Newcastle Town 3 Stafford Rangers 1
Integro League Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Rangers exited the Integro League Cup at the first hurdle, beaten by Division One South joint leaders Newcastle Town whose side contained former Rangers player Joe Thomas.
Rangers made several changes to the side that came from two goals down at Blyth three days earlier but the changed line up was soon facing a similar task as Castle raced into a 2-0 lead.
Jordan Cole struck the first on just 3 mins, hooking the ball past debutant keeper Jacquil Hill after the fourth in a series of corners.
Michael Townsend could have equalised when he headed over but Jake Lovatt increased Castle’s lead on 11 mins following a probing run from Sam Coulson. However, Rangers were incensed that play had been allowed to continue after a foul on Josh Gordon deep inside the Newcastle half.
The home side continued to look the stronger side but Rangers pulled a goal back on 29 mins when Anthony Dwyer opened his account with an excellent chip from the left which deceived Joe Mellor.
Two minutes later, George Cater’s shot came back off the bar but Rangers found themselves reduced to 10 men when Townsend was shown a straight red following an incident involving Cole.
The second half struggled to get going with neither side creating much to threaten the opposition goal.
Newcastle posed the greater threat in the latter stages and the tie was all over when Richard Batchelor tripped Danny Cocks in the area and Lee Cropper despatched the spot kick on 74 mins.
Newcastle: 1 Joe Mellor, 2 Niall Green, 3 Tom Fogg, 4 Kyle Diskin (16 Kyle Blake 68m), 5 Luke Askey, 6 Sam Coulson, 7 Joe Thomas, 8 Tom Unwin, 9 Jordan Cole (15 Chris Baker 62m), 10 Jake Lovatt (14 Lee Cropper 46m), 11 Danny Cocks.
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Bradbury, 17 Aaron Dillon
Rangers: 1 Jacquil Hill, 2 Sam Griffiths (14 Kieran Morris 46m), 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley (16 Richard Batchelor 62m), 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Roger Lee, 7 George Cater, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Anthony Dwyer, 10 Sean Geddes, 11 Josh Gordon (15 Izak Reid 60m).
Unused Subs: 12 Kyle Perry, 17 Kris Taylor
Cautions: Green, Diskin, Cole (Newcastle) Griffiths, L Reid, Gordon, Morris (Boro)
Sent off: Townsend (Boro)
Referee: Kristian Simcox
Report by Chris Elsley
Blyth Spartans 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 19th November 2016
Rangers fought back from two goals down to pick up a rare point at Croft Park.
Rangers made three changes - two of them enforced as Josh Gordon was suspended and Michael Townsend came down with illness on the long journey north while George Cater returned to the squad for the first time in nearly two months, on the bench along with new signing Anthony Dwyer.
There were plenty of early chances, as Richard Batchelor won a ball in midfield and found Kyle Perry, who slipped a pass in for Elliot Hodge, and his shot was only inches wide.
Perry then tried his luck with a shot from around 25 yards that was also only just wide while Izak Reid found the side netting after getting free on the left.
The first shot on target came on 16 minutes when Kris Taylor's free-kick was not cleared, and when the ball fell to Elliot Hodge on the edge of the area, he shot straight into Paul Woolston's arms.
Blyth's first shot on target on 18 mins, however, brought the opener, as Rangers failed to clear their lines and Armstrong fired precisely into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, the Blyth number 10 doubled the tally as Daniel Maguire's through ball found him clear of the Boro defence, and he rounded the keeper before slotting home.
But the defecit was reduced with a third goal in the space of five minutes as Ryan Hutchinson's attempted clearance looped behind him and towards goal, where Izak Reid stole in to nod home.
After Taylor fired a free-kick straight at Woolston, Blyth countered and Robbie Dale's cross was headed just over his own bar by Mat Bailey.
The equaliser, nine minutes from the break, was as route one as you could imagine. Whitehouse's kick was long, finding the head of Perry, who flicked it into the path of Izak Reid, and with Woolston hesitating to come off his line, the Boro forward had a relatively simple job to slot the ball into the far corner.
There was another flurry of chances before the break as first Taylor had to clear a shot off the line, and then Dale's dipping effort was heading in until Bailey cleared it behind.
Hodge then fed Tolley, whose squared cross was taken off the foot of Perry, and then from a corner, Perry fired over.
Early in the second half, a push by James Bowen on Dale had Blyth appealing in vain for a penalty, before Perry almost played in Hodge, but Woolston claimed.
A good counter-attack then led to Patterson's low drive being saved by Whitehouse.
Maguire headed Dale's left-wing cross over, and then Batchelor - having an impressive game - saw his cross cleared to Taylor, whose well-struck shot from distance was watched all the way by Woolston.
In the 68th minute, Blyth were awarded what looked a soft penalty after Armstrong went down in the box, but when the home striker picked himself up to take the kick, Whitehouse's save denied him a hat-trick.
A lovely move in the 81st minute saw Cater attack down the left and square the ball, which Perry dummied for Izak Reid, who laid it back for Batchelor, and he beat his marker before firing wide.
Blyth had a great chance to retake the lead moments later when first Paterson's shot was turned behind for a corner, from which Sean Reid headed over.
The hosts were looking the most likely to snatch a winner, and when a loose pass in midfield was snaffled up and fed to Dale, only a last-ditch challenge from Kieran Morris prevented the goal.
Blyth: Paul Woolston, 2 Andrew Cartwright, 3 Michael Liddle, 4 Damen Mullen (14 Sean Reid 78m), 5 Nathan Buddle, 6 Ryan Hutchinson (16 Richard Pell 60m), 7 Matty Pattinson, 8 Stephen Turnbull, 9 Daniel Maguire, 10 Luke Armstrong, 11 Robbie Dale.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Nicholson, 15 Mathew Wade, 18 Michael Richardson
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor (12 Levi Reid 85m), 7 Elliot Hodge (17 George Cater 60m), 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid (14 Anthony Dwyer 90m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 Sean Geddes, 16 Roger Lee
Cautions: Hodge (Boro)
Ref: C Knightly
Report by David Broome
Stafford Rangers 2 Hednesford Town 1 (aet)
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round Replay - Tuesday 15th November 2016
Grit, determination, resilience, that ‘never say die’ attitude. Rangers had it all as they knocked local rivals Hednesford out of the FA Trophy.
The game also had controversy with referee Greg Rollason making a dreadful decision in showing Elliot Hodge a second yellow.
It was a fast and nervous start for the Boro but once they had settled, they dominated all areas of the park for most of the evening.
Rangers came close to opening the scoring on 17 mins when Hodge’s powerful shot came back off the post with Dan Crane beaten. Sean Geddes was first to react but, somehow, Crane got himself up to make an excellent save.
Five minutes later, it was Hednesford who were denied when Mat Bailey cleared off the line from a George Carline header when the goal looked certain.
Crane punched over a free kick from Kris Taylor and Bailey headed wide before the incident five minutes before the interval that left Rangers players, management and fans seething. Hodge was fouled by Michael Williams just outside the Hednesford area. Geddes took exception to the challenge and a number of players got involved in a tussle. Williams saw yellow but after a great deliberation between Rollason and his two assistants he also showed Hodge, who had already been booked, a second yellow, despite the midfielder playing absolutely no role in the melee.
Despite being a man down, Rangers retained control and Kyle Perry went close at the start of the second half while Josh Gordon should have done better when he skied over from a tight angle.
Hednesford had a great chance of their own as Gurjit Singh burst forward before losing control at the vital moment.
After Gordon had missed out with two more efforts, Hednesford’s numerical advantage was wiped out on 68 mins when Williams fouled Gordon to collect his second yellow of the evening.
Gordon continued to trouble the Pitmen’s defence and got his reward on 81 mins when he slotted past Crane after an exchange of passes with Perry.
Just as with the first tie three days earlier, Hednesford popped up with a late goal to draw level. This time it was in the 90th minute as Tristian Dunkley produced a clever flick to beat Adam Whitehouse.
The Rangers keeper did well to deny the Hednesford goalscorer early in extra time while Kieran Morris volleyed wide at the other end.
Rangers found an extra gear as the match reached its final stages although penalties looked the likely outcome. Indeed it was a penalty that was to settle the tie on 116 mins and it was the Reid brothers who helped to secure the victory with Izak netting from the spot after Lewis Wright had tripped Levi.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 89m), 11 Josh Gordon (14 Izak Reid 90m).
Unused Subs: 15 Richard Batchelor, 16 Sam Griffiths, 17 Roger Lee
Hednesford: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Michael Williams, 3 Cohen Bramall, 4 Simeon Maye, 5 James Mutton, 6 Calum Flanagan, 7 Gurjit Singh (15 Lewis Wright 76m), 8 Tom Thorley (17 Myles Phipps 82m), 9 Danny Glover (14 Tristian Dunkley 34m), 10 Ashley Sammons, 11 George Carline.
Unused Subs: 12 Lloyd Ransome, 16 Desean Martin
Cautions: Morris (Stafford), Maye, Flanagan (Hednesford)
Sent Off: Hodge (Stafford) Williams (Hednesford) – both for 2 cautions
Referee: Greg Rollason
Report by Chris Elsley
Hednesford Town 1 Stafford Rangers 1
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round - Saturday 12th November 2016
Rangers and Hednesford will try again after their FA Trophy tie at Keys Park ended 1-1.
As has happened in the past with these two sides, a late goal had a say on the final outcome. Hednesford’s Simeon Maye heading home with 5 minutes remaining to cancel out Sean Geddes’ strike which had given Rangers a 16th minute lead.
The Hednesford pitch was heavy after overnight rain and the surface made it difficult for Rangers to execute their ground play, but it was the Boro who got their noses in front after a neutral opening. Richard Batchelor and Geddes both had half chances moments before former Pitman Geddes marked his return to Keys Park by getting on the end of a deep cross from Elliot Hodge and though his strike wasn’t clean, he did enough to beat Dan Crane.
Tempers frayed as Josh Gordon and Cohen Bramall clashed off the ball earning both players a yellow card.
Batchelor forced a save from Crane as Rangers sought a second goal but, at the other end, Gurjit Singh saw his shot deflected for a corner.
Gordon missed a great chance to add to the Boro score heading wide at the back post from a Kris Taylor free kick.
The half ended with Hednesford showing more of a threat, Adam Whitehouse saved comfortably from Singh then was more hurried into keeping out Jamie Matthews with his feet.
Rangers created the first chance of the second half but Kyle Perry headed straight at Crane after good work from Hodge.
Both sides continued to probe without much reward although Batchelor had a great chance from another Taylor free kick on 73 mins but failed to make a clean connection and his header drifted wide.
Hednesford stepped up their search for an equaliser in the closing stages. Whitehouse had to come off his line quickly to deny Maye and then made a good save at the back post to keep out George Carline.
It was from the resultant corner that Maye headed in the Pitmen’s leveller, the ball bouncing up into the roof of the net.
Ashley Sammons came within inches of winning it for the home side with a shot that skimmed the top of the crossbar but the general consensus was that a draw was a fair result.
Hednesford: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Michael Williams, 3 Cohen Bramall, 4 Simeon Maye, 5 James Mutton, 6 Calum Flanagan, 7 Gurjit Singh (14 Danny Glover 59m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jamie Matthews (17 Myles Phipps 73m), 10 Ashley Sammons, 11 George carline.
Unused Subs: 12 Reiss Wagstaff, 15 Desean Martin, 16 Remeao Hutton
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry (12 Levi Reid 87m), 10 Sean Geddes (14 Izak Reid 70m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 Mitchell Tolley, 16 James Bowen, 17 Roger Lee
Cautions: Williams, Bramall (Hednesford) Gordon, Morris, Taylor (Boro)
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Report by Chris Elsley
Bilston Town Community 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Walsall Senior Cup 1st Round - Wednesday 9th November 2016
Rangers had to come from behind to book a 2nd round place in the Walsall Senior Cup.
Neil Kitching made a number of changes to the starting line up with debuts given to goalkeeper Kyp Andreou and new signing Roger Lee while Alex Curtis received a warm reception as he saw his first action for 15 months following knee injury with a late substitute appearance.
Rangers enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half but lacked the cutting edge and failed to seriously trouble home keeper Karl Frankham.
George Bowerman worked himself into a great position early on but failed to get in a shot before he did force a near post save from Frankham.
At the other end, Andreou had to get down low to keep out Jaydan McCalla but Rangers saw chances go begging as Izak Reid rolled the ball along the Bilston goal line and Bowerman clipped another into the side netting.
The biggest talking point of the first half came on 37 mins when Bowerman’s long ball from defence sent Izak Reid clear. Frankham raced out of his area and tripped the Boro player but only received a yellow card for his offence.
It felt as though Rangers just needed to get one to settle but it was the home side who broke the deadlock on 59 mins when Todd Perry – brother of Boro’s Kyle – beat Andreou to a centre from Ross Clarke and flicked the ball into the net.
The introduction of Josh Gordon in place of Lee on 65 mins gave Rangers another gear to their game. With his first touch, Gordon cleverly set up Kyle Perry and he drove home the equaliser from the edge of the area.
Bowerman made it 2-1 on 74 mins with a well taken goal from around 25 yards, firing into the roof of the net.
Ryan Dean came within a whisker of forcing a penalty shoot out in the final minute of normal time – Andreou tipping his shot on to the bar – but it was fitting that Gordon would put the tie to bed when he ran onto a good ball from Bowerman a minute into added time.
Rangers now host old rivals Rushall Olympic in the 2nd Round .
Bilston: 1 Karl Frankham, 2 Alex Brogan (16 Ryan Williams 74m), 3 Matt Barnett, 4 Ross Clarke, 5 Luke Davies, 6 Todd Perry, 7 Adam Breeze (17 Billy Morgan 87m), 8 Ryan Dean, 9 Dan Elwell, 10 Jaydan McCalla, 11 Keighnan Roylkes (12 Lewis Archer 67m).
Unused Subs: 14 Rivaldo Miguel, 15 Richard Trow
Rangers: 1 Kyprianos Andreou, 2 Levi Reid, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Sam Griffiths, 6 Roger Lee (12 Josh Gordon 65m), 7 Izak Reid (16 Alex Curtis 81m), 8 Mitchell Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Sean Geddes, 11 George Bowerman.
Unused Subs: 14 Michael Townsend, 17 Adam Whitehouse
Cautions: Frankham (Bilston)
Ref: Scott Walker
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 2 Warrington Town 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 5th November 2016
Rangers blew a two goal lead as Warrington ended their winning run with a last minute penalty.
Stafford were in command from the off and when Kris Taylor opened the scoring with a 25 yard free kick on 12 minutes, it was no more than the home side deserved.
Four minutes later, it was 2-0. Warrington keeper Anthony McMillan did well to keep out Josh Gordon from close range but Stafford kept up the pressure and when Elliot Hodge crossed from the left, Mat Bailey was first in there to volley home.
Stafford nearly added a third when McMillan only half blocked from Bailey and James McCarten was forced to concede a corner from under his own bar.
It was against the run of play that Warrington got back into the game on 31 mins when Scott Metcalfe’s shot struck Bailey on the arm and Ciaran Kilheeney dispatched the spot kick.
The goal gave the visitors a boost and shortly before the interval, Ed Toner missed a chance to level when he dragged a shot wide from 20 yards.
Warrington began the second half the stronger but didn’t trouble Stafford keeper Adam Whitehouse apart from a Kristian Platt header straight into his arms.
At the other end, Taylor fired at McMillan following some excellent play from Hodge on the left touchline while, late on, Gordon’s shot was saved at the foot of the near post by McMillan.
In the final minute of normal time, Scott Harries pounced on a an error from Sam Griffiths, Bailey conceded a second penalty for hand ball and Kilheeney converted his second spot kick to salvage a point for the visitors.
It could have been worse for Stafford as Warrington had an appeal for a third penalty, probably their strongest, turned down by referee Sarah Garrett.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend (17 James Bowen 72m), 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8l Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Jack Sherratt (16 Sean Geddes 62m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 14 Izak Reid, 15 George Bowerman
Warrington: 1 Anthony McMillan, 2 Michael Grogan, 3 Andrew Nicholas, 4 Kristian Platt (14 Scott Harries 71m), 5 Craig Robinson, 6 James McCarten, 7 Edward Toner, 8 Steven Gillespie, 9 Ciaran Kilheeney, 10 Daniel Hattersley (12 Samuel Ilesamni 60m), 11 Scott Metcalfe (15 Dylan Vassallo 56m).
Unused Subs: 13 Karl Wills, 16 Lewis Codling
Cautions: Bailey, Batchelor (Boro), Toner, Gillespie, Kilheeney (Warrington)
Referee: Sarah Garrett
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 3 Halesowen Town 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 1st November 2016
Rangers made five consecutive wins with a local derby success over Halesowen Town.
It was a fast and furious start with Rangers getting the first look in on 3 mins as Kyle Perry had a shot blocked. Josh Gordon was next to try his luck but with the angle tight, Daniel Platt made a comfortable save.
Halesowen’s leading scorer, Kaiman Anderson, missed a chance to add to his tally when he failed to control a good ball in from Lee Chilton.
The opening quarter was evenly balanced but Rangers began to assert their authority. Jack Sherratt went just wide when let fly from 30 yards but, on 25 mins, Kris Taylor was spot on with a free kick from 25 yards out which gave the keeper no chance and Rangers a deserved lead.
Gordon’s low drive was parried for a corner in unconvincing fashion by Platt and an instinctive drive from Taylor flew over as Rangers gave the visiting defence a tough time.
Looking comfortable with their lead, Rangers will have been disappointed to go in on level terms at the break, Halesowen’s equaliser coming on 40 mins with Asa Charlton nodding in at the back post from a corner.
After Mat Bailey had failed to take a half chance early in the second half, Elliot Hodge showed a decisive burst of pace to fire Rangers back in front on 52 mins, beating the outcoming Halesowen keeper to a long ball from Richard Batchelor.
Mat Bailey bravely blocked a shot from Kennedy Digie to deny the Yeltz an equaliser and a minute later, Sherratt latched onto a pass from Gordon to fire in a third for Rangers (62 mins).
It could have been four soon after when Hodge strolled through the Halesowen defence and rolled the ball across the face of goal.
Hodge remained a thorn in the Halesowen defence just failing to add a fourth as did Gordon in the final minute when Platt saved ,but Rangers will be satisfied with their night’s work.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieron Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (12 Levi Reid 88m), 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Jack Sherratt (14 Izak Reid 83m), 11 Richard Batchelor (16 Mitch Tolley 79m).
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 17 James Bowen
Halesowen: 1 Daniel Platt, 2 Kyle Haynes, 3 James Hancocks, 4 Jay Denny, 5 Richard Sho-Silva, 6 Kyle Morrison (16 Asa Charlton 34m), 7 Jordan Goddard, 8 Kennedy Digie, 9 Kaiman Anderson, 10 Ethan Delaney, 11 Lee Chilton (14 Courtney Cameron 63m).
Unused subs: 12 Daniel Bragoli, 13 Mathew Bailey, 15 Aaron Griffiths
Cautions: Bailey (Boro), Haynes (Halesowen)
Referee: Richard Eley
Report by Chris Elsley
Corby Town 0 Stafford Rangers 2
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round - Saturday 29th October 2016
Stafford Rangers booked their place in the next round of the FA Trophy with victory at fellow Evo-Stik Premier outfit Corby, picking up some valuable £2,700 prize money in the process.
Corby were first to show when Jordan Crawford fired wide but Stafford were soon making their own mark with Kyle Perry going close with a header and Elliot Hodge forcing Aidan Grant to tip over.
A period of stalemate followed with neither side posing much of a threat until Corby's Reece Webb saw a shot deflected just wide.
Stafford responded with a Mat Bailey header straight at Grant, a feat that Josh Gordon repeated five minutes later.
The second half struggled to make an impression until Corby created two chances in a minute, Andre Johnson’s shot deflected just wide then Corby thought they had scored when Adam Whitehouse pushed Brad-Lee Gascoigne's looping
header on to the post before the danger was eventually cleared.
Elliot Hodge finally broke the deadlock on 69 mins, slotting through the keeper's legs after being put through by Jack Sherratt.
Perry forced another good reaction save from Grant and headed the rebound over but Josh Gordon wrapped up the tie a minute into added time with a smart finish following a pass through the defence from Levi Reid.
Corby: 1 Aidan Grant, 2 Connor Kennedy, 3 Nathan Fox (16 Liam Marshall 88mins), 4 James Jepson (12 Danny Draper 80m), 5 Jamie Anton, 6 Brad-Lee Gibson, 7 Reece Webb, 8 David Bell, 9 Jordan Crawford, 10 Andre Johnson, 11 Shaquille Whittington.
Unused subs: 14 Ryan Bell, 15 Duran Martin, 17 Adam Frisch
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (12 Levi Reid 78m), 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid (14 Jack Sherratt 67m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 15 George Bowerman, 16 Mitch Tolley, 17 James Bowen.
Cautions: Jepson, Crawford (Corby), Hodge Sherratt (Boro)
Referee: Wayne Cartmel
Report by Chris Elsley
Workington 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 22nd October 2016
Stafford Rangers made it three consecutive victories with a commanding display at Workington.
Rangers were without James Bowen (suspended) and Sean Geddes (injured) allowing recalls for Mat Bailey and Izak Reid and it was the two returning players who scored Boro's two goals.
Workington began well with Nathan Waterston heading powerfully at Adam Whitehouse but it was an error in the home defence that lead to Reid opening the scoring on 14 mins.
Josh Gordon did well on the right but his ball forward cannoned into space off a Workington defender.
Reid quickly spotted the opening and nipped past keeper Aaron Taylor to slot home from a tight angle.
Workington's Dave Symington was the chief figure in most of their forward play, setting up chances for Elliot Newby and Scott Allison but Rangers extended their lead on 21 mins after Workington failed to clear a Kris Taylor corner and Bailey fired in a superb left foot volley that gave the keeper no chance.
Matt Douglas’ block prevented Kyle Perry from adding a third before James Earl reduced the deficit on 32 mins, netting a good strike from the edge of the area after good work on the left from Allison.
Shortly before the interval, Kyle May headed straight at Whitehouse but Rangers kept their noses in front.
Stafford's Reid and Josh Gordon both had shots blocked early in the second half before Earl sent a dipping volley just over the Rangers bar at the opposite end.
Symington's shot flew wide and Waterston's half volley looped up nicely for Whitehouse but by and large the Rangers defence was solid with Michael Townsend and Bailey outstanding in the centre and Whitehouse hardly called upon.
Workington: 1 Aaran Taylor, 2 Jake Simpson, 3 Sam Smith, 4 Kyle May, 5 Matt Douglas (15 Callum Henderson 89m), 6 Rob Wilson, 7 Dave Symington, 18 Scott Allison, 9 Nathan Waterston (14 Robbie Hebson 72m), 10 Elliot Newby, 11 James Earl
Unused Subs: 12 Gari Rowntree, 16 Jamie Bethwaite, 17 Cameron Carter
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (14 Jack Sherratt 60m), 8 Josh Gordon (16 Mitch Tolley 90+1m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid (12 Levi Reid 81m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 17 Kieran Preston
Cautions: May, Earl (Workington) Whitehouse, Griffiths, Sherratt
Ref: C Dean
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 2 Coalville Town 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 15th October 2016
Two missed penalties, a sending off that wasn’t and, most importantly, a Boro win – there was plenty to talk about after Saturday’s victory over Coalville.
It was the bizarre incident midway through the second half that was the main topic of conversation after the match. A foul on Elliot Hodge by Karl Demidh sparked a melee involving several players. After the players had calmed down the referee incorrectly showed yellow yards to Boro’s Kris Taylor and Coalville’s Lee Troke. For the visiting player it was a second yellow – resulting in a red. This created uproar in the visiting camp before Troke was recalled from the changing rooms. Overall, the incident caused a delay of more than 8 minutes.
There was plenty of drama besides that. Rangers missing two first half penalties and hitting the bar twice and conceding a soft goal that let Coalville a path back into a game they should never have got before finally holding on for the points.
Clever footwork from Hodge earned Rangers’ first penalty on 11 mins when he was tripped by Kyle Bryant. Kyle Perry stepped up but Matt Coton chose the right way and made a comfortable save.
Perry nearly made amends a minute later with a shot that Coton was forced to tip over and when Hodge forced another save from the visiting keeper it seemed only a matter of time before Rangers would open the scoring.
Rangers were gifted another chance on 25 mins when Perry had his shirt pulled by Dean Freeman. This time Sean Geddes went straight down the middle with the spot kick but Coton kept it out with his feet.
A header from Perry hit the bar and somehow Troke managed to keep out Hodge’s follow up.
Coalville somehow held out but their own threat was limited. Demidh hit a free kick straight at Adam Whitehouse just before the midway point while Steve Towers sent a long range drive at the Boro keeper on the stroke of half time.
Rangers’ pressure finally paid off just two minutes after the resumption when Geddes slipped the ball through for Hodge who rounded the keeper before slotting the ball home.
Four minutes later it was 2-0. Taylor’s free kick was headed down and Josh Gordon had time to control before hooking the ball home.
The expected goal rush didn’t materialise although Richard Batchelor headed a corner against the bar on the hour.
Instead, it was Coalville who gained a foothold on 65 mins and it was a disappointing goal from Rangers’ point of view. Slack defending saw the ball fall to Towers on the edge of the area and his shot trickled through the legs of Whitehouse.
A well timed tackle from Kieran Morris halted Demidh then came the challenge from the Coalville player that sparked the melee.
When play eventually resumed, Coalville pressed the Rangers defence in their search for an equaliser but Rangers stayed strong when needed and could easily have added another themselves as Freeman cleared off the line from Perry and Torr cleared from Izak Reid.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Josh Gordon (14 Izak Reid 85m), 9 Kyle Perry (16 Mat Bailey 90+3m), 10 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 79m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 17 Jack Sherratt
Coalville: 1 Matt Coton, 2 Kyle Bryant, 3 Lee Torr, 4 Danny Jenno (14 Nathan Fox 54m), 5 Dean Freeman, 6 Liam Walsh, 7 Jack McMillan (16 Nathan Watson 54m), 8 Steve Towers, 9 Massiah McDonald (12 Alex Troke 63m), 10 Brad Munn, 11 Karl Demidh.
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Dean, 17 Sean Bowles
Cautions: Taylor, L Reid (Boro), Torr, Freeman, Demidh, Watson (Coalville)
Referee: David Croft
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 3 Marine 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 11th October 2016
Rangers ended their winless streak with a deserved victory over Marine.
The game got off to a fast and furious start with the visitors putting Rangers under early pressure but Danny Mitchley was unable to convert either of the two chances that came his way.
Rangers weathered the storm and Sean Geddes forced a save from Calvin Hare who recovered well to get to the loose ball ahead of Josh Gordon.
Kyle Perry then miskicked in front of goal but it was a series of fouls, resulting in four yellow cards in 10 minutes, that livened the crowd up.
Sean Geddes hit the post with a shot clipped over the defence and Elliot Hodge was denied by a last ditch tackle from James Short.
Rangers continued to dominate after the interval and Gordon fired over soon after the restart.
The reward finally came on 55 mins. The immediate threat from a Rangers attack looked to have gone but Kris Taylor collected the ball some 25 yards out and with the outside of his left foot he sent a shot swinging away from the keeper and into the top corner.
Kurt Sherlock missed a chance to level sending a free kick wide and Rangers took advantage when Sean Geddes hit a low volley inside the keeper’s right hand post on 70 mins.
It was game over 9 mins later. Hodge did well on the left and his cross picked out Kyle Perry who nodded past Hare.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Josh Gordon (14 Izak Reid 81m), 9 Kyle Perry (16 Mat Bailey 87m), 10 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 90+2m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 16 Mat Bailey, 17 Kieran Preston.
Marine: 1 Calvin Hare, 2 Lewis Field, 3 James Short, 4 Liam Goulding, 5 Karl Clair (17 Ryan O’Hare 63m), 6 Liam Willis, 7 Michael Monaghan (12 Craig Lindfield 77m), 8 William Smart, 9 Danny Mitchley, 10 Kurt Sherlock (15 Warren Bellew 77m) 11 Joe Mwaslie.
Unused Subs: 14 Obi Anorvo, 16 Sean Hessey
Cautions: Gordon, Bowen (Rangers), Field, Short, Willis (Marine)
Referee: Philip Hardisty
Report by Chris Elsley
Grantham Town 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 8th October 2016
Rangers left themselves too much to do as they made it 10 games without a win in defeat at Grantham Town.
Boro were behind inside four minutes as Curtis Burrows fired home a rebound, and further behind as Michael Hollingsworth doubled the lead.
At that point, Grantham looked like they might canter to victory, but Boro found some shape, and reduced the deficit before the break with a goal from Josh Gordon, one of three debutants.
They hammered at the door in a much improved second-half display, but just could not find a way through.
Rangers included all three of their new signings in the starting line-up as Josh Gordon, Richard Batchelor and Sean Geddes all came into the side, replacing Rob Stevenson, Mitch Tolley and George Bowerman.
There was also a change in goal, with Adam Whitehouse reclaiming the gloves from Kieran Preston.
Mat Bailey was back in the squad after injury, but only on the bench, but there was no return for Christian Dacres.
Boro had a couple of early chances, with Michael Townsend nodding over and Geddes seeing his shot blocked, and largely the new faces slotted in well, stringing together some good moves.
However, at the end, Boro were a bit of a mess, and just four minute in, Grantham capitalised.
The goal actually came from a Boro corner, as from the delivery, the visitors handballed and the Gingerbreads took the free-kick quickly, breaking through Clifton, who ran the ball all the way to the edge of the area before shooting. Whitehouse saved awkwardly, but Burrows got to the rebound and tucked it away from a tight angle.
Boro had a great chance for an equaliser when James Bowen's throw from the left came all the way through to Gordon, who missed the target from six yards. Then Kyle Perry got his head to a cross and looped a shot goalwards that Jake Turner saved.
Grantham should probably have been given a penalty 20 minutes in when - after giving the ball away cheaply, Bowen rashly slid in on Filipe Barcelos, but the referee waved play on to the evident displeasure of the Boro faithful.
Just two minutes later though, it was 2-0, as Hollingsworth pounced on a loose ball in the area to fire home.
Elliot Hodge - lively as ever - won a corner with a shot after good work from Sam Griffiths, before Boro clawed their way back into the contest.
The aerial ball was proving a potent weapon for Neil Kitching's side, and after Perry headed the ball on, Gordon nipped in to clip it past Turner, though Townsend was given the credit by the stadium announcer.
It was a vital strike for Boro to give them hope going into the break, though Grantham twice came close to re-establishing their two-goal cushion, only to be thwarted by last-ditch Stafford defending.
Rangers' defence did not look much more solid at the start of the second half, though at the other end of the pitch, Perry probably should have done better than to head a close-range shot wide of goal.
Geddes fired a free-kick narrowly over the bar before Grantham really should have made it three as first Barcleos was denied by a good strong hand from Whitehouse, and then Burrows' follow-up was kept out by a combination of Townsend and the post.
After a couple of costume changes for Grantham after a split boot and a bloodied shirt, Boro had their own penalty shot when Kris Taylor's free-kick struck the arm of a defender in the wall.
Boro were generally better in this half though, another free-kick seeing Geddes fire a shot down the throat of Turner, before Burrows did similar with a Grantham set piece.
Bowerman joined the play soon after, and his first contribution was collect Bowen's throw and lay the ball off for Gordon, who looked like he might have been clipped as he burst through on goal, but the referee gave nothing.
Hodge was inches away from opening his Boro account with a shot from a tight angle that rolled along the goal-line and struck the far post before being hacked clear, and then another Bowen long throw was met by Batchelor, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
In the 80th minute, Townsend nodded on for centre-half partner Kieran Morris, who nodded just over, before Perry's header goalwards at the back post was claimed by Turner under pressure from substitute Izak Reid.
Boro threw Bailey on up front for the final minute of normal time and some eight minutes of injury time.
Reid's free-kick was turned away by a diving Turner, and then with virtually the last kick of the game, Bowerman turned in the area and hit a shot that looked to be heading for the bottom corner, until Turner pulled off a great save.
GRANTHAM: 1 Jake Turner, 2 Luther Wildin, 3 Ellis Stoey, 4 Rhys Lewis, 5 Michael Hollingsworth, 6 Danny Meadows, 7 Harry Clifton, 8 Curtis Burrows, 9 Filipe Barcelos (12 Lee Shaw 60m), 10 Ben Saunders (14 Ku Muskwe 90+4m), 11 Luke Shaw.
Unused Subs: 14 Jack Beckett, 16 Danny Durkin, 17 James Waby
RANGERS: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen (16 Mat Bailey 89m), 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (14 Izak Reid 83m), 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Sean Geddes (15 George Bowerman 75m), 11 Richard Batchelor
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 17 Kieran Preston
Cautions: Townsend, Hodge, Gordon (Boro)
Referee: S Abbott
Report by David Broome (Staffordshire Newsletter)
Stafford Rangers 0 Rushall Olympic 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 1st October 2016
Stafford Rangers' early season struggles continued as they went down to Rushall Olympic at a rain soaked Marston Road.
Rushall went ahead inside 7 minutes when Mo Diop glanced a header past Stafford keeper Kieran Preston following Luke Bottomer's corner.
Former Stafford forward Bottomer had earlier tried a couple of shots on goal joy but although it was Stafford who asked most of the questions, Rushall seemed to have the answers at the back.
A poor clearance from Zak Martin fell to Elliot Hodge who fired straight at Jose Veiga, then Kyle Perry headed wide but the best chance fell to George Bowerman following Perry's knock down, only for Veiga to make the goal line stop.
Kris Taylor went wide but it was Rushall who extended their lead on the stroke of half time when Alex Reid pounced on a defensive error between Sam Griffiths and Kieran Morris.
Stafford continued to try to create in the second half. Taylor's speculative volley dipped just over and Perry shot straight at Veiga.
Rushall sub Edilson Antonio shot straight at Preston but, by and large, the visitors were content to sit back and defend their lead and Stafford struggled to break them down.
The nearest they came was when Perry beat Veiga to a Taylor free kick before shooting over while Mitch Tolley went wide after another Taylor free kick.
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend (16 Spencer Gunnell 87m), 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (14 Izak Reid 54m), 11 Rob Stevenson (15 Joe Thomas 54m).
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 17 Jermaine Johnson
Rushall: 1 Jose Veiga, 2 Aris Christophorou, 3 Zak Martin, 4 Aaron Forde, 5 Sam Whittall, 6 Joel Kettle, 7 Dean Keats, 8 Mikael Partodikromo (15 Edilson Antonio 54m), 9 Mo Diop (12 Henry Eze 69m), 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Alex Reid.
Unused Subs: 14 Jordan Fitzpatrick, 16 Marlon Walters, 17 Jak Jeys
Cautions: Townsend (Boro); Antonio (Rushall)
Referee: Dean Watson
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 0 Stourbridge 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 27th September 2016
Rangers picked up their sixth draw in ten games this season with a goal-less local derby at home to Stourbridge.
It certainly didn’t look like the game was going to lack goals as Rangers played some fast flowing football in the opening exchanges and should have gone ahead in the 5th minute when George Bowerman skied over after a miscued shot from Jack Sherratt.
Sherratt wasted another good chance when he appeared to pass rather than shoot but the only players there were Stourbridge defenders.
The Glassboys came more into the game as the half went on with both Daniel Scarr and Luke Benbow failing to take half chances that came their way but the best chances still fell to the Boro and Jack Sherratt who headed wide at the near post.
Sherratt’s game was to end early due to injury and Mat Bailey was another who failed to make the second half.
Sherratt’s replacement, Rob Stevenson, had a shot cleared off the line early in the second half – former Stafford defender Brian Smikle being the saviour for the visitors.
Rangers hopes took a blow on the hour when Mitch Tolley saw red for a two footed challenge.
From then on it became more of a defensive game for the Boro although it was a sturdy one as Stourbridge rarely looked like breaching the line.
Only once was keeper Kieran Preston called upon and he passed a not too difficult test in getting low to his left to keep out Tom Tonks.
There was one other moment of concern when a collision between Stevenson and Stourbridge’s Darryl Westlake resulted in a ten minute delay while the visiting player received treatment but he was said to be ok shortly after the match.
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey (17 Spencer Gunnell 46m), 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (12 Levi Reid 83m), 11 Jack Sherratt (16 Rob Stevenson 38m).
Unused Subs: 14 Izak Reid, 15 Joe Thomas.
Stourbridge: 1 Matthew Gould, 2 Kristian Green, 3 Brian Smikle, 4 Tom Tonks, 5 Darryl Westlake (14 Stuart Pierpoint 82m), 6 Daniel Scarr, 7 Drew Canavan (17 Joe Hulll 90+2m), 8 Leon Broadhurst, 9 Luke Benbow, 10 Chris Lait, 11 Brendon Hague (16 Jake Heath 68m).
Unused Subs: 12 Brad Birch, 15 Lewis Probert
Cautions: Bowen (Boro), Green (Stourbridge)
Sent Off: Tolley (Boro)
Referee: Tim Walker
Report by Chris Elsley
Spennymoor Town 1 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 24th September 2016
A goal after just 5 minutes proved enough to send Rangers to defeat at Spennymoor.
Injuries and other commitments left Rangers’ squad down to the bare bones for the long trip to the North East and a tough task was made harder when Chris Mason’s ball over the top picked out Nathan Fisher who squared for Glen Taylor to slide home.
Spennymoor dominated play and went close to a second when Shane Henry’s 25 yard strike came back off the bar.
Kallum Griffiths forced Kieran Preston to save with a good strike from a similar distance while James Bowen cleared off the line after the Boro keeper had blocked Taylor’s header with his feet.
Rangers weathered the worst of the storm and were happy to go in just a goal behind at the break although Mark Anderson could have made it two on the stroke of half time but planted his header wide of the target.
The second half was a more even contest and Mat Bailey nearly forced an equaliser midway through following Kris Taylor’s corner while another Bailey header was taken under his bar by Spenny keeper Daniel Lowson.
Rangers pressed harder in the final 10 minutes. Sub Elliot Hodge had a shot deflected over before Bailey was denied once more – this time by a goal line clearance from Griffiths as the home side held on for the points.
Spennymoor: 1 Daniel Lowson, 2 Kallum Griffiths, 3 Christopher Mason, 4 Jamie Chandler, 5 James Curtis, 6 Louie Swain, 7 Robert Ramshaw, 8 Shane Henry, 9 Glen Taylor (16 Graeme Armstrong 90+5m), 10 Nathan Fisher (14 David Dowson 68m), 11 Mark Anderson (12 Craig Gott 87m).
Unused Subs: 15 Andrew Johnson, 17 Andrew Rafferty.
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Spencer Gunnell, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley (16 Rob Stevenson 75m), 7 Izak Reid (14 Elliot Hodge 75m), 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Christian Dacres 60m), 10 Jack Sherratt, 11 George Bowerman.
Unused subs: 12 Levi Reid, 17 Adam Whitehouse
Referee: John Matthews
Report by Chris Elsley
Sutton Coldfield Town 1 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 20th September 2016
Rangers ended a run of three consecutive defeats coming from behind to pick up a point at Sutton Coldfield.
Former Rangers midfielder Ryan Edmunds gave the home side the lead on 13 mins when he took on the defence and after a fortunate ricochet put the ball back in his path, he drilled past Kieran Preston.
Rangers had a let off three minutes later when a long free kick from Steven Leslie came back off the bar but gradually the Boro began to show a bit more of themselves and Kyle Perry forced a save from James Wren after an exchange with Izak Reid.
Mat Bailey headed over as he rushed into meet a Kris Taylor free kick but there were still concerns at the back as an unmarked Edmunds fired into the side netting while Preston had to back track quickly to turn over a deflected shot from Leslie.
Towards the end of the half, Jermaine Johnson had two chances to bring the scores level but was unable to convert either.
Bailey forced a save from Wren but the Sutton keeper who trialled with Rangers at the start of last season was unable to keep out Perry on 72 mins after good work by sub George Cater on the right.
Rangers sensed victory and Izak Reid brought out another save from Wren while George Bowerman clipped his effort just wide.
Sutton made a push of their own in the final few minutes but Rangers held out for a share of the spoils.
Sutton Coldfield: 1 James Wren, 2 Joshua Green, 3 Steven Leslie, 4 Lee Smith, 5 Francino Francis (12 Joe Lyng 85m), 6 Scott Lycett, 7 Ryan Edmunds (15 Jeorge Smith 67m), 8 Phil Trainer, 9 Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls (16 Tyler Blake 60m), 10 Danny O’Callaghan, 11 Jean Michelle Gueyes.
Unused Subs: 14 Stephen Palmer, 17 Jason Law
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermaine Johnson (14 Spencer Gunnell 46m), 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Levi Reid (12 George Bowerman 70m), 7 Jack Sherratt, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid, 11 Elliot Hodge (17 George Cater 52m).
Unused Subs: 15 Joe Thomas, 16 Mitch Tolley
Cautions: Francis, Bailey-Nicholls (SCTFC), Bailey, Bowerman (Boro)
Referee: Matthew Smith
Report by Chris Elsley
Frickley Athletic 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 17th September 2016
Rangers conceded two goals in the last 10 mins to suffer their third consecutive defeat, going down to bottom of the table Frickley.
Neil Kitching gave Kieran Preston his league debut but it was an error from the Rangers keeper that gifted the home side their equaliser before further defensive errors allowed Cameron Rigby to slot home the winner four minutes later.
George Bowerman gave Rangers a 16th minute lead when he ran on to a Kris Taylor free kick and scored at the second attempt after Seb Malkowski had blocked the first.
Moments earlier, Sam Griffiths had made a good block to keep out Frickley’s Nathan Curtis.
A volley from Rigby brought vociferous but unsuccessful penalty appeals after hitting Jermaine Johnson while Mat Bailey cleared off the line from Bailey Gooda but Rangers just about deserved their half time lead.
Frickley grew with confidence as the game went on although Bowerman twice missed chances to add to the score while Malkowski came quickly off his line to deny Elliot Hodge.
With 10 mins remaining, Macaulay Parkinson launched a free kick from near the half way line which Preston failed to take and the ball bounced in to the net despite Sam Griffiths' best efforts to clear.
Jack Sherratt went close to restoring Rangers’ lead a couple of minutes later but another gift from the defence led to Rigby netting Frickley’s winner on 84 mins.
Frickley: 1 Seb Malkowski, 2 Gary Stohrer, 3 Josh Grant (12 Sam Hanna 51m), 4 Luke Hinsley, 5 Bailey Gooda, 6 Rhys Meynell, 7 Cameron Rigby, 8 Nathan Valentine, 9 Nathan Curtis, 10 Andy Gascoigne (15 Macaulay Parkinson 73m), 11 Tom Guest (14 Luke Mangham 51m).
Unused subs: 16 Dan Palmer, 17 Josh Diggle's
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Levi Reid, 7 Jack Sherratt, 8 Kris Taylor (16 Mitchell Tolley 59m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (14 Izak Reid 70m), 11 Elliot Hodge (17 Joe Thomas 86m).
Unused subs: 12 Leon Miles, 15 Spencer Gunnell.
Cautions: Stohrer (Frickley) Griffiths, Johnson, Bailey (SRFC)
Referee: Alan Bennett
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 1 Ashton Utd 3
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 10th September 2016
Rangers went into the game against third placed Ashton United looking to hit back after last week's FA Cup defeat against Kidsgrove.
Manager Neil Kitching again shuffled the pack with two new squad additions coming into the line up, with Mat Bailey coming in at centre back and Elliot Hodge starting on the right wing.
Rangers started positively as, in the second minute, George Cater cut in from the left and forced and early save form Terry Smith.
Rangers managed to keep possession for the opening period and on 5 minutes, Hodge cut in from the right and fed Kyle Perry, who shot from the edge of the box.
Smith got down to push the shot away but Jack Sherratt was following in to give Boro the lead from about 15 yards.
Kris Taylor then went close as Perry was brought down for a free kick and Taylor put his effort just under the bar as Smith leapt to tip over for a corner.
It took around 25 minutes for the visitors to muster a worthwhile effort as a long range effort came in but was safely gathered by Adam Whitehouse. Taylor was again in action as he forced another save from Smith as he chipped a neat effort in and the keeper again denied him. Sherratt then spurned a chance as Smith misplaced a goal kick and Sherratt gathered but could only put his effort wide.
Ashton had a couple of long range efforts that really were no trouble for Whitehouse before Gaskell gathered a cross and mishit his shot tamely at Whitehouse. Rangers again pushed forward and Perry nodded a cross back for Sherratt whose header went just under the bar but Smith yet again gathered safely.
Ashton briefly threatened before the break with another tame effort from a long range free kick, before Crowther had a decent run towards the box and as he laid the ball off, Baguley tried to get in an effort but this was blocked by Bowen and Baguley suffered an injury that saw him no further part as he was replaced by Richard Smith.
The second half started with the visitors looking more business like.
On 48 minutes an innocuous through ball fell to Mat Bailey and he miscontrolled this, only for Jack Dorney to rob him and run on to slot home Ashton's equaliser.
Rangers came back as Johnson had a back post header saved and Taylor put another free kick narrowly wide.
Rangers then made a couple of changes with Bowerman replacing Perry, while Craddock replaced Tolley. Ashton broke again and Dorney had another effort blocked.
More changes followed as Levi Reid replaced Hodge, while the visitors had Nevins replacing the busy Dorney.
On 78 minutes the visitors quietened Marston Road as a long ball split the Boro defence and, with Whitehouse advancing, Crowther simply latched onto the ball and nodded over the top and into the empty net.
As Boro tried to stem the flow and hit back Ashton found themselves on the break again and, as the ball found its way to Nevins, he found himself in clear space and squeezed a shot into the bottom corner on 82 minutes.
This knocked the wind out of Boro's sails and as they tried to gain some further consolation the visitors held out for the three points and Boro were left to wonder "what if" yet again.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermain Johnson(c), 5 Mathew Bailey, 6 Mitchell Tolley, 7 Jack Sherratt, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Cater, 11 Elliot Hodge
Subs: 12 Leon Miles, 14 Levi Reid, 15 Sam Griffiths, 16 George Bowerman, 17 Josh Craddock
Ashton: 1 Terry Smith, 2 Stephen Mason, 3 Adam Mather, 4 Joe Connor, 5 Alex Frost, 6 Mark Lees, 7 Ryan Crowther, 8 Gary Gee, 9 Lee Gaskell, 10 Chris Baguley(c), 11 Jack Dorney
Subs: 12 Richard Smith, 14 Rhys Nevins, 15 Jody Banim, 16 Will Haining
Referee: Sarah Garratt
Report by Al Gee
Stafford Rangers 1 Kidsgrove Athletic 2
FA Cup 1st Round – Qualifying - Saturday 3rd September 2016
Rangers’ miserable FA Cup form continued as they were beaten at home by Kidsgrove Athletic.
Rangers made a number of changes to the side that drew with Nantwich on Monday with Kieran Preston, Alex Melbourne, Jermaine Johnson and Josh Craddock all making their first starts.
The visitors who play one division below Rangers and are without a league win this season, fielded five former Boro players with another four named on the subs bench.
The two sides exchanged early openings before Rangers began to look the stronger side as they maintained the pressure on the Grove goal. A cross from Melbourne flew inches beyond the reach of Craddock, Izak Reid and Rob Stevenson and the latter put in the Boro’s first shot of the game but it failed to trouble Krystian Burzynski.
Kidsgrove responded but Harry Clayton sent his shot over the top then, at the other end, Kris Taylor’s shot eluded the diving Burzynski but flashed a foot wide.
Kidsgrove opened the scoring midway through the first half when Anthony Malbon fired in after Rangers had failed to clear a free kick from Marc Grocott.
Twice in a matter of seconds, Rangers were denied an equaliser by blocks with Craddock and then George Bowerman missing out.
A free header from the unmarked Clayton could have extended the visitors’ lead but the chance went over but Rangers finished the half on the offensive but Craddock and Taylor (twice) were unable to bring the scores level.
A decent effort from Bowerman went just over but Kidsgrove extended their lead on 57 mins when Malbon scored from the spot after Mitch Tolley was penalised for a foul on David Artell.
Rob Stevenson reduced the areas ten minutes later with a smart finish from around 15 yards after a good ball from sub George Cater and Bowerman almost levelled a few minutes later but his progress into the area was halted by Artell.
Rangers pressed and Grove’s Danny Smith bravely chested the ball back to Burzynski from a couple of yards out before the Grove keeper saved well from Jake Jones.
But Jones was to be at the centre of attention in added time when he needlessly attempted to punch the ball over Burzynski. That offence would have earned him a yellow card on its own but in the melee that followed, Jones threw another punch – this time at a Kidsgrove player – and could have no complaint at the red card he was subsequently shown as he left the pitch, he took any lingering hopes with him.
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Mitchell Tolley, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Izak Reid (16 Jake Jones 78m), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 George Bowerman, 10 Josh Craddock (18 George Cater 55m), 11 Rob Stevenson (15 Levi Reid 89m).
Unused Subs: 12 Leon Miles, 14 Sam Griffiths, 17 Adam Whitehouse.
Kidsgrove: 1 Krystian Burzynski, 2 Danny Smith, 3 Tom Morris, 4 Ashley Hodkinson, 5 David Artell, 6 Marc Grocott, 7 Harry Clayton, 8 Ross Davidson, 9 Nick Wellecomme (12 Luke Keen 69m), 10 Anthony Malbon, 11 Joe Woolley (16 Dan Skelton 78m).
Unused subs: 14 Tyler Sims, 15 Jonathan Kapend, 17 Ryan Austin, 18 Kevin Street, 19 Tom Maddison
Cautions: Craddock, Taylor, I Reid (SRFC), Woolley, Morris (Kidsgrove)
Sent Off: Jones (SRFC)
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 3 Nantwich Town 3
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Monday 29th August 2016
It was déjà-vous at Marston Road as Rangers let slip a two goal lead and saw two points slip away in the closing minutes just 48 hours after a similar heartbreak against Skelmersdale.
Nantwich’s Ryan Brooke made a dream debut, netting after just one minute when Curt Jones flicked on Sean Cooke’s free kick.
Rangers levelled on 24 mins when Kyle Perry got on the end of a clever cross from Levi Reid but his joy was marred as he picked up a hamstring injury in the process of scoring. It was the second enforced change in less than ten minutes after Adam Mitter had earlier suffered a dislocation of his shoulder.
Perry’s replacement, Jake Jones forced a save from Dave Parton but the Nantwich keeper was beaten for a second time five minutes before the interval when Michael Townsend flicked on a long throw from James Bowen leaving George Bowerman a free header.
Theo Stair fired wide for the Dabbers early in the second half but Jack Sherratt was more accurate with his shooting and squeezed a low shot into the bottom corner to put Rangers 3-1 up on 53 mins.
Bowerman couldn’t bring the ball under control as he went 1 v 1, allowing Parton to make the save before Brooke and Stair both went close for Nantwich – Townsend clearing off the line from the latter.
George Cater was denied by an excellent challenge from Ben Harrison but Nantwich kept pressing and Cooke gave his side hope with a 25 yard free kick past Adam Whitehouse with 5 minutes remaining.
Rangers missed another chance to kill the game off when Jones went clear – this time former Boro defender Andy White denying his old club with the last ditch tackle.
It was to prove a crucial challenge as two minutes into added time Stair forced his way past three defenders to fire past Whitehouse and snatch a point.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen 4 Adam Mitter (17 Christian Dacres 17m), 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Mitchell Tolley, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Jake Jones 26m), 10 George Bowerman (14 George Cater 71m), 11 Izak Raid.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Melbourne, 16 Rob Stevenson
Nantwich: 1 Dave Parton, 2 Andy White, 3 Ibou Touray (16 Osebi Abadaki 89m), 4 Ben Harrison, 5 Matt Bailey (14 Dave Walker 71m), 6 Curt Jones, 7 Josh Gordon (15 Josh Hancock 55m), 8 Wayne Riley, 9 Ryan Brooke, 10 Sean Cooke, 11 Theo Stair.
Unused Subs: 12 Godwin Abadaki, 13 Call Jones
Cautions: Griffiths (Boro); White, Stair (Nantwich)
Referee: Greg Rollason
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 4 Skelmersdale United 4
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 27th August 2016
A crazy game saw Rangers throw away two points with their third draw of the season.
Boro started with a keen intent, pressing Skem back but it was the visitors who scored from their first attack on 6 mins, as Chris Almond's shot cannoned in off Adam Mitter.
Rangers reacted brilliantly, and after half-chances from Kyle Perry and Christian Dacres were blocked, Jack Sherratt pounced on a defensive error to send George Bowerman through on goal, and he kept his composure to finish (15 mins).
Two minutes later, Rangers were in front, Sherratt again the instigator, cutting out another loose pass before feeding Bowerman who cut the ball back to Perry for a simple finish - his first for the club.
The very definition of end-to-end, Skem broke from defence and Almond blazed a glorious chance over the bar.
A third Boro goal followed as a ball from midfield found Perry running one-on-one with the keeper, who he beat with a lovely dinked finish (29 mins).
The scoring for the half was not done and Skem pulled one back just two minutes later, a simple ball through the defence caught Boro flat-footed, leaving Almond time to pick his spot.
Half time sub George Cater, almost made an immediate impact, playing a nice one-two with Perry but Fearon made the save.
Cater was not to be denied and when Perry's shot was blocked by Fearon, the youngster followed up to net the rebound (49 mins).
Skem pulled another back on 63 mins, Wright converting from a corner, before Izak Reid burst through and was only denied by Fearon's flailing foot.
Another glaring miss saw Skelmersdale sub Dan Burns find the side-netting with the goal at his mercy. Almond tested Whitehouse with a curling shot, and then Wright was allowed space to fire a powerful effort that Whitehouse tipped behind for a corner.
In the dying minutes, Cater went one-on-one with Fearon, but was denied by a good save, with Perry's follow-up also blocked. They were costly misses as Skelmersdale went straight down the other end and scored the equaliser, Burns cutting inside and curling a lovely shot into the top corner (88 mins).
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen 4 Leon Miles, 5 Adam Mitter, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Rob Stevenson (14 Alex Melbourne 85), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (15 George Cater 46m), 11 Izak Raid.
Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 16 Jake Jones, 17 Kieran Preston.
Skelmersdale United: 1 Martin Fearon, 2 Ben Alexandra (15 Daniel Burns 73m), 3 Shaun Holden, 4 Robert McIntosh (16 Adam Weston 69m), 5 Robert Brodie, 6 Ian Rowlands, 7 Kenny Strickland, 8 Tony Rendall, 9 Chris Almond, 10 Callum Mahoney, 11 Phil Mooney (12 Dale Wright 55m).
Subs: Dylan Vassallo, Anthony Cato.
Cautions: Dacres (SRFC); Bodie, Rendall, Mahoney (Skem)
Referee: Thomas Parsons
Report by David Broome
Corby Town 0 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Wednesday 24th August 2016
Rangers remained unbeaten as they collected their first clean sheet of the season in a goalless draw at Corby Town on Wednesday night.
As stalemates go, it was moderately entertaining, with Boro totally dominating the first half, but failing to convert a succession of chances.
The hosts were much better after the break, but the only saves Adam Whitehouse had to make were from free-kicks.
Manager Neil Kitching made four changes from the side which beat Frickley Athletic, handing a debut to Adam Mitter and a full debut to Rob Stevenson.
Jake Jones missed out through injury, while Christian Dacres, Izak Reid and George Bowerman dropped to the bench, Kris Taylor and George Cater the other two players to come in.
Boro lined up in a 4-5-1, with Stevenson and Cater flanking lone front man Kyle Perry, while captain for the night Mitch Tolley stepped up from defence into midfield, replaced by Mitter.
After O'Neill Odofin collected a yellow card for an industrial tackle on Stevenson on the right wing, Taylor sent in the free-kick and Jack Sherratt flicked a header just wide.
Sherratt's more advanced position was garnering him plenty of chances, and he fired one just wide after a throw was worked from the left to the edge of the area.
His third was passed up with an air-shot, this after Perry collected the ball in the area but was crowded out.
The best chance of the opening spell saw a great bisecting ball from Taylor finds its way to Cater as a Corby defender committed himself, and the young striker hit a first-time shot that wasn't far wide.
Then Taylor delivered another free-kick which Aidan Grant punched uncertainly clear, and the ball eventually fell to Sherratt again, who dragged a left-footed shot wide.
Yet another chance fell for Sherratt, but Grant just about claimed his driven shot.
After overwhelming Corby in the first 30 minutes, Rangers’ threat was dulled somewhat in the exchanges before the break, though they almost went in ahead as a slip up from Brad-Lee Gascoigne let Perry in, but his shot was not cleanly hit and went wide of the goal.
As might have been expected, the hosts improved after the break, and had their first shot on target when Danny Draper headed a corner goalwards, and Leon Miles had to clear off the line.
Corby then won a free-kick 28 yards out and Ben Milnes warmed the palms of Whitehouse.
Boro should have scored as they broke from Corby's corner and Sherratt fed Stevenson on the right. He burst into the area and instead of shooting, tried to find Bowerman, who was not in a great position on the other side of the box, and his shot trickled goalwards, where it was easily stopped on the line.
Mitter went through a Corby attacker from behind and the hosts had a free-kick 22 yards out which Milnes curled into the hands of Whitehouse.
In literally the last throw of the dice, Bowen came across to take a throw-in on the right and hurled it into the box, where Bowerman got the faintest of touches but nodded wide.
Corby: 1 Aidan Grant, 2 Cleveland Taylor, 3 Liam Marshall, 4 Brad-Lee Gascoigne, 5 O’Neill Odofin, 6 Danny Draper (16 Jordan Crawford 81m), 7 Kurtis Revan, 8 Reece Webb, 9 Callum Ball, 10 Ben Milnes, 11 Andre Johnson (15 Michael Ogilvie 73m).
Unused Subs: 12 Luke Aridegbe, 13 Monty Parkes, 14 Sekou Kromah
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James bOwen, 4 Mitchell Tolley (12 Izak Reid 56m), 5 Leon Miles, 6 Adam Mitter, 7 Rob Stevenson, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Christian Dacres 71m), 10 Jack Sherratt, 11 George Cater (16 George Bowerman 71m).
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, 17 Alex Melbourne
Cautions: Odofin, Revan (Corby); Bowen (Boro)
Referee: Matthew Law
Report by David Broome – Staffordshire Newsletter
Stafford Rangers 3 Frickley Athletic 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 20th August 2016
The visitors were first to threaten as Joel Purkisss charged down an Adam Whitehouse clearance but Whitehouse gathered.
The hosts came back as Kyle Perry had a shot blocked and Izak Reid headed over. Frickley then came back as Nathan Valentine shot wide but Boro had better ideas as George Bowerman crossed to the back for Jake Jones to head in.
Rangers then stepped up as Bowerman, Perry and,Reid missed chances to increase the lead.
Frickley came to life as Purkiss and Andy Gascoigne then equalised on half time... Purkiss set up Nathan Curtis to slot home.
Frickley came out on the attack in the second half but the hosts struck back.
Firstly Bowerman had a cross cut out then Perry was nudged over and the hosts took the lead from the spot through Bowerman. Gascoigne had an effort for Frickley before Rangers responded through a free kick just over from Reid.
On 60mins the visitors drew level through a well taken effort by Tyler Williams. They then pushed on with efforts from Purkiss and Williams again.
Rangers raised their game with efforts from George Cater and Perry before taking the lead through a cross from Perry going in off a defender.
Joshua Grant saw red for Frickley and Rangers held out for what was probably a deserved win.
Star man Jack Sherratt... 4 stars
Report by Alan Gee
Stafford Rangers 1 Barwell 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Rangers’ belated start to the season had a dramatic ending but it wasn’t the finish that they wanted as former Boro defender Joe Ballinger headed home a stoppage time equaliser for the visitors.
Barwell came racing out of the blocks and the Boro had to defend for much of the opening 10 minutes but the best opportunity was headed over by Joel Bell.
Rangers established a foothold and came close when Jack Sherratt outjumped Barwell keeper Max Smith-Varnham on the edge of the area but his header was cleared away.
Leon Miles and Sherratt both had shots blocked and Christian Dacres headed straight at the keeper as Rangers continued to press.
Kyle Perry forced a flying save from Smith-Varnham with a powerful volley but it was the Leicestershire side who appeared to have broken the deadlock on 24 minutes when Declan Towers steered in a corner from Blair Anderson but the sharp eyed referee Mark Howes ruled out the effort after spotting that Towers had used hands and awarded the Barwell skipper a yellow card.
Instead it was Stafford’s Izak Reid who opened the scoring, beating the Barwell offside trap to latch on to a long ball from Jake Sherratt before slotting home on 35 mins.
Sherratt went close to adding a second just before the break with a goalbound header that was cleared off the line by Owen Story.
Sherratt missed out again early in the second half while Bowerman and Dacres also failed to make the most of chances that came their way.
Barwell had a second ‘goal’ ruled out following a foul on Whitehouse and when Tyrell Shannon-Lewis could beat the Rangers’ keeper from a couple of yards out it looked like Rangers would take the points.
But it was a soft goal that cost them. Barwell wasted a free kick on the edge of the Rangers area and the Boro broke away. But Levi Reid lost possession, Barwell countered and Ballinger was on the end of the left wing cross to snatch a share of the spoils.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitchell Tolley, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Kris Taylor (12 Levi Reid 54m), 7 Izak Reid (16 Jake Jones 88m), 8 Jake Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Rob Stevenson 78m), 10 George Bowerman, 11 Christian Dacres.
Unused Subs: 14 Alex Melbourne, 17 George Cater
Barwell: 1 Max Smith-Varnham, 2 Dale Taylor, 3 Niall Rowe, 4 Declan Towers, 5 Joe Ballinger, 6 Brady Hickey, 7 Owen Story, 8 Jamie Towers (16 Tyrell Shannon-Lewis 61m), 9 Joel Bell (17 Amavir Sandhu 72m), 10 Nigel Julien, 11 Blair Anderson (14 Edward Nisevic 80m).
Unused Subs: 12 Joseph Sinton, 15 Chris Spencer
Cautions: L Reid, Bowerman (Boro), D Towers (Barwell)
Referee: Mark Howes
Report by Chris Elsley