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

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 final 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

Report by Staffordshire Newsletter

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