striker dragged his shot wide. Rangers were struggling to make any impression and Richards went close to a debut goal, teasing Ryan Brown before shaving the post with a right foot effort.

It took Rangers 29 minutes to fashion an opening when Bottomer and Everall combined with the latter forcing a fine low save from Jon Kennedy. Rangers took the lead in the 32nd minute. Luke George threw the ball down the line to Danny Quinn who raced to the by-line and crossed perfectly for Everall who gave Kennedy no chance with a fine header. Matlock almost levelled 7 minutes later when Espley saved a certain goal by heading the ball against his own bar from a Luke Foster header.  Quinn and Everall cut through the Matlock defence but Quinn just failed to control the through pass and Kennedy cleared his lines.

Richards continued to cause problems for the Rangers defence and from an excellent cross McMahon headed over when well placed. A resurgent Everall whipped a cross into the 6 yard box but Quinn was muscled to the deck by James Lukic. Matlock continued to ask questions of the Rangers defence but a mixture of a poor final ball and some excellent defending from Luke George in particular, kept the narrow lead. With 5 minutes remaining, Everall turned his defender and shot against the angle of post and crossbar. Matlock spurned a gilt-edged opportunity 3 minutes from time when Phil Roe’s cross picked out Richards but his header was high and wide with Danny Read well beaten. Rangers clung on for a much needed three points to the relief of the Marston Road faithful.

Stafford Rangers: Danny Read, Luke George, Ryan Brown, Karl Espley, Ryan Dicker (Alex Forde 75), Michael Carr, Luke Bottomer (Peter Heler 86), Liam Walshe, Danny Quinn, Simon Everall, Fabrice Kasiama (Courtney Pitt 72).
Subs not used: Jimmy Turner, Adam Alcock

Matlock Town: Jon Kennedy, Ryan Laight (Joe Leesley 84), Phil Roe, Martin Foster, Luke Foster, James Lukic, Kane Richards, Adam Yates, Lee Ellington, Lewis McMahon (Kevin Deakin 62), Nathan Joynes (Shawn Tuton 75)).
Subs not used: Lee Featherstone, Nick Buxton

Booked: Carr, Quinn (Stafford), Roe, Richards (Matlock)
Referee: Matthew Wilkes (Stourbridge)
Attendance: 435

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

HEDNESFORD TOWN 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Monday 27th August 2012


The Staffordshire derby at Keys Park served up a dramatic finish for the second year running as Hednesford denied Rangers their first victory of the season with a last minute equaliser.

It was a costly point for Rangers who lost both central defenders through injury in the second half with Jermaine Johnson having to go to hospital for an X-Ray on a leg injury.

Rangers made three changes to the side that drew with Stocksbridge 48 hours earlier with Danny Read, Luke George and Kevin Street coming in for Adam Alcock, Courtney Pitt and Simon Everall while the home side went into the game with a 100% record, having won all three of their opening games.

It was the Boro who were first to show, winning a free kick straight from the kick off. Jimmy Turner’s inswinger just eluded Danny Quinn at the far post.

Hednesford created the best chance of the half on 6 mins when Neil Harvey helped the ball out to Elliott Durrell and was on the end of the resultant cross only for Read to turn the ball over for a corner.

It was a fragmented half with neither side creating much in front of goal. What chances there were fell to Rangers but Quinn was unable to convert a cross whipped in by Turner and Ryan Brown dragged his free kick just wide of the near post.

What was missing from the first half was delivered in the second.

Michael Carr forced Hednesford keeper Dan Crane into a fine save just two minutes after the restart before Rangers suffered two set backs in quick succession.

Hednesford opened the scoring with a debatable penalty on 50 mins when Ryan Brown was adjudged to have tripped Jamey Osborne and Elliott Durrell sent Read the wrong way.

A couple of minutes later came Johnson’s injury following a tackle by former Boro player Dave MacPherson.

Johnson’s replacement, Ryan Dicker was soon in the action, heading off the line from MacPherson.

But Rangers gave themselves a boost when Quinn headed home the equaliser on 63 mins, converting  a Jimmy Turner corner, needlessly conceded by John Disney.

Read saved well from Michael Lennon as the gave entered the final ten minutes but there was plenty of drama to come.

Osborne saw a straight red for his challenge on George with six minutes remaining and a man to the good, Rangers appeared to have snatched a late winner on 88m when Quinn scored from the penalty spot after he had been tripped by Ben Bailey.

But Hednesford launched a final thrust and four minutes into added time, Nathan Woolfe’s high ball into the area took a deflection over Read to earn the Pitmen a point.

Hednesford Town: 1 Dan Crane, 2 John Disney (14 Sean O’Connor 88m), 20 Darren Campion , 4 Ben Bailey, 5 Francino Francis, 6 Dave MacPherson, 7 Jamey Osborne, 8 Elliott Durrell, 9 Neil Harvey (12 Michael Lennon 69m) , 10 Aaron Rey , 11 Nathan Woolfe.
Unused Subs: 15 Phil Clarke, 16 Alex Melbourne, 17 Ben Watkis:

Stafford Rangers: 1 Danny Read, 2 Luke George, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Liam Walshe (16 Karl Espley 77m), 5 Jermaine Johnson (15 Ryan Dicker 57m), 6 Michael Carr, 7 Jimmy Turner, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Danny Quinn, 10 Kevin Street (12 Simon Everall 81m), 11 Fabrice Kasiama.
Unused Subs: 14 Peter Heler, 17 Jordan Wood.

Cautions: Bailey (Hednesford), Quinn (Stafford)
Sent Off: Osborne (Hednesford)
Ref: M Amphlett
Att: 920

Report by Chris Elsley

STAFFORD RANGERS 1 STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS 1
Evo-Stik Premier League 25th August 2012

Rangers salvaged a point against Stocksbridge Park Steels at Marston Road after conceding an early goal.
Following Tuesday’s defeat to Grantham Town, manager Greg Clowes rang the changes giving a league debut to Liam Walshe and recalling Michael Carr, Fabrice Kasiama and Chris Morris. Rangers started in positive vein and a good move saw Carr tee up Simon Everall whose shot was straight at Peter Collinge.  Courtney Pitt forced Collinge into another save as Rangers dominated the early stages. The good work was undone in the 17th minute when Pitt lost possession to Nicky Darker. The Steels midfielder played the ball through the Rangers defence for Michael Fish to finish clinically.
The goal rocked Rangers and Lawrence Hunter went close after beating the offside trap. The visitors should have doubled their lead in the 38th minute. Centre-backs Bret Bowden-Lovell and Lincon Adams both won headers in the Rangers penalty and when the ball fell to Gavin Ellerson his fierce shot rattled the Rangers crossbar. Deep in first half stoppage time, Carr headed a Jimmy Turner free-kick agonisingly wide.

Steels missed a glorious chance inside the first minute of the second half when Fish took the ball off Alcock but saw his shot cleared off the line by Jermaine Johnson. Rangers were struggling to make any inroads in the Steels defence and were forced to try from distance with Kasiama forcing a save from Collinge.

Adam Alcock had to be aware to tip a shot from Hunter past the post. The introduction of Danny Quinn gave some life to Rangers as an attacking force. Rangers began to use the width with purpose and Steels put under pressure. Rangers grabbed an equaliser in the 73rd minute when Turner’s corner was scrambled home by Walshe. With the impetuous with the home side, a grandstand finish was expected but never materialised as the game petered out for a draw.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Alcock, Jimmy Turner, Ryan Brown, Liam Walshe, Jermaine Johnson, Michael Carr, Courtney Pitt (Luke George 86), Lee Downes, Chris Morris (Danny Quinn 64), Simon Everall, Fabrice Kasiama (Kevin Street 55). Subs not used: Oliver Davies, Jordan Wood

Stocksbridge Park Steels: Peter Collinge, Harry Bockerie, Mark Whitehouse, Lincon Adams (Matthew Carr 50), Bret Bowden-Lovell, Alex Callery, Nicky Darker, Gavin Ellerson, Michael Fish, Kevin Sanasy (Grant Darley 83), Lawrence Hunter (Ben Turner 75).
Subs not used: Daryl Weston, Shelton Payne

Booked: Turner (Stafford), Ellerson, Fish (Stocksbridge)
Referee: Barry Lamb
Attendance: 405

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

STAFFORD RANGERS 0 GRANTHAM TOWN 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier LEAGUE TUESDAY 21st AUGUST 2012


Rangers’ opening home game of the season ended in defeat to 10 man Grantham but the score line doesn’t begin to tell the story of an incident packed match.

Greg Clowes made two changes to the side that drew at Kendal with Jermaine Johnson and Dean Clarke replacing Alex Forde and Fabrice Kasiama in the starting line up.

The game started brightly enough for the home side with Lee Downes firing just wide inside the first minute, but chances also came for the visitors who saw Adam Alcock push away a 25 yarder from Paul Grimes before Ben Saunders headed over.

Simon Everall looked set to open the scoring for Rangers but failed to make the most of an opening created by Clarke, allowing Grantham keeper James Lindley to save.

Alcock saved well from Lee Potts and Grimes in a short space of time but the big talking point came 7 minutes before the interval when Grantham defender Sam Saunders was sent off following a poor challenge on Johnson.

Rangers looked to take advantage but Everall missed out once more when he ran the ball out of play.

Sam Purcicoe nearly opened the scoring for Grantham on 63 mins only to be denied by a late Courtney Pitt clearance but there was a delay of some 14 mins before Grantham were able to take the resultant corner as referee Clayton decided he wasn’t fit enough to continue.

An appeal for a suitable replacement was unsuccessful and the Grantham officials appeared unhappy with former Premier League Assistant Referee Andy Martin who was on hand, however, play eventually resumed with Martin running the line.

Luke George nearly marked his first appearance of the season with a goal just four minutes after coming on but former Boro keeper Lindley tipped over. A scramble ensued following the resultant corner but Grantham managed to keep the ball out.

The visitors struck the killer blow five minutes into added time when Watt stole in unmarked at the back post to head home a free kick from Grimes. With the clock having been stopped during the referee’s injury, the goal was officially timed at 80mins.

In the final moments, Ryan Dicker had a great chance to level for Rangers when Quinn’s flick put him clear but it was a defender’s finish as he dragged his shot wide.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Jimmy Turner, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Jermaine Johnson (14 Luke George 61m), 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Dean Clarke (16 Fabrice Kasiama 76m), 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Courtney Pitt.
Unused Subs: 12 Michael Carr, 15 Chris Morris , 17 Jordan Wood

Grantham Town: 1 James Lindley, 2 Sam Purcicoe, 3 Lee Potts, 4 Grant Brindley, 5 Sam Saunders, 6 Phil Watt, 7 Rhys Lewis (15 Damian Magee 54m), 8 Martin Ball (16 Michael Jacklin 70m), 9 Paul Grimes, 10 Ben Saunders (17 Jamie McGhee 89m), 11 Emeka Nwadike.
Unused Subs: 12 Tony Battersby, 14 Karl Demidh,

Cautions: Brown, Johnson, Downes (SRFC), Watt, Nwadike, Magee (GTFC)
Sent Off: Sam Saunders (GTFC)
Referee: A Clayton
Att: 474

Report by Chris Elsley

KENDAL TOWN 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 2
Evo-Stik Premier League 18th AUGUST 2012


A late goal cost Stafford Rangers victory in their season opener at Kendal Town but it was a game dominated by some poor decisions from the referee.

The game got off to a scrappy start as both sides took time to settle and Kendal’s Kevin Leadbetter picked up what was probably the first yellow card of the new season inside four minutes for a foul on Danny Quinn.

The first half was approaching the midway stage before it sparked into life and it was Fabrice Kasiama who produced the first shot of note when he struck the outside of the post from 18 yards after some tight play involving Courtney Pitt and Simon Everall.

The opening for the Boro saw an instance response from the home side who created a series of chances. Firstly, Adam Alcock saved with his legs after an error from Alex Forde had let in Danny Williams then, soon after, Alex Taylor battled his way through the Rangers defense only to send his shot just wide.

Danny Wisdom wasted a great chance for the home side on the half hour with a poor finish after being set up by Taylor before Josh Kenworthy’s shot was curled tamely into the arms of Alcock.

Pitt was coming more involved and saw his shot turned away for a corner, from which Ryan Dicker’s header flashed across the face of the Kendal goal.

Pitt was involved in the build up as Rangers opened the scoring, four minutes before the break when his long ball down the right was collected by Everall. The former Nantwich man cut in and unleashed a powerful shot which beat Craig Dootson from close range, although there was some confusion whether Quinn had got the final touch and it was Quinn who was eventually given the credit.

Leadbetter missed out on a good chance to send the sides in at the break on level terms when he hooked high over when well placed.

Kendal started the second half stronger and Jack Duggan went close with a header just wide of Alcock’s left hand post following Alex Randell’s corner.

It was another corner, this time from Leadbetter, that saw Kendal back on level terms on 55 mins, as the ball went in off the head of Alex Forde under pressure from Kendal’s Taylor.

Leadbetter and Duggan continued to cause Rangers problems as a well placed header from Duggan struck the outside of Alcock’s post after Leadbetter’s corner.

But it was Rangers who regained their lead on 63 mins when a deep free kick from Alex Forde was steered past Dootson by the head of Christian Dacres.

Stafford sub Chris Morris almost increased the lead after intercepting a shot from Kasiama, only to send his effort into the arms of Dootson but the visitors looked set to hold on for victory when Alcock came off his line quickly to force Marc Joseph to shoot wide from the edge of the area.

But Kendal snatched a share of the spoils four minutes into added time when Williams collected a long ball from Rory Winters and fired under Alcock.

Kendal: 1 Craig Dootson, 2 Rory Winters, 3 Paul Alexander, 4 Jack Duggan, 5 Marc Joseph, 6 Danny Wisdom, 7 Alex Randell, 8 Alex Taylor, 9 Josh Kenworthy (12 Ben Fishwick 68m), 10 Danny Williams, 11 Kevin Leadbetter.
Unused Subs: 14 Naim El-Harrati, 15 Danny McGahon, 16 Jordan Tucker, 17 Josh Welsby

Stafford: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 Alex Forde, 3 Ryan Brown, 4 Jimmy Turner, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Courtney Pitt, 8 Lee Downes, 9 Simon Everall (14 Chris Morris 74m), 10 Danny Quinn, 11 Fabrice Kasiama
Unused Subs: 12 Michael Carr, 15 Dean Clarke, 16 Oliver Davies, 17 Jordan Wood

Cautions: Alexander, Randell, Leadbetter (Kendal), Forde, Downes, Morris (Stafford)
Ref: Gary Hilton
Att: 216

Report by Chris Elsley

NORTON UNITED 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 3 (friendly)
Tuesday 31st July 2012


Rangers eased to a comfortable victory at Norton in their pre season friendly that threatened to lose its friendliness towards the end of the game.

The Boro took the lead on 12 mins after Alex Forde advanced to supply Simon Everall who finished smartly with a shot on the turn.

Everall went close to a second on 20 mins but was denied by the Norton keeper. Kevin Street netted the rebound but was flagged offside.

Rangers continued to control the first half without adding to the score, their best chances falling to Street, who saw his shot saved, and Oliver Davies who sent his header wide.

For their part, Norton produced just one decent effort on goal but that went a foot wide.

Jordan Wood replaced Adam Alcock in goal at the start of the second half and he had to concede a corner shortly after the resumption following an error from Luke George but Rangers soon regained command.

Michael Carr and Everall both had chances blocked after Fabrice Kasiama had delivered a testing cross but Rangers increased their lead a couple of minutes after Greg Clowes had made seven changes in a mass substitution.

One of the new faces, Danny Quinn, was the scorer with a looping header on 61 mins.

Quinn was also involved in Rangers’ third ten minutes later when he flicked on for Everall to net his second of the night.

A few late challenges in the closing stages threatened to turn nasty, resulting in the enforced substitution of one of the Norton players after a clash with Christian Dacres before another Norton player was sent off on 85 mins for an elbow on Jimmy Turner.

Rangers: 1 Adam Alcock (Jordan Wood 46mins), 2 Alex Forde ( Jimmy Turner 58m), 3 Oliver Davies (Ryan Brown 58m), 4 Karl Espley (Jermaine Johnson 58m), 5 Luke George (Ryan Dicker 58m), 6 Michael Carr (Lee Downes 58m), 7 Dean Clarke, 8 Kevin Street (Christian Dacres 58m), 9 Chris Morris (Danny Quinn 58m), 10 Simon Everall, 11 Fabrice Kasiama.

Ref: Neil Harvey
Att: c35

Report by Chris Elsley

Shepshed Dynamo 0 Stafford Rangers 1 (friendly)
Saturday 28th July 2012


Stafford Rangers Line Up:
1. Adam Alcock
2. Luke George
3. Ryan Brown
4. Karl Espley
5. Jermaine Johnson
6. Christian Dacres
7. Jimmy Turner
8. Lee Downes
9. Chris Morris (for Quinn 82)
10. Danny Quinn
11. Fabrice Kasiama

Substitutes:
12. Alex Forde (for Dacres 56)
14. Ryan Dicker (for Johnson 57)
16. Michael Carr (for Downes 56)
15. Simon Everall (for Morris 45)
17. Oliver Davies (for Kasiama 61)
18. Dean Clarke (for Espley 61)

Shepshed Dynamo Line Up:
1. Tommy Allen
2. Sean Byrne
3. Jourdach Taylor
4. Luke Marson
5. Lee Attenborough
6. Rob McCormack
7. Kieron Davies
8. Alex Couitas
9. Liam Fitzpatrick
10. Pele Orton
11. Alex Rowland

Substitutes:
12. Rob Malonga (for Byrne 70)
14. Kieron Bradshaw (for Taylor 70)
15. Justin Jenkins (for Orton 74)
16. Leighton Simmonds (for Rowland 74)
17. Chris White


Rangers made the short trip to Leicestershire for their first visit to the Dovecote for 10 years to face United Counties League Shepshed. Stafford took the lead in the 6th minute when Danny Quinn was clipped in the area, and the Rangers striker picked himself up to score from the penalty spot. Chris Morris should have doubled the lead in the 16th minute after good work from Luke George and Quinn but his shot had no power. Quinn forced a save from Dynamo keeper Tommy Allen as Rangers continued to press.

The home side created an opportunity on 26 minutes when Liam Fitzpatrick got the wrong side of Karl Espley but his first time shot was wide of the target. George was thwarted by a last ditch tackle in the 6 yard box and Ryan Brown saw a left wing cross bounce off the top of the bar but Rangers could not extend their lead before the break.

Substitute Simon Everall marked his introduction with an effort from 25 yards just wide. Michael Carr headed against the bar from a Brown cross. Shepshed improved as the game went and Leighton Simmonds missed a great chance firing over when put through by Keiron Davies. Ryan Dicker had the ball in the net with 9 minutes left but was flagged offside. Neither side created further opportunities and the game probably posed more questions for Greg Clowes ahead of the Evostik season.

Attendance: 97

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Alsager Town 1 Stafford Rangers 5 (friendly)
Tuesday 24th July 2012


Stafford Rangers Line Up:
1. Adam Alcock
2. Luke George (Jimmy Turner 45)
3. Oliver Davies (Ryan Brown 63)
4. Karl Espley (jermaine Johnson 45)
5. Ryan Dicker
6. Christian Dacres (Alex Forde 45)
7. Grant Jeffries (Dean Clarke 45)
8. Lee Downes (Michael Carr 45)
9. Chris Morris (Courtney Pitt 70)
10. Danny Quinn
11. Courtney Pitt (Fabrice Kasiama 45)

On a sultry evening, Rangers were in command from the outset. Danny Quinn volleyed over the bar and Christian Dacres was unlucky when a 30 yard effort was just wide. Rangers opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Morris raced clear and finished well. The lead was doubled just before the break when Grant Jeffries was fouled in the box and Quinn made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Alsager pulled one back immediately after the resumption when Jermaine Johnson's back pass was short and the home side slotted home. Rangers were soon back in command with Fabrice Kasiama, Morris and Quinn all going close. Rangers 3rd came after 62 minutes when Johnson headed home Dean Clarke's corner. The 4th soon followed when Jimmy Turner was felled in the area and Kasiama stroked home the penalty.  In the final minute Clarke rattled home a fifth goal.

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Stafford Rangers 0 Kidderminster Harriers 4 (friendly)
Saturday 21st July 2012

Stafford Rangers Line Up:
1. Adam Alcock
2. Alex Forde
3. Ryan Brown
4. Liam Walshe
5. Jermaine Johnson
6. Michael Carr
7. Peter Heler
8. Lee Downes
9. Chris Morris
10. Danny Quinn
11. Kevin Street

Substitutions:
12. Karl Espley (for Johnson 45)
14. Dean Clarke (for Street 45)
15. Courtney Pitt (for Downes 45)
16. Christian Dacres (for Carr 40)
17. Oliver Davies (for Brown 73)
18. Grant Jeffries (for Heler 58)
19. Tom Tomki (for Morris 74)
Gk Danny Read (for Alcock 45)

Kidderminster Harriers:

Edd Baldy
Paul McCone
Micky Domitrou (Mike Williams 34)
Exodus Geoghan (Lee Vaughan 45)
Ryan Austin (Tyrone Williams 70)
Callum Gittins (A Triallist 56)
James Vincent (Danny Pilkington 45)
Ricky Shakes (Keith Briggs 45)
Ryan Rowe (Steve Guinan 45)
Anthony Malbon (Justin Nesbit 56)
Marvin Johnson (Robbie Thompson-Brown 45)

Rangers entertained Conference side Kidderminster at a sun-drenched Marston Road. Harriers started brightly with Ryan Rowe clipping the crossbar in the 2nd minute. The visitors took the lead in the 7th minute when Ricky Shakes beat Adam Alcock to the ball and squared for Marvin Johnson to tap home.

Shakes and Rowe missed further chances before Harriers doubled their lead in the 23rd minute. Anthony Malbon teased Liam Walshe before lashing a shot into the far corner. Malbon missed an open goal four minutes later before making amends 8 minutes before the break, streaking away from the Rangers defence and beating Alcock with ease.

With both sides making a raft of substitutions, the second half was a disjointed affair. Christian Dacres almost pulled one back for Rangers after Edd Baldy had palmed away a Courtney Pitt free-kick but his header was off target. A poor back pass from Dean Clarke only found Steve Guinan and he beat Danny Read with ease for Harriers 4th midway through the half. Pitt was
unlucky when his fiercely hit free-kick rattled the underside of the bar.
Guinan forced Read into a fine save as Harriers ran out comfortable winners.

Attendance: 336

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Stafford Rangers 1 Tamworth FC 2
(friendly)
Saturday 14th July 2012

Stafford Rangers Line Up:

1. Danny Read
2. Ashley Edwards
3. Ryan Brown
4. Liam Walshe
5. Courtney Pitt
6. Jermaine Johnson
7. Dean Clarke
8. Lee Downes
9. Simon Everall
10. Sean Kinsella
11. Christian Dacres

Substitutions:
12. Michael Carr (for Dacres 51)
14. Oliver Davies (for Kinsella 76)
15. Alex Forde (for Edwards 45)
16. Chris Morris (for Clarke 45)
17. Danny Quinn (for Everall 45)
18. Kevin Street (for Pitt 57)
GK Adam Alcock (for Read 45)

Rangers entertained Conference side Tamworth who included former England international Lee Hendrie in their starting line-up. The Lambs took the lead in the 11th minute when a mistake from Jermaine Johnson let in Lloyd Kerry who played the ball forward to Marcus Kelly to finish with ease. Tamworth almost doubled their lead 3 minutes later but Tommy Wright's header rebounded off the post. JP Marna should have scored but blazed wide from an excellent Kelly cross. Ranger’s best chance in the 1st half fell to Simon Everall but his shot was comfortably saved.

Rangers struck back immediately after the break when Danny Quinn picked up a loose ball and fired under the keeper. Tamworth were great full to keeper Tony Breeden who pulled off fine saves to thwart both Courtney Pitt and Jermaine Johnson. Tamworth regained the lead 10 minutes from time when an unnamed trial list gave Adam Alcock no chance.


Attendance: 304

Report by Gary Hazlehurst


Rocester 0 Stafford Rangers 5 (friendly)
Tuesday 3rd July 2012


Stafford Rangers Line Up:
1. Adam Alcock
2. Jimmy Turner
3. Ryan Brown
4. Jermaine Johnson
5. Liam Walshe
6. Lee Downes
7. Dean Clarke
8. Courtney Pitt
9. Chris Morris
10. Sean Kinsella
11. Jon Sheldon

Substitutions:
Ryan Dicker (for Johnson 45)
Danny Quinn (for Downes 45)
Simon Everall (for Morris 34)
Alex Forde (for Clarke 45)
Kevin Street (for Pitt 45)
Oliver Davies (for Sheldon 67)
Jordan Wood (for Alcock 45)

Goalscorers:
Rangers 1-0 10 minutes - Brown low ball into box turned home by Morris
Rangers 2-0 53 minutes - Sheldon cross from left, Everall header
Rangers 3-0 59 minutes - Kinsella dink over the top of the defence, Everall slid home
Rangers 4-0 85 minutes - Everall sent clear, good finish for hat-trick
Rangers 5-0 89 minutes - Everall turn in the box beating the keeper well

Attendance: 165

Report by Gary Hazlehurst