Stafford Rangers 1 Norton United 0
Walsall Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 20th January 2015

Rangers booked themselves a quarter final tie with Brocton after overcoming Evo-Stik League rivals Norton United at a snowy Marston Road.

Despite a competitive opening, there were few chances at either end in the first 25 mins then Norton’s Chris Baker forced a good save from Ryan Price with an acrobatic volley.

Rangers responded to the warning and on the half hour mark, James Dance pounced on some slack defending on the edge of the area, created a yard of space and that was all he needed to fire the ball past Chris Fletcher.

Norton should have got back on level terms ten minutes later when Niall Green found Jon Sheldon just inside the area but the former Rangers man wasted a good opportunity with a shot straight at Price.

Rangers went close to a second on the stroke of half time but Ryan Wynter’s shot hit the side netting.

Norton came at Rangers in the second half and Kieron Bacc struck the foot of the post from a tight angle while Baker fired well over from 20 yards with another good opportunity.

But the best chance of an equaliser surely fell to sub Lee Cropper when he could only produce an air shot from two yards out with the goal gaping.

Cropper sent another good chance high over the bar while Price reacted well to save from Glyn Blackhurst but Rangers held out to take a step closer to the Bescot final.

Stafford: 1 Ryan Price, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Sam Smith, 6 Stuart McNaught (14 Christian Dacres 78m), 7 Alex Curtis, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Ryan Wynter (15 Dan Cope 69m), 10 James Dance, 11 Peter Till (16 Ryan Edmunds 84m).
Unused Subs: 12 Wayne Daniel, 17 Michael Williams

Norton United: 1 Chris Fletcher, 2 Sam Bradbury, 3 Jon Sheldon, 4 Niall Green, 5 Paul Taylor, 6 Jon Beaumont, 7 Kyle Diskin, 8 Rob Hawthorne (14 Mark McDonald 74m), 9 Kieron Bacc (12 Lee Cropper 69m), 10 Leigh Skellern (17 Glyn BLackhurst 69m), 11 Chris Baker.
Unused Subs: 15 Tom Fogg, 16 Jamie Skellern

Cautions: None
Referee: Stephen Rushton
Att: 105

Report by Chris Elsley

Rainworth Miners Welfare 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 17 January 2015

Rangers maintained their play off hopes with a hard fought victory away to relegation threatened Rainworth.
Having made a bright start, Rangers found themselves a goal behind after just 9 minutes when Dean Freeman hooked the ball home from Theo Brown’s right wing cross.

For a time, Rangers struggled to get behind Rainworth’s no nonsense defence. They created a couple of half chances as Peter Till fired wide and Nathan Smith headed across the face of the Rainworth goal but it was leading scorer Dan Cope who got Rangers back on level terms on 39 mins when he got to the loose ball first after Ryan Edmunds’ shot had looped up off a Rainworth defender.

Cope failed to take advantage of a couple more openings in the second half and was nearly made to pay when Romello Nangle found some space but shot against the post. The Rainworth forward was first to the rebound but dragged his shot well wide.

Nick Wellecomme and Cope linked well to put Nathan Smith in only for Jake Turner to save. Rangers’ pressure eventually told on 71 mins when James Dance picked out Peter Till who cut inside one Rainworth defender before firing past Turner.

Edmunds continued to cause problems to the home defence and another run at the back line saw his shot blocked into the path of James Dance and he finished clinically from the edge of the area on 80 mins.
Edmunds deserved a goal for himself and twice went close in the final few minutes but fired one chance across the face of goal and was denied by a last ditch tackle with the other.

Rainworth: 1 Jake Turner, 2 Dean Freeman, 3 Theo Brown, 4 Tommy Hannigan, 5 Dan White, 6 Gino Kelleher, 7 Kuwesi Ofushine (14 Oliver Brock 85m), 8 Emeka Nwadike (16 Ian Robinson 88m), 9 Romello Nangle, 10 Romaine Graham, 11 Glodi Bange (12 Darren Mansaram 69m).
Unused Sub: 15 Aboubacar Sylla

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 Sam Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Peter Till (15 Stuart McNaught 87m), 9 Nick Wellecomme, 10 Dan Cope (17 Ryan Wynter 75m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (16 Alex Curtis 90+1m).
Unused Subs: 12 Matthew Wood, 14 Levi Reid.

Cautions: Ofushie (RMW)
Referee: Adam Burgess
Att: 140

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Lincoln United 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 10th January 2015

Rangers slipped out of the play off places after a goal less draw at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Lincoln United but it was a game which the Boro should have had wrapped up by half time.

Dan Cope was gifted an opening inside 10 minutes when a poor header from Callum Ward left him in the clear but Robert Peet saved to his right.

Peet made another good save to deny Rangers debutant Peter Till who struck a volley from around 12 yards out after Nick Wellecomme had flicked on a long throw from Sam Griffiths.

Both sides were wasteful in front of goal with efforts that went well off target but Peet was in action once more to prevent Michael Jacklin from putting into his own net with a save at the foot of his left hand post.

Rangers remained on top as Peet kept out another well struck drive from Till and saved from Ryan Edmunds either side of a shot from Christian Dacres which struck team mate Cope on the Lincoln goal line.

The second half saw the best chances continue to come to Rangers but they had left their shooting boots at home as Dacres and James Dance both fired well off target.

Lincoln were almost presented with a goal through a rare error from Adam Whitehouse when he let a cross from Sean Wright go through his legs and Sam Griffiths was forced to concede the corner.

The visitors went close again a couple of minutes later with another flag kick that Whitehouse just managed to prevent from crossing the line after Jacklin had been given space at the back post.

But Cope should have snatched the three points for Rangers with 6 minutes remaining but he headed across the face of goal from just a couple of yards out.

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (17 Ryan Wynter 86m), 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Peter Till, 9 Nick Wellecomme, 10 Dan Cope, 11 Ryan Edmunds (16 Alex Curtis 64m).
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Smith, 14 Levi Reid, 15 Stuart McNaught

Lincoln: 1 Robert Peet, 2 Sean Wright, 3 Kallum Smith, 4 Andrew Toyne, 5 Michael Jacklin, 6 Callum Ward, 7 Jordon Lemon, 8 Daniel Brooks (12 Brendan McDaid 57m), 9 Joshua Nicholls (15 Andrew Hutchinson 64m ( 14 Matthew Cotton 77m)), 10 Scott Ruthuen, 11 Sam Duncum.
Unused Subs: 16 Elliott Broughton, 17 Sam Wilkinson

Cautions: Dacres (Boro), Lemon, Brooks (Lincoln)
Referee: Michael Scriven
Att: 425

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Rushall Olympic 2
Rushall win 6-5 on penalties
Doodson Sports Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 6th January 2015

Rangers' involvement in the Doodson Sports Cup ended with a penalty shoot out after the match had finished all square after 90 minutes.

Both sides made a number of changes with Rangers giving a debut to Ryan Price in goal and the Boro's latest signing was the busier of the two keepers as Rushall enjoyed the better of the first half.

Stan Mugisha, who had a enjoyed a loan spell with Rangers earlier in the season, went close on 15 mins with a shot across the face of goal then he set up another ex Boro man in Nathan Rooney but he fired over from the edge of the area.

Price saved another Mugisha effort but the busy forward was not to be denied and he fired Rushall into a 34th minute lead after being left unmarked in the 6 yard box.

Rangers' best chance of the half fell to Ryan Wynter five minutes before the break but he fired wide of the target.

Mugisha sent another shot across the face of the Rangers goal within 15 seconds of the start of the second half while Price made two good reaction saves in a matter of seconds to deny Connor Deards and Jake Heath.

An error from Price's opposite number gifted Rangers an equaliser on 71 mins. Cameron Belford raced out of his area to clear but his kick landed at the feet of Luke Bottomer who tried a shot from 40 yards out. He miscued but the ball fell to Alex Curtis who managed to scoop the ball into the empty net.

Rushall then appeared to have won the tie with two minutes remaining when Jake Heath punished some slack defending following a corner but Rangers were back level within 60 seconds when Heath failed to cut out a pass from Louis Downes and Curtis fired in his second of the game.

Curtis had a chance to win it but couldn't find the power to beat Belford and the game went to penalties.

The first five from each side were converted but when Downes fired over for Stafford, Steven Leslie sent Rushall through.

Stafford: 1 Ryan Price, 2 Sam Smith, 3 Joe Ballinger, 4 Levi Reid, 5 Nathan Smith, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Alex Curtis, 9 Ryan Wynter (12 Ryan Edmunds 59m), Jazz Luckie (15 Dan Cope 67m), 11 Luke Bottomer (17 Louis Downes 88m).
Unused Subs: 14 Wayne Daniel, 16 Sam Griffiths

Rushall: 1 Cameron Belford, 2 Jake Heath, 3 Callum Williams, 4 Mitchell Tolley, 5 Gavin Caines (17 Jack Duggan 77m), 6 Jacob Craner, 7 Stan Mugisha (15 Josh Hawker 67m), 8 Carl Palmer (12 Kris Taylor 46m), 9 Connor Deards, 10 Nathan Rooney, 11 Steven Leslie.
Unused Subs: 14 Aris Christopherou, 16 Aaron Williams.

Cautions: S Smith, Reid (Boro), Craner (Rushall)
Ref: Thomas Harty
Att: 192

Report by Chris Elsley

Sutton Coldfield Town 1 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 3rd January 2015

Rangers' seven match unbeaten run in league and cup was brought to an end on the 3G pitch of top of the table Sutton Coldfield.

Neil Kitching made five changes to the side that had beaten Leek in a gruelling derby 48 hours earlier and saw his side begin in a positive manner.

They could have had a penalty inside the first 60 seconds when Dion Donohue impeded Ryan Wynter but the recalled Boro forward chose to stay on his feet with no reward.

Gradually the home side began to assert themselves and it needed only a touch to convert a shot across goal from Justin Richards – fortunately, for Rangers, Daryl Taylor failed to get the vital contact while Jamie Sheldon fired against the post after Adam Whitehouse had spilled a shot from Scott Lycett.

Rangers' potency diminished but Wynter did manage to force a save from Lee Evans in the Sutton goal while Wayne Daniel failed to get any power or direction on his header after a Ryan Edmunds free kick had caused problems in the Sutton defence.

But Sutton continued to look the most likely to break the deadlock and should have done so when Reece Leek found space but he blasted over from just 6 yards out.

Only a combination of Daniel and Whitehouse prevented Craig Marshall from giving the home side the lead a minute after the resumption but Richards finally made the pressure pay 48 mins when he netted with a shot similar to, but not quite so spectacular, the goal scored by Dan Cope against Leek Town on New Year's Day.

Rangers pushed for an equaliser but half chances for Nathan Smith and Cope (on for Simon Everall) went unconverted.

Instead it was Sutton who nearly extended their lead when Sheldon's free kick came back off the bar.

Whitehouse kept Rangers in touch with good saves to deny Leek and Sheldon before a Ryan Edmunds shot flashed across the Sutton six yard box.

Both Sheldon and Tom Turton had a chance to wrap up the points in the closing minutes only to be denied by the excellent Whitehouse but Richards' goal at the start of the half proved enough and Rangers could have few complaints at the final outcome.

Sutton Coldfield: 1 Lee Evans, 2 Rob Evans, 3 Kristian Ramsay-Dickson, 4 Dion Donohue, 5 Scott Lycett, 6 Danny O'Callaghan, 7 Daryl Taylor (14 Tom Turton 65m), 8 Jamie Sheldon, 9 Craig Marshall (16 Jordan Nadat 76m), 10 Reece Leek (12 Mykel Beckley 79m), 11 Justin Richards.
Unused Subs: 15 Ryan Boothe, 17 Lewis Gwilliams

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 Levi Reid (16 James Dance 69m), 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Sam Smith, 7 Ryan Edmunds, 8 Stuart McNaught, 9 Ryan Wynter  (12 Nick Wellecomme 69m), 10 Simon Everall (15 Dan Cope 57m), 11 Alex Curtis.
Unused Subs: 14 Christian Dacres, 17  Matt Wood

Cautions: None
Referee: Geoff Law
Att: 362

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Leek Town 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Thursday 1st January 2015

A superb strike from Dan Cope proved the difference between the two sides as Rangers triumphed in a Staffordshire derby that provided great entertainment for the season high crowd of 688.

With the wind behind them, Rangers raced out of the blocks and Cope forced a good save from Ross Etheridge before sending a drive just wide of the mark.

Nick Wellecomme scuffed a shot wide after being put in by Stuart McNaught as Rangers continued to create the better chances but Leek began to settle and could have opened the scoring on 28 mins when Sam Griffiths failed to intercept a pass from Dan Shelley but Matt Bell stabbed wide as Adam Whitehouse came quickly off his line.

James Dance had a superb game in the Rangers midfield, making several probing runs at the Leek defence but it was Cope who stole the headlines on 45 mins.

With no support, there looked little danger when the Rangers' striker collected a long ball from Ryan Edmunds on the right. But the former Leek player found some space behind Ryan Dicker and sent a thunderbolt shot past a helpless Etheridge.

Cope should have added to the score early in the second half following a poor clearance from the Leek keeper but his shot squirmed of his boot.

Leek started to increase the pressure. Darren Chadwick sent a shot rising just over the bar before Whitehouse dived to his left to push away a shot from Anthony Danylyk.

Whitehouse saved again, this time from Leek sub Jordan Johnson, after a Leek had threaded their way through the Rangers defence.

Simon Everall came closing to securing the points for Rangers while some excellent defending from Wayne Daniel saved Whitehouse's blushes after Johnson had picked up on a poor clearance from the Rangers keeper.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (12 Sam Smith 46m), 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Stuart McNaught, 9 Nick Wellecomme (17 Ryan Wynter 82m), 10 Dan Cope (14 Simon Everall 72m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, 16 Alex Curtis

Leek Town: 1 Ross Etheridge, 2 Rhys Thompson (15 Paul Donnelly 46m), 3 Ashley Jackson, 4 Sean Kinsella, 5 Ryan Dicker, 6 Darren Chadwick, 7 Anthony Danylyck, 8 Dan Shelley, 9 Tim Grice, 10 Liam Shotton (12 Jordan Johnson 64m), 11 Matt Bell (16 Niall Maguire 58m).
Unused Subs: 14 Karl Espley, 17 Tom Lowe

Cautions: Cope, Dacres (Boro), Thompson, Danylyck (Leek)
Referee: Joe Clark
Att: 688

Report by Chris Elsley

Chasetown 0 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Friday 26th December 2014

Two second half goals secured Rangers their first Boxing Day victory for 12 years at a snowy Chasetown.

Rangers gave a first start to recent signing Stuart McNaught while Nick Wellecomme took a place on the bench against his old club having rejoined the Boro from The Scholars over the Christmas period.

The home side enjoyed the better of the first half with Danny Edwards – one of three old boys in the Chasetown starting eleven – causing problems on the left hand side. Twice inside the opening ten minutes he sent in decent balls but Danny Griffiths and Jermaine Johnson were unable to take advantage.

Chasetown's best chance of the half fell to Nathan Waite on 15 mins but he stabbed wide from another Edwards centre.

First half rain turned to half time sleet and it was Rangers who responded better to the turn around with Ryan Edmunds forcing a save from John Bateman while James Dance blazed over after good work from Simon Everall on the right.

Everall then caught Leon Miles in possession and picked out the unmarked Dan Cope who fired Rangers into the lead on 52 mins.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later when Cope released Edmunds with a quick free kick and his shot was flicked  into the net by Christian Dacres.

Adam Whitehouse saved from Simon Brown and Richard Davies drove wide from distance as Chasetown stepped up their search for a goal but they rarely threatened to get back into the game.

The final 20 mins were played in heavy snow and by the end the pitch markings were impossible to see. Fortunately for Rangers, referee Mark Dwyer was happy to continue to full time and Rangers returned home with all three points.

Chasetown: 1 John Bateman, 2 Todd Evans (15 Simon Brown 69m), 3 Grant Beckett, 4 Chris Slater, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Lee Downes, 7 Richard Davies, 8 Jermaine Johnson, 9 Nathan Waite (16 Mitch McDonald 81m), 10 Danny Griffiths (14 Mark Danks 69m), 11 Danny Edwards.
Unused Subs: 12 Jon Haynes, 17 Curtis Pond.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood (15 Alex Curtis 65m), 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Stuart McNaught, 9 Dan Cope, 10 Simon Everall (16 Nick Wellecomme 58m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (12 Sam Smith 76m).
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, 17 Ryan Wynter

Cautions: Downes, Davies (Chasetown) Edmunds, Griffiths (Rangers)
Referee: Mark Dwyer
Att: 355

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 4 Market Drayton Town 1
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 20th December 2014

Rangers cruised to victory over struggling Market Drayton but missed the chance to improve on their goal difference after failing to add to the half time score although they weren't helped by a referee who failed to award a couple of clear penalties in their favour.

Nathan Smith got things under way inside three minutes with a well placed header from Ryan Edmunds' corner then Alex Curtis added a second with a well taken goal from around 16 yards just four minutes later.

Dan Cope headed wide but the third goal wasn't long in coming and it was Simon Everall who was on the mark in the 16th minute when he nipped in ahead of the rest to steer home a free kick from Edmunds.

Edmunds nearly added a fourth a minute later when his free kick flew just over.

Drayton pulled a goal back out of the blue on 29 mins when former Rangers defender Alex Hedley sent in a high centre from in front of the stand on the right hand touchline and the ball sailed over Adam Whitehouse and into the far top corner of the net.

The goal glut continued as Rangers restored the three goal margin on 33 mins. Again Edmunds was involved as he did well to beat three Drayton defenders on the right and picked out Cope who hammered the ball home via the underside of the bar.

Rangers looked to begin the second half as they had the first with Cope and Curtis both spurning good chances inside the first 60 seconds

Everall stayed on his feet despite being pulled back by James O'Neil but Drayton keeper Ben Chapman saved and Cope's follow up was intercepted by James Askey.

Joe Woolley made a rare solo attack at the Rangers goal and wasn't far off target with his 30 yard drive but the Boro were soon back on the attack themselves and Smith should have grabbed his second of the afternoon when he headed wide when well placed.

There was a light hearted moment of entertainment for the fans when the two physio's Charlotte Dodd and Hayley Reed were called into action after a clash between Boro debutant Stuart McNaught and Drayton's Lyndon Campbell left both players needing treatment. Cheered on by the crowd, the two girls were neck and neck as they sprinted across the pitch before Drayton's Reed just won the race to get to her player first. Thankfully, both players were able to resume their part in the game.

In the final 15 mins, Rangers sub James Dance came closest to adding to the scoring but was denied by Chapman and sent a 35 yard drive screaming just over the bar but the game had been won in the opening 10 minutes.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Levi Reid (16 Stuart McNaught 62m), 8 Alex Curtis, 9 Dan Cope, 10 Simon Everall (15 Ryan Wynter 78m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (12 James Dance 62m).
Unused Subs: 14 Sam Smith, 17 Luke Bottomer

Market Drayton: 1 Ben Chapman, 2 Jordan Batchelor (14 James Bennett-Tindall 60m), 3 Cohen Bramall, 4 James O'Neil, 5 James Askey, 6 Alex Hedley, 7 Joe Woolley, 8 Lyndon Campbell (15 Courey Garratt 78m), 9 Jordan Johnson, 10 Jack Woolley (16 Liam Swinnerton 82m), 11 Michael O'Reilly.
Unused Subs: 12 Bradley Smith, 17 Martin Davies

Cautions: Hedley (MDT)
Referee: Mark Griffiths
Att: 383

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Rushall Olympic 0
Staffs Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 9th December 2014

Rangers progressed to the semi finals of the Staffs Senior Cup defeating holders Rushall Olympic at Marston Road.

Their was an added ingredient as both sides contained a number of players who had links with the opposition, including Rangers manager Neil Kitching who left the Pics at the end of last season.

It was a game that was largely controlled by Rangers but their visitors, from a division higher in the Evo-Stik League were always a threat while the pacey Stan Mugisha was on the park.

The first decent effort on goal came from the unlikely source of the right boot of Alex Curtis who saw his curling shot tipped away by the diving Richard Jones.

Curtis then helped to create a chance for Dominic Dell which was deflected over the Rushall bar.
At the other end, Aaron Williams nearly benefited after the ball fell nicely for him but Sam Smith's intervention diverted the ball for a corner.

With Rushall maintaining the pressure, defender Liam Smith hit the post. Rangers immediately broke clear with Dell getting behind the Rushall defence only to fire over with just Jones to beat.
Dell missed out again just before the hour when he shot just wide then he saw his header well saved by Jones.

James Dance was the man to break the deadlock on 67 mins with another of his long range strikes, this time a precision drive from around 25 yards which found the bottom corner of the net.

The closing stages saw Rushall step up their fight for an equaliser but Adam Whitehouse saved well from Kris Taylor's free kick while Liam Smith's stoppage time effort went into the side netting off Wayne Daniel.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Sam Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Alex Curtis, 9 Ryan Wynter (15 Simon Everall 48m), 10 Dominic Dell (14 Dan Cope 72m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (12 Levi Reid 86m).
Unused Subs: 16 Joe Ballinger, 17 Blake Thompson

Rushall: 1 Richard Jones, 2 Aris Christophorou, 3 Liam Smith, 4 Josh Craddock (12 Kris Taylor 81m), 5 Mitchell Tolley, 6 Gavin Caines, 7 Jake Heath, 8 Carl Palmer, 9 Aaron Williams (14 Connor Deards 70m), 10 Stan Mugisha (16 Ramone Stephens 63m), 11 Steven Leslie.
Unused Subs: 15 Jacob Craner, 17 Callum Williams

Cautions: S Smith (Rangers), Tolley (Rushall)
Referee: Scott Simpson
Att: 140

Report by Chris Elsley

Gresley FC 1 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 6th December 2014

Rangers became only the second visiting team this season to collect any points at The Moat as they ended Gresley's 13 match run of consecutive victories on their home turf.

In an entertaining game, Rangers could have taken all three points had Ross Atkins not pulled off a fine reflex save to deny Alex Curtis in the final minute.

Kicking down the slope, Rangers had the better of the first half but went in a goal down at the interval after former Boro midfielder Jack Langston scored direct from a corner on 41 mins.

After creating a number of half chances, Rangers nearly opened the scoring midway through the half when James Dance struck a 35 yarder that came back off the post with keeper Atkins well beaten.

A timely interception from Gresley's Hayden Johns prevented Simon Everall from getting to a well placed centre from Ryan Edmunds while Edmunds himself sent a drive from distance rising just over the Gresley bar.

Until they grabbed their goal, Gresley's best chance had fallen to Mitch Hanson who headed wide from a corner.

Rangers continued to take the game to Gresley after the break as Dan Cope headed wide but Christian Dacres made no mistake on 56 mins when he powered home from a Curtis corner.

The two sides traded chances. A swift move from Gresley ended with Adam Whitehouse tipping over Martin Smyth's volley while at the other end, Atkins pushed away a volley from Dacres while Levi Reid fired just over.

Whitehouse saved again – this time from Alex Steadman – before Everall missed a great chance to put Rangers in front when he fired wide of the far post after good work from Edmunds.

Steadman and Smyth both wasted good opportunities to restore Gresley's lead before Atkins made his last gap save to ensure the points were shared.

Gresley: 1 Ross Atkins, 2 Hayden Johns, 3 Matt Roome (17 Lucas Harrison 46m), 4 Mitch Hanson, 5 Jamie Barrett, 6 Eric Graves, 7 Martin Smyth, 8 Ryan King (12 Rob Mulonga 84m), 9 Luke Edwards (14 Chris Richards 68m), 10 Jack Langston, 11 Alex Steadman.
Unused Subs: 15 Jake Carlisle, 16 Sam Grice

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Dan Cope (14 Ryan Wynter 68m), 10 Simon Everall (16 Matt Wood 89m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Smith, 15 Dominic Dell, 17 Blake Thompson

Cautions: Hanson (Gresley), Cope (Rangers)
Referee: Paul Thompson
Att: 351

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Goole AFC 3
Evo-Stik League Division One South - Saturday 29th November 2014

Two late goals, including a Ryan Wynter equaliser six minutes into added time, salvaged a point for Rangers.

Both sides were guilty of sloppy defending during the game but it was the visitors who grabbed the first half advantage, going in with a 3-1 lead at the break.

Rangers had looked promising early on with James Dance their most threatening player but it was Goole who struck first when Billy Law fired past Adam Whitehouse on 16 mins following a Scott Matthews free kick.

The Rangers keeper saved another Matthews free kick a couple of minutes later but Goole increased their lead on 21 mins with a swift break. Law sent Jordan Thewlis away and he held off the challenge of Sam Griffiths to score.

Dance had a couple of chances to reduce the arrears but it was Dan Cope who snapped up a typical strikers goal on 25 mins after Ryan Edmunds' shot was deflected into his path.

Cope had the ball in the net again soon after but was flagged offside then miscued badly when clear through.

But Goole responded by restoring their two goal advantage five minutes before half time. Dan Wilkinson headed Matthews' corner goalwards and Julian Lawrence made sure from close range.

Still there was time for Rangers to have scored again as Peter Fotko tipped a good shot from Dance on to the post and Nathan Smith had a header cleared off the line.

In the second half, it was Goole who looked the most likely to add to the scoring. Whitehouse saved from Andy Gascoigne less than a minute after the restart, Steve Woolley hit the post after being put clear and Whitehouse saved again, this time from Thewlis.

Christian Dacres wasted a great chance for Rangers following a miskick from Callum Harrision but the Rangers captain had a bit of luck when he was on hand to fire the ball into an empty net on 81 mins after Wynter's presence had forced Fotko to drop the ball. More often than not, Wynter's challenge would have been penalised.

Law and Gascoigne both had chances to settle the game in Goole's favour but found Whitehouse on good form.

They were made to pay when Cope delivered the ball in at the second attempt and Wynter's glancing header earned Rangers a dramatic share of the spoils.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths (12 Wayne Daniel 59m), 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Sam Smith, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Levi Reid (15 Dominic Dell 59m), 9 Dan Cope, 10 Simon Everall (14 Ryan Wynter 79m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 16 Tom Vaughan, 17 Blake Thompson

Goole: 1 Peter Fotko, 2 Ben Turner, 3 Scott Matthews, 4 Callum Harrison, 5 Daniel Wilkinson, 6 Julian Lawrence, 7 Billy Law, 8 Kieran McCaffrey, 9 Jordan Thewlis (16 Cecil Nyoni 73m), 10 Andy Gascoigne (14 Tyler Williams 90+2m), 11 Steve Wolloey.
Unused Subs: 12 David Taylor, 15 Chris Adam

Cautions: Fotko, Matthews
Referee: Andrew Newbold
Att: 397

Report by Chris Elsley

Tividale 0 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Division One South - Tuesday 25th November 2014

A goal from substitute Alex Curtis was enough to separate these two sides in their fifth meeting of the season.

A paltry crowd of just 87 bothered to turn out at The Beeches on a damp night which only added to making playing conditions difficult on Tividale's heavy pitch.

There wasn't a lot between the two sides in the first half with neither side finding much of an opening.

Ryan Edmunds sparked some life into the game when he beat three Tivi players with a great run at the home defence but couldn't manage to get in a shot. The best chance of the half came just before the break when Sam Griffiths' long ball found Dan Cope behind the defence but his shot was well of target.

A few minutes later, James Dance did well to steer a header on target but it was straight at Charles Price in the Tivi goal. In between these two efforts came Tividale best moment of the half when Chris Field ended a neat period of play by sending his shot just wide of the upright.

Adam Whitehouse saved the blushes of Sam Smith early in the second half when the central defender could only divert the ball into the path of Leigh Downing but Whitehouse saved well with his legs.

The only goal came on 70 mins when Tivi keeper Price slipped in his area. Ryan Edmunds tried to take advantage with a shot on goal but Price managed to block only for the ball to fall kindly to where Curtis was waiting to nod into the empty net.

Whitehouse saved again, punching away a Downing free kick then he kept out a header from the Tivi wide man from Mitchell Botfield's corner.

The final 10 minutes saw Rangers comfortably soak up the Tivi pressure to climb two places up the table.

Tividale: 1 Charles Price, 2 Daniel Ashton, 3 Zach Foster (16 Jordan Archer 87m), 4 Chris Field (14 Ryan Winwood 87m), 5 Mark Smith, 6 Luke Paskin, 7 David Bellis, 8 Mitchell Botfield, 9 Karl Edwards, 10 Roland Agbor, 11 Leigh Downing (12 Nigel Penney 79m).
Unused Subs: 13 Jack Hayfield, 15 Andrew Parsons

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths (16 Alex Curtis 61m), 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Sam Smith, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Dan Cope (12 Wayne Daniel 90m), 10 Simon Everall (14 Ryan Wynter 90+3m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 15 Dominic Dell, 17 Joe Ballinger

Cautions: Botfield (Tividale)
Referee: Simon Gudger
Att: 87

Report by Chris Elsley

Spalding United 4 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Division One South - Saturday 22nd November 2014

A disappointing display saw the Boro slump to a heavy defeat at Spalding United.

With Nathan Smith and Matt Wood both unavailable and Jazz Luckie injured, Neil Kitching recalled Joe Ballinger and Alex Curtis while there was also a start for Dan Cope and a league debut for Sam Smith.

The first half was looking set to be a forgettable affair until Spalding's new signing Jordan Hempenstall provided a bit of class on 37 mins with a smart finish from Tom Waumsley's cross from the left.

Four minutes later and Rangers' task became more difficult as Spalding increased the lead through Nathan Stainfield who managed to hook the ball home despite being sat on the ground with his back to goal.

If Spalding hardly deserved their two goal interval lead on the first half showing, they made up for it with their second half display.

Waumsley went close inside the first 30 seconds of the resumption and twice Hempenstall went just wide after running on to balls sent over the Rangers' defence.

Adam Whitehouse saved from Waumsley but the Spalding front man finally got his goal on 65 mins when he turned the ball home after Rangers failed to clear a corner.

Waumsley headed against the bar and then saw his follow up effort brilliantly saved by Whitehouse as Spalding pressed for more.

Finally, with 10 minutes remaining, Rangers' ub Ryan Wynter produced a shot on target but it was an easy save for Michael Duggan to make.

Whitehouse made another super save to turn an effort from Andrew Tidswell on to the bar but Hempenstall wrapped up the scoring on 84 mins when he converted a corner at the near post. 

Spalding United: 1 Michael Duggan, 2 Michael Leary, 3 Adam Jackson, 4 Jamie Stevens, 5 Nathan Stainfield, 6 Lewis Webb, 7 Mitchell Griffiths (15 Luke Thurlbourne 79m), 8 Jack McGovern (14 Jordan Nuttell 87m), 9 Jordan Hempenstall, 10 Tom Waumsley (12 Andrew Tidswell 77m), 11 Jamie Thurlbourne.
Unused Subs: 16 Ryan Oliver, 17 George Stainfield

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Sam Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Joe Ballinger (15 Ryan Wynter 66m), 7 James Dance (12 Liam Holt 66m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Dan Cope, 10 Dominic Dell (16 Simon Everall 57m), 11 Levi Reid.
Unused Subs: 14 Ryan Edmunds, 17 Nick Amos

Cautions: Hempenstall, L Thurlbourne (Spalding)
Referee: Mark Hutchinson
Att: 207

Report by Chris Elsley

Tividale 0 Stafford Rangers 2
Doodson Sport Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 18th November 2014

Rangers earned themselves a 2nd round tie against Neil Kitching's former club Rushall Olympic after battling past Tividale.

It was the fourth time that the two clubs had met this season with the Black Country outfit shutting out Rangers on each of the previous three times occasions and this game threatened to go the same way as a disappointing first half ended goal-less.

Rangers made a number of changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Romulus on Saturday with a debut for Sam Smith alongside Nick Amos at the heart of defence while Simon Everall took up a place in the attack after rejoining the club.

The Tividale pitch had survived a 4.00pm inspection but the bumpy and greasy surface made life difficult for both teams although the pitch was not entirely to blame for an error strewn first half where neither side showed much desire to win.

Rangers best effort of the opening 45 mins came from Alex Curtis after he was picked out by a crossfield pass from Ryan Edmunds but Charles Price in the Tividale goal managed to turn the ball for a corner.
For the home side, it was Leigh Downing who came closest when he fired wide after a good build on the Tividale right.

The second half showed some improvement and was just three minutes old when Rangers broke their Tivi duck. Everall put the home goal under pressure as he cut in from the left and, as the ball ran loose, Christian Dacres slid in to score.

Mark Smith headed over for Tivi from a corner and Downing fired just over after a free kick was harshly awarded against Amos.
At the other end, Everall had two bites of the cherry, only to be denied both times by Price but it was leading scorer Dan Cope who made sure of Rangers' progress on 71 mins when a shot out of nothing appeared to catch the Tivi keeper somewhat off guard.

Tividale: 1 Charle Price, 2 Andrew Parsons, 3 Zach Foster, 4 Chris Field, 5 Mark Smith, 6 Luke Paskin, 7 David Bellis, 8 Sam Williams, 9 Karl Edwards (14 Nigel Penney 75m), 10 Deqwon Ebanks (16 Jordan Archer 75m), 11 Leigh Downing.
Unused Subs: 12 Daniel Ashton, 13 Jack Hayfield, 15 Ben Hadley

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Smith, 3 Nick Amos (15 Sam Griffiths 70m), 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Liam Holt (14 James Dance 81m), 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Ryan Edmunds, 8 Alex Curtis, 9 Dan Cope, 10 Ryan Wynter, 11 Simon Everall (12 Blake Thompson 81m).
Unused Subs: 16 Matt Wood, 17 Judd Ellis

Cautions: Foster (Tivi), Amos (Boro)
Referee: Grant Taylor
Att: 58

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Romulus 1
Evo-Stik League Division 1 (South) - Saturday 15th November 2014

A super strike from James Dance earned Rangers a point in a hard fought encounter at Marston Road.

Rangers had the better of the game without causing visiting keeper Stuart Parsons too many problems, although Roms did have the first opening when Courtney Baker-Richardson latched on to a poor throw from Sam Griffiths only to shoot tamely at Adam Whitehouse.

The game was meandering along incident free until referee Matthew Wilkes harshly cautioned Jazz Luckie for a challenge on Lee Smith.

The decision fired up Rangers and Levi Reid soon followed Luckie into the book.

Whitehouse saved from Ashley Jackson and Baker-Richardson put a free header just off target as Roms enjoyed their best period of play. With some personal battles heating up, Aaron Moses Garvey didn't help matters with a blatant dive which went unpunished.

With the first half in added time, referee Wilkes then awarded Romulus a soft penalty when Edwin Ahenkorah went down easily under a challenge from Matthew Wood and Moses Garvey gave the visitors the lead with a precision penalty.

It took Rangers less than three minutes of the second half to get back level as Dance outwitted Greg Downes and fired into the top corner of the net from just outside the D.

From then on, Rangers looked the most likely victors but the nearest they came to grabbing a second goal came when Liam Holt set himself up with a volley which Parsons did well to tip over.

Wood also had a shot blocked and Ryan Wynter, on for the injured Jazz Luckie, fired wide after a smart three man break but the Boro were forced to settle for the point as the game ended all square.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid (15 Ryan Edmunds 65m), 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Jazz Luckie (16 Ryan Wynter 71m), 10 Dominic Dell (12 Dan Cope 65m), 11 Liam Holt.
Unused Subs: 14 Sam Smith, 17 Alex Curtis

Romulus: 1 Stuart Parsons, 2 Matthias Curley, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Cameron Lee, 5 Liam Francis, 6 Lee Smith, 7 Ashley Jackson, 8 Greg Downes, 9 Courtney Baker-Richardson, 10 Aaron Moses-Garvey (12 Luke Keen 78m), 11 Edwin Ahenkorah (15 Scott Meer 78m).
Unused Sub: 14 Dean Karimupfumbi

Cautions: Reid, Luckie (Boro) Smith, Baker-Richardson (Romulus)
Referee: Matthew Wilkes
Att: 414

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Brigg Town 0
Evo-Stik League Division 1 (South) - Saturday 8th November 2014

Jazz Luckie scored on his debut as Rangers defeated Brigg Town to maintain contact with the pack at the top of the table.

It was a comfortable margin of victory but on the first half showing it could and should have been more but the visitors rallied as Rangers went off the boil before sub Dan Cope sealed the outcome.

Brigg were poor defensively and it took Luckie just 11 mins to open his Rangers account, Dominic Dell's centre rebounding off Luckie from Robert Sanderson's attempted clearance.

Luckie had the ball in the net again soon after only to be flagged offside while Nathan Smith was only just off target with a header from a James Dance corner.

It was no surprise when Rangers went 2-0 up on 31 mins as Sam Griffiths' centre found its way through to Dell who couldn't miss from a yard out.

Brigg finally began to get their act together and enjoyed their best period in the run up to half time but without threatening Adam Whitehouse.

Rangers should have gone three up a couple of minutes after the restart when Luckie was felled by Sanderson but Dance's penalty was a poor one and Jody Barford saved with ease.

Brigg's confidence grew with the let off. A long range effort from Joe Lumsden bounced back off the bar before Whitehouse palmed a Tim Taylor effort over after a smart move involving Matthew Kingston.

Griffiths fired a shot just wide for Stafford but it was still the visitors who looked the most dangerous but a couple of shots from Lumsden were well off the mark.

Rangers finally settled matters with 14 mins remaining when Ryan Wynter sent Cope away and his clinical finish beat Barford inside his far post.

Rangers could have extended their lead as Smith's header was blocked on the line while Cope failed to make the most of a two on one break.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid, 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Jazz Luckie (16 Ryan Wynter 71m), 10 Dominic Dell (12 Dan Cope 71m), 11 Liam Holt (15 Ryan Edmunds 78m).
Unused Subs: 14 Joe Ballinger, 17 Alex Curtis

Brigg Town: 1 Jody Barford, 2 Steve Wright, 3 Matthew Kingston (12 Charlie Hewson 89m), 4 Anthony Bowsley, 5 Robert Sanderson (14 Kieran Helsdown 70m), 6 Laurence McKay, 7 Josh Barr-Rostron, 8 Timothy Taylor, 9 Joe Lumsden, 10 Craig Palmer, 11 Elliot Broughton.
Unused Subs: 13 Robert Zand, 15 Comer Southern, 16 Philip Jackman

Cautions: Kingston, McKay, Taylor, Broughton (all Brigg)
Referee: George Warren
Att: 368

Report by Chris Elsley

Stratford Town 1 Stafford Rangers 0
FA Trophy 1ST Qualifying Round - Saturday 1st November 2014

Rangers are out of the FA Trophy and it was a former player who ended their dreams for another season.

Chris Sterling's goal on 61 mins proved sufficient in a closely fought contest that produced few clear cut chances at either end.

Rangers, who named the same starting line up that had defeated Kidsgrove in midweek, went close to taking a 2nd minute lead when Ryan Edmunds' free kick went just wide of the far post.

Richard Gregory wasted a good chance for the home side when he ballooned his shot over when well placed while Sterling didn't get enough inswing as he fired one across goal.

An error from Loyiso Recci let in Luke Bottomer for Stafford and he forced the first save of the afternoon as Andy Kemp pushed his shot for a corner.

Almost immediately, Adam Whitehouse was called into action with an acrobatic tip over to deny Sam Adkins.

Another Edmunds free kick went close, this time deflecting off the defensive wall and the cross bar but the two sides ended the half still in deadlock.

Both sides wasted good openings before Stratford struck what was to be the killer blow. Scott Hadland and Harvey Headley linked well to get behind the Rangers defence and Sterling was there to fire home from close range.

A sloppy back pass from an otherwise excellent Nathan Smith nearly gifted Stratford a second and Whitehouse was forced to scramble the ball away for a throw in.

Rangers pressed in the latter stages but seemed reluctant to shoot from distance. In added time, Sam Griffiths had a golden opportunity to snatch an equaliser but missed his kick in a crowded area and any lingering hopes were gone.

Stratford: 1 Andy Kemp, 2 Gary Moran, 3 Sam Adkins, 4 Guy Clark, 5 Loyiso Recci, 6 Scott Hadland, 7 Simeon Tulloch, 8 Joe Halsall (14 Harvey Headley 40m), 9 Richard Gregory (12 Aaron Stringfellow 77m), 10 Chris Sterling, 11 Alex Price.
Unused Subs: 15 Lee Glass, 16 Callum Burgess, 17 Ashley Wilkes

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Luke Bottomer (12 Levi Reid 70m), 9 Dan Cope, 10 Dominic Dell (17 Ryan Wynter 56m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (14 Alex Curtis 70m).
Unused Subs: 15 Joe Ballinger, 16 Blake Thompson

Cautions: Hadland, Tulloch, Headley (Stratford) Griffiths, Wood (Rangers)
Ref: Paul Evans
Att: 347

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 4 Kidsgrove Athletic 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Tuesday 28th October 2014

Rangers moved up to 5th in the table with a comfortable victory over basement side Kidsgrove Athletic.

The Boro always looked most likely victors despite the fact that the best chance of the opening quarter had fallen to the visitors when Ryan Grocott got behind the Rangers defence. The Kidsgrove midfielder was held up by Wayne Daniel, whose clearance only found John Edgerton but Adam Whitehouse saved.

Rangers began to increase the pressure on the Kidsgrove goal. Luke Bottomer and Daniel both had efforts cleared off the line but Dominic Dell finally found a way through on 38mins with a smart finish from Dan Cope’s centre.

Before the break, Cope and Bottomer both went close to adding to the score.

The second goal wasn’t long in coming and it was Cope who found the net on 50 mins when he converted James Dance’s right wing cross.

Moments later Cope fired just wide but Ryan Edmunds made it 3-0 on 54 mins with a direct free kick from the edge of the ‘D’.

Rangers kept pressing and only a good save from Joe Hemmings denied Dell.

Dell saved his best for last and volleyed home the fourth goal of the night on 75 mins from Edmunds’ centre before being replaced by Ryan Wynter.

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Matt Wood, 4 Nathan Smith, 5 Wayne Daniel (15 Joe Ballinger 80m), 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance (12 Levi Reid 80m), 8 Luke Bottomer, 9 Dan Cope, 10 Dominic Dell (17 Ryan Wynter 75m), 11 Ryan Edmunds. 
Unused Subs: 14 Alex Curtis, 16 Blake Thompson

Kidsgrove: 1 Joe Hemmings, 2 Callum Hood (14 Clifton Forbes 66m), 3 Ryan Connor, 4 Dave MacPherson, 5 Jacob Sturgess, 6 Lloyd Pownall, 7 John Edgerton, 8 Callum Woods, 9 Chris Smith, 10 Stuart McDonald, 11 Ryan Grocott (15 Patrick Ratcliffe 80m).
Unused Sub: 12 Ben Ambage

Cautions: MacPherson, Sturgess, Pownall, Woods (Kidsgrove)
Referee: Paul Hodbay
Att: 364

Report by Chris Elsley

Mickleover Sports 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 25th October 2014

Rangers were unable to bring Sports’ 100% record to an end as a goal in each half sealed their fate.

The Boro fielded Nathan Smith in the centre of defence, the youngster joining on loan from Port Vale, while there was a first start for Dominic Dell in attack.
It was Rangers who had the brighter start with Dell and James Dance threatening but the home side had the better chances with Adam Whitehouse saving from Andy Dales and Karl Ashton hitting the foot of the post from a tight angle.
The woodwork saved Rangers again when a deep curler from Dwayne Wiley came back off the intersection of bar and post.

The two sides largely cancelled each other out as half time approached but, out of the blue, referee Liam Jones saw some pushing in the Rangers area and Karl Demidh netted from the spot to give Mickleover a 43rd minute lead.

Rangers again looked threatening at the start of the second half with Christian Dacres flicking the ball just wide while Ryan Wynter wasted a great opportunity to put Rangers back level when he skied over after Chris Martin had dropped a high ball.

It wasn’t destined to be Rangers’ day as Alex Curtis went down under a challenge only to be booked for diving.
At the other end, Whitehouse saved well to deny Demidh a second but the home side extended their lead on 73 mins when Jacob Hazel curled a low shot from the edge of the area beyond the reach of the Rangers’ keeper.

Mickleover: 1 Chris Martin, 2 Kevin Grocott, 3 Chris Palmer, 4 Danny Holmes, 5 Dwayne Wiley, 6 Nico Degirolamo, 7 Andy Dales, 8 Callum Lloyd, 9 Karl Ashton (12 Jacob Hazel 66m), 10 Karl Demidh (15 Jordan Ball 81m), 11 Arcadi Esposito (16 Kyle Bryant 59m).
Unused Subs: 14 Romaine Graham, 17 Niall Dawkins

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Joe Ballinger (16 Matt Wood 59m), 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Nathan Smith, 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Ryan Wynter, 10 Luke Bottomer (15 Ryan Edmunds 70m), 11 Dominic Dell (12 Dan Cope 70m).
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, Blake Thompson

Cautions: Lloyd, Demidh, Hazel (Mickleover), Smith, Curtis (Rangers)
Referee: Liam Jones
Att: 268
Report by Chris Elsley

Rugby Town 0 Stafford Rangers 1
FA Trophy Preliminary Round - Saturday 18th October 2014

A goal from James Dance was enough to see Rangers through to the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.

Dance’s strike which came shortly after half time gave the game the spark it needed after a tight first half had ended goal-less.

Rugby had the better chances in the opening period and Adam Whitehouse was forced into a fine reaction save to keep out Justin Marsden’s volley on the 15 min mark.

The Rangers keeper was in action again with a near post save from Will Grocott but Rangers gradually established themselves and closed the half on top after the trio of Dance, Christian Dacres and Ryan Edmunds had all fired just wide.
Ranger broke the deadlock on 50 mins when Dance found some space 20 yards from goal and curled his shot into the top corner.

Rangers pressed for a second. Nick Bennion saved from Dance and Kyle Bishop cleared off the line from Joe Ballinger before Bennion made another save, this time to keep out Dan Cope.

Rugby stepped up their search for an equaliser and it needed some good defensive work from Ballinger to deny David Kolodynski.
Rugby’s leading scorer got behind the defence once more but Whitehouse made another excellent save while Wayne Daniel prevented Marsden from getting in a shot when the midfielder looked to be through on goal.

Sam Youngs nearly grabbed a dramatic equaliser with the last kick of the match but saw his drive cannon back off the post.

Rugby Town: 1 Nick Bennion, 2 Ben George, 3 Craig Kelly, 4 Mason Rowley, 5 Alex Gudger, 6 Will Grocott (14 Alex Austin 71m), 7 Justin Marsden, 8 Richard Blythe, 9 David Kolodynski, 10 Seb Lake-Gaskin (12 Sam Youngs 56m), 11 Kyle Bishop.
Unsued Sub: 15 Robbie Banks

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Mathew Wood, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Ryan Edmunds (12 Levi Reid 78m), 9 Dan Cope (14 Ryan Wynter 68m), 10 Luke Bottomer (15 Dominic Dell 85m), 11 Alex Curtis.
Unsued Subs: 16 Blake Thompson, 17 Nick Amos

Cautions: Bottomer, Wynter (SRFC)
Referee: Matt Law
Att: 263

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Rainworth Miners Welfare 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 11th October 2014

Three goals in 8 minutes saw Rangers finally get the better of Rainworth after a scrappy and frustrating first hour.

Rangers just about shaded the first half but on the whole it was poor standard from both sides.

There were few moments where either goal was under threat, Rangers' best chance fell to Ryan Wynter but he fired his drive straight at Liam Roberts in the Rainworth goal.

For the visitors, Tristram Whitman came closest just before the break when he did well to hold off Wayne Daniel but sent his shot wide of the far post.

There was some improvement from Rangers after the interval but it was Rainworth who were first to show and Adam Whitehouse was forced to dive at the feet of Alex Ford to cut out Theo Brown's centre.

Stan Mugisha looked set to put Rangers in front but failed to pull the trigger when well placed then Whitehouse was forced to make two saves in a couple of minutes to ensure the Boro stayed on level terms, firstly keeping out a Dean Freeman header with his feet and then blocking Whitman after the Rainworth forward had burst clear into the area.

The introduction of Rangers' three substitutes saw the balance of the game swing in their favour and they finally made the breakthrough on 73 mins. The Rainworth defence failed to deal with a high cross from Sam Griffiths and as the ball ran loose, Christian Dacres was there to snap up the chance.

Ford nearly found the path to an equaliser, only for Alex Curtis to clear the danger, but Rainworth were the masters of their own downfall on 79 mins when Liam Roberts' attempted clearance struck Dan Cope and with the Rainworth keeper stranded, Cope fired home Rangers' second of the afternoon.

Roberts barely had time to digest his error when he was at it again. Again Cope was the beneficiary as he rounded Roberts to fire in Rangers' third on 81 mins.
Roberts did make a fine save to deny Cope his hat trick but by then, the damage was done.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid (12 Liam Holt 60m), 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Ryan Wynter, 10 Stanley Mugisha (14 Dan Cope 69m), 11 Ryan Edmunds (16 Luke Bottomer 60m).
Unused Subs: 15 Blake Thompson, 17 Mark Branch

Rainworth Miners Welfare: 1 Liam Roberts, 2 Tommy Hannigan, 3 Jack Andrews (16 Jamie Brown 82m), 4 Dean Freeman, 5 Matt Millns, 6 Alton Rennalls, 7 Matty Jones (14 Alex Haughton 82m), 8 Craig Mitchell, 9 Tristram Whitman (12 Grant Ryan 69m), 10 Alex Ford, 11 Theo Brown.
Unused Subs: 15 Keiren Coupe, 18 Oliver Brock

Cautions: Reid (Rangers), Hannigan, Millns, Rennalls (Rainworth)
Referee: Eddie Smart
Att: 459

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Tividale 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Tuesday 7th October 2014

Rangers and Tividale played out a goal less draw at Marston Road in a match that could have seen all three points go to either side.

It was the third time that the two clubs had met following two FA Cup matches three weeks ago and after four and a half hours, the Boro were left still searching for their first goal.

Levi Reid came close to breaking the duck when he worked himself an early opening only to see his shot crash against the bar.
Tividale responded as Karl Edwards looked to be going clear on goal but Wayne Daniel produced a perfect tackle to deny the Tivi man and Ryan Winwood sent the loose ball wide of the target.

For a short while, the visitors looked on to and Adam Whitehouse saved well from Jazz Luckie before Winwood fired another shot wide.
Rangers turned things round and just about shaded the first half as Charlie Price was forced to save from Stanley Mugisha and Christian Dacres.

Tivi looked sharper after the break with Sam Williams forcing a save from Whitehouse while a header from Luke Paskin was cleared off the line.
Rangers' best chance of the half fell to Ryan Edmunds but he fired wide after being played in by Mugisha.
The visitors had a couple of chances to snatch it late on but Whitehouse saved well from Luckie and again from Nigel Penney as the two sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Alex Curtis, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid (16 Liam Holt 69m), 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Ryan Wynter, 10 Stanley Mugisha (14 Dan Cope 80m), 11 Ryan Udmunds.
Unused Subs: 12 Mark Branch, 15 Blake Thompson, 17 Luke Bottomer

Tividale: 1 Charlie Price, 2 Daniel Ashton, 3 Zach Foster, 4 David Bellis, 5 Mark Smith, 6 Luke Paskin, 7 Lewis Taylor Boyce, 8 Sam Williams (16 Christopher Field 62m), 9 Karl Edwards (12 Nigel Penney 71m), 10 Jazz Luckie, 11 Ryan Winwood (15 Mitchell Botfield 81m).
Unused Subs: 13 Jack Hayfield,14 Sam Rock

Cautions: Dance (Rangers), Ashton, Foster (Tividale)
Referee: Stuart Eagland
Att: 328

Report by Chris Elsley

Lincoln United 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 4th October 2014

A very disappointing performance from Rangers as they slipped to defeat at the Sun Hat Villas Stadium.

Rangers made two changes from the side that drew with Newcastle Town, Alex Curtis and Blake Thompson replacing PJ Smith and Ryan Wynter respectively.
Rangers had the first attempt on goal when Liam Holt failed to beat Robert Peet at his near post from a free-kick.  Rangers wasted a glorious chance in the 26th minute. A measured pass from Holt sent Dan Cope clear but his left footed shot was well saved by Peet. From the resulting James Dance corner, Wayne Daniel’s shot was saved and Christian Dacres put the rebound wide.

The better chances were falling to the visitors and Stan Mugisha should have done better but hit his shot straight at Peet. Kallum Smith created an opening for United but his shot went narrowly wide.
In injury time, Holt was tripped on the edge of the area but hit the free-kick against the wall while at the other end Andrew Hutchinson was just wide with a header.

The home side should have opened the scoring in the 50th minute. A free kick from Danny Brooks was parried by Adam Whitehouse but Scott Ruthven somehow hit the rebound over the bar.
The respite was to be short-lived for Rangers as Lincoln took the lead four minutes later. Jason Field reached the by-line and sent in a low cross across the 6-yard box. Rangers failed to deal with it and Hutchinson was on hand to tap the ball home at the far post. Only a fine challenge from Wayne Daniel prevented a second within a minute as Sam Duncum caused problems down the right.

A bit of quality from Rangers almost brought an equaliser, Holt heading Dance’s cross wide.
Lincoln doubled their lead in the 66th minute. Ruthven shrugged off a challenge from Joe Ballinger and his cross-shot from the right evaded Whitehouse and looped into the net. Cope was off target with another header before Daniel again rescued the Boro with an excellent challenge on Ruthven.
A through ball from Brooks saw Ruthven beat Whitehouse to the ball but Ballinger was on hand to clear. Ruthven was again on target but this time his shot was straight at Whitehouse. Rangers should have closed the gap with 8 minutes left. A deep cross from Ryan Edmunds fell to Curtis at the far post but with the goal at his mercy, the youngster missed the target.

Lincoln United: Robert Peet, Sean Wright, Jason Field (Ben Brown 82), Andrew Toyne, Michael Jacklin, Callum Ward, Sam Duncum, Danny Brooks, Andrew Hutchinson (Joshua Nichol 76), Scott Ruthven (Brendan McDaid 82), Kallum Smith.
Subs not used: David Frecklington. Sam Wilkinson

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Sam Griffiths, Alex Curtis, Joe Ballinger, Wayne Daniel, Christian Dacres, James Dance (Levi Reid 64), Blake Thompson (Ryan Wynter 73), Dan Cope, Liam Holt (Ryan Edmunds 64), Stan Mugisha.
Subs not used: Mark Branch, Joel Mills

Booked: Jacklin (Lincoln)
Referee: Andrew Dunne (Hull)
Attendance: 209

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Stafford Rangers 2 Newcastle Town 2
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Tuesday 30th September 2014

Rangers fought out their second draw in four days thanks to Liam Holt’s late equaliser.

Dan Cope returned to the starting line up in place of Joel Mills and Rangers made the better start with Christian Dacres and Holt both going close.
But it was the visitors who struck the first blow, taking the lead on 14 mins when Leon Ashman headed into the roof of the net from a Tim Sanders corner.
The first half was generally scrappy and goal chances were few.
Rangers’ best opening came in first half added time when Holt found Cope in the clear but his shot went wide of the far post.
After the break it was the visitors who looked the most threatening and, just past the hour, former Rangers forward Neville Thompson should have extended the lead when he ran on to a flick from Jordan Cole but Adam Whitehouse saved well with his legs.

Rangers levelled on 67 mins with a goal out of nothing. Stan Mugisha picked up the ball on the right hand side of the Newcastle area. He took a couple of touches to control then flicked the ball past Ryan Boot with the outside of his right foot.

With Rangers now in the driving seat, Mugisha missed a great chance to put his side in front when he headed against the post from close range.
But with ten minutes remaining, Newcastle restored their lead when Elliott Osborne stabbed the ball past Whitehouse from the edge of the area after Rangers had failed to clear.

A good challenge by Tim Sanders denied Cope a shot after he burst into the area but Rangers got their deserved point with 5 mins remaining when Holt’s downward header bounced up into the roof of the net.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Peter Smith (12 Alex Curtis 83m), 4 Joe Ballinger,  5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Liam Holt, 9 Ryan Wynter (14 Ryan Edmunds 55m), 10 Stanley Mugisha, 11 Dan Cope.
Unused Subs: 15 Joel Mills, 16 Luke Bottomer, 17 Blake Thompson

Newcastle Town: 1 Ryan Boot, 2 James Askey, 3 Matthew Lowe, 4 Leon Ashman, 5 Aaron Carter, 6 Thomas Urwin, 7 Thomas France, 8 Elliott Osborne, 9 Jordan Cole, 10 Tim Sanders, 11 Neville Thompson (14 Joshua Gordon 86m).
Unused Subs: 12 James McCarthy, 15 Jake Standbridge

Cautions: Smith (Rangers) Cole (Newcastle)
Referee: George Warren
Report by Chris Elsley

Loughborough Dynamo 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Division One (South) - Saturday 27th September 2014

Rangers came from two goals down to earn a draw at top of the table Loughborough.

Rangers should have been a goal up inside 2 mins when Stan Mugisha ran on to a through ball from Ryan Wynter but after getting past James Lindley he delayed his shot allowing Joe Pheasant to get across to block.

Loughborough took the lead after 12 mins through a Rob Norris penalty after Wayne Daniel had tripped Nat Watson.
It was from a Watson corner that Loughborough doubled their lead on 22 mins, Pheasant getting in first at the near post.
Rangers began to get into the game and PJ Smith sent a shot towards the top corner which Lindley parried away.

Christian Dacres pulled a goal back within a minute of the start of the second half, heading in a James Dance corner.
Rangers kept pushing and Alvin Jarvis had to clear off the line while Mugisha fired over.
The home side still posed a threat and it needed a couple of important interceptions from Daniel to keep Rangers in it.
But Rangers looked the most likely. Mugisha was denied by Lindley and Jarvis made an excellent tackle to deny Wynter who looked certain to score.
But Wynter was not to be denied and with 12 mins remaining, he managed to get to a corner from Smith to head home a deserved equaliser.

Loughborough sub Jack Green saw red for two cautions in a four minute spell and Rangers pressed for a late winner.
They nearly got it but Dan Cope was denied by Lindley while Liam Holt hit the side netting.

Loughborough: 1 James Lindley, 2 Joe Shaw (16 Jack Green 54m), 3 Ellis Storey, 4 Joe Pheasant, 5 Alvin Jarvis, 6 Mitch Williams, 7 Luke Smithson, 8 Steve Towers, 9 Brad Munn (12 Sam Wood 76m), 10 Nat Watson, 11 Rob Norris (14 Matt Langham 76m).
Unused Subs: 15 Mason Holwell, 17 Leandro Browne

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Joe Ballinger, 4 Joel Mills (15 Dan Cope 66m), 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Peter Smith, 9 Ryan Wynter (14 Ryan Edmunds 90+4m), 10 Stanley Mugisha (16 Luke Bottomer 83m), 11 Liam Holt.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Curtis, 17 Blake Thompson

Cautions: Williams (Loughborough), Dance (Rangers)
Sent Off: Green (Loughborough – 2 cautions)
Referee: Lisa Rashid
Att: 236
Report by Chris Elsley


Rangers bounced back from the midweek FA Cup defeat with a 4-0 thumping of Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Three clinical finishes, together with a James Dance penalty, saw off the Yorkshire club as Rangers moved in to third place in the table.

Neil Kitching gave debuts to four players and that may have had some bearing on the pattern of play as the opening half hour provided little threat to either goal.

The best chance fell to the visitors with a Nathan Joynes snapshot that Adam Whitehouse did well to push away.

It was out of nothing that Rangers opened the scoring on 28 mins. Stanley Mugisha  brought the game to life when he fired a bullet shot into the far top corner after dispossessing right back Martyn Scully.

Mugisha's hard work then saw him turn provider as Rangers went 2-0 up on 36 mins. The forward on loan from Rushall held off the challenge of Mark Wilson to get in a cross which fellow new boy Liam Holt brought down well before producing a sharp turn to shoot past a static Liam Flynn in the Steels goal.

Rangers were first to show after the break as Christian Dacres went close but Steels should have got themselves back in the game when Lee Garside somehow managed to miss from just a couple of yards out.

But it was Rangers who continued to look the most dangerous. Scully cleared one off the line and in the ensuing scramble an attempted clearance nearly rebounded into the net off James Dance.

The midfielder was involved in the build up as Rangers extended their lead on 76 mins. It was his ball through to Mugisha that resulted in a foul by Scully and Dance confidently converted the resultant penalty.

With another well struck shot, sub Dan Cope fired home Rangers' fourth on 82 mins following a poor clearance from Ben Turner.

Steels' sub Korey Dyer-Stewart was twice denied a consolation in the closing stages firstly through  a well timed challenge from Joe Ballinger then a good save from Whitehouse to maintain the clean sheet.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Joe Ballinger, 4 Wayne Daniel, 5 Joel Mills, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 James Dance, 8 Peter Smith (12 Alex Curtis 67m), 9 Ryan Wynter, 10 Stanley Mugisha (16 Dan Cope 78m), 11 Liam Holt (15 Levi Reid 86m).
Unused Subs: 14 Ryan Edmunds, 17 Luke Bottomer.

Stocksbridge: 1 Liam Flynn, 2 Martyn Scully, 3 Liam Schofield, 4 Mark Wilson (14 Jacob Lever 64m), 5 Ryan Laight, 6 Ben Turner, 7 Harrison Biggins, 8 Cecil Nyoni, 9 Lee Garside, 10 Nathan Joynes (12 Korey Dyer-Stewart 66m), 11 Scott Turner (16 Chris White 76m).
Unused Sub: 15 Tom Cadzow

Cautions: Scully (SPS)
Referee: Mark Pearson
Att: 367

Report by Chris Elsley

Tividale 4 Stafford Rangers 0
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Tuesday 16th September 2014

Rangers crashed out of the FA Cup as they were well beaten by Black Country outfit Tividale.

Karl Edwards gave Tividale the lead on 19 mins when he headed home Mitchell Botfield’s corner but the goal failed to inspire either side to raise their game.

Rangers had a chance to level just after the half hour when James Dance threaded the ball through to Dan Cope but the striker who netted a hat trick against Walsall Wood in the previous round fluffed his shot and the ball ran through to Charlie Price.

Rangers looked brighter at the start of the second half but it was the home side who were first to threaten and Adam Whitehouse did well to force Jazz Luckie wide when the Tivi front man looked well placed.

The course of the game was decided by two moments in a five minute spell just before the hour mark.

A ball from Alex Curtis allowed Cope to get behind the Tividale defence only for Price to save well to his right. Then, on 59 mins, Lewis Taylor-Boyce played the ball in for Edwards to steer his shot past Whitehouse.

Any remaining hopes Rangers had were firmly extinguished four minutes later when an error from Ollie Davies presented Edwards with a simple tap in to complete his hat trick.

Wayne Daniel denied sub Michael Wardle but Tividale grabbed their fourth a minute from time when Daniel Ashton slammed home the rebound after Whitehouse had saved from Taylor-Boyce.

Tividale: 1 Charlie Price, 2 Andrew Parsons, 3 Zack Foster (15 Daniel Ashton 86m), 4 Chris Field, 5 Mark Smith, 6 Luke Paskin, 7 Lewis Taylor-Boyce, 8 David Bellis, 9 Karl Edwards (12 Nigel Penney 81m), 10 Jazz Luckie, 11 Mitchell Botfield (14 Michael Wardle 71m).
Unused Subs: 16 Leigh Downing, 17 Richard Huckfield, 18 Sam Williams, GK Jack Hayfield.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Michael Williams, 3 Ollie Davies, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Alex Curtis, 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres (15 Tom Vaughan 90+1m), 9 Ryan Wynter, 10 Dan Cope (14 Jack Edwards 70m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unused Subs: 12 Mark Branch, 16 Levi Reid, 17 Louis Downs, 18 Joel Mills

Cautions: Luckie, Botfield (Tividale), Williams, Dacres (Rangers)
Referee: Simon Gudger
Att: 227

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Tividale 0
FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying - Saturday 13th September 2014
The two sides must meet again after a non-event of an FA Cup tie.

Rangers made one change from the side that hammered Kidsgrove in midweek with Michael Williams replacing the injured Sam Griffiths. Rangers went close in the 10th minute when Christian Dacres nodded the ball into the path of Dan Cope but the striker’s lob cleared the crossbar. Rangers had started the brighter of the two sides and from a Ryan Edmunds corner, Ryan Wynter’s header found Cope at the far post but his shot was comfortably saved by Charlie Price.

The longer the game went on, the more comfortable the visitor’s became with the defensive pairing of Mark Smith and Luke Paskin winning everything in the air. Neither keeper was tested until Dacres hit a 35 yard volley which was comfortably held by Price

The start of the second half was delayed by 30 minutes due to an incident that occurred in the dressing rooms during the first half. When the half did eventually start, it was the visitors that looked more likely with Lewis Taylor-Boyce wide with an early attempt. Creativity from both sides was lacking and it was a mistake from Rangers which almost gifted the lead to Tividale. A poor back pass from Oliver Davies was too short for Adam Whitehouse and the Rangers’ keeper’s clearance cannoned off Taylor-Boyce but bounced safe.

A rash challenge from Cope sparked a melee on the edge of the Tividale area and when James Dance raised his hands to push Mark Smith, the referee had no hesitation in showing the Rangers midfielder a red card. The Yellows should have clinched the tie with 5 minutes left on the clock. Zack Foster’s corner was met by Luke Paskin who had a free header but couldn’t find the target.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Michael Williams (Blake Thompson 69), Oliver Davies, Joe Ballinger, Wayne Daniel, Levi Reid (Tom Vaughan 69), James Dance, Christian Dacres, Ryan Wynter (Jack Edwards 81), Dan Cope, Ryan Edmunds.
Subs not used: Mark Branch, Louis Downs, Joel Mills

Tividale: Charlie Price, Andrew Parsons, Zack Foster, Chris Field, Mark Smith, Luke Paskin, Lewis Taylor-Boyce, David Bellis, Nigel Penney (Michael Wardle 81), Jazz Luckie (Karl Edwards 90), Leigh Downing (Mitchell Botfield 72).
Subs not used: Daniel Ashton, Tom Turner, Richard Huckfield.

Booked: Ballinger, Reid, Dacres, Cope (Stafford); Price, Parsons, Penney (Tividale)
Sent Off: Dance (Stafford)
Referee: Darren Rogers (Warrington)
Attendance: 437

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Kidsgrove Athletic 0 Stafford Rangers 6
Evo-Stik League 1st Division (South) - Tuesday 9th September 2014

Buoyant Rangers bounced back from Saturday’s defeat with a six goal thumping of manager-less Kidsgrove.

There were three changes to the Rangers starting line up with returns for Levi Reid, Ollie Davies and Dan Cope.

The first half hour provided little entertainment. Kidsgrove, who parted company with manager Neil Gill after Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Spalding, defended in numbers whenever Rangers had the ball. The Boro didn’t help themselves with some wayward passes although Christian Dacres and Ryan Wynter were stand out players.

However, you sensed that Kidsgrove’s defensive wall would collapse once breached and that proved to be the case.

There was a stroke of luck which led to Rangers finally making the breakthrough on 39 mins. A poor corner from Ryan Edmunds was cleared with equal quality and, given a second chance, this time Edmunds sent in a deep cross for Dacres to head home.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0. Levi Reid looked to have scuffed a free kick to the near post but Dan Cope read it well and nipped in to divert the ball past Joe Hemmings.

Kidsgrove almost pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half when Chris Smith hit the post from 18 yards. Adam Whitehouse caught the resulting corner and launched a long ball downfield where Cope gathered and slotted past Hemmings to make it 3-0.

Cope completed his hat trick on 62 mins with a similar move. This time it was Reid’s long ball that started the move. Cope outpaced Jacob Sturgess and managed to squeeze the ball home from the tightest of angles.

The goals kept coming and Kidsgrove contributed to their own downfall on 68 mins when Hemmings’ attempted clearance rebounded of Sturgess and rolled 20 yards into the unguarded net.

Edmunds made it 6-0 on 71 mins, netting at the second attempt after brushing past Kidsgrove sub Pat Ratcliffe with embarrassing ease.

Callum Hood’s long range effort dipped just over the Stafford bar as the home side enjoyed their best period of the game but it was still Rangers who looked most likely scorers.

Last season, Stafford’s Chris Smith managed a goal from 45 yards out at Grantham. On Tuesday he looked certain to score from about 4 feet out but somehow failed to get the shot in as Hemmings pounced on the ball.

The Kidsgrove keeper had little chance with any of the goals, was probably the home side’s man of the match and late on he made a decent save to deny Jack Edwards.

Kidsgrove Athletic: 1 Joe Hemmins, 2 Callum Hood, 3 Delroy Fox, 4 Tom Hackett (16 Sean Turner 53m), 5 Nick Woods, 6 Jacob Sturgess, 7 Rob Nicklin, 8 Scott Edwards (15 Pat Ratcliffe 64m), 9 Chris Smith, 10 Joe Woolley, 11 Aiden Matranga (12 Jack Woolley 57m).
Unused Sub: 14 Dwayne Spence

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths (16 Blake Thompson 46m), 3 Ollie Davies, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Levi Reid (14 Chris Smith 70m), 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Ryan Wynter, 10 Dan Cope (12 Jack Edwards 78m), 11 Ryan Edmunds.
Unsued Subs: 15 Mark Branch, 17 Louis Downs

Cautions: None
Referee: Shaun Mohan
Att: 245

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Coalville Town 2
Evo-Stik League 1st Division (South) - Saturday 6th September 2014

Coalville beat Rangers in a game where the ability to take their chances told.

After a tight opening, Curtis fired wide for Rangers on six minutes from 12 yards. Then a minute later Coalville had their first chance as Ben Saunders headed over from a free kick for Coalville while a couple of minutes later Alex Dean also had a shot saved by Whitehouse.
A period of stalemate followed before Coalville had another effort and Davies had a long range shot gathered, while Dean was then booked for a heavy challenge on Dance.
Rangers came more into the game and just past the half hour mark, Edmunds broke from half way and got into the box to supply Curtis who spurned another chance.

Just before half time Coalville took the lead as Jake Wooley was credited with the opening goal as a corner dropped to him and he found the net from close range via a couple of ricochets.

Rangers started the second half with only ten men on the pitch as Winter was still receiving stitches for a head wound received from a clash near the end of the first half. Rangers applied more pressure and a threatening cross was narrowly missed by Dance.
Another Curtis cross was then cleared over his own bar by McAteer and from the cleared corner more Rangers pressure followed, and penalty appeals were waved away as Curtis was blocked on a run into the box.

Coalville responded and Dean split the defence for Davies to beat the off side but he put his shot the wrong side of the post. Soon after, Coalville broke again and Farmer fired over.
On 68 minutes the ball somehow was deflected into the path of Ben Saunders and on the edge of the Rangers box he quickly dispatched the ball over Whitehouse's head into the roof of the Boro net.
Saunders then had a further headed effort saved. Rangers did not give up chasing the game and late on Cope flicked a header wide, then following a corner, both Cope and Edmunds had efforts blocked.

Rangers: Whitehouse, Griffith's, Branch, Ballinger, Daniel, Smith, Edmunds, Dacres, Winter, Dance, Curtis.
Subs: Williams, Edwards, Davies, Reid, Cope.
Coalville: Bowles, Farmer, Way, S.Saunders, McAteer, Dean, Miveld, Edwards, Woolley, B.Saunders, Davies.
Sub's: Brown, Orton, Moore, Cotton.

MOM: Ryan Edmunds
Att: 684

Report by Al Gee

Market Drayton Town 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League 1st Division South - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sub, Jack Edwards headed a late winner as Rangers came from behind to overcome a hard working Market Drayton side.

The first half was a keenly contested affair with the best chances falling to the home side, although it was Rangers who were first to show when an Alex Curtis header landed on the roof of the Drayton net.

The home side nearly opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when a 35 yard volley from Ian Edmunds had Adam Whitehouse back pedalling to tip the ball over for a corner.

A poor clearance from Whitehouse gave Drayton their next opening but Dave Harry dragged his shot across the face of goal.

Whitehouse dived low to his left to push a well struck drive from Will Whieldon onto the post and then the Rangers keeper saved well at close range from Jordan Peach’s header.

Having weathered the storm, Rangers created a couple of half chances themselves but never really tested Danny Read in the Drayton goal.

Kicking down the slope in the second half, Rangers took the game to Drayton. James Dance wasted a great opportunity when he went solo with Curtis unmarked to his left while Curtis himself was denied by a last ditch challenge from Elliott Ledwards.

On the hour, Christian Dacres thumped his header against the underside of the bar before seeing a desperate Read punch the ball clear.

But it was Drayton who finally broke the deadlock on 73 mins when Peach slammed home his penalty after Wayne Daniel had been unlucky to handle a Robbie Millington drive.

But Rangers were back level five minutes later with a goal that will haunt Drayton’s James Askey. Under pressure from Curtis, the Drayton skipper’s attempted back pass was intercepted by Ryan Wynter and the ever improving Rangers forward slotted past Read.

In the closing minutes, Rangers piled on the pressure and were rewarded three minutes from time when Edwards rose to head a right wing cross from Ryan Edmunds into the top corner, giving former Boro stopper Read no chance.

In added time another former Boro man, Alex Hedley, saw red for his crude challenge on Edmunds.

Market Drayton Town: 1 Danny read, 2 Jake Bennett, 3 Iain Edmunds, 4 Elliott Ledwards, 5 James Askey, 6 Alex Hedley, 7 Lyndon Campbell (16 Joe Donaldson 80m), 8 Will Whieldon, 9 Dave Harry, 10 Jordan Peach, 11 Robbie Millington (15 Ashley Phillips 85m).
Unused Subs: 12 James O’Neil, 14 Bobby Spooner, 17 Jack Watson

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Chris Smith, 7 James Dance (14 Ryan Edmunds 62m), 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Ryan Wynter (17 Louis Downes 90+1m), 10 Dan Cope (15 Jack Edwards 81m), 11 Alex Curtis.
Unused Subs: 12 Michael Williams, 16 Joel Mills

Cautioned: Edmunds, Askey, Harry (Market Drayton) Wynter, Edmunds (Rangers)
Sent Off: Hedley (Market Drayton)
Referee: Richard Gould
Attendance: 256

Report by Chris Elsley

Walsall Wood 0 Stafford Rangers 3
FA Cup Preliminary Round - Saturday 30th August 2014

Rangers progressed to the next round of the FA Cup courtesy of a Dan Cope hat-trick.

Rangers made one change from the side beaten at Leek Town with Chris Smith replacing Michael Williams. The Wood, who ply their trade one league below Rangers, were expected to provide tough opposition but it was the Boro who struck the first blow in the 12th minute. Good approach from Rangers gave Alex Curtis the chance o lob Keeper Mariusz Kisiel, and Dan Cope was on hand to supply the finish from inside the 6-yard box. 
Curtis again created an opening for Cope in the 19th minute but Kisiel raced off his line to gather. Ranges doubled their lead in the 30th minute. James Dance did well to shake off Shawn Boothe and a wicked right wing cross was headed home emphatically by Cope. The home side continued to probe without any penetration.

Rangers had an early reminder that the game was far from over when Dan Holgate curled a left-footed shot against the bar. Dance missed a good chance for Rangers, blasting over after Kisiel had made a fine save with his feet. A strong challenge from Booth foiled Ryan Wynter before Rangers grabbed their third on the hour mark. An excellent run by Cope, who got the wrong side of the defence, and a clinical finish past Kisiel. Rangers were now in complete control and Wynter was off target with an effort from the D. A cross from Williams was flicked goalwards by Christian Dacres but Kisiel reacted well to save from Curtis.

In the 71st minute, a cross from Dance was poorly cleared by Kisiel but Curtis’ right footed volley hit the outside of the post. Two minutes later, Curtis was pulled back in the area by Luke Adams and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and showing Adams a red card. Dance took the penalty and Kisiel made a remarkable save to keep it to three. Wynter then headed over a gilt edged chance from a Curtis cross. In stoppage time, Joey Butlin hit the post For Walsall Wood for what would have been a deserved consolation

Walsall Wood: Mariusz Kisiel, Luke Adams, Craig Deakin, Shawn Boothe, Lee Stretton, Anthony Juxon (Max Black 35), Tom Evans (Danny McGhee 70), Danny Forrest, Joey Butlin, Drew Aiton, Daniel Holgate.
Subs not used: Jamel Fuller, Dale Faultless, Ryan Wood, Jamie Hankin.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Sam Griffiths, Mark Branch, Joe Ballinger, Wayne Daniel, Chris Smith, James Dance (Louis Downs 81), Christian Dacres, Ryan Wynter (Jordan Nadat 78), Dan Cope (Michael Williams 69), Alex Curtis.
Subs not used: Jack Edwards, Joel Mills

Booked: None
Sent Off: Adams (Walsall Wood 73)
Referee: Ian Hurdle
Attendance: 277

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Leek Town 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier 1st Division (South) - Monday 25th August 2014

This Bank Holiday fixture brought together two sides who held a 100% record after three games but it was Leek who preserved their perfect start with two first half goals.

The home side controlled much of what is believed to be the first ever league meeting between the two Staffordshire clubs but it was Rangers who had the first decent opportunity when Christian Dacres planted his header wide of the target after just 3 mins.

Adam Whitehouse had a scare when he failed to gather cleanly as Matt Bell shot from distance but Tim Grice was flagged offside as he challenged for the loose ball.

There were no less than five former Rangers players in the Leek starting line up with another named on the substitutes bench. It was one of those five, Karl Espley who prevented Dan Cope from getting on the end of a long throw from Sam Griffiths as Rangers threatened once more.

But it was Leek who made the breakthrough on 25 mins when a well rehearsed corner from Bell was played out to Dan Shelley some 25 yards out from goal. His drive deflected past Whitehouse off the boot of Niall Maguire.

There was little goal mouth action for the remainder of the half but with two minutes of added time played, Sam Hall doubled Leek's lead when he headed Bell's free kick beyond the reach of Whitehouse.

Leek continued to create the better chances after the interval with Shelley and Maguire both guilty of missing the target when well placed while Liam Shotton reminded Rangers fans of his time with the Boro a coulpe of years ago when his shot ended up out of the ground.

Shotton missed another glorious chance when he fired against the post from two yards out. Joe Ballinger was on hand to head Hall's follow up off the line.

Rangers sub Jordan Nadat forced a near post save from Ben Chapman but it was Leek who looked the most likely to add to the scoring as Whitehouse tipped over a drive from Bell and Shotton hit the woodwork once more but Leek settled for their two first half strikes to take the points.

Leek: 1 Ben Chapman, 2 Dan Smith, 3 Ashley Jackson, 4 Sam Hall, 5 Karl Espley, 6 Darren Chadwick, 7 Niall Maguire, 8 Dan Shelley, 9 Tim Grice (12 Jordan Johnson 77m), 10 Liam Shotton, 11 Matt Bell (14 Anthony Danylyk 80m). Unused Subs 15 Paul Donnelly, 16 Andrew Kinsey, 17 Bradley Moorhead

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Michael Williams (12 Chris Smith 72m), 7 James Dance, 8 Christian Dacres, 9 Ryan Wynter (15 Jack Edwards 67m), 10 Dan Cope, 11 Alex Curtis (14 Jordan Nadat 53m). Unused Subs 16 Joel Mills, 17 Louis Downes

Cautioned: Smith, Maguire, Grice (Leek) Daniel, Dacres (Rangers)
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Att: 472

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Mickleover Sports 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier 1st Division (South) - Saturday 23rd August 2014

Mickleover started brightly winning a succession of corners, so when Rangers took the lead on 8 minutes it was somewhat against the run of play. Mickleover keeper, Chris Martin failed to hold a cross and Ryan Wynter was able to prod the ball home from the resulting skirmish.

The game changed around the hour mark. A Mickleover equaliser was looking on the cards and in the 61st minute former Rangers player Liam Walshe headed home from a Dales corner on the right. However 2 minutes later Christian Dacres and Liam Walshe contested a corner which despite Liam Walshe claiming to be fouled, Christian Dacres headed goal counted.

Mickleover continued to press for an equaliser and looked the more positive side, and former Rangers striker Karl Ashton, hit the post following a quick turn and shot. On 90 minutes their substitute Simeone Oshoboke missed what appeared to be a simple chance, when unmarked he shot wayward from about 15 yards with just Adam Whitehouse to beat.

Rangers turned the screw, when in time added, Ryan Wynter chased a long clearance putting Nico Degirolamo under pressure, who intending to make a back pass only succeeded in lobbing his own goal keeper for the Rangers 3rd goal.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Sam Griffiths, Mark Branch, Joe Ballinger, Waye Daniel, Chris Smith (Christian Dacres 52), James Dance, Ryan Edmunds (Michael Williams 71), Ryan Wynter, Dan Cope (c) (Jordan Nadat 79), Alex Curtis.
Subs not used: Joel Mills, Jack Edwards.

Mickleover Sports: Chris Martin, Kyle Bryant (Simeon Oshoboke 74), Kevein Growcott, Liam Walshe (c), Dwayne Wiley (Ashley Grayson 81), Nico Degirolamo, Andy Dales, Callum Lloyd, Karl Ashton, Karl Demidh, Arcadi Espositio (Ashley Griffiths Junior 46)
Subs not used: Romaine Graham, Jon Lavatt.

Cautions: Dance (SRFC), Bryant, Lloyd, Walshe (Mickleover)
Referee: George Warren
Attendance: 426

Report by Phil Bennett

Stafford Rangers 1 Norton United 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier 1st Division (South) - Tuesday 19th August 2014

Neil Kitching's side made it two wins out of two on a night when Stafford Rangers paid their respects to former Chairman and Secretary Mike Hughes with a heartfelt minute's applause prior to kick off.

It was the visitors, managed by former Rangers midfielder Scott Dundas, who were first to show with a scuffed shot from Michael Lennon and another effort from Niall Green taking a deflection off Joe Ballinger inside the opening three minutes.

Rangers gradually got a foothold on the game and saw Ryan Wynter fire wide with a shot on the turn from 18 yards out.

Wynter then turned provider as his left wing cross was laid off to James Dance but the midfielder failed to get a clean connection with the shot and the opportunity went by.

Half time came with the two sides still on level terms but there were chances at both ends just before the break. After Dan Cope blazed his shot high over the Norton bar, Rangers keeper Adam Whitehouse showed good reflexes to push over a rising shot from Lee Cropper.

Rangers received a set back early in the second half when midfielder Levi Reid limped off with a hamstring strain but it was his replacement, Ryan Edmunds, who was to grab the only goal of the game on 58 mins when he climbed to head an Alex Curtis free kick beyond the reach of Ryan Boot.

Cope forced a save from Boot with a low shot from 20 yards out while Norton's Richard Smith wasted a great chance for the visitors when he sent his free kick high over the Stafford bar.

Wynter missed a couple of chances to add to the score while Edmunds was denied a second when Boot parried his shot.

Norton gave the Rangers fans a nervy ending to the night as they pressed for an equaliser but Whitehouse rarely looked threatened.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Mark Branch, 4 Joe Ballinger, 5 Wayne Daniel, 6 Chris Smith, 7 James Dance, 8 Levi Reid (16 Ryan Edmunds 49m), 9 Ryan Wynter (15 Tom Vaughan 90+1m), 10 Dan Cope (18 Jordan Nadat 77m), 11 Alex Curtis.
Unused Subs: 12 Michael Williams, 14 Ollie Davies.

Norton United: 1 Ryan Boot, 2 Sam Bradbury, 3 Paul Taylor, 4 Richard Smith, 5 Adam Dawson (12 Chris Baker 88m), 6 Glyn Blackhurst, 7 Tom Winkle, 8 Mark McDonald (16 Daniel Cocks 81m), 9 Lee Cropper, 10 Michael Lennon (14 Leigh Skellern 72m), 11 Niall Green.
Unused Subs: 15 Kyle Diskin, 17 Robert Hawthorn

Cautions: Daniel (Rangers) Dawson (Norton)
Referee: Craig Taylor
Attendance: 483

Report by Chris Elsley

Carlton Town 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Evo-Stik Northern Premier 1st Division (South) - 16th August 2014

Rangers started the season with an emphatic victory at Carlton Town.

A young Rangers side took the game to their hosts with Alex Curtis seeing a shot saved inside two minutes. Curtis turned provider a minute later, an inch-perfect cross being headed home by Levi Reid in the 6-yard box. Rangers continued on the front foot with Reid again testing Millers keeper, Liam Mitchell.
Dan Cope missed a glorious chance in the 9th minute, putting a header wide from an excellent Reid cross. Joe Ballinger was next to miss the target with a header from a James Dance corner. Cope again went close when his shot was deflected for a corner.
It took Carlton 19 minutes to make any impression and when they did Kallum Keane should have done better from a Benn Minshull corner. The impressive Ryan Wynter failed to hit the target with a header before the home side equalised against the run of pay. Minshull’s free-kick was flicked on by Alex Troke, and Junior Ogede-Uzokwe headed home at the far post.
Mitchell made a final double save for Carlton denying Curtis and Chris Smith. Wynter hit a fine 30 yard effort just over the bar before Rangers had the ball in the net from an unlikely source. Goalkeeper Adam Whitehouse hit a free-kick which squirmed through the hands of Mitchell into the net only to have the goal unluckily chalked off for a supposed foul by Wynter. Kameron Campbell then headed past his own post while at the other end Whitehouse saved well from Aaron Hooton.
In first half stoppage time, a through ball by Curtis was taken in his stride by Cope and slotted past the advancing Mitchell to give Rangers a deserved lead.

Rangers continued to control the game after the break with Wynter creating an early opportunity for Cope who volleyed wide. Cope and Curtis combined for the left winger to force a sharp save from Mitchell. Rangers sealed all three points in the 72nd minute. Wynter was fouled outside the area. Reid hammered the free-kick inside Mitchell’s near post leaving the keeper grasping at thin air. As hard as the home side tried, Whitehouse wasn’t tested as Rangers ran out comfortable winners.

Carlton Town: Liam Mitchell, Robert Nnaji, Tyler Guy (Kameron Campbell 29), Alex Troke, Lee Torr, Kallum Keane, Benn Minshull (John Lufudu 72), Maksym Kowal, Junior Ogede-Uzokwe (Ben Flynn 80), Aaron Hooton, Joseph Brothwell.
Subs not used: Daniel King-Bisungu, Luke Cook.

Stafford Rangers: Adam Whitehouse, Sam Griffiths, Oliver Davies, Wayne Daniel, Joe Ballinger, Chris Smith (Tom Vaughan 84), James Dance, Levi Reid, Ryan Wynter, Dan Cope (Jordan Nadat 75), Alex Curtis.
Subs not used: Michael Williams, Mark Branch, Ryan Edmonds

Booked: Minshull, Brothwell (Carlton), Griffiths, Smith (Rangers)
Referee: Oliver Bickle
Attendance: 165

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Rushall Olympic 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Pre Season Friendly Saturday 9th August 2014

Craig Marshall popped up to give Rushall a win in their final pre-season friendly before the real action gets underway.

Marshall was on the spot right at the end of normal time to apply a neat finish to a low Luke Keen cross after Josh Craddock had done well to win the ball.

Stafford, who the Pics played in the league last season, had the better of the first half, former Rushall player James Dance just putting a shot wide after nipping in on 16 minutes when the Rushall defence failed to clear the ball.

Immediately after though, Graham Deakin brought the ball down well and volleyed over the bar.

It was Stafford who deservedly took the lead though on 33 minutes when a mix up between Chris Gemmell and his defence meant the keeper failed to clear his lines and Ryan Wynter shot into an empty net from 25 yards out.

Rushall came into the game after the break and on 50 minutes Zak Martin found some space and tried a measured drive which hit the post.

Seven minutes later Alex Curtis brought out a good save with a close header from Gemmell.

Then on 64 minutes, half time substitute Marshall was just wide of post with a shot.

Jack Duggan headed a Ryan Winwood corner just wide and Marshall headed an Aaron Farrell cross onto the top of the cross bar as the Pics continued to press.

Craddock headed another Winwood corner into the net on 80 minutes and turned provider for Marshall right on time to give Rushall a boost before the league opener at Frickley.

Gemmell; Christophorou; Martin; Tolley; Caines (c); Westwood; Farrell; Deakin; Craddock; Heath; Danks.
Subs: Duggan (for Westwood 45); Smith (for Tolley 31); Winwood (for Deakin 45); Marshall (for Danks 45); Keen (for Farrell 71); Craner; James

Wright; Grriffiths; Davies; Ballinger; Daniel; Smith; Dance; Reid; Wynter; Cope; Curtis.
Subs: Branch (for Davies 59); Downes; Spittle (for Wynter 87); Mills; Edmunds (for Smith 51); Edwards (for Cope 72); Palmer; Berekeley

Report courtesy of Rushall Olympic

Stafford Rangers 1 Chester 3
Pre Season Friendly Saturday 2nd August 2014

Rangers enjoyed another good work out against Steve Burr’s  Chester with the visitors eventually winning by three goals to one.

Rangers more than held their own in the first half against what is likely to be the conference Premier outfits’ starting line up and even went ahead inside 8 minutes when a long ball from Ollie Davies picked out Dan Cope and he clipped the ball neatly over Jon Worsnop in the Chester goal.

Chester levelled on 27 mins when John Rooney’s high ball into the area saw Kieran Charnock fairly hold off Wayne Daniel and Craig Hobson snapped up the chance.

A few minutes later, Daniel kept the scores level as he blocked a shot from Kingsley James while Charnock should have made it two when he sent a free header over the Stafford bar.

Although he looked to have fouled Daniel in the build up, James fired Chester in front on 52 mins with a powerful drive that gave Callum Preston little chance.

Multiple substitutions saw the game lose momentum but there were still some promising chances for Rangers as James Dance forced a save from Jon Danby while Jack Edwards sliced his shot wide.

But it was Chester who finished the scoring five minutes from time when Peter Winn cut in from the left and squeezed home a 20 yarder beyond the reach of Stafford’s sub keeper Wes Hopwood.

Callum Preston (Wes Hopwood 80m), Michael Williams (Matt Berkeley 78m),  Mark Branch, Ollie Davies (Joel Mills 74m), Wayne Daniel, Levi Reid (Steve Palmer 62m), Chris Smith (Ryan Edmunds 46m), James Dance (Dean Bromley 78m), Ryan Wynter (Matt Berkeley 74m), Dan Cope (Richard Greaves 62m), Alex Curtis (Jack Edwards 57m)

Jon Worsnop (Jon Danby 57m), John Disney, Gareth Roberts, Matty Brown (Danny Taylor 46m), Kieran Charnock, Craig Mahon (Wayne Riley 46m), Kingsley James (Liam Blake 64m), Craig Hobson (Sean McConville 46m), John Rooney (Tom Pears 78m), Jamie Menagh (Peter Winn 46m), Danny Harrison (Bradley Tomlinson 78m)

Referee: Craig Taylor
Att: 297

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 AFC Telford United 2
Pre-Season Friendly Thursday 31st July 2014

Rangers suffered the first defeat of their pre season schedule but it was still another good work out for the Boro.

Telford took an early lead through Mike Phenix who poked home the rebound after Deale Chamberlain had saved well from his first effort.

Rangers went close to an equaliser through Ollie Davies but his header went across the face of the Telford goal before being scrambled away for a corner.

Telford were just that bit stronger and quicker in most departments and it was they who created the better chances as Andy Owens and Sean Cooke both missed the target when well placed while a volley from Phenix bounced back off Chamberlain’s legs.

Ryan Wynter looked increasingly confident and forced a good save from Andy Pryce with a 20 yard drive before heading an Alex Curtis corner straight at the Telford keeper.

The second half produced little of note until a dreadful error from Owens on 64 mins allowed Wynter to play in Dan Cope and last season’s top scorer made no mistake.

But Telford restored their lead just two minutes later when the ball looped up from a defensive header and sub Tony Gray finished smartly from 15 yards.

Rangers came close to another equaliser when Wynter and Curtis combined well but Cope’s shot went a foot wide.

Gray could have helped himself to a hat trick but headed over from a couple of yards out then blasted another shot out of the ground.

At the other end, Jordan Fincher picked out Davies with a free kick but the young defender headed over.

Gray missed another chance for Telford in the final minutes when he was denied by Chamberlain.

Deale Chamberlain, Michael Williams, Mark Branch, Oliver Davies, Joel Mills (Jordan Fincher 52m), Tom Vaughan (Ryan Wynter 35m), James Dance, Steve Palmer (Dean Bromley 71m), Dan Cope (Jack Edwards 71m), Ryan Edmonds (Louis Downes 52m), Alex Curtis (Matt Berkeley 83m).

Andy Pryce (Jonathan Hedge 46m), Wes Baynes, Sean Clancy, Mike Grogan, Andy Owens, Godffrey Poku (Kristian Platt 62m), Mike Phenix (Adam Farrell 46m), Jordan Deacey, Sam Smith (Tony Gray 46m), Sean Cooke, Josh Hancock (Chris Leaver 84m).

Referee: Matt Jones
Att: 259

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Nantwich Town 2
Pre-Season Friendly Saturday 26th July 2014

Rangers continued their unbeaten pre-season with an excellent win against Evostik Premier Nantwich at a sun baked Marston Road.

James Dance should have won Rangers a penalty in the 4th minute when his goalbound effort was blocked by a Nantwich Hand but the referee waved play on. Ryan Wynter robbed Adam Jones but couldn’t pick out Dance as rangers started on the offensive. Former Rangers defender Andy White forced a fine save from Adam Whitehouse before the Dabbers took the lead in the 133th minute. Jordon Johnson outpaced Wayne Daniel and gave Whitehouse no chance. 

Rangers were back on level terms in the 31st minute. Alex Curtis beat his defender and slid a ball into the path of Dance who finished with the outside of his right foot. Rangers competed the turnaround just before the break When Dance turned provider, threading the ball through to Wynter whose first time shot nestled in the corner.

The Dabbers were level in the 56th minute. A cross from Louis Callaghan from the right was headed home by the tall Vinney McKeide. Rangers continued to threaten with Dan Cope forcing a save from Steve Philips. The home side took the lead with 6 minutes remaining. An excellent cross from Jack Edwards was volleyed home by Chris Smith. In the final minute, Louis Downes fired just over following an excellent ball from Levi Reid.

Stafford Rangers:
Adam Whitehouse, Michael Williams, Oliver Davies, Lucan Spittle (Mark branch 57), Wayne Daniel, Tom Vaughan (Levi Reid 62), James Dance (Louis Downes 69), Christian Dacres (Jack Edwards 79), Ryan Wynter (Dan Cope 57), Ryan Edmunds (Chris Smith 69), Alex Curtis (Steve Palmer 74)

Nantwich Town:
Terry Smith (Steve Philips 57), Sam Wilson, Andy White (Peter Green 45), Louis Callaghan, Adam Jones (Moussa Bakhti 45), Mat Bailey (Vinney McKeide 45), Harry Clayton, Adam Pepper (Max Harrop 62), Jordon Johnson (Jorden long 45), Mark Winslade (Steve Jones 62), Cohan Bramall.

Att: 198

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Eccleshall FC 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Pre-Season Friendly Thursday 24th July 2014

A SECOND half master class from Alex Curtis saw Stafford Rangers overcome neighbours Eccleshall.
An action packed second half saw the visitors go down to 10 men before Curtis was introduced scoring one and setting up the other two further Boro goals.

Despite being a lower league opposition it was the hosts who started the game on the front foot with Jim Garside and Jim Lee both going close within the opening 10 minutes.

It took 28 minutes for the Rangers to get a foothold in the game when Richard Greaves beat the off-side trap but saw his effort cannon off the post as the teams went in level at the break.

The second half started with a bang when a late tackle saw a fracas develop and Jordan Fincher seeing a straight red card.

Curtis was introduced after 53 minutes and made an impact two minutes later when linking up with Matt Berkeley who released Chris Smith to score from close range.

Rangers doubled their lead after 65 minutes when Matt Berkeley lobbed a charging goalkeeper allowing for Curtis to tap the ball into an open net.

The game was put to bed after 65 minutes when a whipped in Curtis free-kick cannoned around the box before Dan King headed home.

Eccleshall clinched a deserved consolation goal thanks to a run into the box by Sam Bailey who slotted home under pressure.

However, it was Rangers who came out on top clinching their third pre-season victory,
and their their second pre-season victory within a week.

Report by Ben Goddard

Halesowen Town 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Pre-Season Friendly Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Two late goals earned Rangers a deserved draw in a pre-season friendly at The Grove.

Rangers started positively against their higher ranked hosts with James Dance and Christian Dacres off target with efforts. Rangers keeper Adam Whitehouse made the first of many saves of the evening after quarter of an hour to thwart Peter Till.

The Yeltz took the lead in the 21st minute when Ben Haseley shrugged off a challenge from Michael Williams before despatching a scuffed shot past Whitehouse.
Dacres was unlucky with a header looping on to the Halesowen crossbar. Dan Cope missed a gilt edged chance, heading wide from inside the 6-yard box after being picked out by Ryan Wynter.

Halesowen had more of the play after the break with Whitehouse saving well from Haseley and Neil Mackenzie. Ryan Edmunds went close for the Boro forcing a save at his near post from Matt Sergeant. Robert Thompson-Brown rattled the underside of the Rangers bar with Dacres blocking the follow up shot from Chris Lait.
Aaron Griffiths forced another excellent save from Whitehouse but the Rangers topper couldn’t do anything with the Halesowen 2nd. Thompson-Brown ran from the halfway line, beat 3 defenders before crashing a 25 yarder into the corner.

Rangers pulled one back a minute before time when Cope beat Sergeant to the ball and headed into the empty net. Rangers should have equalised almost immediately but Ryan Edmunds blasted his shot over the bar. With three minutes of stoppage time played, Dacres reacted quickest to fire home a deserved equaliser.

Halesowen Town:
Matt Sergeant, Joel Kettle (Eric Bowen 45), Asa Charlton (Jamie Oliver 68), Aaron Forde (Neil Mackenzie 45), Joe Hull, Curtis Tilt, Elliott Turner, Tom Tonks (Chris Lait 45), Iyseden Christie (Mark Danks 63), Ben Haseley (Robert Thompson-Brown 63), Peter Till (Aaron Griffiths 68).

Stafford Rangers:
Adam Whitehouse, Michael Williams, Mark branch, Joe Ballinger, Wayne Daniel (Lucan Spittle 45), Steve Palmer (Tom Vaughan 65), James Dance (Levi Reid 65), Christian Dacres, Ryan Wynter (Jack Edwards 51), Dan Cope, Alex Curtis (Ryan Edmunds 45)

Report by Gary Hazlehurst

Stafford Rangers 5 Edgware Town 0
Pre-Season Friendly Saturday 19th July 2014

Rangers recorded the third consecutive clean sheet of their pre season programme as they defeated Edgware Town.

It took just five minutes to open the scoring as Dan Cope side footed home a corner from Ryan Edmonds.

Cope netted his second from the spot a couple of minutes later after Mark Guildea had tripped Alex Curtis.

Ryan Wynter and Cope both should have added to the score before Edgware’s Daren Bloor – himself a former Rangers player – missed their best chance of the afternoon when he shot over from close range.

But it was Rangers who remained in control with Curtis and Wynter both going close.

The half ended with some good defensive work from Mark Branch denying Michael Uche a shot on goal.

Cope completed his hat trick on 53 mins when he finished off a good move involving Levi Reid and Jack Edwards.

Ruben da Silva denied cope a fourth before he became one of a number of substitutions on the hour mark.

One of those replacements, Loui Downes impressed and scored a fourth on 63 mins, converting a deep cross from Edwards and then headed in the fifth on 82 mins following a quality cross from Levi Reid.

1 Deale Chamberlain (Adam Whitehouse 51m), 2 Michael Williams (Loui Downes 58m), 3 Mark Branch (Sam Westray 76m), 4 Joel Mills, 5 Wayne Daniel (Lucan Spittle 46m), 7 Ryan Edmonds (Jordan Finch 58m), 8 Tom Vaughan (Levi Reid 46m), 9 Ryan Wynter (Jack Edwards 46m), 10 Dan Cope (Matt Berkeley 58m), 11 Alex Curtis (Steve Palmer 58m)

Edgware Town:
1 Ruben Da Silva, 2 Mark Guildea, 3 David Bevicon, 4 Luke Burton, 5 Robbie Quatromini, 6 Daren Bloor (Mark Campbell 59m), 7 Kevin Grzapka (Dan Quatromini 56m), 8 Arron Rivero (Olu Quadri 64m), 9 Michael Uche (Daniel Grey 77m), 10 Mark McIvor, 11 Victor Perez (Manuel Patel 66m)

Ref: James Scerri
Att: 178

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Stafford Town 0
Pre-Season Friendly 15th July 2014

Rangers overcame the Town in this pre-season derby between the two Stafford teams but the price to pay was a second half injury to Danny Smith which could keep him out for some time.

Rangers made the early showing as James Dance brought a save from Town keeper Richard Stone but the Reds’ responded when George Burslem’s shot forced Adam Whitehouse diving low to his right to keep out.

Both Ollie Budd and Dan Bradbury missed out for Town but Rangers began to assert their authority with Ryan Wynter and Dan Cope each having a couple of efforts kept out by Stone.

Budd blazed over and then forced a save from Whitehouse as Town began brightly in the second half but it was Rangers who finally made the breakthrough on 62 mins when Dance snapped up the rebound after a tremendous shot from Tom Vaughan had come back off the bar.

Jack Edwards volleyed home a second 12 mins later before Smith’s late injury saw him stretchered off.

Adam Whitehouse (Dale Reaney 46m), Jordan Fincher, Ollie Davies (Mark Branch 46m), Wayne Daniel (Joel Mills 74m), Lucan Spittle (Michael Williams 46m), Steve Palmer (Tom Vaughan 46m), James Dance (Loui Downes 74), Christian Dacres, Ryan Wynter (Jack Edwards 63m), Dan Cope (Danny Smith 46m (Matt Berkeley 87m)), Ryan Edmonds (Alex Curtis 63m)

Richard Stone, James Cresswell, Reis Nadat, Ben Henderson, Joe Woodward, Aaron Finley, Dan Bradbury, George Burslem, Ollie Budd, Matt Buckham, Alex Barnfather. Subs Sid Dawson, Wayne Bailey, Warren Slater, Tom Doody, James Price, Tom Wright, Ishmale Reid, Lee Melvin

Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 241

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Leamington 0
Pre-Season Friendly 12th July 2014

Rangers first competitive game under the new management team of Neil Kitching and Nick Amos finished with a creditable 0-0 draw against conference North visitors Leamington. Rangers more than held their own over the 90 minutes and gave the sun baked fans cause for optimism.
Rangers went close on the 25th minute when Dan Cope and Christian Dacres both had shots blocked by the Leamington defence. Lee Chilton missed a decent chance for the visitors before Lucan Spittle had a shot cleared off the line. Former Rangers defender Stuart Pierpoint was off target with a header. In first half stoppage time Cope rattled the Brakes crossbar following a deft touch from Ryan Wynter.
Alex Curtis forced a save with his first touch just after the resumption. Joe Magunda should have scored for Leamington but contrived to miss the target with a header. Lewis Fenney made a fine save to thwart Danny Newton. Rangers almost grabbed the lead from an unlikely source when a mix up in the Brakes defence saw David McNamee knock the ball towards his won goal but the full back recovered with a last ditch clearance. Leamington thought they had nicked a win in the dying seconds but Fenney again excelled to thwart the impressive Newton.
Adam Whitehouse (Lewis Fenney 45), Michael Williams, Oliver Davies (Mark Branch 45), Lucan Spittle, Wayne Daniel, Christian Dacres, Tom Vaughan (Louis Downes 45), Steve Palmer (Matt Berkeley 75), Ryan Wynter (Jack Edwards 45), Dan Cope (Alex Curtis 45), Danny Smith (Ryan Edmunds 45)

Report by Gary Hazlehurst