Stafford Rangers 2 Newcastle Town 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 6th February 2016


Rangers overcame a missed penalty and going a goal behind to secure victory over Newcastle and extend their lead at the top of the table to 17 points.

The pitch survived a pre match inspection as the weather forced the postponements of a number of matches around the league, including those involving nearest challengers Coalville, Shaw Lane and Basford.
After a quiet opening, the game sprung to life when Peter Till had a shot saved by Castle keeper Dave Parton. Play immediately switched to the other end and Tom France blazed over when he should have hit the back of the net.
A couple of minutes later, Harry Clayton had a shot blocked by Adam Whitehouse who then saved from Tim Sanders.

Till's rising shot flew just over the Castle bar but the wide man missed the best chance, midway through the half, when his soft penalty was easily saved by Parton after Luke Askey had tripped Ben Haseley.
Till remained in the thick of the action, heading against the post, while Levi Rowley's 25 yarder also struck the frame after slipping through the fingers of Parton. The relieved Castle keeper pounced on the loose ball as it rolled across the goal line.

It was Castle who made the breakthrough on 33 mins when Sanders collected a pass from Clayton and, against the wind, let fly from 30 yards past the unmoved Whitehouse.
Rangers responded on the stroke of half time. Till was again involved, floating a cross to the back post where Christian Dacres climbed highest to steer the ball past Parton.

Clayton headed just wide for Castle early in the second half then a superb last ditch tackle from Leon Miles denied him a shot. Any misjudgement would have seen Miles taking an early bath.
It was a moment of quality that put Rangers in front on 63 mins.
Alex Melbourne ran on to a good ball from Levi Rowley and his first time cross was fired home by Haseley, the ball squirming under Parton and over the line, despite the keeper's desperate attempt to claw the ball away.
Newcastle struck the Rangers' bar when the ball flew off Dacres' head from James Askey's centre while Sanders hit a free kick straight at Whitehouse, but Rangers defended resolutely to earn their 1,000th point as members of the NPL.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Leon Miles, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught (14 Ryan Wynter 61m), 7 Levi Rowley, 8 Josh Craddock (12 Levi Reid 76m), 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (16 George Cater 82m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 15 Nathan Rooney, 17 Jermaine Johnson

Newcastle: 1 Dave Parton, 2 James Askey, 3 Lewis Dunn, 4 Leon Ashman, 5 Aaron Carter, 6 Luke Askey, 7 Tom France, 8 Kyle Blake (15 Dan Cope 65m), 9 Jordan Cole (14 Neville Thompson 84m), 10 Tim Sanders, 11 Harry Clayton.
Unused subs: 12 Conor Hughes, 16 Louis Downs, 17 Danny Read

Cautions: Dacres, Rowley, Craddock (Boro), Carter (Newcastle)
Referee: Danny Gratton
Att: 541

Report by Chris Elsley

Lincoln United 0  Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 30th January 2016


Stafford Rangers bounced back from last week's setback in the best possible manner, with a hard fought win over promotion rivals Lincoln United.
Top scorer Ben Haseley got the only goal in the 20th minute, and Boro had to battle for every yard against their fourth-placed hosts.

Boro had made a lively start, and had the game's first chance, as Peter Till cut in from the left and dropped a cross in for Melbourne, whose header on was picked up by Craddock and his well-struck half-volley flew just wide.
They suffered a setback on 10 minutes when Sam Griffiths turned his ankle and had to come off. Levi Rowley replaced him, coming onto the right wing as Melbourne switched to right-back.

The Walsall loanee was a lively presence on his first decent run out, later winning the corner that led to the first goal.
Lincoln won a corner as Mitchell Griffiths got up at the far post and his header was deflected behind.
Craddock then made a good interception and Rowley was through, forcing a corner, from which Richard Walton spilled and Boro earned another.

That second flag-kick was cleared back to Peter Till, who swung the ball back in again, and Jermaine Johnson nodded goalwards, but as his effort was going wide, Haseley charged in to power home a rare headed goal.
Lincoln went straight up the other end and Andrew Toyne's header was saved by Whitehouse, who then mis-hit a free-kick taken from way outside his area, and had Wayne Daniel not got a tackle in, Lincoln would have had a free shot at an empty goal.

Rowley then got his first sight at goal as Boro worked the ball from the left through Till and then Haseley, who ran the ball across the area and then left it for Rowley, whose shot was deflected for a corner.
A Matthew Cotton cross was then blocked by Johnson, and though the ball appeared to strike the Boro defender's upper body, the hosts were vociferous in their appeals for handball, which fell on deaf ears.

In the final 10 minutes, Dacres fouled and then a Lincoln player was alledged to have swung a fist at McNaught, who reacted by pushing out. After a bit of a melee, the referee booked Daniel, which everyone seemed a bit mystified by, not least the Boro veteran himself.
It appeared to have been a case of mistaken identity, which arguably worked in Boro's favour, as if Dacres had been shown a yellow card, he would have been sent off, having already been booked.
Instead, the marching orders were given to Lincoln's Michael Jacklin five minutes later, and he could have little argument for his straight red card, issued after smashing Johnson in the face, right in front of the Boro dugout.

Lincoln: 1 Richard Walton, 2 Jordan Lemon, 3 Kallum Smith, 4 Andrew Toyne, 5 Michael Jacklin, 6 Sean Wright, 7 Robert Norris, 8 Daniel Brooks, 9 Gary King (16 Sean Cann 69m), 10 Nathan Whitehead (15 Matthew Cotton 58m), 11 Mitchell Griffiths (14 Jake Gibson 64m). 
Unused subs: 12 Callum Ward, 17 Kevin Wright

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths (12 Levi Rowley 11m), 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Alex Melbourne, 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (15 Levi Reid 90+1m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 14 Nathan Rooney, 16 George Cater, 17 Leon Miles

Cautions: Whitehead, M Griffiths, S Wright, Lemon (Lincoln); Dacres, Craddock, Daniel (Boro)
Sent Off: Jacklin (Lincoln)
Referee: Tim Walker
Att: 234

Report by David Broome (Staffordshire Newsletter)

Stafford Rangers 0 Kidsgrove Athletic 3
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 23rd January 2016


Rangers' unbeaten home record came to an end with defeat by Staffordshire rivals Kidsgrove Athletic.

It was a day when things didn't work out for the league leaders who were on top until the visitors struck twice in three minutes midway through the first half.
Both sides pressed from the start with the best chance of the opening 10 mins falling to Boro's Christian Dacres who saw his shot come back off the post.
Peter Till fired wide after intercepting a poor clearance from Ben Chapman while Nathan Rooney's free kick was also just off target after Paul Taylor had picked up a yellow card for hauling down Ben Haseley.
A header from Wayne Daniel also went wide before Kidsgrove responded through Anthony Malbon who drew a save from Adam Whitehouse.

After Rangers' early superiority, it was against the run of play that Kidsgrove went ahead in the 22nd minute.
After Ross Davidson beat Levi Reid in the tackle, the ball found Jordan Johnson clear of the defence and he held his composure to fire past Whitehouse.
Three minutes later, Malbon's lay off set up Davidson to make it 2-0 from the edge of the area.

With Kidsgrove stubbornly defending their lead, Rangers never really looked like reducing the arrears before the break and Neil Kitching made a double substitution ten minutes in to the second half with the introduction of George Cater and Joe Thomas.
Rooney had a shot turned aside by Chapman who then went full stretch to keep out Jermaine Johnson's overhead kick from the resulting corner.
Rangers' chances improved when Taylor was dismissed after felling Haseley again and sub Levi Rowley nearly capitalised but found Chapman again on form.

Nick Wellecomme, one of six former Boro players in the Kidsgrove squad, wrapped up the points with a breakaway goal on 74 mins.
Rangers were even denied a consolation when Dacres stabbed wide late on and were left tasting home defeat in the league for the first time in 32 league games.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (16 Levi Rowley 66m), 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Levi Reid (14 George Cater 54m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till (17 Joe Thomas 54m).
Unused subs: 12 Josh Craddock, 15 Alex Melbourne

Kidsgrove: 1 Ben Chapman, 2 Dan Smith, 3 Tom Morris, 4 Ashley Hodgkinson, 5 Paul Taylor, 6 Jack Sherratt, 7 Anthony Malbon, 8 Ross Davidson, 9 Nick Wellecomme, 10 Jordan Johnson, 11 Joe Woolley (15 Karl Espley 65m).
Unused subs: 12 Lewis Bergin, 14 Paul Donnelly, 16 Chris Smith, 17 Andy Kinsey

Cautions: Wellecomme (Kidsgrove)
Sent Off: Taylor - 2 cautions (Kidsgrove)
Referee: Ian Smedley
Att: 739

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Hednesford Town 4
Staffs Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 19th January 2016

Rangers’ defence of the Staffs Senior Cup ended with home defeat to local rivals Hednesford Town.

Neil Kitching made five changes to the line up from the side that defeated Romulus at the weekend with Leon Miles, Alex Melbourne, Joe Thomas, Marvin Robinson and George Cater all getting starts.
The game got off to a lively start with both sides pushing forward at every opportunity.

Hednesford were first to show when Ahmed Obeng shot inches wide before Kyle Perry struck a drive straight at Adam Whitehouse.
Sean Williams gave a warning of what was to follow with a powerful drive that was well blocked by Whitehouse.
At the other end, Thomas forced Lloyd Ransome to tip over the bar with a decent shot from the edge of the area.

Hednesford’s pressure finally paid off on 23 mins when Williams was first to the loose ball and fired an unstoppable shot past Whitehouse from some 25 yards out.
Rangers had plenty of possession but lacked the end product and it was the Pitmen who extended their lead three minutes before the interval when Obeng was on the end of a header from Perry to flick the ball home from close range.
There was time for another before the break but Whitehouse did well to parry a shot from Shelton Payne.

Good play early in the second period saw Cater create an opening but Nathan Rooney’s shot went high over while another Rooney effort just past the hour went the same way.
In between, Whitehouse had saved well from Payne before Miles made a great challenge to deny Williams from the follow up.

The tie was virtually wrapped up with 15 mins to go when Williams slammed home Hednesford’s third.
Sam Griffiths gave Rangers some hope when his 20 yard shot reduced the arrears on 81 mins – his first goal for the club - but an error from Jermaine Johnson four minutes later allowed Hednesford sub Kyle Patterson to run through to net Hednesford’s fourth, giving the Pitmen a deserved victory.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Levi Reid, 7 Joe Thomas (12 Peter Till 71m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Marvin Robinson (16 Ben Haseley 71m), 10 Christian Dacres, 11 George Cater.
Unused Subs: 14 Matt Wood. 15 Lavell White, 17 Wayne Daniel

Hednesford: 1 Lloyd Ransome, 2 Adam Thomas, 3 Jack Truelove, 4 Ben Bailey, 5 Matt Regan, 6 Kennedy Digie, 7 Ahmed Obeng, 8 Sean Williams, 9 Kyle Perry (16 Kyle Patterson 70m), 10 Paul Ennis, 11 Shelton Payne.
Unused Subs: 12 Dan Crane, 14 Tom James, 15 Tom Thorley, 17 Jack Fitzwater

Cautions: None
Referee: Ollie Yates
Att: 404

Report by Chris Elsley

Romulus 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 16th January 2016

Rangers extended their lead at the top of the table to 18 points as only two games in the division survived the freeze.

Opponents Romulus play their games on Sutton Coldfield's 3G pitch so the match was always likely to go ahead, but Rangers' previous experiences on the artificial had not brought much joy.
On Saturday they looked much more comfortable and after even exchanges early on there only looked one likely winner.
The first half ended goal-less although Rangers had a number of great chances to break the deadlock.

Christian Dacres had a header cleared off the line by Chad Degville-Cross before Levi Reid dragged his shot across the face of goal.
Rangers kept up the pressure and saw Jermaine Johnson head over and Ben Haseley evade two fouls before shooting at Rom's keeper Stuart Parsons.
On the stroke of half time Nathan Rooney fired inches wide with Parsons beaten.

The second half was a little over three minutes old when Rangers finally found the back of the net.
Peter Till did well on the half way line but it was Haseley who reacted quickest to head forward a loose ball and Dacres headed past the helpless Parsons.
Barry Fitzharris sent a shot flying over the Rangers bar before former Boro frontman Luke Keen levelled the scores on 56 mins, snapping up the rebound after Johnson had blocked Cameron Lee's initial effort.

Tempers frayed after Degville-Cross claimed Reid had used an elbow but nothing was seen by the officials and no action was taken.
The next blow definitely came from Rangers and it was Rooney who struck it, firing home on 73 mins after Dacres and Haseley had combined to create the opening.

Reid and Roms' Ben Steane both saw yellow after clashing but following the subsequent 78th min free kick from Rooney, Johnson tapped in from close range, with Haseley claiming an assist for the third time in the afternoon.

Romulus: 1 Stuart Parsons, 2 Todd Evans, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Louis Ezewele, 5 Cameron Lee, 6 Barry Fitzharris, 7 Mitchell McDonald, 8 Ben Steane (12 Jake Donnelly 87m), 9 Luke Keen, 10 Colin Smith (15 JoelGrandison 59m), 11 Chad Degville-Cross.
Unused subs: 14 Emmanuelle Gueyes, 16 Dexter Walters, 17 Ben Walsh

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Levi Reid (16 Alex Melbourne 82m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (12 George Cater 86m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 14 Marvin Robinson, 15 Leon Miles, 17 Lavell White.

Cautions: Reid (Boro), Evans, Lee & Steane (Roms)
Referee: Daniel Middleton
Att: 281

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Leek Town 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 9th January 2016

A late goal from Nathan Rooney helped Rangers to victory over Staffs rivals Leek as Neil Kitching's side matched a 40 year old club record.

Victory over Leek extended Rangers' lead at the top of the table to 15 points after Coalville lost at home to Lincoln while also taking their unbeaten home record to 31 games.

Leek made a bright start but once Rangers had settled, they forced the visitors in to a more defensive mode, though Rangers still found limited opportunity.
Levi Reid had the best chance in the opening 45 mins but drove across the six yard box while efforts from Stuart McNaught and Rooney both went wide of the target.

Leek were first to show in the second period as Tim Grice forced a save from Adam Whitehouse. A minute later, Ant Danylyk fired wide from 25 yards.

Stalemate ensued as the two defences won their respective battles but the introduction of Kyle Diskin sparked some life in to the visitors' approach play.
The Leek sub was soon in the action when he fired wide on the turn but he was also guilty of missing their best chance when he side footed over from 10 yards.

After Reid and Rooney had both gone over at the other end, Rangers had a major concern for the well-being of Wayne Daniel after he had collided with Leek's Chris Baker. Daniel required lengthy treatment on the pitch then collapsed as he left the field.

The on field drama wasn't over and, in the fifth minute of added time, Rooney found some space and curled his shot beyond Chris Martin to the delight of the majority of the 852 crowd.
Thankfully, Daniel recovered from his injuries in time to collect the man of the match award after the game.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (16 Alex Melbourne 60m), 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel (15 Leon Miles 90+3m), 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (14 George Cater 69m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 12 Marvin Robinson, 17 Lavell White

Leek: 1 Chris Martin, 2 Sam Bradbury, 3 Ashley Jackson, 4 Jon Beaumont (12 Lee Cropper 90+7m), 5 James Curley, 6 Darren Chadwick, 7 Ant Danylyk, 8 Chris Baker, 9 Tim Grice, 10 Dan Shelley, 11 Niall Maguire.
Unused subs: 14 Warren Holmes,  16 Kyle Diskin ( only four subs named)

Cautions: Griffiths, Wood (Rangers) Danylyk, Baker (Leek)
Referee: Gareth Hubbard
Att: 852

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Carlton Town 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 2nd January 2016


A brace from George Cater helped Stafford Rangers to open the year on a winning note.

Rangers had the first opportunity as Stuart McNaught headed over but they were forced to work hard against the struggling Notts side who went on to create the better chances of the first half.
A back pass from Jermaine Johnson fell short, allowing Niall Davie in but Adam Whitehouse stood his ground to make the save.
Josh Rae fired straight at Whitehouse before sub Anthony Dwyer volleyed wide.

Gradually Rangers stubbed out the Carlton threat and looked set to take a 38th min lead when Levi Reid was tripped by Daniel Gordon but Steggles went to his right to save Nathan Rooney's penalty.
Rangers then had a scare when Whitehouse dropped a high cross but Dwyer was the only Carlton player in the area and couldn't take advantage.

On 54 mins, Cater replaced Rooney and within two minutes the youngster had made his mark.
A Carlton free kick came to nothing and Ben Haseley broke down the right. Haseley's super cross field ball picked out Cater and he continued his run to put Rangers in front.
Rae hit another shot at Whitehouse but Rangers were turning the screw and after Steggles had saved from Cater, Haseley doubled the lead on 66 mins, firing home after Carlton had failed to deal with a corner.

Haseley and Cater were both denied by Steggles but a sliced clearance from Stuart McNaught let in Mathew Newton only for Whitehouse to save.
Christian Dacres went wide but the Boro captain played his part in Rangers' third when his pass picked out Cater on 84 mins. Steggles forced him wide but he kept his composure to thump the ball home via the underside of the bar.
There was still time for Cater to complete his hat trick but Steggles saved well.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (16 Alex Melbourne 65m), 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid (12 Marvin Robinson 78m), 7 Stuart McNaught, 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Nathan Rooney (15 George Cater 54m).
Unused subs: 14 Peter Till, 17 Leon Miles

Carlton: 1 Jack Steggles, 2 Jordan Knight, 3 Daniel Fletcher (16 Jake Wholey 69m), 4 Kieran Walker, 5 Romaine Graham, 6 Joshua Marshall (15 Anthony Dwyer 17m), 7 Josh Rae, 8 Anthony Howell, 9 Niall Davie, 10 Mathew Newton, 11 Daniel Gordon.
Unused subs: 12 Chris Spencer, 14 Joe Fitzpatrick, 17 Jacob Sturgess.

Cautions: Reid (Rangers)
Ref: Paul Hobday
Att: 700

Report by Chris Elsley

Leek Town 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Monday 28th December 2015


Rangers were never really firing on all cylinders although it was against the run of play that Leek took a 14th min lead, Tim Grice's shot taking a deflected on its way past Adam Whitehouse.

Christian Dacres fired tamely at Chris Martin as Rangers looked for a quick response but Leek were enjoying their best spell of the half and Wayne Daniel had to get across quickly to cut out Dan Shelley.

Rangers' penalty appeals were rejected when Josh Craddock went down in the area while Leek also kept pressing and Chris Baker had a shot blocked before Niall Maguire headed straight at Whitehouse.
Ben Haseley was unable to take advantage of a poor defensive header from Darren Chadwick when he could only stab the ball at Martin while at the opposite end Baker almost extended Leek's lead just before half time.

An error from Martin nearly cost Leek a goal on the hour when he misjudged a high ball from Craddock but the Leek keeper recovered in time to deny Haseley.
Leek always looked dangerous going forward and Jermaine Johnson and Matt Wood both had to track back to halt Maguire's run.

Martin denied Craddock twice in a minute but it was Leek who dealt the killer blow on 73 mins when Ant Danylyk fed Grice and he slipped the ball under Whitehouse for his second of the game.
Rangers were unable to find a way through the stubborn Leek defence and ended 2015 with a rare defeat.

Leek: 1 Chris Martin, 2 Niall Green, 3 Ash Jackson, 4 Jon Beaumont, 5 James Curley, 6 Darren Chadwick, 7 Ant Danylyk, 8 Chris Baker, 9 Tim Grice, 10 Dan Shelley, 11 Niall Maguire.
Unused subs: 12 Kyle Diskin, 14 Sam Bradbury, 15 Lee Cropper, 16 Warren Holmes, 17 Ryan Grocott

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne  Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught (14 Levi Reid82m), 7 Nathan Rooney, 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (15 George Cater 67m), 11 Peter Till (16 Joe Thomas 67m).
Unused subs: 12 Marvin Robinson, 17 Leon Miles

Cautions: Beaumont (Leek)
Ref: Thomas Kirk
Att: 589

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Chasetown 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 26th December 2015


Joe Thomas marked his league debut with a late winner as Rangers beat Chasetown in this Boxing Day derby.

But in front of a bumper crowd of 978, they had to do it the hard way, having to come from behind and playing most of the second half with ten men after Josh Craddock was sent off.

Former Boro midfielder James Dance marked his return to Marston Road with a goal as he was allowed to run through the heart of the Boro defence before firing the Scholars in to a 17th min lead.
A volley from Craddock went close to levelling the scores while Ben Haseley's flick failed to beat visiting keeper John Bateman.

A shot from Nathan Rooney flew just over but Christian Dacres found the mark on 42 mins when he fired home the rebound after Bateman had blocked Haseley's initial effort.
Henery Eze should have restored Chasetown's lead early in the second half but it was advantage Chasetown when Craddock saw red on 49 mins, apparently for a head but on Simon Brown.

Despite being a man down, Rangers were next to threaten as Peter Till sent a rising shot just over but Chasetown also looked dangerous with Paul Sullivan twice going close before Eze headed against the post.
At the other end, Jermaine Johnson forced an excellent save from Bateman but Neil Kitching sent on George Cater and Joe Thomas for the final 10 mins and it was Cater who broke away to set up Thomas for the winner with two mins remaining.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Alex Melbourne, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Nathan Rooney (14 Levi Reid 64m), 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (15 George Cater 78m), 11 Peter Till (16 Joe Thomas 79m).
Unused subs: 12 Marvin Robinson, 17 Leon Miles

Chasetown: 1 John Bateman, 2 Rhys Thompson, 3 Danny Edwards (12 Ryan Wynter 64m), 4 Francino Francis, 5 Henery Eze, 6 Simon Brown, 7 Stan Mugisha (15 Jonathan Gould 83m), 8 Richard Davies, 9 James Dance, 10 Paul Sullivan, 11 George Washbourne.
Unused subs: 14 Chris Slater, 16 Nicholas Turton, 17 Garfield Robinson.

Cautions:  Dacres, McNaught, Thomas (Boro), Davies (Chasetown)
Ref: Thomas Harty
Att: 978

Report by Chris Elsley

Sheffield FC 0 Stafford Rangers 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 19th December 2015

Goals from Josh Craddock and Christian Dacres saw Stafford Rangers on the road to victory at Sheffield FC.

After a fairly even opening, the home side created the first real opening when James Gregory put Benny Igi-Ehon through, but Adam Whitehouse came out quickly to block.
Soon after, Sheffield came close again following a centre from the right but Wayne Daniel blocked Glyn Cotton's initial shot and Whitehouse parried Anton Foster's follow up.

Stafford responded through Ben Haseley but Lee Cooksey cleared off the line then the Stafford striker was kept out by the feet of Tom Hunt.
It was Craddock who broke the deadlock, four minutes before the interval, glancing home Nathan Rooney's left wing corner.

Sheffield threatened again early in the second half with Gregory in the thick of the action but once Dacres had steered Rooney's corner past Hunt on 52 mins, Rangers were in firm control.

Marvin Robinson hit the post before Hunt saved from Haseley and another Rooney corner flashed across the face of the Sheffield goal.
Whitehouse kept out Cotton with his feet and tipped over a late effort from Shaq McKenzie to take his tally to 13 clean sheets for the season.

Sheffield: 1 Tom Hunt, 2 Stuart Ludlam, 3 Mason Warren, 4 Glyn Cotton, 5 Luke Stevens, 6 Lee Cooksey, 7 Matt Roney (15 Temi Raheem 82m), 8 Anton Foster, 9 Devante Jacobs (12 Shaq McKenzie 71m), 10 Benny Igi-Ehon, 11 James Gregory.
Unused subs: 13 Danny Rusling, 16 Conor Glavin

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (16 Alex Melbourne 89m), 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock (12 Stuart McNaught 46m), 7 Nathan Rooney, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Marvin Robinson (15 George Cater 75m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 14 Levi Reid, 17 Leon Miles

Cautions: Stevens (Sheffield) Craddock, Robinson (Boro)
Referee: Tom Parsons
Att: 306

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Spalding United 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 12th December 2015

Stafford Rangers defeated in form Spalding in their top of the table clash at Marston Road, a win that was more satisfying after they played the entire second half with just 10 men following Matt Wood's dismissal just before the break.

Rangers opened with the wind behind them and struck the first blow on 17 mins when Nathan Rooney finished superbly with a low drive from Ben Haseley's lay off.
A Rooney free kick nearly produced a second when Michael Duggan did well to keep out Jermaine Johnson who saw his follow up blocked.
The visitors immediately broke but Josh Moreman fired wide from 20 yards.

Rangers extended their lead on 25 mins when Peter Till collected a deep crossfield ball from Rooney and cut inside past two defenders before squeezing his shot just inside the near post.
Haseley missed two good chances for Stafford before Wood saw red a couple of minutes before the break for a second foul on Moreman. It then needed a good save from Adam Whitehouse to prevent Mitch Griffiths from reducing the deficit.

A wind assisted free kick from Adam Jackson floated just wide of the post as Rangers were nearly caught out at the start of the second half while Moreman stabbed another shot wide.
With Rangers defending deep inside their own half, Spalding found it increasingly difficult to break down the resolute Stafford back line.

In the closing stages, Spalding sub Sam Murphy headed over while Nathan Stainfield planted his header into the arms of Whitehouse as Rangers extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Nathan Rooney (16 Alex Melbourne 83m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Marvin Robinson, 10 Ben Haseley (14 Levi Reid 74m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 12 Stuart McNaught, 15 George Cater, 17 Leon Miles

Spalding: 1 Michael Duggan, 2 Paul Walker, 3 Adam Jackson, 4 Neil Spafford, 5 Nathan Stainfield, 6 Dan Banister (15 Charlie Sanders 79m), 7 Mitch Griffiths, 8 Dan Lawlor, 9 Jamie Graham, 10 Tom Waumsley (12 Sam Murphy 46m), 11 Josh Moreman (16 Jonny Lockie 84m).
Unused subs: 14 Ellis Humble

Cautions: Reid (Stafford), Lawlor (Spalding)
Sent off: Wood - two yellows (Stafford)
Referee: Mark Billingham
Att: 443

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Kidsgrove Athletic 2 (Kidsgrove win 5-3 on penalties)
Integro Doodson League Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 8th December 2015

Rangers went out of the League Cup after conceding a last minute equaliser to Kidsgrove who then went through on a penalty shoot out.

Rangers made a number of changes to the side that had beaten Goole three days earlier but it was still a strong line up that took the field and George Cater nearly gave the Boro the lead inside two minutes after being put through by Christian Dacres.
Joe Thomas set up Jon Adams who saw his shot blocked but Kidsgrove spurned a great chance of their own when Anthony Malbon fired wide when clear.

Kidsgrove made the breakthrough on 29 minutes when Jordan Johnson intercepted a crossfield pass from Jon Adams to break down the right. His deep cross found Nick Wellecomme at the back post and he put the ball back across goal for Malbon to volley in from close range.
Wellecomme nearly doubled the score a couple of minutes later when he hit the post from a tight angle while Adam Whitehouse denied Dan Skelton after the former Boro midfielder had burst into the area.

Rangers began the second half well with Marvin Robinson and Joe Thomas both having shots blocked.
George Cater hit the post and Robinson’s follow up was blocked on the line by Grove keeper Ben Chapman.
Another shot from Cater went over for the loanee from Kidderminster was looking dangerous everytime he got the ball and it was his good work on the left hand side of the area that set up Adams to equalise on 63 mins.

Another Cater run created a similar chance which Thomas blazed over but when he repeated the feat for a third time on 78 mins, Levi Reid drilled home to put Rangers in front.
Sub Ben Haseley went close to making it three and Thomas forced another save from Chapman before Jack Sherratt struck a late equaliser for Grove, two minutes into added time.

The first seven penalties of the shoot out were successful but Adams saw his bounce back off the bar leaving Malbon to send the visitors through.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson (14 Sam Griffiths 85m), 5 Leon Miles, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Jon Adams, Levi Reid, 9 Marvin Robinson (12 Nathan Rooney 61m), 10 Joe Thomas, 11 George Cater (16 Ben Haseley 85m).
Unused Subs: 15 Nick Amos, 17 Neil Kitching

Kidsgrove: 1 Ben Chapman, 2 Paul Donnelly, 3 Paul Taylor, 4 Ash Hodgkinson, 5 Lewis Bergin, 6 Dan Skelton (14 Karl Espley 64m), 7 Anthony Malbon, 8 Ross Davidson, 9 Nick Wellecomme, 10 Jordan Johnson (15 Jack Sherratt 65m), 11 Joe Woolley.
Unused Subs: 12 Andy Kinsey, 16 Tom Morris

Cautions: None
Referee: Mark Pearson
Att: 212

Report by Chris Elsley

Goole Town 0 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 5th December 2015

Sometimes you have to win ugly and this was one of those days.

The strong wind blowing down the pitch made the game a lottery and it wasn't helped by a referee who didn't handle the difficult conditions well.
Rangers were without the injured Stuart McNaught and Josh Craddock, giving Marvin Robinson a start with Christian Dacres dropping back to midfield.
It was Dacres who grabbed the only goal of the game on 24 mins when he headed in Nathan Rooney's cross via the underside of the bar.

The opening quarter produced little as both sides struggled with the conditions, but the game picked up as Ben Haseley headed wide then had another chance blocked by Goole keeper Daniel Waring. It was from the resulting corner that Dacres netted what proved to be the winner.
The closing minutes of the half saw Waring save twice from Haseley. In between, Goole's Bobby Johnson fired wide after his initial effort was blocked by Jermaine Johnson.

Robinson had a chance to double the lead soon after the break but the second half became a contentious affair with the home bench trying to hurry play along, throwing on a replacement ball as soon as the match ball went out of play while Rangers were trying to kill time whenever possible.
Matt Wood saw yellow for time wasting while Alex Melbourne and Haseley were both cautioned for off the ball incidents.
Goole came on stronger towards the end, Chris Jackson forcing a save from Adam Whitehouse with their best chance, but Rangers held on to take the points.

Goole: 1 Daniel Waring, 2 Anthony Mackie, 3 David Taylor, 4 Jacob Stannard, 5 Sam Colbear, 6 James Kay, 7 Robbie Cotton (12 Chris Jackson 70m), 8 Derry Robson, 9 Nick Guest, 10 Leigh Hutchinson (15 Billy Law 70m), 11 Bobby Johnson.
Unused subs: 16 Joshua Wright, 17 Matthew Semley

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid, 7 Nathan Rooney, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Marvin Robinson (16 Leon Miles 90+2), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till (15 Alex Melbourne 73m).
Unused subs: 12 Josh Craddock, 14 Steve McNaught, 17 George Cater

Cautions: Hutchinson, Taylor (Goole) Wood, Melbourne, Haseley (Rangers)
Ref: S Wade
Att: 175

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Alsager Town 2
Friendly - Tuesday 1st December 2015

After a scheduled Integro Doodson Cup tie with Kidsgrove was postponed due to the Potteries club being involved in FA Trophy action, Rangers took advantage of the free Tuesday to take on Alsager Town, managed by former Boro favourite Scott Dundas.

With Rangers flying high at the top of the Evo-Stik League Division One and Alsager rooted to the foot of the North West Counties League, fans could be forgiven for expecting to see a goal glut, and that’s the way it looked to be going when Joe Thomas fired the Boro ahead on 10 mins.
A second goal from Marvin Robinson followed on 26 mins and when Stuart McNaught made it 3-0 seven minutes later the Alsager defence could easily have crumbled.
The scoreline somewhat flattered the Boro who used the opportunity to give some match time to the likes of Alex Melbourne, Leon Miles, Sam Smith and George Cater as well as goalscorers Robinson and Thomas. There was also a treat of seeing manager Neil Kitching complete the full 90 mins.

Alsager had created a half chance inside the opening 20 seconds and continued their lively start – Michael Machin guilty of wasting their best chance when he hesitated in front of goal, allowing Leon Miles to make the tackle.
Rangers settled when Thomas struck the opener from the edge of the area following a perfectly placed knock down from Robinson.

On a night of some top quality goals, it was Robinson who claimed the best of them with a spectacular overhead kick to convert a centre from Melbourne. A minute earlier, Josh Bailey had burst through the Stafford defence but, like Machin, he hesitated at the vital moment and Melbourne’s tackle averted the threat.
Alsager looked threatening every time they went forward and Adam Whitehouse saved well to keep out a low drive from Liam Shaw.
McNaught curled Rangers’ third into the far top corner from 25 yards following good work on the left from Cater while Nathan Rooney – on as a sub for Smith – shot just wide on the turn.

Machin just missed out on reducing the arrears when his shot beat Whitehouse but bounced back off the post while Jonathan Jones’ shot was tipped away for a corner by the Rangers’ keeper.
Rooney nearly added to the score a minute after the resumption while Kitching saw his header cleared off the line by Tom Brown.

At the other end, Alsager continued to waste some good chances that fell their way with Elliot Ledwards and Jones both blazing over.
Finally, the visitors got their reward when Jack Woolley fired a good shot past Rangers’ sub keeper Kyprianos Andreou on 77 mins before netting a second from the edge of the area on the stroke of full time.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse (Kyprianos Andreou), 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Neil Kitching, 4 Sam Smith (14 Jermaine Johnson 31m), 5 Leon Miles, 6 Stuart McNaught (12 Sam Griffiths 46m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Josh Craddock (15 Nathan Rooney 35m), 9 Marvin Robinson, 10 George Cater, 11 Joe Thomas.
Unused Subs: 16 Christian Dacres, 18 Ben Haseley

Alsager: 1 Matthew Johnson, 2 Josh Bailey (16 Bradley Tabener 46m), 3 Elliot Ledwards, 4 Jake Chadwick, 5 Calvin Haughton, 6 Tom Brown, 7 Jonathan Jones (17 Richard Smith 76m), 8 Ryan Connor, 9 Michael Machin (12 Jack Woolley 46m), 10 Liam Shaw (15 Sam Tamaklow (46m), 11 Tim Barrass (9 Michael Machin 79m).
Unused Sub: 14 Adam Dawson

Ref: Dragan Kuzmanovic
Att: 95

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 4 Daventry Town 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 28th November 2015

Rangers put on another assured display to see off Daventry Town at a wet and windy Marston Road on Saturday.

The league leaders never looked in trouble after going two goals ahead inside the first six minutes.
Wayne Daniel got the ball rolling when he opened the scoring from a Nathan Rooney corner on one minute.
Five minutes later, Daventry keeper Ben Heath made a hash attempting to clear a long ball from Sam Griffiths, leaving Christian Dacres with a simple task.

Adam Whitehouse saved from Nabil Sharriff after Jermaine Johnson had been caught in possession but Rangers retained a strong hold on the game.
The Daventry defence looked fragile in the face of a strong wind and had Heath to thank when he saved from Haseley. Soon after, Rooney's shot deflected wide off Jason Lee.

Joe Curtis headed off the line from Josh Craddock but Rangers didn't relent and Haseley drilled home the third on 34 mins.
Daventry reduced the arrears two minutes later when Wayne Daniel's attempted interception looped up over Whitehouse.

Daventry did look more solid after the break although Rangers were first to show, Haseley's heavy touch giving Heath the chance to smother.
The visitors immediately went on the offensive and Whitehouse went low to his right to keep out Mitch Piggon.
Whitehouse was also on hand to turn over an inswinging free kick from Curtis.

Heath kept out Haseley once more when Boro's leading scorer tried to go around the Daventry keeper before Josh Craddock headed across the face of goal.
Haseley went clear again on 78 mins but when Heath saved, Nathan Rooney followed up with a crisp finish from the edge of the area.
Sub Alex Melbourne hit the post on his return to action after a six week absence before Marvin Robinson saw his shot saved and Haseley put the loose ball high over the bar.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Nathan Rooney (17 Alex Melbourne 84m), 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Christian Dacres (16 Marvin Robinson 76m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till (12 Levi Reid 71m).
Unused subs: 14 George Cater, 15 Leon Miles

Daventry Town: 1 Ben Heath, 2 Dan Childs (12 Karabo Motswenhi 76m), 3 John Bukasa, 4 Ricky Hill, 5 Jason Lee, 6 Barry Deacon, 7 Kieran Fitzgerald, 8 Rob Prinzel,   9 Nabil Sharriff, 10 Mitch Piggon (14 Edilson Panzo-Antonio 84m), 11 Joe Curtis.
Unused sub: 15 Neil Champelovier - only 3 subs named

Cautions:  Hill (Daventry)
Referee: Justin Hayes
Att: 494

Report by Chris Elsley

Loughborough Dynamo 0 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 21st November 2015

Rangers extended their lead at the top of the table to six points after a comfortable victory over lowly Loughborough.

Rangers were in control virtually from the off and took the lead on 7 mins when Peter Till and Matt Wood combined to set up a tap in for Ben Haseley.
A minute earlier, Till had forced a save from Alex Pycock and the home goal came under further threat when Haseley's drive flew just wide of the upright before Nathan Rooney sent a free kick wide of the opposite post.

A poor touch from Haseley cost another chance as Pycock dived bravely at his feet while Rooney's drive on the stroke of half time was tipped over.
Loughborough were restricted to just two chances in the opening 45 mins, Leonardo Brown and Danny Brain both going over.

Haseley gave Rangers a deserved second less than a minute after the restart when he was sent clear by Josh Craddock's pass and clipped the ball over the stranded Pycock.
Levi Reid should have added a third on 71 mins but his attempted chip over Pycock went wide.

Rangers survived a scare when Rooney's poor ball across the area put them in trouble but Adam Whitehouse was alert to clear the danger.
Haseley was denied by Pycock who then kept out Till's follow up while both Wood and Rooney went close to a third in the closing stages.

Loughborough: 1 Alex Pycock, 2 Joe Pheasant, 3 Scott Meer, 4 Anthony Marriott (17 Rob Norris 72m), 5 Danny Brain, 6 Sam Saunders, 7 Will Dennis (15 Darryl Thomas 62m), 8 Danny Edwards, 9 Bamoussa Cisse (16 David Awomolo 83m), 10 Eddy Samba, 11 Leandro Brown.
Unused subs: 12 Tom Maddison, 14 Ben Wallace

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Nathan Rooney, 8 Josh Craddock (12 Levi Reid 56m), 9 Christian Dacres (16 Marvin Robinson 72m), 10 Ben Haseley (14 George Cater 79m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 15 Leon Miles, 17 Alex Melbourne

Cautions: Marriott, Saunders (Loughborough), Wood, Johnson, Robinson (Boro)
Ref: O Bickle
Att: 195

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Coalville Town 2
EVO-STIK Noerthern Premier League Div 1 (South) - Saturday 14th November 2015

Two of the top three went toe to toe on an afternoon that had a bit of everything.

Stafford controlled the early part of the game and looked dangerous.
A Peter Till cross in the second minute glanced in for an own goal off the head of Dan Freeman and the hosts continued to press with Till plus full backs Griffiths and Wood looking lively.
Rangers pressed and most notably, Griffiths put in numerous runs on the right and one ended with him hitting the box and cutting back for Adams to fire over.

Coalville eventually came into the game and firstly Jenno challenged Whitehouse and though the ball went into the net, a foul was given for a push.
Then on 28 minutes the visitors struck back as Danny Jenno crossed from the right and as the ball was partly cleared, Jared Holmes dispatched into the bottom corner to level.

The game then became quite lively with a few committed tackles going in and firts, Jared Holmes being booked for Coalville, before Josh Craddock and former Boro man Liam Walshe following him into the book after a "coming together".

Level at the break, Boro came out with purpose as Craddock curled a shot wide, then the game switched ends as a surge by Raven was halted by Johnson and a free kick was fired over after the dangerous Rodney had been brought down.
Till then chipped in for Craddock who dived in to head over, after Raven had conceded a free kick.

The visitors took the lead as a ball looped down the right channel via a deflection to Liam Walshe and as Rodney, Walshe & Holmes were denied by post and keeper before Nialle Rodney converted from six yards.
George Cater, who had come into the side after injury made way for Ben Haseley on 59 minutes and he started to effect the game and he had a shot saved by Bowles on 65 minutes.
Holmes pushed forward again but Whitehouse saved his tame effort, then Reid replaced Adams who again lifted Boro.

The visitors broke again and the lively Rodney had a decent break but his shot was excellently saved buy Whitehouse On 8 minutes the ball was delivered into the Coalville area and when Josh Craddock and Christian Dacres applied the pressure, the ball dropped for Ben Haseley to fire into the roof of the net from ten yards.
The game did not fizzle out as both sides continued to battle, as Craddock again saw a shot go wide, late substitute nathan Rooney saw one shot hit  the side netting before putting another effort wide.

All in all, an entertaining game in difficult conditions and a draw being a fair result.
Both sides proved why they are near the top of the table and quite likely to stay there.

Rangers: Whitehouse, Griffiths, Wood, Johnson, Daniel, McNaught, Adams, Craddock, Dacres(C), Cater, Till.
Subs: Reid, Haseley, Miles, Rooney, Harrison

Coalville: Bowles(C), Jenno, Torr, Freeman, McAteer, Walshe, Smithson, Troke, Rodney, Raven, Holmes.
Subs: Hooton, Woolley, Byrne, Dean, Coton

Ref: Eddie Smart
Att: 628

Report by Al Gee

Stafford Rangers 1 Rushall Olympic 0
Integro Doodson Sport Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 10th November 2015

A goal from Lavell White was enough to give Rangers victory in a competitive Integro Doodson Sport Cup tie.

Rushall had much the better of the first half but wasted several great chances.
Alex Reid headed over when unmarked before Massiah McDonald fired wide from the edge of the area and Reid sent another effort across the face of goal.
White went close for Rangers with a hooked shot from some 25 yards but the visitors continued to create the better chances and saw Ethan Delaney blaze over when well placed.

On 37 mins, McDonald fired against the Rangers bar but with Rushall wondering how they weren't ahead, play switched to the opposite end, White pounced on an error from Jack Duggan and with  a quick turn, rifled the ball into the roof of the net.
Still Rushall pressed as Jake Heath headed straight at Adam Whitehouse and Alex Reid chipped over. In between, Levi Reid could have marked his 200th appearance in a Boro shirt with a goal but fired wide of the far post.

Rangers looked more assured after the break although Kris Taylor nearly levelled midway through the half with a free kick that was deflected wide.
Nathan Rooney almost put the result beyond doubt but it needed a late save from Whitehouse to prevent McDonald from taking the game to penalties.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Lucas Harrison, 4 Sam Smith, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Jon Adams, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney (17 Jermaine Johnson 90+2m), 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Josh Craddock (15 Neil Harvey 76m), 11 Lavell White (12 Stuart McNaught 74m).
Unused subs: 14 Matt Wood, 16 George Cater

Rushall: 1 Dean Coleman, 2 Aris Christopherou, 3 Zak Martin, 4 Kris Taylor, 5 Jack Duggan (12 Daniel Wilkinson 46m), 6 Gavin Caines, 7 Jake Heath, 8 Carl Palmer (17 Bruno Semedo 46m), 9 Ethan Delaney (14 Luke Benbow 77m), 10 Massiah McDonald, 11 Alex Reid.
Unused subs: 15 Kyle Delaney, 16 Ricardo Dudley

Cautions: Craddock, Smith (Rangers)
Ref: Martin Rawcliffe
Att: 270

Report by Chris Elsley

Basford 1 Stafford Rangers 1
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Div 1 (South) - Saturday 07th November 2015

Rangers went into the game with numerous changes, with injury and suspension meaning changes were enforced.

Debuts for Lavell White and Johnathon Adams also added to the pack being reshuffled.
In a game where Rangers paid for not making the most of their domination some of the play proved that early season form was not far away and wins will come.

Basford hardly got out of there half in the first 15 minutes as Rangers attacked with purpose and the hosts put up a rear guard action.
Numerous corners and efforts from Griffiths, Rooney, Daniel and White went unrewarded before Basford eventually won a free kick in Rangers' half on 16 minutes to relieve a bit of pressure.
Basford were also forced to make a change, losing full back Rhys Myers to injury on just 10 minutes.

Rangers continued to pile on the pressure as the half wore on with efforts just off target, blocked or saved as Dacres, White, McNaught, Wood all tried their luck.
Basford had a couple of moves around the half hour mark as a cross went into the Rangers box but was cleared and then Billy Bennett found space on the left and his shot was saved by Whitehouse's outstretched leg. Rangers again went on the attack with Wood being blocked for yet another corner, On 38 minutes Rangers were rewarded as the ball found its way to Rooney on the edge of the box and he hired through the crowd and via a couple of touches the ball eventually made it over the lead to give the visitors a more than deserved lead. Basford briefly hit back before the break as Anderson, Bopp and Wiggins-Thomas all pushed for an equaliser but to no avail.

The second half was a different story as Rangers weren't able to enjoy the dominance of the first half.
The half was more of a battle and what chances there were varied from end to end. Ben Hutchinson attempted an over head kick from just inside the box but this didn't find the target.
Rangers then came back and Dacres headed a White cross wide of the target.
Rob McCormick then volleyed straight at Whitehouse for the hosts before Boro broke and White again fired over then play again switched as Anderson saw his tame effort gathered by Whitehouse.

On 71 minutes Basford pushed forward in numbers and, as the ball found it's way across the Rangers box, left-back Bennett found the ball dropping to him and he hammered it into the far corner of the net with a powerful shot from 20 yards.
Chances were then few and far between as both teams tried to get the decisive breakthrough.
Harvey and White could not quite apply the finishing touch for Boro while Bennett had another effort, but shot wide.
Those first half chances were what Rangers will look back on but another unbeaten away game against potential challengers may turn out to be a decent result, given time.

Att: 229

Report by Al Gee

Lincoln United 1 Stafford Rangers 1 (Lincoln won 5-4 on penalties)
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Rangers are out of the FA Trophy after losing their 1st Qualifying Round replay 5-4 on penalties at Lincoln United on Tuesday night.

As with the first tie, it was an evenly fought match with the two defences restricting the amount of goal mouth activity.
Jordan Lemon had a chance for the home side in the first minute while Josh Craddock saw his effort headed off the line at the other end.
Ben Haseley twice went wide either side of a low drive from Lincoln's Daniel Brooks that skidded past Adam Whitehouse's left hand post.

Whitehouse needed strong hands to keep out a drive from Andrew Toyne but it was Craddock who came closest to breaking the first half deadlock when he hit the bar from some 40 yards.

Whitehouse kept out a powerful free kick from Brooks early in the second half but it was the Lincoln midfielder who opened the scoring on 77 mins with a penalty after Stuart McNaught had tripped Lemon.

Rangers forced extra time with 5 mins remaining when Kallum Smith turned Matt Wood's centre into his own net although Nathan Rooney felt he should have had a penalty when he went down just inside the area - the referee thought differently and cautioned Rooney.
Rangers looked most likely to snatch a winner in extra time but the two teams could not be separated.

Rangers then held an early advantage in the penalty shootout after Whitehouse saved Lincoln's second spot kick only for Rooney to miss with the next.
After Jermaine Johnson had sent Rangers sixth kick high over the bar, Lincoln keeper Sam Vince stepped up to win it.

Lincoln: 1 Sam Vince, 2 Sean Wright, 3 Kallum Smith, 4 Daniel Brooks, 5 Michael Jacklin, 6 Callum Ward, 7 Jordan Lemon, 8 Andrew Toyne, 9 Tom Batchelor, 10 Andrew Wright (12 Joshua Parker 64 mins), 11 Elliot Broughton (14 Lynton Karkach 73m).
Unused subs: 15 Brendon McDaid, 16 Sam Wilkinson, 17 Kevin Wright

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Levi Reid (14 Neil Harvey 68m), 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Christian Dacres (15 Nathan Rooney 68m), 10 Ben Haseley (12 Jazz Luckie 53m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 16 Leon Miles, 17 Kyprianos Andreou

Cautions: S Wright (Lincoln) Reid, Rooney, Craddock (Rangers)
Referee: Matthew Smith
Att: 111

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Lincoln United 1
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round - Saturday 31st October 2015

Rangers and Lincoln will have to meet again to decide who is to progress to the 2nd Qualifying Round after a disappointing draw at Marston Road.

Rangers got off to an ideal start when Ben Haseley found space at the back post to head home Josh Craddock's floated centre on 6 mins.
Craddock missed a great chance to double the lead when he headed wide before Nathan Rooney sent a couple of efforts just off target.

Lincoln struck level on 23 mins when Andrew Wright broke away and although his first shot came back off the post, Rangers didn't clear the danger and, when the ball came back to Wright, he made no mistake at the second time of asking.
Jazz Luckie went close to restoring  Rangers' lead soon after but the quality dipped as neither side was able to impose themselves on the game.

There was little improvement after the break with Lincoln happy with parity and Rangers showing no urgency.
Michael Jacklin wasted a great chance for the visitors when he headed wide.

At the other end, Peter Till failed to capitalize on a poor clearance from Lincoln keeper Sam Vince when his shot from the right touchline went just over.
In the final ten minutes, Levi Reid forced a save from Vince after his initial effort was blocked but the visitors held out for the draw in a game that neither side deserved to win.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Josh Craddock (14 Peter Till 55m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Jazz Luckie (17 Christian Dacres 63m), 10 Ben Haseley (12 Neil Harvey 78m), 11 Levi Reid.
Unused subs: 15 Sam Smith, 16 Leon Miles

Lincoln: 1 Sam Vince, 2 Sean Wright, 3 Jordan Lemon, 4 Daniel Brooks, 5 Michael Jacklin, 6 Callum Ward, 7 Lynton Karkach (12 Kallum Smith 60m), 8 Andrew Toyne, 9 Thomas Batchelor, 10 Andrew Wright, 11 Elliot Broughton.
Unused subs: 14 Mark O'Leary, 15 Kevin Wright, 16 Sam Wilkinson, 17 Benjamin Townsend

Cautions: Jacklin (Lincoln)
Referee: Matthew Bristow
Att: 414

Report by Chris Elsley

Gresley FC 0 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Tuesday 27th October 2015

Jazz Luckie’s first goal of the season gave Rangers victory but it needed an excellent display from Adam Whitehouse to ensure that the points came back to Marston Road.

Rangers attacked from the off with Matt Wood shooting wide inside the first minute.
Gresley, with old hand Gary Ricketts leading their line, should have gone ahead when Jordan Ball centred from the right only for Courtney Meade to completely mis-hit his shot. Shortly after, Ricketts headed wide when he beat Whitehouse to a high cross from John Guy on the left.

Rangers’ struck the killer blow on 9 mins when another shot from Wood came back off a Gresley defender and Luckie’s first time drive from the edge of the area nestled in the corner of the net.
The Boro pressed for a second and Lloyd Ransome pushed away one Nathan Rooney free kick while Jermaine Johnson was just unable to add the finishing touch to another.
The home side got stronger towards the end of the half and saw Jordan Ball slice wide while Whitehouse kept out Jack Langston.

The second half struggled to get going until the midway point but then Rangers had to survive a barrage of pressure.
An unmarked Ball let another chance go begging with a tame shot at Whitehouse who then saved from Martin Smyth.
Ricketts headed wide at the back post and then was fouled by Wayne Daniel as the two veterans chased a long ball towards the Rangers area. Daniel picked up a yellow card before Whitehouse saved well from Smyth’s free kick.
Whitehouse frustrated Smyth again a few moments later and Daniel blocked Ball’s follow up on the line.

The Boro goal remained intact and Rangers could have made the game secure when Neil Harvey came close within seconds of entering the action – Ransome saving to his left.
Ransome saved again after Luckie had diverted Johnson’s shot towards goal but Luckie’s earlier strike had done the damage.

Gresley: 1 Lloyd Ransome, 2 Matt Roome, 3 John Guy, 4 Jean Dakouri (14 Richard Bailey 75m), 5 Jamie Barrett, 6 Jake Carlisle, 7 Martin Smyth, 8 Jack Langston ,9 Gary Ricketts, 10 Jordan Ball, 11 Courtney Meade.
Unused Subs: 12 Melanius Mullarkey, 15 Ryan King, 16 Gareth Mzungwana, 17 Sam Wood

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught, 7 Josh Craddock, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Jazz Luckie (16 Leon Miles 90+2m), 10 Ben Haseley (12 Neil Harvey 81m), 11 Levi Reid.
Unused Subs: 14 Peter Till, 15 Sam Smith, 17 Nick Amos

Cautions: Griffiths, Daniel, McNaught (all Boro)
Referee: Robert Cairns
Att: 305

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Market Drayton Town 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 24th October 2015

Rangers' injury concerns lengthened as they were held to a goal-less draw by Market Drayton Town.

With Alex Melbourne missing for the first time this season, Rangers suffered further as Neil Harvey and Josh Craddock both limped off and the Boro were forced to play out the final 15 mins with ten men when loanee George Cater pulled a hamstring with all three subs used.

The match was a largely disappointing affair with neither side taking control but both had chances to take the points.
Rangers came closest as Neil Harvey twice hit the post but Drayton spurned four great opportunities of their own.
Ben Haseley sliced wide for Rangers inside the opening ten minutes then Nathan Rooney went close with a half volley.

Drayton saw Paul McMullen and James O'Reilly (twice) miss the target with headers in a five minute spell but Rangers went closer still as Michael O'Reilly cleared off the line from Craddock then, just before half time, Harvey's shot struck the inside of the post before rolling across the goal line.
Drayton had another great chance at the start of the second half but Adam Whitehouse saved well from Scott Ryan.

Ashe Rawlings kept out Haseley but a minute later, Harvey got around the Drayton keeper only to see the ball hit the base of the post and James O'Reilly clear.
The visitors had an effort of their own blocked on the line, Peter Till Rangers' saviour to keep out McMullen.

Despite playing a man down, Rangers nearly won it in the final minute but Rawlings' outstretched hand kept out Haseley's shot.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock (12 Stuart McNaught 70m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Neil Harvey  (14 George Cater 54m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till (17 Fabrice Kasiama 67m).
Unused subs: 15 Jazz Luckie, 16 Sam Smith

Market Drayton Town: 1 Ashe Rawlings, 2 James O'Reilly, 3 Michael O'Reilly, 4 Joshua Green, 5 Paul McMullen, 6 James O'Neill, 7 James Bennet-Tindall, 8 Will Whieldon, 9 Simon Everall, 10 Scott Ryan, 11 Lyndon Campbell (14 Tyrell McFarlane 65m).
Unused subs: 12 Alex Headley, 15 Nigel Wellings, 16 Harry Ioannou, 17 Tom Lowe

Cautions: Reid, Craddock (SRFC), McMullen (MDT)
Referee: Paul Hobday
Att: 470

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 4 Rugby Town 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 17th October 2015

Rangers hit four second half goals to see off a struggling Rugby side that had threatened to give the league leaders a frustrating afternoon.

The first half had seen few goal chances created at either end.
Rangers played some good approach football but let themselves down with the final delivery.
Ben Haseley clipped a shot just over and floated a centre which just eluded Neil Harvey.

In between, Wayne Daniel made a couple of important blocks to deny David Kolodynski and Steve Towers.
The best chance of the half fell to Josh Craddock but Rob Parker blocked amid unsuccessful appeals for hand ball.

After the break it was all Rangers and they took the lead on 50 mins when Nathan Rooney netted after Levi Reid's initial shot was blocked.
Four minutes later it was 2-0 when ref Lisa Rashid played an advantage after a foul on Rooney and Haseley held off his man to score his 10th goal of the season.

The game was put to bed on 62 mins as another good build up ended with Sam Griffiths setting up Rooney for his second of the afternoon.
Rangers were content and took the pressure off but there was still time for sub George Cater to mark his debut with a goal in the final minute.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne (12 Sam Griffiths 35m), 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock (14 Stuart McNaught 77m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Neil Harvey, 10 Ben Haseley (16 George Cater 72m), 11 Peter Till.
Unused subs: 15 Leon Miles, 17 Jazz Luckie

Rugby: 1 Liam Roberts, 2 Rob Parker, 3 Sam Warburton, 4 Mason Rowley, 5 Steve Towers, 6 Jon Adams, 7 Sean Wilkins (15 Iwan Cartwright 85m), 8 Kevin Thornton (14 Seb Lake-Gaskin 67m), 9 David Kolodynski, 10 Callum Powell, 11 Jake Healy (16 Ryan Walker 67m).
Unused subs: 12 Ashley Gray, 17 Sam Woods

Cautions: Griffiths, Craddock, Rooney (Rangers)  Towers (Rugby)
Ref: Lisa Rashid
Att: 562

Report by Chris Elsley

Newcastle Town 0 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Tuesday 13th October 2015

It was stalemate at the Lyme Valley Stadium as the two Staffordshire rivals cancelled each other out with differing styles of play in what was an intriguing tactical battle.

Rangers enjoyed most of the possession and subsequently looked the most positive on the night while the home side were more reliant upon breakaway attacks. But ultimately, neither could find a way past the opposition defence and the two goalkeepers had a fairly quiet night.

Rangers were first to try their luck but Ben Haseley scooped his shot over. Another effort from Levi Reid went high over while Neil Harvey was unable to convert at the back post following a left wing corner.
When Castle broke, they did swiftly with Marc Grocott and Tim Sanders often involved but when they did show a sign of getting behind the Boro back line, Adam Whitehouse raced out of his area to clear.

Jake Jones was enjoying his first start and looked increasingly threatening until he picked up an injury after hitting a shot at Adam Alcock.
With Jones awaiting treatment in the Castle area the home side countered and Dereece Gardner forced Whitehouse to save at the near post.

Rangers lost their impetus a little and Castle threatened again and Wayne Daniel worked hard to block Neville Thompson en route to goal. Soon after, former Boro manThompson joined Jones as an injury casualty.

The second half fared little better in terms of goal mouth activity. Gardner missed out on a couple of chances for the home side but the best two chances fell to Rangers .
Midway through the half, Jermaine Johnson diverted Peter Till’s drive goalwards but straight into the arms of Alcock. Ten minutes later, the excellent Levi Reid sent in an inswinging centre that just eluded the touch of both Jazz Luckie and Till.

Newcastle: 1 Adam Alcock, 2 James Askey, 3 Cohen Bramhall, 4 Matt Lowe, 5 Aaron Carter, 6 Marc Grocott, 7 Tom France, 8 Dereece Gardner, 9 Jordan Cole, 10 Tim Sanders, 11 Neville Thompson (14 Michael Lennon 40m).
Unused Subs: 12 Ben Mills, 15 Louis Downs

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Neil Harvey (15 Jazz Luckie 76m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Jake Jones (14 Peter Till 31m).
Unused Subs: 12 Stuart McNaught, 16 Fabrice Kasiama, 17 Leon Miles

Cautions: None
Ref: A Garratt
Att: 425

Report by Chris Elsley

Shaw Lane Aquaforce 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 10th October 2015

Rangers' unbeaten start and 9 match winning run on the road came to an end as they were defeated at 3rd placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

The Yorkshire side were in command from the start and went close on 5 mins when Gavin Allott hit the post before Lee Bennett skied over when well placed.

Shaw Lane's pressure eventually paid off on 21 mins when Steven Istead's ball back in to the area found Allott in space and he  fired past Adam Whitehouse.
Ben Haseley tried a couple of shots that were never going to trouble Ian Deakin in the home goal, instead it was Whitehouse who remained the most threatened and, on the stroke of half time, the Rangers keeper had to race out of his area to prevent Allott from doubling the lead.

Things looked a little brighter for Stafford at the start of the second half as Nathan Rooney sent a 30 yarder just over but Shaw Lane soon checked them back when Adam Priestley doubled the lead with a close range overhead kick on 49 mins.

The introduction of Jake Jones added some life to Rangers' approach play and it was following a foul on the sub that Rooney hit the bar from 20 yards.
Five minutes later, Shaw Lane hit the  Rangers' bar with Allott's chip.

Late on, Whitehouse saved from Bennett and Priestley fired wide but Shaw Lane had already done enough.

Shaw Lane: 1 Ian Deakin, 2 Gary Stoher, 3 Oscar Radford, 4 Steven Istead, 5 Rhys Meynell, 6 Adam Jones (17 Stefan Holt 77m), 7 Lee Bennett (14 Anton Foster 80m), 8 Matt Thornhill, 9 Gavin Allott, 10 Adam Priestley, 11 Alex Davidson (15 Jonathan Wafula 88m).
Unused subs: 12 Luke O'Brien, 16 Joe Thornton

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Leon Miles, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Stuart McNaught (12 Jake Jones 56m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Neil Harvey (15 Jazz Luckie 71m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till (16 Fabrice Kasiama 85m).
Unused subs: 14 Jermaine Johnson, 17 Neil Kitching.

Cautions: Istead, Bennett (Shaw Lane) Rooney (Rangers)
Ref: Michael Denton
Att: 285

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Tividale 1
FA Trophy Preliminary Round - Saturday 3rd October 2015

Rangers eased their way past fellow Division One South side Tividale to book a 1st Qualifying Round home tie with Lincoln United.

It took Rangers to the 13th minute to make their mark. Neil Harvey flicked on a long ball from Adam Whitehouse and then Harvey was in position to calmly steer his header past Tom Turner from Peter Till’s cross.
But the lead was to last just two minutes as Mark Danks pounced on an error from Josh Craddock to release Chris Sterling and the former Boro man gave Whitehouse no chance.

Rangers were soon back on the attack with Harvey (twice) and Ben Haseley having shots blocked by the Tivi defence.
Jason Chilton found himself in a good position for the visitors but dragged his shot across the six yard box.
It was Rangers who looked the most likely scorers as Harvey hit an overhead shot straight at Turner and a flash shot from Levi Reid went a foot over before Turner needed two attempts to stop Nathan Rooney’s effort on the stroke of half time.

It took less than four minutes of the second half for Rangers to get back in front, Leon Miles netting from close range after his initial shot was blocked.

Whitehouse saved well from Alex Fletcher and tipped over a long range free kick from Danks as the visitors looked to get back level but their best chance fell to the unmarked Martin Hill who headed over from a corner.
On 76 mins, new signing Jake Jones secured Rangers’ progress when he picked up a pass from Reid and cut in from the right before firing a shot under Turner.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Leon Miles, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock (14 Stuart McNaught 80m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Neil Harvey (17 Jazz Luckie 77m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Peter Till (12 Jake Jones 70m).
Unused Subs: 15 Jermaine Johnson, 16 Joe Thomas

Tividale: 1 Tom Turner, 2 Lewis Wright (16 Martin Hill 67m), 3 Jason Chilton, 4 Alex Fletcher, 5 Jesse Race, 6 Jacob Barnes, 7 Ashley Jackson, 8 Scott Devlin, 9 Mark Danks, 10 Chris Sterling, 11 Jahmel Taylor (15 Chris Rabone 46m).
Unused Subs: 12 Demetri Brown, 14 Joel Ayettey, 17 Aaron O’Neill, 18 Anton Caines-Powell

Cautions: Craddock, Reid (Rangers), Chilton, Race (Tividale)
Ref: Nick Hopton
Att: 420
 
Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 6 Belper Town 0
Evo-Stik Norther Premier League Div One (South) - Tuesday 29th September 2015

Rangers were in merciless mood as they tore apart managerless Belper.
The win made it an unbeaten 10 match start to the season, one short of the post war record set in 1971.
But victory came at the cost of injuries to Alex Curtis and Christian Dacres.

Ben Fairclough went close early on for Belper but Rangers soon clicked in to gear and Ben Haseley opened the scoring on 12 mins with a deflected shot after Nathan Rooney had broken into the area.
Three mins later, Haseley turned provider and Dacres produced a clinical finish to double the lead.

Haseley nearly added a third when he spotted Danny Haystead off his line but he was back on target on 24 mins when he ran on to a through ball from Levi Reid to slot past the Belper keeper.
Sam Purcicoe forced a save from Adam Whitehouse but Rangers were relentless and Haseley completed his hat trick on 35 mins. Racing on to a ball from Peter Till, he had a touch of fortune as Haystead's attempted clearance appeared to loop up off the Rangers' forward and in to an empty net.
Haystead saved well from Dacres  but the no9 had the final say when he ran clear of the Belper defence to score a fifth a minute in to added time.

Reid hit the post early in the second half and Till forced a save from Haystead before Dacres completed his hat trick on 62 mins, first to the rebound after Rooney's free kick was saved.
Reid could have added a seventh but Rangers were already home and dry and their lead at the top was extended to 8 points.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Alex Curtis (16 Matt Wood 25m), 4 Leon Miles,5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock (12 Stuart McNaught 66m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney,  9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (14 Neil Harvey 63m), 11 Peter  Till.
Unused subs: 15 Jermaine Johnson, 17 Dominic Kurasik

Belper Town: 1 Danny Haystead, 2 Sam Purcicoe, 3 Scott Matthews, 4 Paul Lister, 5 Lee Cooksey, 6 Jonathan Williams, 7 Ben Fairclough, 8 Michael Towey (16 Connor Johnson 76m), 19 Evan Garnett, 10 Tom Liversedge, 11 Kevin Hemagou (12 Luke Shaw 46m).
Unused subs: 14 Rob Stevenson, 15 Grant Ryan, 17 Antonio Wedderburn

Cautions: None
Referee: Nick Hobbis
ATT: 503

Report by Chris Elsley

Carlton Town 0 Stafford Rangers 2
EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Div 1 (South) - Saturday 26th September 2015

Stafford Rangers maintained their 100% away start with a comfortable win at lowly Carlton.

The first half was a scrappy affair with neither side taking control. Ben Haseley went closest for Stafford a minute before a shot from Tony Law forced a save from Adam Whitehouse at the opposite end.
Soon after the Stafford keeper turned another Law effort away for a corner.

It was a 25th min penalty from Nathan Rooney that broke the deadlock after he had been tripped by Wisdom Asare.
Haseley chipped on to the top of the net and Rooney hit the post as Stafford looked to extend their lead.

After the break, Levi Reid forced a save from Jack Steggles but the unmarked Asare spurned a great chance for Carlton when he fired wide.
Peter Till doubled Stafford's lead on 67 mins heading home from close range after Steggles had failed to hold Rooney's free kick and Haseley hit the bar with the rebound.
Straight from the kick off, Christian Dacres hit the bar from 40 yards when he spotted Steggles off his line.
A clearance from Leon Miles denied Josh Rae a consolation for Carlton who finished with 10 men after Tom McConway picked up two yellows in a minute for dissent.

Carlton: 1 Jack Steggles, 2 Keiran Kenton-Bradshaw, 3 Jake Wholey, 4 Keiran Walker, 5 Wisdom Asare, 6 Tom McConway, 7 Romello Nangle, 8 Anthony Howell, 9 Tony Law (17 Kameron Campbell 72m), 10 Josh Rae (16 Jason Law 80m), 11 Kevin Lusamba.
Unused subs: 12 Danny Fletcher, 14 Mputu Maveso, 15 Daniel Gordon

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Leon Miles,5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney (12 Stuart McNaught 85m), 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (14 Neil Harvey 78m), 11 Peter  Till.
Unused subs: 15 Jonathan Kapend, 16 Jermaine Johnson, 17 Matt Wood

Cautions: McConway (Carlton) x2 (sent off)
Ref: Darren Russell
Att:226

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Goole AFC 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 19th September 2015


Rangers maintained their unbeaten start to the league season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Goole.

The Boro suffered a blow in the build up when leading scorer Ben Haseley suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that he picked up in last week’s win over Sheffield and Peter Till was given a late call up to the starting line up.

Till responded in the perfect way with a super 25 yard strike that fired Rangers in front on the half hour after good work from Levi Reid in the centre of the field.

The game hadn’t got off to the most electrifying of starts with chances few and far between. The best had fallen to the visitors on the quarter of an hour mark but the unmarked Bobby Johnson headed straight at Adam Whitehouse.
It was Till’s goal that gave Rangers the breakthrough they needed, the wide man cutting in from the left hand side before unleashing a shot that gave Thomas Beaurepaire no chance.

Till went close again a few minutes later while Christian Dacres latched on to a loose ball but steered his shot wide under a brave challenge that left the Goole keeper needing treatment.
But the balance of the game swung firmly in Rangers’ favour on 39 mins when Daniel Reilly saw red for an elbow on Dacres’

The Goole defender had been involved in a couple of earlier incidents, firstly when he picked up a yellow for a foul on Ryan Edmunds then he had another talking to after tangling with Christian Dacres but this challenge left the referee with little alternative.
From then on Rangers were firmly in control apart from a couple of scares early in the second half when Jamie Coulson and Johnson both went close to an equaliser.

It was Nathan Rooney who eventually doubled Rangers’ lead on 66 mins when he ran on to a short pass from Alex Melbourne and fired into the far corner of the net.
Dacres went wide with a couple of headers and, despite Rangers also being reduced to 10 men when Till hobbled off with all three subs used , Rooney wrapped up the scoring two minutes from time with a well struck free kick from just outside the area.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Leon Miles, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Levi Reid (16 Stuart McNaught 64m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres (14 Jonathan Kapend 75m), 10 Peter Till, 11 Ryan Edmunds (12 Neil Harvey 75m).
Unused Subs: 15 Joe Thomas, 17 Matt Wood

Goole: 1 Thomas Beaurepaire, 2 Anthony Mackie, 3 David Taylor, 4 Robbie Coton (12 Charlie Fisher 68m), 5 Daniel Reilly, 6 Alex Varley, 7 Derry Robson, 8 Jake Stannard, 9 Jamie Coulson, 10 Bobby Johnson (16 Matt Semley 68m), 11 Elliot Broughton (17 Oliver Steeple 40m).
Unused Subs: 15 Andrew Norfolk, 20 Callum Jones

Cautions: Melbourne, Reid (Rangers) Reilly, Coton (Goole)
Sent Off: Reilly (Goole)
Referee: John Law
Att: 469

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Sheffield FC 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Saturday 12th September 2015

Boro legend Wayne Daniel turned into super hero status on Saturday when he grabbed the winner to maintain his side’s position at the top of the table.

Goals from the central defender are a rare thing – he now has 10 from 402 appearances – but this was as welcome as any after Rangers had twice seen their lead pegged back by a Sheffield side on a good run of their own.

In contrast, summer signing Ben Haseley has had no difficulty in finding the net and on Saturday he notched his sixth in six games, latching on to a long clearance from Adam Whitehouse before netting past Jamie Green after 29 minutes.

Haseley had already gone close with a lob over the Sheffield keeper that went just wide while Josh Craddock’s header also went wide. In between, Conor Glavin responded for the visitors with a side footed effort over the bar.

Sheffield responded well to Haseley’s opener as Stuart Ludlam fired wide from 25 yards and it was the visitors’ captain who brought the game back level on 38 mins when he took advantage of a rare mistake from Adam Whitehouse to head home.
But Rangers were soon back in front with Ryan Edmunds ghosting in at the back to nod in a centre from Christian Dacres just a minute later.

Refusing to be beaten, Sheffield continued to take the game to Rangers after the break. Glavin and McKenzie both went close before the latter levelled the scores once more on 53 mins after James Gregory had got behind the defence.
Soon after McKenzie went close again with a shot that skimmed off the top of the bar.

But it was the man of the day Wayne Daniel who had the final say. This was his first game at Marston Road since making his 400th appearance for the club a week earlier and he marked it in fitting style on 64 mins, heading home a Ryan Edmunds free kick.

Sheffield were still not out of it, Gregory going close to another equaliser while Craddock could have put the result beyond doubt with another header which hit the outside of the Sheffield post.

The last chance fell to the visitors but Glavin headed over.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Nathan Rooney (12 Neil Harvey 52m), 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (14 Jonathan Kapend 69m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (16 Peter Till).
Unused Subs: 15 Stuart McNaught, 17 Leon Miles

Sheffield: 1 Jamie Green, 2 Stuart Ludlam, 3 Emmanuel Adebowale, 4 Copnor Glavin, 5 Yoan Benyahya, 6 Hafeez Hamzat, 7 Matt Roney, 8 Temi Raheem (16 Eva Batousol 87m), 9 Shaquille McKenzie, 10 Jacques Joblon (12 James Knowles 75m), 11 James Gregory
Unused Subs: 14 Michael Fereday, 17 Jordan Greaves (only 4 subs named)

Cautions: Melbourne (Rangers)
Referee: Stuart Eagland
Att: 434

Report by Chris Elsley

Tividale 0 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Div One (South) - Tuesday 8th September 2015
 

Rangers gained a hard earned three points at Tividale to retain their place at the top of the table.

In the opening ten minutes, the Boro played some excellent fast flowing football and it looked only a matter of time before the Tivi goal was breached but gradually the home side got their act together and made life increasingly difficult for the men in black and white.

Nathan Rooney had the first decent strike on goal which Chris Jay pushed away for a corner. On 25 mins it was Rooney again with Jay only able to parry the shot before the danger was cleared.
At the other end, Tivi had the lively duo of Mark Danks and Chris Sterling – both former Boro players – but despite some threatening approach play they didn’t trouble Adam Whitehouse.
Instead it was Rangers who continued to come closest. Josh Craddock did well to get to a deep free kick from Rooney and nearly caught everyone out when his header came back off the bar while a smart shot on the turn from Ben Haseley went straight into the arms of Jay.

Tivi’s confidence grew and Rangers looked a bit off the pace in the second half and it needed an important challenge from Alex Melbourne to deny Craig Milligan when the Tivi captain looked set to score.

After Jermaine Johnson had headed wide for Rangers from a corner, Whitehouse saved with his legs from Sterling as the game remained in the balance.
But it was that man Haseley who finally broke the deadlock, with 14 mins remaining, forcing the ball home from close range after Melbourne’s low cross had squirmed through the legs of a Tivi defender.
A super save from Jay prevented sub Christian Dacres marking his 100th appearance with a goal while Haseley was denied a second when his shot deflected wide off Jason Chilton.

It may not have been the most convincing performance but the result could be crucial come the end of the season.

Tividale: 1 Christopher Jay, 2 Lewis Wright, 3 Jason Chilton, 4 Scott Devlin (14 Joel Ayettey 89m), 5 Jesse Race, 6 Jordan Cullinan - Liburd, 7 Jamhel Taylor (12 Demetri Brown 79m), 8 Craig Milligan, 9 Mark Danks, 10 Chris Sterling, 11 Chris Rabone (15  Ashley Jackson 68m).
Unused Subs: 16 Aaron O'Neill, 17 Martin Hill.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood (16 Alex Curtis 61m), 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Nathan Rooney, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Neil Harvey (14 Christian Dacres 61m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Ryan Edmunds (12 Jonathan Kapend 72m).
Unused Subs: 15 Stuart McNaught , 17 Joe Thomas

Cautions: Chilton, Danks (Tividale)
Referee: Darren Wilding
Att: 267

Report by Chris Elsley

Spalding United 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 5th September 2015

Stafford Rangers extended their excellent start to the season as they put their FA Cup woes behind them with an impressive away win over fellow unbeaten side Spalding United that sent them top of the table.

Ben Haseley got the opening goal of the game to continue his scoring run, before Nathan Rooney doubled the lead, and though the Boro defence, led by Wayne Daniel on his 400th appearance for the club, conceded late on, they eventually held out to secure a fourth win from five games.

Neil Kitching did not make wholesale changes despite a performance last weekend which he admitted was hugely disappointed.
The three players replaced all dropped out of the squad completely, in Sam Griffiths, Leon Miles and Peter Till.
Daniel returned as expected, replacing Miles, while Alex Melbourne dropped back to right-back for Griffiths, with Levi Reid coming into midfield. Ryan Edmunds came in for Till.
Neil Harvey was included on the bench after the Barbados international signed from Kidsgrove Athletic, in place of Nick Wellecomme, who has gone the other way.

After an early disallowed goal for Spalding, Boro grew into the match, and Haseley fired wide.
In the 17th minute, Rangers took the lead as Dacres flicked the ball on, and the Spalding defence let Haseley go, giving the striker the opportunity to lift a lovely, arcing shot over Duggan and into the far corner of the net.
Five minutes later, Spalding were unlucky not to equalise as a good cross from Mitch Griffiths was only bettered by the shot from fellow winger Josh Moreman which met it, but his powerful drive was inches over.
Rangers could have extended their lead before the break but efforts from Dacres and Alex Melbourne failed to add to the score.

Though Boro had the best chances, they were shaky at the back, and in the second half, allowed the Tulips a host of chances, with Adam Whitehouse making two point-blank saves, and Daniel showing why he is still a key player in his 39th year.
And Rangers made the most of the lifelines handed to them with a second goal in the 75th minute, as after a good spell of passing, Rooney took the keeper out of the equation with a dummy at the far post, and his low shot trickled into the net.

That should have settled the visitors' nerves, but they conceded with four minutes to go, as the defence parted to allow Charley Sanders a simple finish, to make it a tense end to the game.
But when Spalding's Griffiths was sent off in injury time for a silly foul on Tom Morris, Boro were able to record a significant victory with no more wobbles.

Spalding: 1 Michael Duggan, 2 Paul Walker, 3 Adam Jackson, 4 Neal Spafford, 5 Nathan Stainfield, 6 Ross Watson, 7 Mitch Griffiths, 8 Sam Murphy (14 Tom Waumsley 34m), 9 Charley Sanders, 10 Dan Lawler (15 Dan Banister 62m), 11 Josh Moreman (16 Jordan Nuttell 81m).
Unused Subs: 12 Adam Millson, 17 Danny Hussey

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Levi Reid (12 Neil Harvey 75m), 8 Nathan Rooney (16 Alex Curtis 85m), 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (17 Tom Morris 90m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 14 Jonathan Kapend, 15 Stuart McNaught

Cautions: Watson (Spalding)
Sent Off: Griffiths (Spalding)
Referee: Mark Tinsley
Att: 205

Report: Staffordshire Newsletter

Coleshill 2 Stafford Rangers 1
The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round - Saturday 29th August 2015


COLESHILL Town halted Stafford Rangers' unbeaten start to the season with a hard-earned 2-1 victory in the FA Cup preliminary round at Martson Road.

Ben Haseley opened the scoring for the Boro, nipping in front of the goalkeeper to place a shot home before Sam Griffiths levelled things up with a freak own goal from 30 yards.

The defensive woes for Stafford continued and captain Rob Evans was the next beneficiary for Town as he poked home right on half-time.

Manager Neil Kitching certainly made no concessions for the cup competition, with just one change from the side who beat Kidsgrove Athletic in midweek, Jermaine Johnson replacing stalwart Wayne Daniel.
On the bench, new signing Jonny Kapend replaced the departing Dan Cope, who rejoined Leek Town yesterday.

In what with hindsight set the tone for the game, Matt Wood's short backpass nearly cost Boro after just 30 seconds. But Rangers regained the ball and in doing so, were on their way to the opening goal of the game after just two minutes.
A chip over the top was calmly nodded back to Paul Hathaway in the Coleshill goal by captain Evans, but he did not account for Haseley's tenacity. The former Halesowen man bravely stole in ahead of Hathaway to round the stranded glovesman before duly tapping home for his second goal in a week.

The away side nearly levelled soon after when Leon Miles gave away a needless free-kick a yard outside the penalty area, but Adam Whitehouse was equal to Chris Cowley's curling effort.
It was more defensive sloppiness that led to the equaliser for Coleshill after 12 minutes. The Boro back line dallied and Griffiths lifted the ball back to Whitehouse from 30 yards, but the keeper had already committed himself and it sailed over his head and into the unguarded net.

Chances for both sides followed as Dacres headed over the bar before Danico Johnson blazed his effort clear of the crossbar for Coleshill.
Haseley squirmed free once more and had his shot saved before both Dacres and Melbourne were denied in a frenetic scramble.

With five minutes to go until the break, Haseley saw another chance go begging with his lofted effort drifting wide before Dacres was thwarted through a magnificent goal-line block from William Worthington.
But for all of Stafford's pressure, it was Coleshill who took the lead when a high free-kick was not dealt with and Evans cheekily squeezed the ball home from close range, wrapping his right foot around his left leg to tap in just before the break.

Shortly after the turnaround, Dacres rose well again but his header lacked venom and was easily saved low at the far post.
He once more found space in the box after the hour mark, and out of the chances he had missed so far, this one was by far the clearest - but his header was too high to trouble Hathaway.

Coleshill looked to shut up shop and certainly restricted Stafford to scraps as the final whistle edged closer in a contrasting half where opportunities were hard to come by.
Substitute Chris Hughes nearly extended the lead for Coleshill as he latched onto a loose ball from a corner but he sent his effort into the stands from 12 yards with 10 minutes to go.

With the penalty area packed and the referee poised to blow the final whistle, a great opportunity arose for Alex Curtis to trouble the defence but his free-kick drifted over everyone and floated harmlessly out of play.

Stafford did not create half as many chances as they did in the first half and will look back on those missed with regret as Coleshill held on for a deserved victory to go through to the next round of the cup.

Coleshill: 1 Paul Hathaway, 2 Leon Weller, 3 William Worthington, 4 Rob Evans, 5 Luke Edwards, 6 Brendan Murphy, 7 Thomas Weale, 8 Dean Rathbone, 9 Demitrius Smikle (16 Simeon Cobourne 71m), 10 Danico Johnson (14 Chris Hughes 46m), 11 Chris Cowley (12 Luke Barlone 55m).
Unused Subs: 13 Dominic Cotter (gk), 15 Giovanni Dainty, 17 Ricky Cutting, 18 Josh Nash

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Alex Melbourne (19 Alex Curtis 71m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (16 Jonathan Kapend 61m), 11 Peter Till (15 Ryan Edmunds 46m).
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 14 Nick Wellecomme, 17 Wayne Daniel, 18 Stuart McNaught

Cautions: Rooney, Johnson (SRFC) Worthington, Edwards, Barlone (Coleshill)
Referee: George Warren
Att: 358

Report by Staffordshire Newsletter

Kidsgrove Athletic 0 Stafford Rangers 3
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League (Div One South) - Wednesday 26th August 2015

Rangers moved up to 2nd in the table with a comfortable win at Kidsgrove Athletic.

In the same fixture twelve months earlier, Rangers hit their beleaguered hosts for six. This time they found a more resilient blues side although their league position suggests another relegation battle may be on the cards.

Rangers always looked the stronger side but it took some time to break down the home defence and there was an element of luck in the build up to Alex Melbourne’s opener on 25 mins when Joe Woolley’s attempted clearance bounced off Christian Dacres and spun kindly into the path of Melbourne who made no mistake.
Neil Harvey could have equalised for Kidsgrove a couple of minutes later but found Adam Whitehouse in good form.

Ben Haseley missed a great chance to double Rangers’ lead after Josh Craddock had turned the ball goalwards while Melbourne fired wide from 25 yards out.
A mistake from Whitehouse nearly cost his side a goal just before the interval when he failed to reach a free kick floated into the area but Harvey headed over when well placed.

Rangers’ second goal came from a smart finish from Nathan Rooney on 56 mins. A quick free kick from Dacres sent Melbourne away and though Haseley found his path blocked, Rooney picked up the loose ball and fired in via the far post from the tightest of angles.

Haseley got his reward for some tremendous hard work and determination by grabbing the third on 70 mins.
A good turn from Dacres launched the attack but Haseley was forced wide by Warren Holmes. Refusing to give up, he battled to keep possession and eventually find a way past the Kidsgrove defender before firing past Ben Chapman.

The home side enjoyed their best spell over the last 20 mins. Jordan Johnson fired over after some good work then Anthony Malbon was denied by a superb challenge from Wayne Daniel.
Whitehouse ensured his first clean sheet of the season, saving with his feet after Johnson looked set to grab a consolation.

Kidsgrove: 1 Ben Chapman, 2 Paul Donnelly, 3 Jack Sherratt, 4 Warren Holmes (16 Ryan Dicker 78m), 5 Lewis Bergin, 6 Anthony Malbon, 7 Dan Skelton, 8 Ross Davidson, 9 Neil Harvey (17 Andy Kinsey 66m), 10 Jordan Johnson, 11 Joe Woolley (15 Will Booth 61m).
Unused Subs: 12 Dan Counter, 14 Ben Matthews

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Leon Miles, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock (15 Nick Wellecomme 73m), 7 Alex Melbourne, 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (14 Dan Cope 83m), 11 Peter Till (12 Ryan Edmunds 87m).
Unused Subs: 16 Levi Reid, 17 Tom Morris

Cautions: Craddock, Daniel, Wellecomme (Rangers) Sherratt (Kidsgrove)
Ref: Justin Hayes
Att: 307

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 4 Lincoln United 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League (Div 1 South) - Saturday 22nd August 2015

Stafford Rangers got their promotion push back on track as the goals rained down against visiting Lincoln United on Saturday.

Christian Dacres, once again playing in the striker’s role that he finished last season, gave Rangers a perfect start, netting after only 26 seconds.
Ben Haseley nodded down from a throw on the left and Dacres took one touch before lashing the ball off the far post and into the net.
Josh Craddock then headed Ryan Edmunds' free-kick wide under pressure, before Whitehouse had to punch unconvincingly away from a Lincoln corner.

Rangers were a constant threat down the left in the first half, and a powerful strike from Peter Till, forced a save from Sam Vince.
Haseley saw a shot blocked on the line after reaching Alex Melbourne's cross, before Matt Wood tried his luck, Vince this time blocking with his feet.
At the other end, Jordan Lemon's shot was deflected wide for a corner, from which Jake Gibson saw his long-range effort blocked.

Haseley then had two good chances to open his Boro account, first heading Melbourne's cross wide and then finding himself one-on-one with Vince after a lofted through ball took out the Lincoln defence. However, with the chance to take the ball on and have an easy shot at goal, Haseley instead attempted to lob the keeper, only to clear the bar.
Wood was then off target with a shot across the face of goal before Dacres for Stafford and Daniel Brooks for Lincoln missed good chances.

Dacres made it 2-0 in first half stoppage time when he got on the end of a flick on from Jermaine Johnson to volley home following Ryan Edmunds’ corner.

The game was all but settled two minutes after the resumption as Haseley took down a lofted ball from Wood before coolly dispatching it to Vince's left to open his Boro account.
Then came a dominant spell for Lincoln with Boro indebted to Whitehouse for keeping the visitors at bay. The Boro keeper made a fantastic double save, diving left to save Cotton's initial shot, and then getting down well to block Sam Duncum's follow-up from point-blank range.
Edmunds and Melbourne then let Gibson drift past them, and he squared for Duncum, who forced another save from Whitehouse, this time with his feet.

And the duel between forward and keeper continued as Johnson was robbed after dawdling on the ball, and Duncum was denied by Whitehouse again.
Dacres had the ball in the net for a third time, but was dubiously flagged offside, before Lincoln pulled one back on 64 mins due to sloppy defending.
Rangers were caught off guard as Lincoln took a quick throw and the unmarked Grimes tapped the ball across for Hutchinson to scramble home.

But the three-goal cushion was restored four minutes later, as Wood's throw was knocked on to Dacres by Haseley, and the Boro skipper stabbed the ball through to Melbourne, who fired sharply home from the edge of the area.
Haseley missed out on a second when he shot wide while Dacres had another chance of a hat-trick, only to see his header land on top of the net.

At the death, Whitehouse completed a fine performance with another fine double save to see out the win for Rangers.

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Ryan Edmunds (12 Sam Griffiths 58m), 8 Nathan Rooney, 9 Christian Dacres, 10 Ben Haseley (14 Cope 74m), 11 Peter Till (16 Reid 58m).
Unused Subs: 15 Nick Wellecomme, 17 Leon Miles.

Lincoln: 1 Sam Vince, 2 Jordan Lemon (12 Stuart Reddington 46m), 3 Jake Gibson, 4 Jack McGovern, 5 Michael Jacklin, 6 Callum Ward, 7 Sam Duncum (14 Kallum Smith 77m), 8 Daniel Brooks, 9 Andrew Hutchinson, 10 Matthew Cotton, 11 Paul Grimes (15 Joshua Nichol 70m).
Unused Subs: 16 Brendan McDaid, 17 Robert Peet

Cautions: Wood, Dacres (Boro), Reddington (Lincoln)
REFEREE: Gareth Hubbard.
Att: 498

Report by Staffordshire Newsletter


Stafford Rangers 2 Romulus 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League (Div 1 South) - Tuesday 18 August 2015

Rangers paid the price for not putting the game to bed as Romulus snatched a point with virtually the last kick of the game.

Neil Kitching named an unchanged side but it was the visitors who struck first when Liam Holt’s pin point free kick gave them the lead after just 2 mins.
Mitchell McDonald could have doubled the lead before Rangers got back on level terms on 19 mins with their first serious attack.

The referee played a good advantage when Josh Craddock came under a late challenge from Holt as he found Ryan Edmunds on the left. Edmunds picked out Nick Wellecomme in the 6 yard box and though it wasn’t the most clinical of finishes it was enough to beat Chris Gemmell.
Ranger started to look more threatening but Ben Haseley and Levi Reid both spurned chances. Wellecomme did have the ball in the back of the net but it was direct from a drop ball after injury to a Rom’s player and the ‘goal’ was correctly ruled out.

Rom’s had two great chances just short of the hour.  It needed a superb challenge from Tom Morris to deny McDonald then a minute later, Adam Whitehouse made a close range save to keep out Luke Bottomer.
But it was Rangers who struck next, Nathan Rooney converting from the spot on 62 mins after Haseley had been tripped by Mark Branch.

Despite having their noses ahead, Rangers never really pressed on. There were some quality moments such as the build up with Matt Wood, Josh Craddock and Nathan Rooney but there was no one on the end of the move that saw Wood’s centre skid across the face of goal
A poor touch from Wellecomme cost Rangers another chance with Dan Cope in space to his left then Cope himself scuffed his shot wide of the target.
Romulus saw their chance and deep into the 6th minute of added time, Henery Eze got a glancing header past Whitehouse following a throw on the left to grab a share of the spoils.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Tom Morris, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Levi Reid (14 Nathan Rooney 59m), 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Nick Wellecomme (16 Jermaine Johnson 87m), 10 Ben Haseley (15 Dan Cope 77m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Griffiths, 17 Peter Till

Romulus: 1 Chris Gemmell, 2 Liam Holt, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Barry Fitzharris, 5 Henery Eze, 6 Cameron Lee, 7 Mattias Curley, 8 Connor Leek (16 Jordan Francis 70m), 9 Mitchell McDonald, 10 Luke Bottomer (17 Kuke Keen 75m), 11 Joel Grandison (14 Emmanuel Gueyes 85m).
Unused Subs: 12 Dominic McGarr, 15 Bakari Sinclair Smith

Ref: Paul Hobday
Cautions: Wellecomme (Rangers) Branch, Bottomer (Romulus)
Att: 489

Report by Chris Elsley


Daventry Town 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League (Div 1 South) - Saturday 18 August 2015

STAFFORD Rangers started a season they hope will end in promotion with a tough win away at Daventry Town.
After conceding inside five minutes to the hosts' Karabo Motsweni, Boro equalised through Josh Craddock, before Ryan Edmunds put them ahead before the break.
Daventry came back into the game in the second half, but despite dominating the finalhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png half an hour, could not find a second goal.
Neil Kitching did not spring any major surprises with his first starting XI of the season, which included four new signings.

One of those, Alex Melbourne, was preferred at right-back to last year's manager's player of the season Sam Griffiths, while Ben Haseley started up front ahead of Dan Cope.
The other two new faces were Tom Morris alongside Wayne Daniel in the centre of defence, while Josh Craddock played in a narrow three-man midfield.
Edmunds was the outlet on the left, and was involved heavily once Boro had woken up from their early setback.
That came in the fifth minute, as the Stafford defence seemed to just stand and watch as the excellently-named James Tricks squared the ball from the right, and Motsweni charged in from the opposite flank to steer the ball past Adam Whitehouse.

The lead lasted just nine minutes though, as a second successive corner was swung in by Edmunds, and the Daventry backline were as statuesque as their rivals had been, allowing Craddock to head the ball down and into the net.
Edmunds then turned scorer in the 28th minute, collecting a loose clearance after Levi Reid's cross from the left and curling an excellent shot over the keeper and into the far corner.

Rangers had chances to extend their lead before the break, and looked like they might rue their profligacy as their hosts ramped up the pressure in the final 30 minutes, but Boro stood firm to record a valuable and confidence-boosting win.

Daventry: Ben Heath, Adam Creaney (16 Dan Childs 37m), Jon Buska, Ricky Hill, Jason Lee, Joe Curtis (12 Rob Prinzel 76 m), Tommy Waldock, Adam Confue, James Tricks (14 Kieran Fitzgerald 72m), Nabil Shariff, Karabo Motsweni.
Subs: Rob Prinzel, Kieran Fitzgerald, Barry Deacon, Dan Childs, Yarin Edimo

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Alex Melbourne, Matt Wood, Tom Morris, Wayne Daniel, Christian Dacres, Levi Reid (17 Peter Till 73m), Josh Craddock, Nick Wellecomme (14 Nathan Rooney 90m), Ben Haseley (15 Dan Cope 82m), Ryan Edmunds
Subs: 12 Sam Griffiths, 16 Jermaine Johnson,

Referee: Darren Russell
Cautions: Craddock, Wood
Att: 264

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Stafford Rangers 4 Sutton Coldfield Town 0
Friendly 8th August 2015

Rangers took on last season’s Div One South play-off winners, looking to continue their decent form. The early pressure came from Boro from the off and it didn’t take long to pay off.

A corner was headed onto the bar and as it dropped to Morris he volleyed into the roof of the net on 5 minutes. Town responded briefly with their first break then a corner that was cleared, before Rangers started to take control. Cope volleyed wide then shortly after this Ranger won another corner and the cross dropped to Craddock who made no mistake from close in.

Sutton rallied briefly but Rangers hit back and with a mix up in the visitors’ defence Wellecome took control and fired in from 10 yards on 28 minutes. He followed this on 31 minutes as he flicked the ball up and hammered home from 18 yards for a quick double.
Rangers continued to press and just before half time Wood broke down the left and put a powerful low cross in but this was cleared and Rangers went into the break 4-0 up.

The second half saw numerous changes and in fact, Rangers changed 9 players during the half. This had a bearing as Sutton tightened things up round the park but Rangers contained them comfortably. Cope and Wellecome combined for an effort that went just wide, then Reid also fired wide while for the visitors, Nadat was put through only to be denied by Wren and then Rowlie had a late shot well saved.

Rangers closed their pre season with another decent win and showed signs that the management have again pushed on with some decent signings and a strong mentality.

Att: 217

Report by Al Gee


Stafford Rangers 2 Hednesford Town 2
The Mike Hughes Memorial Trophy -
Tuesday 4 August 2015

A last minute equaliser from Christian Dacres earned Stafford Rangers a 2-2 draw against Hednesford Town in the 2nd Leg of the Mike Hughes Memorial Shield at Marston Road.

The result wasn’t enough for Rangers to overturn the 2-0 lead that the Pitmen held from the 1st Leg at Keys Park 10 days earlier but will give the side some confidence as they close in on the start of the Evo-Stik League season.

Hednesford, with former Boro midfielder Tom Thorley back in their side, looked sharper in the opening 45 mins.

The visitors were first to threaten, although there was nothing to trouble Adam Whitehouse, before Levi Reid swung a shot wide at the other end.

Hednesford captain Ben Bailey was almost embarrassed when he let a ball run through to keeper Dave Parton who had to race off his line to prevent Ben Haseley from grabbing the opening goal.

Instead, it was the visitors who struck first on 25 mins as Rangers were caught out when Paul Ennis picked out John Disney’s run on the overlap and the unmarked defender slotted past Whitehouse.

Chris Spencer wasted a great chance to make it 2-0 when he blazed over while an unsuspecting Haseley headed wide after the ball had glanced off the head of Thorley.

Rangers pressed early in the second half and Ryan Edmunds and Haseley both fired wide of the target and Josh Craddock was just unable to connect with an Edmunds free kick.

Rangers got back level on 71 mins through an excellent goal from Dacres who got on the end of a deep cross from Alex Curtis to volley past Parton.

But Hednesford restored their lead just three minutes later following an error by Alex Melbourne and Adam Thomas raced through to slot past Whitehouse.

But it was Dacres who had the final say when he headed home Curtis’ right wing corner with the final touch of the match.

Boro: Adam Whitehouse, Alex Melbourne, Tom Morris, Levi Reid (Joe Thomas 68m), Wayne Daniel, Leon Miles (Matt Wood 46m), Josh Craddock (Ryan Wynter 76m), Stuart McNaught (James Dance 46m), Nick Wellecomme Christian Dacres 46m), Ben Haseley (Dan Cope 59m), Ryan Edmunds (Alex Curtis 59m)   Unused Sub: James Wren

Hednesford: Dave Parton, John Disnet, Curtis Tilt, Ben Bailey, Tyrone Williams, Tom Thorley (Sean Williams 56m), Paul Ennis, Chris Spencer (Kennedy Digie 56m), Marvin Robinson (Adam Thomas 66m), Nathan Modest (Jake Heath 56m), Andy Todd (Tim Sanders 66m). Unused Sub Tom James

Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 436

Report by Chris Elsley


Stafford Rangers 4 Mickleover Sports 1

Friendly - Saturday 1st August 2015

Rangers entertained last season's league winners with most expecting a very tough battle. Rangers however had other ideas.

Taking the lead in the 4th minute when Edmunds whipped in a cross from the left for Haseley to convert with a diving header and their intentions were made clear.
Both sides had some decent possession and tried to play attractive football with Faorclough, Hazel, Bennett & Griffith all having efforts for Mickleover before Rangers struck again in the 17th minute, Rangers pressure forced a defensive mix up in the Sports defence and debutant Josh Craddock converted over the keepers head from 25 yards. A further effort from Melbourne saw Rangers almost punish the visitors defensive lapse again.

On 30 minutes they further increase their lead as Edmunds latched onto a clearance from a free kick and volleyed into the bottom corner from 20 yards. A further passage of play followed as both teams tried to open up and Rangers broke again only for Haseley to force a corner after a fine run and shot.
On 43 minutes Haseley broke clear again only to be brought down by keeper Turner for a clear penatly, Turner escaped punishment due it being a friendly but Reid stepped up to convert from the spot for a 4 0 half time lead.

Numerous changes for both sides at half time and Mickleover showed more intent and struck back early as Ricketts struck home a loose ball in the 46th minute. Again both sides showed some neat touches as they battled to take control and Mickleover improved after the changes with substitute Oshoboke making a difference for Sports.

Curtis and Cope both put efforts wide and Melbourne put a long range effort over the bar for Boro, while Cope just failed to convert a header from a Wynter cross and Thomas had a shot deflected over for a corner.

Further efforts for Sports by Bennett and Hazel were just off target as Rangers held the visitors at bay and pulled of a well deserved and somewhat impressive victory over their promoted opponents.

Att: 217

Report by Al Gee