Walsall 3 Stafford Rangers 1
Walsall Senior Cup Final - Tuesday 2nd May 2017


Rangers’ season came to an end with defeat in the final of the Walsall Senior Cup at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday night.

The hosts were also Rangers’ opponents on the night and, after being upstaged by the Boro when they last met at this stage four years ago, they named a strong squad in attempt to put matters right.
It was the Saddlers who were first to threaten as Milan Butterfield had a free header from Jordon Sangha’s corner but Adam Whitehouse was more than equal to it, going full stretch to his left to push the ball away.

After James Bowen had struck a free kick at Walsall keeper Brandon Ganley, the home side created another opening when Izak Reid was caught in possession but Amadou Bakayoko wasted the chance, shooting tamely from distance.
Rangers should have gone ahead on 20 mins when Reid’s dummy allowed Tyler Lyttle to send a dangerous ball into the Walsall goal area but Ben Haseley missed his kick, sweeping thin air rather than the ball.
Two minutes later, it was Reid who spurned a chance when he latched onto Kyle Perry’s flick but Ganley was out quickly to save.

A Walsall counter ended with Tobias Hayles-Doherty firing wide before Ganley pushed away Mat Bailey’s back post header at the other end.
Whitehouse kicked away a shot from Hayles-Doherty but there was a mark of professional quality about the move that led to Saddlers going ahead on 35 mins, Maz Kouhyar and Bakayoko both involved with some slick passing in the build up before Butterfield guided the ball past Whitehouse.
Rangers kept pressing and ended the first half with a couple of chances of their own but both Perry and Reid were just off target.

Walsall more or less killed the game off with a double strike early in the second half. Hayles-Doherty fired home their second from just inside the area on 50 mins then Bakayoko extended the lead seven minutes later from Sangha’s free kick.
Perry almost pulled one back immediately but found Kory Roberts well placed to clear off the line and sub Kris Taylor suffered a similar fate when Butterfield was on hand to block.

Eventually, the Boro were rewarded when Perry’s header looped over Ganley on 73 mins following a good centre from Jake Heath and from then on it was all Rangers.
Perry headed over and Ganley slid out to deny Izak Reid – by now brother Levi had joined the action.
Two more efforts from Perry went wide and Roberts blocked again – this time from Heath – but there was no way through and Rangers had to watch the hosts lift the trophy.

Walsall: 1 Brandon Ganley, 2 Sam Tonks (17 Ben Kendrick 26m), 3 Callum Cockerill-Mollett (15 Cody Fisher 46m), 4 David Vann, 5 Kory Roberts, 6 Milan Butterfield, 7 Jordon Sangha, 8 Maz Kouhyar, 9 Amadou Bakayoko, 10 Liam Kinsella, 11 Tobias Hayles-Docherty (14 Will Shorrock 77m).
Unused Subs: 13 Ethan Dawe (gk), 16 Mitch Candlin

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 Jame sBowen , 4 Kieran Morris,  5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley (14 Levi Reid 54m), 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt (16 Kris Taylor 60m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley (12 Richard Batchelor 54m), 11 Jake Heath.
Unused Subs: 15 Sam Griffiths, 17 Alex Curtis

Cautions: Cody Fisher (Walsall)
Ref: Richard Watson
Att: 749

Report by Chris Elsley

Skelmersdale United 1 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 22nd April 2017

STAFFORD Rangers ended their season with a draw as they were unable to complete the comeback at Skelmersdale United.

Bevan Burey capitalised on a shaky opening 10 minutes from the visitors to fire his side into an early lead.
Rangers improved, and had two golden chances to pull level before the break, but Brian Barton fluffed his, and Kyle Perry scooped his wide.
But Levi Reid came off the bench to equalise for Boro, who had a number of chances to snatch victory in the dying minutes - including being denied a penalty for an obvious handball in injury time.

Boro made two changes to their starting line-up, bringing in Jack Sherratt and Barton, with Kris Taylor moving to the bench and Ben Haseley dropping out altogether.
From an early Jack Watts corner, Steve Irwin got a shot in which tested Adam Whitehouse, but the Boro keeper claimed at the second attempt.
Barton then snatched at a James Bowen long throw to the back post, but could not make contact when well placed.

Rangers were struggling to clear their lines, and from a throw, the ball eventually fell to the skillful Burey on the left side of the area, and he hooked his foot over the ball to send it into the far corner.
Another Watts corner then came to Irwin again, and this time Mat Bailey had to make a crucial block to prevent a second goal.

Lyttle had a half-chance when played through by Richard Batchelor, but the ball rather bounced off his foot and went through to Joe Hilton.
Batchelor himself then flashed a good shot wide after an exchange of headers between Barton and Perry.

In the 26th minute, Barton had Boro's best chance of the half so far when Perry headed a cross-field ball into his path. He was one-on-one with the keeper, but flailed at the ball rather than picking his spot, and his shot rolled on to Hilton.
A deflected Burey shot then had Whitehouse scrambling to his right but Boro almost levelled when Lyttle lofted a delightful through ball into the path of Perry, who chipped a shot over Hilton but wide of goal.

Boro started the second half better, and only a fine tip over from Hilton, his first real save of the game, kept out Barton's header from close range.
But Skem should have made it 2-0 when they broke two-on-one, but although Burey found Remirez Howarth in the centre, he was denied by a good Whitehouse block - though he had the whole goal to aim at.
Whitehouse then kept out Burey himself with a good save after the Skem striker did well to fashion a chance from close range.

Levi Reid had two shots blocked in quick succession after coming on for Barton, before Perry had another great chance, but flashed a header from Izak Reid's cross inches wide.
A corner from Taylor, on for Batchelor, was well taken, but none of Perry, Sherratt or Bailey could convert.

Though Boro had been dominant for much of the game, the equaliser came almost from nothing. Perry looked to be going for goal when he struck the ball powerfully goalwards, but it turned into a great through ball for Levi Reid, who burst through and clipped the ball home off the post.
Skem were left hanging on in the final 10 minutes, with Hilton somehow keeping out Perry's header before a clearance off the line denied Boro a winner.
The visitors' defence remained shaky, and both Jake Heath and Taylor hit long-range shots over.

In the first minute of injury-time, Boro had a blatant penalty refused after Levi Reid's shot was clearly blocked by a hand.

Skelmersdale: 1 Joe Hilton, 2 Jack Watts (15 Josh Dobie 83m), 3 Reece McNally, 4 Callum Grogan, 5 Michael Vaughan-Muscat, 6 Tom Stephens (14 Phil Mooney 46m), 7 Steven Gillespie, 8 Steve Irwin, 9 Remirez Howarth, 10 Bevan Burey, 11 Seb Bradshaw.
Unused Subs: 12 Jason Jeffries, 16 Glennon Cameron – only four subs named

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley (16 Jake Heath 46m), 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Brian Barton (17 Kris Taylor 65m), 11 Richard Batchelor (14 Levi Reid 65m).
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Griffiths, 15 Alex Curtis

Cautions: Burey, Gillespie (Skelmersdale)
Ref: Jon Kenny
Att: 302

Report by David Broome

Chasetown 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Walsall Senior Cup Semi Final - Wednesday 19th April 2017

Rangers had to come from behind to secure a place in the final of the Walsall Senior Cup.

This was no easy ride for the Boro against their lower league hosts and the Scholars will be ruing a number of missed chances – particularly in the opening quarter – which could have seen them through.
Jack Langston, one of six former Boro players in the Chasetown starting line up, gave the home side the ideal start on just 3 minutes, with a well taken free kick curled around the Stafford defensive wall.
Soon after, Adam Whitehouse – on his 150th appearance for the club - had to turn away a shot from James Dance then Rhys Thompson curled one over the top following an attack from Dance down the right.

Chasetown continued to dominate and should have extended their lead on 22 mins when another Langston free kick was only blocked by Whitehouse but, somehow, Mitch Piggon put the rebound over from about five yards out.
Ryan Wynter was the next Scholar to fail in front of goal when he was denied by an excellent reaction save from Whitehouse.

Finally, Rangers woke up to their task. Kyle Perry headed straight at Curtis Pond but it was Kris Taylor who found a way past the Chasetown keeper with a low drive from outside the area to bring the scores level on the half hour mark.
Rangers now looked more settled and began to create more chances. Mitch Tolley hit the same advertising board twice in quick succession with a free kick and a shot following a corner then Ben Haseley had his effort blocked by Thompson but half time came with no further addition to the score.

The second period took some time to produce anything of note and the game was approaching the hour when Langston forced another save from Whitehouse.
Soon after, a rangers counter attack ended with Izak Reid hitting the side netting.
Peter Till’s introduction as a Chasetown sub , made it seven former Boro players on the pitch for the Blues and he gave the home side a new spark, firing over then setting up Liam Holt whose header was saved by Whitehouse.

What proved to be the winning goal came in the 69th minute after Whitehouse launched a long clearance downfield. It may have been with a route one attack but the link work from the three front men was excellent with Izak Reid doing well to hook back Brian Barton’s cross and Perry followed up to fire home against his former club.
From then on, Rangers didn’t really look troubled and Reid probably should have added a third on the stroke of full time.

Chasetown: 1 Curtis Pond, 2 Liam Holt (14 Jermaine Johnson 90m), 3 Rhys Thompson, 4 Chris Slater, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Ryan Wynter, 7 James Dance, 8 Jack Langston, 9 Mitchell Piggon (12 Peter Till 52m), 10 Joe Thomas, 11 Joshua Ruff.
Unused Subs: 15 Jorna Moulton, 17 Ryan Ball

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley (15 Brian Barton 62m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 14 Sam Griffiths, 16 Jake Heath, 17 Callum McFarlane

Cautions: None
Referee: Steve Martin
Att: 322

Report by Chris Elsley

Hednesford Town 0 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Monday 17th April 2017

Neil Kitching’s decision to rest players for Saturday’s defeat against Corby Town was somewhat vindicated as Rangers beat Hednesford 2-0 in Monday’s Bank Holiday fixture.

No less than six players were recalled to the starting line up and it was two of the returnees – Izak Reid and Jack Sherratt – who grabbed the Boro goals which defeated their Staffordshire rivals.
But the Pitmen, who went in to the game on a run of four consecutive defeats, almost struck first blood when Tyler Lyttle had to clear Tony Clarke’s header off the line from Darren Campion’s corner with just two minutes on the clock.
A low drive from Clarke went harmlessly wide while Adam Whitehouse – named both Supporter’s and Player’s Player of the Year on Saturday – let a centre from Campion slip through his fingers and out for a corner which, fortunately, came to nothing.

The two sides continued to probe without threatening much as the respective defences were coming out on top.
Three minutes before half time, Jack Sherratt‘s pass nearly put Izak Reid in but Campion made a timely tackle to force a throw in. But it was while Rangers were still on the attack that Sherratt opened the scoring, cleverly taking his time to curl the ball over a crowded area and into the far top corner.
There was another half chance for the Boro in the last action before the half time whistle blew as Kyle Perry laid off Jake Heath’s free kick to Ben Haseley but he was quickly closed down.

As with the opening half, the first chance of the second fell to the home side but Glover put his header wide. The one time Rangers player then struck a volley from 20 yards which deflected off Mat Bailey for a corner.
But it was Rangers who were to extend their advantage on 51 mins and effectively seal the game.

A long throw from James Bowen caused problems in the Hednesford area. Both Haseley and Izak Reid were in the mix with the ball eventually falling to the feat of Reid and he was given time to pick his spot to put Rangers 2-0 up.
Shots from George Washbourne and Glover sailed harmlessly over the Rangers bar while Sherratt and Lyttle went closer at the other end but with no reward.

The expected late onslaught from the home side never materialised as Rangers cruised to what was a relatively comfortable victory over the Pitmen – their third success in four matches between the two sides this season.

Hednesford: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Lewis Wright (17 George Cater 63m), 3 Darren Campion, 4 Desean Martin, 5 Gavin Hurren, 6 Joe Ballinger, 7 Jordan Fitzpatrick, 8 Stuart McNaught, 9 Danny Glover, 10 Tony Clarke (15 Jordan Nadat 60m), 11 George Washbourne (14 Bradley Peace-McDonald 69m).
Unused Subs: 12 lloyd Ransome, 16 Marvin Robinson

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitchell Tolley, 7 Izak Reid (15 Levi Reid 89m), 8 Jack Sherratt (12 Richard Batchelor 71m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Jake Heath.
Unused Subs: 14 Kris Taylor, 16 Brian Barton, 17 Sam Griffiths

Cautions: Campion (Hednesford), Tolley (Rangers)
Referee: M Smith
Att: 722

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Corby Town 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 15th April 2017

Corby Town gave their survival hopes a boost with victory over mid table Stafford Rangers but there was little entertainment for the 715 crowd in the Boro’s final home game of the season.

Most of the first 45 mins was acted out in the Corby half but Rangers, who rested five players from the side beaten by Ashton in midweek, were unable to find a way through the Corby defence.
Omar Haughton was the first to get a look in but volleyed straight at Aiden Grant then Kieran Morris headed wide. Corby’s first attack was launched by the busy Ben Milnes who embarked on a lonely breakaway that ended with a tame shot that bobbled wide. A minute later, Spencer Weir-Daley also went wide for the Steelmen after an error from Morris.

Corby were enjoying their best period and Aaron Brown had a shot blocked by Callum McFarlane.
Stafford threatened again but Brian Barton shot against Brown while another effort from the Port Vale moaned lacked both pace and accuracy.

The second half took some time to produce anything of note. The hour mark had passed when Stafford's Richard Batchelor and Barton both had chances blocked on the line in quick succession.
A clash between Batchelor and his opposite number 11, Steven Leslie saw both players fortunate to escape with just a caution.
Connor Kennedy went close for Corby, heading against the bar from Bell's cross while Stafford sub Kyle Perry fluffed a one on one when he shot straight at Grant.

Neither side looked capable of finding a way through but some static defending from Stafford allowed Milnes to find Trainer for a simple tap in nine minutes from time in what could be a defining moment in Corby’s season but will have little bearing on Rangers’ final league position.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Callum McFarlane, 6 Mitch Tolley (15 Ben Haseley 66m), 7 Levi Reid, 8 Jake Heath, 9 Brian Barton (14 Kyle Perry 66m), 10 Omar Haughton (17 Alex Curtis 71m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Kris Taylor, 16 Tyler Lyttle
 
Corby:
1 Aidan Grant, 2 Miles Smith, 3 Courtney Wildin, 4 Aaron Brown, 5 Jason Lee, 6 David Bell, 7 Connor Kennedy, 8 Ben Milnes, 9 Spencer Weir-Daley (16 Giuseppe Iaciofano 85m) , 10 Phil Trainer, 11 Steven Leslie (15 Jordan Crawford 71m).
Unused Subs: 12 Jamie Anton, 14 Ryan Bell, 17 Danny Draper

Cautions: Bowen, Tolley, Batchelor (Rangers) Lee, Kennedy, Trainer, Leslie (Corby)
Ref: Ian Hurdle
Att: 715

Report by Chris Elsley

Ashton United 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Tuesday 11th April 2017

Rangers fell to a defeat away at Ashton United that did not live up to their recently set standards, having only lost to leaders Blyth Spartans in their last seven games. With the anticipation of various commitments leaving the squad short of numbers, Rangers still put out a strong line up against their mid table opponents.

The game started with Ashton showing positive early signs, going on the attack and forcing their first corner in only the second minute. Rangers took a while to find their feet but eventually forced a couple of corners with Ben Haseley having a shot cleared off the line by Dominic Smalley in the 11th minute.
Ashton threatened again, with their appeals for a penalty turned down after a challenge on Ryan Crowther. Their pressure continued as another corner was cleared, only for captain Mark Lees to fire wide from 20 yards.
Rangers struck back briefly but Levi Reid shot high and wide. Ashton again took control as the lively Josh Stachini had a shot saved by Whitehouse and the follow up was cleared for another corner.

The hosts broke the deadlock on 38 minutes as Lees tried his luck from outside the box following a corner and the shot found the left corner of the Boro net. This was followed by more pressure before the break that was only broken by one Boro attack to relieve the pressure, before Boro managed to hold the ball up and Brian Barton tangled with Smith and the latter was shown what turned out to be the only caution of the game. Kris Taylor stepped up and his free kick hit the Ashton bar, before being cleared for a corner - this again being put over the bar by Barton.

The second half continued in a similar vein, with Ashton having the better of things. Stachini and Chadwick again looked threatening, with shots that were off target, before Chadwick had a ball threaded to him down the left channel and he shot across Whitehouse to find the far corner and increase the lead (55 mins).

Rangers rang their first changes on 58 minutes as Heath and Bowen replaced Haseley and Taylor. As the game moved into the last third, Rangers showed a bit more purpose and Mat Bailey had his header saved by Pilling.
Ashton sprang back to life and a thee man move starting at left back soon had Chadwick with the ball at his feet but Whitehouse closed his effort down, saving with his legs.  With more efforts from Maiese, Mills and Chadwick, Rangers kept the margin to 2 goals, before responding with a bit more pressure. Getting the ball into the final third, Rangers had a few efforts blocked before Morris eventually turned an effort wide of the goal.

In the final 10 minutes, Reid found himself being robbed as he dithered while, at the other end, Griffiths got in a last ditch challenge to deny Chadwick who looked set to add a third.
With Rangers showing a bit more purpose, they had some spells of possession and in one, the ball went into the Ashton area and as it scrambled around Tyler Lyttle was on hand to apply a finishing touch to reduce the deficit with four minutes remaining.

A few more aerial balls with Bailey now pushed up front didn't quite come off, while Chadwick again threatened as the hosts tried to kill the game and hit the post.
One final push for Rangers and Bowen used his trademark long throw but this was flicked on for Barton to head narrowly over at the death, as the hosts ran out 2-1 winners.

Ashton United: 1 Luke Pilling, 2 Dominic Smalley, 3 Domenico Maiese, 4 Simon Woodford, 5 Richard Smith, 6 Mark Lees, 7 Josh Stachini, 8 Charlie Duke, 9 Matthew Chadwick, 10 Lee Knight (16 Jody Banim 74m), 11 Ryan Crowther (14 John Roberts 65m).
Unused Subs: 12 Cavell Coo, 15 Benito Lowe – only 4 subs named

Rangers:
1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor (17 James Bowen 58m), 7 Brian Barton, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley (16 Jake Heath 58m), 11 Richard Batchelor (12 Mitch Tolley 74m).
Unused Subs: 14 Callum McFarlane, 15 Alex Curtis

Cautions: Smith (Ashton)
Ref: Michael Crusham
Att: 178

Report by Al Gee

Warrington Town 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 8th April 2017

Rangers dented Warrington's play off hopes with an away win that they will feel was justice done after the original game in December was abandoned due to fog with Rangers 2-0 up.

On this occasion, it will be Warrington who would feel hard done to as the chances they created outnumbered those from Rangers but, the stats will show that they needed penalties to score all three goals they have netted against the Boro this season.
Neither side showed too much in the opening quarter although the bobbly pitch took some getting used to.

The first decent effort on goal came on 22 mins from the home side but Adam Whitehouse was alert enough to keep out a flicked header from Scott Bakkor.
Shortly after, Whitehouse's opposite number Tony McMillan dived at the feet of Ben Haseley after a meet back heal from Izak Reid.

It was Jack Sherratt who sparked some life into the proceedings when he scored a goal from nothing on 26 mins, the midfielder's left footer squeezing inside McMillan’s right hand post from around 25 yards.
Whitehouse and Kyle Perry combined to keep out Evan Gumbs but the half closed with numerous chances falling Warrington's way. Michael Bakare found himself clear only for Whitehouse to save well, then the Stafford keeper made an even better save from the same Warrington player a minute later.

Before the half time whistle went, Mat Bailey had to make two further clearances from Mitch Duggan and Bakare.
Early in the second half Billy Smart hit a swerving shot from distance that Whitehouse gathered at the second attempt but Rangers extended their lead on 55 mins when Izak Reid dispossessed Duggan and his shot was bobbling towards goal when Haseley made certain with his first goal for the club since his return.

Whitehouse kept the two goal margin with a good save from Dylan Vassallo but Warrington reduced the arrears on 78 mins through a Bakkor penalty following a harsh hand ball decision against Kieran Morris.
The home side piled on the pressure in the final stages and somehow Stafford kept the ball out when a scramble ensued following Vassallo’s blocked shot.

Warrington: 1 Tony McMillan, 2 Mitchell Duggan (16 Adam Carden 79m), 3 Joshua Askew, 4 Sean Williams, 5 James McCarten, 6 Evan Gumbs, 7 Dylan Vassallo, 8 Billy Smart, 9 Scott Bakkor, 10 Michael Bakare (14 Lewis Codling 74m), 11 Michael Monaghan (15 Ruben Jerome 63m).
Unused subs: 12 Danny Ventre, 17 John Shaw

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Mitch Tolley (14 Kris Taylor 65m), 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Mat Bailey, 7 Izak Reid (16 Levi Reid 84m), 8 Jake Heath, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Jack Sherratt (12 Richard Batchelor 73m).
Unused subs: 15 Brian Barton, 17 James Bowen

Cautions: Askew (Warrington); Griffiths, Bailey (Rangers)
Ref: Michael Barlow
Att: 315

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Blyth Spartans 1
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 1st April 2017

Rangers pushed the prospective champions all the way but lost out to Sean Reid’s goal early in the second half.

The Boro made a bright start and created an early opening after Nathan Buddle gave the ball away to Jake Heath but Kyle Perry's shot went harmlessly wide.
Blyth were soon taking the game to Rangers and saw Reid head over from a corner before Daniel Maguire fired across the face of the Stafford goal.

The game remained open and Perry tried his luck once more, but this time the ball rolled tamely to Blyth keeper Paul Woolston.
A great run from Jack Sherratt took the Stafford midfielder into the Blyth area but David McTiernan’s intervention made the crucial block. From Kris Taylor’s subsequent corner, Kieran Morris headed against the bar with Brian Barton unable to snap up the rebound. Another effort from Perry appeared to strike Nathan Buddle’s raised arm, triggering penalty appeals, but the referee was having none of it.

Jarrett Rivers should have put Blyth ahead after some good work from Daniel Maguire but failed to find the all important touch with the goal at his mercy. Robbie Dale was next to try his luck for the visitors, hammering his shot into Sam Griffiths who then turned over another dangerous ball from the Blyth captain.
Blyth were pressing the home goal but found their route blocked by some solid Stafford defending and when Rivers did find an opening, Adam Whitehouse saved well with his feet.
At the other end, Wollaston made an equally important save just before the break when he kept out Heath’s free kick which was destined for the bottom corner.

Stafford went close again at the start of the second half as Taylor's free kick just evaded the head of Perry and Mat Bailey found the angle too tight at the back post.
Inside the same minute, Blyth went closer still when Ryan Hutchinson’s header was turned over by Whitehouse. The Stafford keeper saved his side again when keeping out Rivers once more after a smart turn from Maguire had launched the attack.

Blyth finally made the break through on 56 mins and Maguire was again in the thick of the action, his pass finding Sean Reid who hammered home from close range.
From then on, the league leaders looked comfortable and only once did Rangers get a look in but Mitch Tolley’s header was straight at Woolston.

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey (12 Mitch Tolley 65m), 6 Jake Heath, 7 Levi Reid (14 Izak Reid 59m), 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Brian Barton (15 Ben Haseley 59m), 11 Jack Sherratt.
Unused Subs: 16 James Bowen, 17 Omar Haughton

Blyth Spartans: 1 Paul Woolston, 2 Ryan Hutchinson, 3 Michael Liddle, 4 Sean Reid (16 Jordan Laidler 86m), 5 Nathan Buddle, 6 Jordan Watson, 7 Jarrett Rivers, 8 David McTiernan, 9 Danny Maguire, 10 Luke Armstrong, 11 Robbie Dale.
Unused Subs: 12 Adam Wrightson, 14 Richard Pell, 15 Andrew Cartwright, 17 Matty Pattison

Cautions: Morris (Rangers) , Hutchinson (Blyth)
Ref: Mark Howes
Att: 809

Report by Chris Elsley

Whitby Town 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 28th March 2017

Rangers were denied maximum points by the award of two soft penalties awarded against them, the second of which came in the final minute shortly after Kieran Morris looked to have won the game for the Boro.

Rangers were depleted through a lack of availability for the long trip north and made a bad start when Adam Whitehouse was harshly judged to have felled Michael Roberts. It was a questionable decision but Dale Hopson showed little sympathy as he dispatched the spot kick to put Whitby ahead after 11 mins.
But Rangers hit back six minutes later. Kyle Perry hooked the ball forward to Brian Barton who was clear after a failed attempt to catch him offside and he went round Shane Bland to level the scores.

Rangers gained in confidence and enjoyed more of the ball but Whitby, with the wind behind them, were playing a quick, direct game and created the better opportunities.
David Carson should have done better when he went clear but miscued a chip wide then, moments after Whitby had had another penalty appeal turned down, Steven Snaith hit a low drive that Whitehouse comfortably dealt with.
The Rangers keeper went low to his left to save from Anthony Bell then parried a shot from Hopson who later hit another effort a fraction wide.

Whitby kept up the pressure after the break with Whitehouse saving well from Bell while excellent defending from Kieran Morris halted another Whitby attack.
At the other end, Jack Sherratt flashed a shot across the Whitby goal area but the home side went close again when Roberts fired just wide.

Rangers themselves kept plugging away and were rewarded on 87 mins when Morris headed them in front from Kris Taylor's free kick.
But the celebrations were short lived as referee John Matthews decided a 90th minute shot from Bell had been handled by Morris and awarded Whitby their second dubious penalty of the night. Hopson stepped up to level the scores.

It could have been worse as Mat Bailey headed off the line to ensure the point.

Whitby: 1 Shane Bland, 2 Callum Martin, 3 Danny McWilliams, 4 Luke Bythway, 5 Lee Bullock, 6 Adam Gell, 7 Steve Snaith, 8 Dale Hopson, 9 Michael Roberts (16 Anthony Hume 80m), 10 David Carson (14 Andrew May 69m), 11 Anthony Bell
Unused Subs: 12 Mark Robinson, 13 Danny Dixon, 15 Kyle Fryett,

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Jake Heath, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Brian Barton, 11 Levi Reid.
Unused subs: 12 Omar Haughton, 14 Callum McFarlane, 15 Alex Curtis, 16 Nick Amos

Cautions: Perry, Reid, Lyttle, Sherratt, Morris, Whitehouse
Referee: John Matthews
Att: 304

Report by Chris Elsley

Mickleover Sports 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 25th March 2017

Rangers secured their third win in four games to leave Mickleover still looking over their shoulder at the foot of the table.

An incident packed opening 15 mins produced a goal for each side and a red card for Mickleover.
Sports went ahead after just 6 mins through Tyler Blake who forced the ball home after Adam Whitehouse had spilled John McGrath's free kick.
But Rangers were level four minutes later through Izak Reid who hit a free kick from a couple of yards outside the area and Nick Draper made little effort to keep it out.

Mickleover were reduced to ten men soon after following a poor challenge from Medi Abalimba on Tyler Lyttle and Stafford nearly made the numbers advantage pay when Ben Haseley forced a good save from Draper.
Jack Sherratt then went wide but it was the midfielder's corner on 27 mins that resulted in Kieran Morris putting Rangers in front with a powerful header.
Sherratt nearly added a third but the half closed with Mickleover’s Blake glancing a header across the six yard box.

Brian Barton was denied his first goal for Stafford when a bad bobble forced him to miscue early in the second half while Lyttle hit a good drive straight at Draper.

Mickleover were still very much in the contest and Whitehouse had to save well from Connor Hall before Jake Scott dragged his shot wide.
But it was Rangers who were to extend their lead nine minutes from time when Levi Reid joined his brother on the score sheet after being put clear by Kyle Perry - Reid the elder firing past Draper from the edge of the area.

A fine double save from Whitehouse to keep out both Drew Ricketts and Pablo Mills made sure of  the points and a second victory over the Derbyshire club in five days.

Mickleover: 1 Nick Draper, 2 Kevin Grocott, 3 Ben Turner, 4 John McGrath, 5 Pablo Mills, 6 Drew Ricketts, 7 Andy Dales, 8 Jake Scott, 9 Connor Hall, 10 Tyler Blake (17 Aaron Cole 56m) 11 Medi Abalimba.
Unused subs: 12 Lewis Belgrave, 14 Adam Baskerville, 15 Albert Lansdown, 16 Morgan Williams

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Jake Heath, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt (14 Mitch Tolley 84m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley (17 Omar Haughton 88m), 11 Brian Barton (16 Levi Reid 65m).
Unused subs: 12 Kris Taylor, 15 Sam Griffiths

Cautions: Grocott, Mills (Mickleover); L Reid (Boro)
Sent Off: Abalimba (Mickleover)
Att: 336
Ref: Matthew Law

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Mickleover Sports 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 21st March 2017

Skipper Mat Bailey scored the only goal of the game as Rangers beat Mickleover Sports on a wet Marston Road evening.

It was a scrappy opening half hour with Sports just shading it, mainly thanks to the efforts of player manager John McGrath.
Rangers had a couple of early openings, the best falling to Jack Sherratt but his drive was comfortably saved by Nick Draper in the Sports’ goal.

Sports went much closer when Andy Dales sent Kuda Muskwe away on the left and the pact striker cut in before hitting a rising shot that Adam Whitehouse did well to push over.
McGrath had two efforts on goal but was kept at distance and neither posed much of a threat.

Meanwhile, Ben Haseley’s tricky footwork nearly found a way through the Mickleover defence but he was unable to pick out strike partner Brian Barton.
But it was a shot from Barton that ultimately led to Rangers taking the lead on 35 mins, the loanee from Port Vale seeing his effort deflected for a corner from which Mat Bailey flicked a header past Draper.

The tempo was upped a little after the break but chances were few and far between.
Those that came fell to Rangers. Izak Reid’s free kick was deflected wide by Jake Scott then James Bowen sent Barton away but Draper won the contest, standing his ground to save with his feet, while the impressive Jake Heath nearly lit the night up with a 25 yarder that required Draper to throw himself to his left to save.

Rangers looked solid in defence but had a minor scare in stoppage time when Whitehouse spilled a shot from Scott but Bailey was on hand to clear to preserve the clean sheet and secure a welcome win.
The only downside to the night for the Boro was injuries collected by Richard Batchelor and Kieran Morris that forced their early withdrawal.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Tyler Lyttle, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris (14 Mitch Tolley 68m), 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Jake Heath, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Brian Barton (17 Levi Reid 88m), 10 Ben Haseley, 11 Richard Batchelor (12 Kris Taylor 22m).
Unused subs: 15 Kyle Perry, 16 Sam Griffiths

Mickleover: 1 Nick Draper, 2 Kevin Grocott, 3 Ben Turner, 4 John McGrath, 5 Pablo Mills, 6 Tom Burgin (16 Drew Ricketts 70m), 7 Andy Dales, 8 Jake Scott, 9 Kuda Muskwe (14 Adam Baskerville 84m), 10 Tyler Blake, 11 Jack Broadhead 12 Lewis Belgrave 70m)
Unused subs: 15 Clinton Morrison, 17 Tom Slone

Cautions: Heath(Rangers), Dales(Sports)
Ref: Simon Brown
Att: 367

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Whitby Town 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 18th March 2017

Rangers recorded their third consecutive home draw taking a point from play off hopefuls Whitby Town.

But, unlike the previous game against Sutton Coldfield, this scoreless draw was an entertaining affair with two controversial decisions from referee Richard Abson.
The first was to rule out a Boro goal on 29 mins when Kyle Perry headed home then, on the stroke of half time, he awarded the visitors a penalty following a challenge from Levi Reid on the edge of the area.

Both sides went looking for an early break through in a bright open start and the first chance fell to the home side with Levi Reid forcing a save from Shane Bland who then held on to Kyle Perry's follow up header.
Whitby responded with Dale Hopson twice shooting just wide and having another effort well saved by Adam Whitehouse's left boot.

In between, Stafford's Ben Haseley went close to marking his return to the club with a goal when he stabbed wide from 12 yards.
But Whitby were enjoying a good spell and saw Luke Bythway’s header cleared off the line by Kris Taylor.

Perry looked to have headed Rangers in front but his effort was ruled out for a foul that only the referee saw.
A minute later, Richard Batchelor headed wide for Stafford when well placed but it was Whitby's Hopson who wasted the best chance on the stroke of half time when his penalty was kept out by Whitehouse.

The second period remained an open and even contest but with few chances.
Whitby had a look in when Michael Roberts sliced wide across the face of goal while Stafford debutant Brian Barton fired over from 10 yards at the other end.
In the closing stages, Whitehouse pushed away a 25 yarder from Roberts to ensure the two sides would share the spoils.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor (16 Jake Heath 68m), 7 Izak Reid, 8 Levi Reid (12 Jack Sherratt 68m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Ben Haseley (15 Brian Barton 72m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 14 Mitch Tolley, 17 Tyler Lyttle

Whitby Town: 1 Shane Bland, 2 Callum Martin, 3 Danny McWilliams, 4 Andrew May, 5 Lee Bullock, 6 Adam Gell, 7 Luke Bythway, 8 Dale Hopson, 9 Michael Roberts, 10 Matthew Tymon, 11 David Carson (15 Anthony Hume 88m).
Unused subs: 12 Mark Robinson, 14 Kyle Fryatt, 16 Ryan Caulfield, 17 Daniel Dixon

Cautions: L Reid, Taylor, Batchelor (Rangers), Bullock, Carson (Whitby)
Ref: Richard Abson
Att: 506

Report by Chris Elsley

Ilkeston FC 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 14th March 2017


Rangers picked up a much needed three points with victory at troubled Ilkeston.

Floodlight failure threatened an abandonment when the New Manor Ground was plunged into darkness 45 mins before the scheduled kick off but fortunately, the cause of the problem was found and the game kicked off just over half an hour late.
Once play finally commenced Rangers eased their way into a two goal lead which subdued the potential threat that Ilkeston were offering in the early stages.

The first goal came on 14 minutes after the Reid brothers combined on the right.
Levi's ball gave Izak something to chase and he took advantage of a failed clearance from Dante Leverock to square for Kyle Perry and a chance he couldn't miss.

Six minutes later, Kris Taylor's quick free kick caught the home defence sleeping and Izak Reid netted at the second attempt after Dale Eve had only half blocked the first.
Taylor then pounced on an error from Jaylon Bather to get in a shot from near the left touchline that Eve tipped over.

Ilkeston's best effort of the half came from Danny Gordon who shot from distance but was comfortably off target.
The second half was a more even affair and Anthony Dwyer was on target from distance but found Adam Whitehouse equal to it.

Ilkeston did reduce the arrears on 63 mins with a well taken strike from Luis Rose who beat Whitehouse from 30 yards.
Perry went close to restoring the two goal lead but Ilkeston immediately broke away through Rose only for Tevahn Tyrell to hit a weak shot at goal.
Another Perry effort was kicked away by Eve and Tyler Lyttle went wide with the follow up but Rangers had done enough to secure their first away win in seven.

Ilkeston: 1 Dale Eve, 2 Reece Horne, 3 Charlie Scanlon, 4 Dante Leverock, 5 Matt Baker, 6 Jaylon Bather (16 Tom Gamblen 90+1m), 7 Luis Rose, 8 Danny Gordon, 9 Tevahn Tyrell (14 Ben Morris 81m), 10 Anthony Dwyer (15 Dexter Atkinson 81m), 11 Ryan Head.
Unused subs: 12 Connor Walters, 17 Jamie Hannis

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Darren Thornton (17 Tyler Lyttle 75m), 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Jack Sherratt (12 Jake Heath 85m), 8 Levi Reid (14 Mitch Tolley 88m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 15 Aaron Opoku, 16 Zeph Thomas

Cautions: None
Ref: Paul Tomes
Att: 212

Report by Chris Elsley

Matlock Town 3 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 11th March 2017

Rangers were blown away inside the first 20 mins as hosts Matlock stormed in to a three goal lead.

Michael Williams struck first after just 32 seconds, side footing home from Marcus Dinanga’s pass from the by-line after Mat Bailey had misjudged a ball over the top.
Six minutes later, Rhys Sharpe made it 2-0 with a well struck shot from the edge of the area.

In between, Adam Whitehouse had tipped a header from Joe Doyle-Charles over via the top of the cross bar.
The game was all but over when Matlock scored their third on 20 mins. A corner from the left wasn’t cleared and Dwayne Wiley turned into space and was given time to shoot past Whitehouse through the legs of a couple of Stafford defenders.

Stafford wasted a chance to reduce the arrears just after the half hour. Zeph Thomas flicked the ball against the bar from Jack Sherratt’s centre and Jake Heath’s follow up was handled by Jake Green but Phil Barnes guessed correctly and pushed away Heath's spot kick.
Matlock could easily have extended their lead before the break but Whitehouse made a good double save to deny Ted Cribley and then Doyle-Charles.

With Matlock holding a comfortable lead, the second half was pretty much a non event.
The home side never really threatened Whitehouse while Rangers created one clear chance when Kyle Perry set up Zeph Thomas but he could only find the legs of Barnes.

Matlock: 1 Phil Barnes, 2 Liam Marsden, 3 Jake Green, 4 Joe Doyle-Charles, 5 Adam Yates (12 Nico de Girolamo 65m), 6 Dwayne Wiley, 7 Rhys Sharpe (17 Curtis Morrison 80m), 8 Cleveland Taylor, 9 Michael Williams (14 Andy Wright 48m), 10 Marcus Dinanga, 11 Ted Cribley.
Unused subs: 15 Marc Newsham, 16 Paul Ennis

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Darren Thornton, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley (14 Richard Batchelor 46m), 7 Tyler Lyttle (15 Izak Reid 59m), 8 Jake Heath, 9 Aaron Opoku (12 Kyle Perry 59m), 10 Zeph Thomas, 11 Jack Sherratt.
Unused subs: 16 Levi Reid, 17 Kris Taylor

Cautions: Green, Cribley (Matlock), Myrtle (Rangers)
Referee: Kristian Silcock
Att: 485

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Sutton Coldfield Town 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 7th March 2017

Rangers and Sutton slugged out an uninspiring goal-less draw on a damp evening at Marston Road.

With Rangers not enjoying their best run of form and Sutton in good spirits after shocking the league leaders on Saturday, this was never going to be an easy game for the home side, despite the visitors facing a challenging relegation battle.
However, Rangers started well and had a number of chances early on and Kyle Perry was within a whisker of giving them a third minute lead but just couldn’t get the faintest of touches needed to convert Kris Taylor’s free kick.
Perry then set up Richard Batchelor who hit his half volley over and then Taylor who put his effort wide.

Sutton’s first effort on target also came from Perry when a miscued attempt at a headed clearance when thankfully straight at Adam Whitehouse.
Soon after, Ryan Robbins drilled a low shot just wide of the Stafford goal but it was Rangers who looked the most threatening and Batchelor’s shot was well saved by James Wren who tipped over via the top of the cross bar.

The remainder of the half was pretty much a non event in terms of goal mouth action and the two sides went in at 0-0.

Wren saved his side again early in the second half with another good save – this time to deny Jack Sherratt who had run on to Perry’s flick. Sherratt put another effort just wide with Izak Reid unable to stretch far enough to divert the ball on target.
At the other end, Joshua McKenzie tried his luck with an overhead kick that failed to trouble Whitehouse as it sailed well over.

Rangers gave debuts to new signings Zeph Thomas and Jake Heath and the former put his first chance wide from close range then crossed well but Wren was equal to Taylor’s header.
After looking content to take a point for long periods of the game, Sutton could have snatched all three in the closing stages when sub Max Wright found some space but Whitehouse saved comfortably at his near post.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Darren Thornton, 4 Mat Bailey, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Levi Reid (14 Zeph Thomas 63m), 7 Jack Sherratt (12 Jake Heath 73m), 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 Mitch Tolley, 16 Callum McFarlane, 17 Alex Curtis

Sutton Coldfield: 1 James Wren, 2 James Beresford, 3 Nathan Fox, 4 Aaron Birch, 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Nathaniel Kelly, 7 Matthias Curley, 8 Reece Webb, 9 Joshua McKenzie (12 David Howarth 72m), 10 Joshua Venney (16 Max Wright 76m), 11 Ryan Robbins (15 Matthew McDonald 72m).
Unused Subs: 14 George Cleet, 17 Montel Gibson

Cautions: None
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Att: 440

Report by Chris Elsley

Stourbridge 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Monday 27th February 2017

Rangers put up a battling performance against Stourbridge before going down by two goals to nil. Ultimately it was the Boro’s failure to take their chances that became their undoing after having second placed Stour in sixes and sevens at times – particularly during the first half.

The home side were soon on the offensive as Ethan Jones burst through the defence before seeing his shot deflected on to the bar and over for a corner.
Rangers countered with Jack Sherratt and Josh Gordon combining on the left. The latter picked out Kyle Perry in acres of space but Stour keeper Matt Gould was quickly out to block.

A fast and furious opening was rewarded with a goal in the 11th minute but, unfortunately for the Boro, it came in their net. Former Stafford defender Stuart Pierpoint played a ball over the top and with Kieran Morris and Adam Whitehouse both caught out, Jordan Archer went wide of the Rangers keeper to fire Stour into the lead.
Again Rangers responded and when Gordon forced a poor clearance from Gould, Perry found himself facing an unguarded net but, from around 30 yards out, he put his shot wide.
Gordon continued to hassle the home defence and got behind them again soon after but this time was faced with a tight angle and Gould made the block.

At the other end, a corner from Tom Tonks caused some problems in the Rangers area before the danger was eventually cleared.
Gould made a fine reaction save to keep out Gordon’s clever back healed volley following Sherratt’s left wing cross and Rangers had to count themselves unfortunate to be behind when the half time whistle blew.

The second half was never likely to be played at such a pace and so it proved.
Stour had the first serious effort on goal with Leon Broadhurst’s shot taking a deflection on its way over following Tonks’ long throw.

Rangers almost created an opening when Levi Reid’s through ball picked out a run from Sherratt but Pierpoint’s timely tackle halted his progress.
Rangers exchanged Perry and Reid for George Cater and Omar Haughton and Cater nearly found an equaliser when he put over from close range from Sherratt’s whipped cross. A minute earlier, Chris Knight’s challenge had denied Gordon a clear shot on goal.

That was about it for Rangers. Broadhurst fired across the face of goal as Stourbridge looked for a second and they eventually made the game safe seven minutes from time when Tonks sent in a deep cross from the right and Dan Preston powered his header past Whitehouse.

Stourbridge: 1 Matt Gould, 2 Chris Knight, 3 Darryl Westlake, 4 Tom Tonks, 5 Dan Preston, 6 Stuart Pierpoint (15 Josh Green 69m), 7 Ethan Jones (16 Luke Rogers 62m), 8 Leon Broadhurst, 9 Luke Benbow, 10 Jordan Archer, 11 Brad Birch.
Unused Subs: 12 Richard Sho-Silva, 14 Kieren Westwood (only four subs named)

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Billy Reeves, 7 Levi Reid (16 Omar Haughton 65m), 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry (17 George Cater 65m), 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Jack Sherratt (12 Izak Reid 76m).
Unused Subs: 14 Richard Batchelor, 15 Tim Sanders

Cautions: Knight (Stourbridge), Bowen (Rangers)
Referee: Greg Rollason
Att: 744

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Spennymoor Town 3
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Saturday 25th February 2017

Rangers twice came from behind to gain a deserved point against play off chasing Spennymoor Town in a thoroughly entertaining game at Marston Road.

The visitors started well and took a 12th minute lead through captain Joseph Tait who finished from close range after Andrew Johnson's initial shot had fallen at his feet.
Rangers were back on level terms within three minutes when Kris Taylor's free kick was met on the half volley by Kyle Perry.

Spennymoor first restored then extended their lead with two goals in seven minutes to put themselves in the driving seat.
On 23 mins, Glen Taylor stabbed home from close range after Jamie Chandler and Johnson had been unable to convert in a scramble following a deep centre from Kallum Griffiths then Robert Ramshaw's through ball sent Nathan Fisher clear to make it 3-1.
In between, Levi Reid’s cross had skimmed off the head of Richard Batchelor while Rangers went close again just before the break when James Bowen headed just wide.

The second half got off to an ideal start for the Boro when Perry grabbed his second with an intelligent header over Dan Lowson after being picked out by Izak Reid within a minute of the restart.
Kris Taylor then forced a finger tip save from Lowson with a 40 yard screamer before Sam Griffiths levelled the scores on 52 mins with a shot from the edge of the area that went in via the underside of the bar after Spennymoor failed to clear Taylor’s corner

Spennymoor came back with Fisher and Shane Henry both just off target. In between, Izak Reid went clear for Stafford but found the angle too tight after being forced wide by Lowson and Tait cleared the danger.
Stafford's Taylor went inches wide with a shot that many thought had gone in while Lowson kept out a ricochet off Perry as Rangers threatened but the closing stages saw Spennymoor step up their search for the winner and Stafford keeper Adam Whitehouse saved from both Chandler and Taylor (twice) as the two sides had to settle for a deserved share of the spoils.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Billy Reeves, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Kris Taylor, 11 Richard Batchelor (16 Jack Sherratt 44m).
Unused Subs: 12 George Cater, 14 Omar Haughton, 15 Jack Sherratt, 17 Callum McFarlane

Spennymoor: 1 Dan Lowson, 2 Kallum Griifths, 3 Thomas White, 4 Jamie Chandler, 5 Joseph Tait, 6 James Curtis, 7 Robert Ramshaw (14 Adam Mitchell 80m), 8 Shane Henry, 9 Glen Taylor, 10 Nathan Fisher (15 David Dowson 67m), 11 Andrew Johnson (12 Christopher Mason 73m).
Unused Subs: 16 Mark Anderson, 17 Graeme Armstrong

Cautions: Bowen (Stafford), Tait, Ramshaw (Spennymoor)
Referee: Wade Smith
Att: 568

Report by Chris Elsley

Rushall Olympic 1 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 21st February 2017

An early penalty condemned Rangers to defeat as Rushall picked up their first points of the year.

It was set to be the first competitive return to the Pics for Rangers’ manager Neil Kitching and assistant Nick Amos but a back injury forced Kitch to miss the game.

Rushall issued a warning as early as the second minute when Aaron Forde’s shot hit the outside of Adam Whitehouse’s right post.
But Rangers didn't take note and the home side went ahead in the 4th minute. This time, Rushall captain Forde made no mistake, stroking home from the penalty spot after James Bowen had pushed Jazz Luckie to the ground.

Luckie went close to adding to the score soon after but Rangers were soon probing at the Rushall goal with Richard Batchelor and Josh Gordon going wide while Kyle Perry could only direct his header straight at Jose Veiga. Gordon was denied by a last ditch tackle from Brian Smikle after linking well with Perry then Tim Sanders lashed wide as Rangers continued to press without joy.
The half closed with Rushall going close to a second when Whitehouse turned over a swirling free kick from Isaac Cooper.

Rangers made the first advances of the second half but were restricted to long range efforts with Sanders and Bowen going over.
Izak Reid got in closer to goal when he burst into the Rushall area but his shot went the same way with Veiga untroubled.
Gordon did force a near post block from the Rushall keeper before Cooper wasted a golden chance to double the home side's lead when he skied over from a good position following good work from Luckie.

Despite dominating most of the play, Rangers couldn't break down the Rushall defence and their hopes of salvaging a point vanished when Levi Reid fired over in added time.

Rushall: 1 Jose Veiga, 2 Marcus Jackson, 3 Brian Smikle, 4 Aaron Forde, 5 Henry Eze, 6 Sam Whittall, 7 Mickael Partodikromo, 8 Lee Smith, 9 George Bowerman (14 Josh McKenzie 80m), 10 Jazz Luckie (15 Craig Bannister 67m), 11 Isaac Cooper (16 Kyle Symons 78m).
Unused Subs: 12 Aris Christophorou, 17 Dominic Dell

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Levi Reid, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Billy Reeves, 7 Izak Reid (16 Kris Taylor 82m), 8 Tim Sanders (14 George Cater 67m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Darren Thornton , 15 Omar Haughton, 17 Callum McFarlane

Cautions: Bannister, Symons (Rushall) Perry, Batchelor (Rangers)
Ref: Mark Howes
Att: 412

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Workington 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 18th February 2017

Rangers recorded their first league win in six against nine man Workington.

Boro started brightly and went ahead on 4 minutes through Kyle Perry after the visiting defence failed to clear their lines.
A powerful drive from Tim Sanders could have made it 2-0 but he struck his shot straight at Aaran Taylor.

Workington’s first look in came through Robert Wilson whose free kick skimmed the side netting while Sanders missed another chance to add to the Stafford score when he miss-kicked in front of goal.
Workington started to come more into the game and James Earl headed wide at the back post following Conor Tinnion’s corner, but a minute later they found themselves further up against it when Jacob Simpson saw red for hauling down Izak Reid.
The initial pull may have been outside the area but Reid was clearly inside by the time he went down, prompting referee Barry Lamb to award a penalty. Levi Reid stepped up but, in a carbon copy of his spot kick at Halesowen 11 days earlier, he needed two bites of the cherry, scoring from the rebound after Taylor had saved the initial spot kick (25 mins).

Workington were still a threat at the other end and Tinnion fired wide before the visitors started their come back when Joshua Calvert headed home at the back post on 38 mins.
If there were any doubts about the penalty awarded to Rangers then there were even more when Workington were given the chance to equalise two minutes into added time following an accidental collision between Kieran Morris and Scott Allison. David Symington stepped up to take the teams in on level terms at the break.

Rangers restored their lead within a minute of the restart, Perry flicking on a long ball to Josh Gordon who held off two Workington defenders before firing past Taylor.
Gordon missed a good chance for a fourth when he headed over when well placed and Kieran Morris was also off target with his header.

Taylor went low to his right to keep out Izak Reid’s free kick but Stafford's lead looked more assured when Workington's Conor Tinnion was sent off on 71 mins for aggressively kicking the ball in the direction of the linesman in an act of dissent.
Brothers Levi and Izak Reid both came within inches of adding to the score when Levi’s shot squeezed through Taylor but Izak, at the back post, found the angle too tight. Perry, on the goal line, was probably in an offside position and unable to intervene.

Missed chances could have proved costly but Workington sub Samuel Joel fired just wide when in space on the left and Rangers held on for their first league win since beating Buxton a month earlier.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Billy Reeves, 7 Izak Reid (15 Darren Thornton 89m), 8 Tim Sanders, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Levi Reid.
Unused Subs: 12 George Cater, 13 Andreou Kyprianos, 14 Omar Haughton, 16 Callum McFarlane.

Workington: 1 Aaran Taylor, 2 Jacob Simpson, 3 Gari Rowntree, 4 Sam Smith, 5 Joshua Calvert, 6 James Earl (12 Kyle May 82m), 7 David Symington, 8 Robert Wilson, 9 Jack Ryan (14 Sam Joel 73m), 10 Scott Allison, 11 Conor Tinnion.
Unused Subs: 15 Nathan Waterston, 16 Matthew Douglas, 17 Thomas Fowler

Cautions: L Reid (Rangers)
Sent Off: Simpson, Tinnion (Workington)
Referee: Barry Lamb
Att: 653

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Wolverhampton Casuals 2
Staffs Senior Cup 3rd Round - Tuesday 14th February 2017

Rangers were dumped out of the Staffs Senior Cup after a woeful display at home to West Midland League side Wolverhampton Casuals.

The opening stages of the game didn’t suggest an upset was on the cards as the Boro mounted a series of attacks but none of which produced any reward.
Levi Reid almost opened the scoring in the 9th minute with a volley from Billy Reeves’ deep cross – his shot was inches wide of the far post and would have been a contender for goal of the season had it been on target.
George Cater then set up Steven Craig with a half chance but a visiting defender was in quickly to block.

Rangers were then stunned as Casuals took the lead in the 22nd minute with their first meaningful attack. Ian Boswell found Ash Evans in space on the left and he crossed in for Kev Knickle to head past Adam Whitehouse.
Soon after, Tim Sanders tried a shot on the turn but the ball went straight through to Vitol Pinherio.

The Wolves keeper was more troubled a few minutes later when he was forced to tip over a sliced clearance from Evans before he kept his side in front when diving to his left to push away Richard Batchelor’s header.
Sanders went close from the resulting corner but it was the Casuals who extended their lead a couple of minutes before the break when Knickle was given time and space in the area before firing past Whitehouse.

Rangers were on the attack early in the second half and Sanders sent a free kick just wide after Batchelor had been tripped on the edge of the area but the home threat quickly diminished and Jay Holcroft looked set to extend Wolves’ lead when he got clear following an error from Kieran Morris but James Bowen got across quickly to block.
Darren Thornton blazed over when well placed before Batchelor shot wide.

Wolves sat deeper to defend their lead and Rangers saw their main threat coming through Thornton who produced three crosses into the area but Izak Reid – on as a sub for brother Levi – sent his first effort tamely at Pinherio and his second off target while Batchelor was also off target on a night best forgotten.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Levi Reid (17 Izak Reid 64m), 3 Darren Thornton, 4 Mitch Tolley, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 James Bowen, 7 Billy Reeves (16 Omar Haughton 64m), 8 Tim Sanders, 9 Steven Craig, 10 George Cater (12 Josh Gordon 74m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 14 Kyle Perry, 15 Sam Griffiths

Wolves Casuals: 1 Vitol Pinherio, 2 Jordon Uppal, 3 Ash Evans, 4 Fabian Facey (15 Liam Riley-Stewart 90m), 5 Craig Radford, 6 Shaquille Lee, 7 Joe Daley (14 Rich Trow 87m), 8 Ian Boswell, 9 Kev Knickle, 10 Jay Holcroft, 11 Jamaine McFarlane (12 Ben Love 76m).
Unused Subs: 16 Alex Allen, 17 Joscyln Allen

Cautions: None
Ref: Craig Taylor
Att: 172

Report by Chris Elsley

Coalville Town 0 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 11th January 2017

The two sides promoted from Division One South last season cancelled each other out in an uninspiring game on a drab Leicestershire afternoon.

The game started brightly enough with Coalville keeper Matt Coton making an early save to deny Richard Batchelor before Massiah McDonald forced Adam Whitehouse into a parried save at the opposite end soon after.
Kyle Perry then fired wide for Stafford before the game entered a 20 minute period that produced little as the two respective defences came out on top.

Levi Reid sparked some life in to the proceedings with a 25 yarder then Billy Reeves saw his shot blocked by Anton Brown.
Coalville immediately broke away and after a well timed challenge from Mitch Tolley halted Alex Dean’s run Danny Jenno headed over via the top of the bar from the resulting corner.

Both sides had penalty appeals waved away early in the second half while Whitehouse went low to his right to save from Rory Coleman as Coalville began to look more threatening.

It was the home side who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Luke Foster hit the bar in the final minute then Lukasz Rojewski failed to convert at the back post soon after but the draw was a fair reflection on the 90 minutes.

Coalville: 1 Matt Coton, 2 Alex Dean (12 Edilson Antonio 60m), 3 Lee Toor, 4 Danny Jenno, 5 Luke Foster, 6 Liam Walshe (16 Jack McMillan 69m), 7 Rory Coleman (15 Lukasz Rojewski 83m), 8 Steve Towers, 9 Massiah McDonald, 10 Nat Watson, 11 Anton Brown.
Unused subs: 13 Charlie Hornby, 14 Ryan Robbins.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Billy Reeves, 7 Levi Reid (12 Josh Gordon 75m), 8 Izak Reid (17 George Cater 82m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Tim Sanders (14 Steven Craig 67m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 15 Darren Thornton, 16 Omar Haughton

Cautions: None
Referee: Richard Eley
Att: 171

Report by Chris Elsley

Halesowen Town 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League - Tuesday 7th February 2017

Rangers had to settle for just one point from their trip to Halesowen after they blew a two goal lead against the troubled West Midland’s side.

It had all looked plain sailing early on after the Boro eased ahead thanks to some woeful defending from the home side.

Halesowen’s problems began as early as the 4th minute when Lee Chilton pulled up with a hamstring injury and it was while the Yeltz were still preparing their substitution that Rangers went ahead.
A quickly taken free kick from Mat Bailey exploited the situation but a rush of blood from Daniel Platt saw the home keeper race out of his area to head away from Josh Gordon. The ball fell at the feet of Levi Reid and he lifted it into the empty net from near the right touchline to put Rangers in front on 7 mins.
Six minutes later, Reid added his and Rangers’ second after a needless push on Gordon from Kyle Morrison. Platt saved the initial penalty but the experienced midfielder was first to the rebound.

Halesowen finally settled themselves but it wasn’t until the game was approaching the half hour mark that Adam Whitehouse was called into action when he was forced to turn away a well struck drive from Ben Clarke.
Minutes later, Ethan Delaney dispossessed James Bowen to set up Tristian Dunkley who forced another good save from the Rangers’ keeper.

At the other end, it needed a goal line clearance from Liam Slade to prevent Rangers going further ahead with the Halesowen defender hooking away Gordon’s cross shot with Reid waiting to complete his hat trick.
Billy Reeves missed another good chance early in the second half when he failed to make any connection at the end of a move that he began.
Rangers went close again with Gordon shooting straight at Platt but those missed chances were to prove costly as Halesowen got themselves back into the game on 57 mins with a superb strike from Clarke that gave Whitehouse no chance.

Rangers continued to threaten with the long ball to Gordon that troubled the home defence but that route of attack was extinguished when the Boro forward was forced off with a head injury ten minutes from time.
But chances did still come with Platt a contributing factor in both. The keeper was lucky to clear from Kyle Perry after being stranded again on the edge of his area then produced a woeful clearance a couple of minutes later that landed at Levi Reid’s feet but once again the hat trick chance went begging as Reid fired wide of an empty net from 35 yards out.
Substitute Izak Reid also went wide soon after and the catalogue of missed opportunities was to come at a heavy price when Rangers failed to deal with a long throw from Slade and Kartel O’Neill-Smith fired Halesowen’s equaliser as the clock struck 90 minutes.

Halesowen: 1 Daniel Platt, 2 Daniel Bragoli, Liam Slade, 4 Jay Denny, 5 Kyle Morrison, 6 Asa Charlton, 7 Ben Clarke, 8 Mathew Birley (15 Cash Wallace 88m), 9 Tristian Dunkley (17 Kartel )’Neill-Smith 55m), 10 Ethan Delaney, 11 Lee Chilton (12 James Bennett-Tindall 7m).
Unused Subs: 14 Jordan Wheatley, 15 John Hill

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Billy Reeves, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon (12 Izak Reid 80m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 14 Omar Haughton, 15 George Cater, 16 Tim Sanders, 17 Kris Taylor

Cautions: Delaney (Halesowen)
Ref: Ollie Williams
Att: 517

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Buxton 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 4th February 2017

Rangers lost their third league game in succession as Buxton came from behind to keep their own play off hopes alive.

Although Buxton enjoyed their share of possession in the opening exchanges, they never troubled the Stafford goal. Instead chances were coming at the other end although efforts from Kris Taylor, Josh Gordon and Kyle Perry all went wide.
It was Richard Batchelor who finally hit the target, finishing off a good move involving Gordon and Sam Griffiths on 21 mins. Griffiths beat his man on the right to deliver a well measured cross to the back post for Batchelor to head home.

Batchelor missed a good chance to add to his tally with an air shot from Perry's knock down while Izak Reid volleyed wide as Stafford retained their lead at the break.

Stafford stayed on top at the start of the second half with Buxton keeper Jan Budtz using his feet to keep out Gordon who then headed over from a corner.
But, despite Rangers creating more of the chances, it was Buxton who were to draw level on 69 mins when Liam Hardy ran on to a long ball and got behind the Stafford defence and Adam Whitehouse before slotting home from a tight angle.

The goal woke the visitors up and Hardy grabbed his second on 78 mins when he fired in the rebound after Whitehouse had saved well from Nicky Walker’s close range shot.
A James Bowen free kick was inches away from bringing Stafford back on level terms while Mat Bailey and Steven Craig both had efforts blocked as Buxton held on to take the points.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieron Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Izak Reid (14 George Cater 70m), 8 Kris Taylor (17 Billy Reeves 79m), 9 Kyle Perry (15 Steven Craig 79m), 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 12 Levi Reid, 16 Tim Sanders

Buxton: 1 Jan Budtz, 2 Matty Williams, 3 Jamie Green, 4 Ricky Ravenhill, 5 Danny Burns, 6 Greg Young, 7 Niall Doran (14 Brad Grayson 38m), 8 Brad Abbott, 9 Joe McGee, 10 Liam Hardy, 11 Nicky Walker.
Unused Subs: 12 Jamie Jackson, 15 Luke Hinsley, 16 Joel Bembo-Leta

Cautions: Morris (Boro), Ravenhill, Young, Hardy (Buxton)
Ref: Matthew Smith
Att: 674

Report by Chris Elsley

Marine 1 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 28th January 2017


Rangers suffered their second successive league defeat, going down by a single goal to Marine.

Steven Craig was named in the Stafford line up for his debut following his loan move from Worcester but it was strike partner Kyle Perry who went close to opening the scoring in the 3rd minute only to see his shot hit the inside of the post and bounce across the six yard box.
With Rangers keeping on the attack, Perry had another go on goal but his header was cleared by Lewis Field.

The home side took advantage of their let off just two minutes later. Craig Lindford played the ball down from James Short's left wing cross and Matthew Hamilton finished smartly from around 15 yards.
Andy Nicholas went close to a second soon after while Kurt Sherlock's shot flew across the face of goal.

Richard Batchelor tried to lift one over the Marin keeper as Rangers looked to get back level while James Bowen was only just off target from 40yards after a poor clearance from Calvin Hare.
The Marine keeper then needed two attempts to gain possession after dropping Bowen’s fee kick, diving on top of the loose ball as Josh Gordon moved in.
Marine almost grabbed a second shortly before half time when Sherlock hit the post following an exchange with Lindfield while Levi Reid, on as a sub for the injured Craig, fired over at the other end.

Adam Whitehouse made a mess of an attempted clearance inside the first minute of the second half, slicing the ball towards Hamilton but the Marine goal scorer screwed his shot wide.
Rangers kept plugging away without really testing the home keeper though Mat Bailey's header needed to be cleared away by Nicholas with Hare looking beaten.
However, Hare was on hand to tip over a header from Perry. Moments earlier, Sherlock had turned the ball over from close range from Field's low centre.

There was little further threat on either goal and despite having Field sent off for a second yellow a minute from time, the Merseysiders held on to take all three points.

Marine: 1 Calvin Hare, 2 Lewis Field, 3 Andy Nicholas, 4 Robbie Threlfall, 5 James Foley (12 Mike Grogan 71m), 6 Adam Hughes, 7 Craig Lindfield (15 Will Doherty 73m), 8 Zac Thompson, 9 Matthew Hamilton, 10 Kurt Sherlock (14 Sean Mylet 88m), 11 James Short.
Unused subs: 16 Tom Moore, 17 Dean Porter

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths (16 Tim Sanders 69m), 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Steven Craig (12 Levi Reid 43m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 14 Kris Taylor, 15 Darren Thornton, 17 George Cater

Cautions: Lindfield (Marine)
Sent Off: Field (Marine) – 2 yellows
Ref: Sam Mulhall
Att: 460

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Rushall Olympic 0
Walsall Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 24th January 2017


Rangers reached the semi finals of the Walsall Senior Cup with a comfortable victory over holders Rushall Olympic.

Rangers had an early scare when goalkeeper Adam Whitehouse picked up a foot injury when trying to cut out a dipping cross from Aris Christophorou but fortunately he was able to continue after treatment.
It was Josh Gordon who had the first real look in on goal on 15 mins. Tim Sanders did well initially but a smart turn by Gordon saw him break into the Rushall area only for the leading scorer to fire across goal and wide of the far post.
Sanders then sent a long ball for George Cater to chase but Sam Arnold raced out of his area to clear.

Rangers continued to look the most threatening and came close again on 24 mins when Gordon’s header was blocked on the line following a Kris Taylor corner.
Rushall created a couple of good chances themselves around the half hour mark when first Michael Partodikromo’s centre just eluded the head of Stan Mugisha while Mo Diop should have done better with a back post header following Isaac Cooper’s corner before Luke Bottomer went wide from the edge of the area.

Rangers should have gone ahead on 40 mins when Sam Whittall hauled down Omar Haughton only for Gordon to send his penalty high over the bar.
If Rushall thought they had escaped they were in for a shock as Rangers hit their visitors with two goals in two minutes.
Sanders netted the first on 42 mins with an exquisite chip over Arnold then supplied Gordon who made amends for his penalty miss with a crisp finish a minute later.

Rangers remained in charge in the early exchanges of the second half with Kieran Morris not finding a clean enough contact from the edge of the box while Cater was denied by a goal line clearance from Cooper.

Rushall began to pose more of a threat themselves with Diop forcing a good save from Whitehouse before miscuing another good chance which he should have taken.
Rangers soon resumed authority and saw Gordon and Taylor go just wide.
Joe Hull missed a good chance to pull a goal back when he headed wide before Taylor wrapped up the tie on 78 mins with a smart finish from the edge of the area after Sanders dummied a pass from Darren Thornton.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Darren Thornton, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mitch Tolley, 6 Levi Reid (12 Richard Batchelor 75m), 7 George Cater, 8 Tim Sanders, 9 Josh Gordon, 10 Omar Haughton (17 Ezekiel Agyemang 78m), 11 Kris Taylor.
Unused Subs: 14 Kyle Perry, 15 Izak Reid, 16 James Bowen

Rushall Olympic: 1 Sam Arnold, 2 Aris Christophorou, 3 Isaac Cooper, 4 Marcus Jackson (15 Aaron Ford 46m), 5 Joe Hull, 6 Sam Whittall, 7 Luke Bottomer (12 Josh McKenzie 67m), 8 Michael Partodikromo 14 Jack Squire 62m), 9 Mo Diop, 10 Stan Mugisha, 11 Danico Johnson.
Unused Sub: 13 Jose Viega– only 4 subs named

Cautions: none
Ref: Greg Rollason
Att: 218

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Grantham Town 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 21st January 2017

Rangers’ run of five consecutive victories was ended by fellow form side Grantham Town.

Stafford were first to show as the two sides traded chances with Kyle Perry sending his volley just wide before Grantham responded soon after when Michael Hollingsworth forced a save from Adam Whitehouse.
Perry hit another volley wide before Whitehouse was called into action once more to keep out Danny Meadows with Mat Bailey clearing Hollingsworth's follow up off the line.

Midway through the half, a late challenge on Izak Reid from Ellis Storey sparked a melee in front of the dug outs that saw Grantham manager Adam Stevens sent to the stands.
Rangers weren’t giving their former custodian Kieran Preston much of a test in the Gingerbreads goal as Josh Gordon and Perry were both off target.
Instead, it was Whitehouse who continued to be the busier keeper and in the final stages of the opening period, Hollingsworth headed straight at the Rangers keeper who then saved well from Lee Shaw with Harry Clifton going wide with the rebound.

Whitehouse denied Clifton early in the second half before Stafford went close at the other end, Stefan Galinski making a goal line clearance to deny Kieran Morris who had got on the end of Izak Reid’s free kick.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 73rd minute when Felipe Barcelos got behind the Stafford defence in the inside right channel and pulled the ball back to Lee Shaw who drilled home from around 15 yards.

Stafford wasted two great opportunities to draw level in the dying stages with George Cater and Ezekiel Agyemang failing to make the most of chances that came their way.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Levi Reid (15 George Cater 81m), 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Tim Sanders (17 Omar Haughton 65m), 9 Kyle Perry (16 Ezekiel Agymang 87m), 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Griffiths, 14 Darren Thornton

Grantham Town: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Luther Wildin, 3 Ellis Storey, 4 Michael Hollingsworth, 5 Stefan Galinski, 6 Danny Meadows, 7 Harry Clifton, 8 Rhys Lewis, 9 Felipe Barcelos (14 Jeremiah Dasaolu 81m), 10 Lee Shaw, 11 Luke Shaw (12 Curtis Burrows 70m).
Unused Subs: 15 Michael Koopowitz, 16 Danny Martin, 17 Dennis Rhule

Cautions: Bowen, Bailey (Rangers), Storey, Lewis (Grantham)
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Att: 710

Report by Chris Elsley

Buxton 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Evo -Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 17th January 2017

Rangers became the first team to win at Buxton this season with an excellent team performance against the title chasers, one described by Neil Kitching as the best of the season.

Kick off was delayed 15 mins due to the late arrival of a number of Rangers players who were delayed by a nasty accident en route.
Buxton got off to a flyer but somehow new signing Liam Hardy failed to add to the impressive tally he had recorded during a previous spell at Silverlands and hit the post from inside the 6 yard box.

Both sides struggled to create any further clear chances in the opening quarter with the two defences reigning supreme.
Gradually, Rangers began to get a little more sight on the home goal with a Kyle Perry volley being blocked and Kris Taylor sending a first time shot just over. At the other end, both Luke Hinsley and Alastair Taylor sent shots too high.

The breakthrough came on 38 mins when Buxton failed to clear a cross from Taylor and Josh Gordon was left with a simple tap in to put Rangers in front.
Just before half time, Buxton’s Taylor was a foot away from an equaliser with a well struck shot from the edge of the area but Greg Young ensured his side would go in at the break on level terms when he was first to Nic Travis’ free kick to head past Adam Whitehouse.
Referee Alex Kirkley kept his whistle warm during the opening half while also issuing 8 yellow cards.

Buxton made another lively start to proceedings after the interval with Young firing over from the D but the Bucks skipper was to have a more telling influence on the game on 55 mins when he was sent off as last man for halting Perry’s advance on goal.
Although Izak Reid’s subsequent free kick came to nothing, it was the midfielder who was on hand to put Rangers back in front on 61 mins.

Again, Buxton will be disappointed with the way they allowed Rangers to score as Levi Reid’s centre found its way to the younger brother at the back post and he flicked the ball past Jan Budtz.

With a man advantage Rangers looked more secure as time went on although it needed an excellent defensive header from Taylor to clear a Buxton corner.
Taylor was involved in Rangers’ third goal of the evening with a free kick near the right corner flag on 80 mins. The ball was headed out to Mitch Tolley whose scuffed shot was diverted over Budtz by Perry’s foot.

Buxton: 1 Jan Budtz, 2 Joel Bembo-Leta, 3 Jamie Green, 4 Ricky Ravenhill, 5 Danny Burns, 6 Greg Young, 7 Niall Doran (12 Jamie Jackson 69m), 8 Nic Travis (14 Brad Abbott 69m), 9 Luke Hinsley, 10 Liam Hardy (15 Nicky Walker 82m), 11 Alastair Taylor.
Unused Subs: 16 Matty Williams, 17 Fabrice Bembo-Leta

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Levi Reid, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Izak Reid (14 Darren Thornton 82m), 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 12 Tim Sanders, 15 Ezekiel Agyemang, 16 George Cater, 17 Sam Griffiths

Cautions: Ravenhill, Doran, Hinsley, Taylor (Buxton); L Reid, Bowen, Taylor, Perry, Gordon, Batchelor (Rangers)
Sent Off: Young (Buxton)
Ref: Alex Kirkley
Att: 312

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Kidsgrove Athletic 0
Staffs Senior Cup 2nd Round - Tuesday 10th January 2017

Rangers eased into the last eight of the Staffs Senior Cup defeating last year’s runners up, Kidsgrove Athletic.

Both sides made a number of changes to their starting line ups but there was still a fair amount of strength in both teams with Michael Townsend a notable returnee for Rangers playing his first game for seven weeks after suspension while Trinidad & Tobago international Chris Birchall was in the visitors side.
The first 45 mins was a relatively quiet affair with both sides guilty of giving the ball away too easily and few goal mouth chances.
The best moment of the first half came in the Rangers box when Marc Grocott’s cross was met by Aaron Johns who volleyed fiercely towards goal but found Adam Whitehouse equal to it.

Rangers gave a first outing to Ezekiel Agyemang but the recent signing from Tipton headed over when well placed and later sent another chance over via his shoulder.
Kidsgrove’s Anthony Malbon only had one chance but his header landed on the roof of the net from Birchall’s free kick.
The final action of the half saw Levi Reid -skipper for the night on his 250th appearance - force a save from Chris Martin with a 20 yard drive.

The second period was more entertaining with Rangers taking command.
Agyemang headed against the post then Townsend’s follow up was saved by Martin. A good move by Boro ended with another shot from Reid. Martin again failed to hold but managed to claw the ball away before Tim Sanders could take advantage.

It was Sanders whose cross led to Rangers’ opener on 52 mins, Kieran Morris calmly adding the finishing touch to turn the ball past Martin.
Whitehouse kept Rangers in front tipping over from Lee Pickerill soon after while Agyemang was again a whisker away when he headed against the Kidsgrove cross bar.
George Cater gave Rangers some breathing space when he fired through Martin’s legs to make it 2-0 on 66 mins – a goal that more or less killed off the Kidsgrove challenge and there was little further threat at either end as Rangers ended a run of three consecutive home defeats to the Grove.

Rangers will be concerned at an apparent hamstring injury collected by Jack Sherratt in the final stages while there was a warm reception for former Rangers favourite Kevin Street who made a brief substitute appearance for Kidsgrove.
Rangers now face Wolverhampton Casuals for a place in the semi finals.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt (14 Izak Reid 73m), 9 Ezekiel Agyemang, 10 George Cater, 11 Tim Sanders.
Unused Subs: 12 Mat Bailey, 15 Kyle Perry, 16 Josh Gordon, 17 Nick Amos

Kidsgrove: 1 Chris Martin, 2 Ashley Hodgkinson (15 Kevin Street 84m), 3 Lewis Bergin, 4 Dan Skelton, 5 Ryan Austin (12 Leon Ashman 68m), 6 Marc Grocott, 7 Dylan Bath (14 Harry Clayton 61m), 8 Chris Birchall, 9 Aaron Johns, 10 Anthony Malbon, 11 Lee Pickerill.
Unused Sub: 16 Ross Davidson

Cautions: None
Referee: Michael D’Aguilar
Att: 196

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Ilkeston FC 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 7th January 2017

Stafford Rangers had to come from behind to overcome a battling display from struggling Ilkeston.

Although Rangers dominated much of the first half proceedings, it was the visitors who were ahead at half time, thanks to Luis Rose's breakaway goal on 21 mins.
The goal came seconds after Ilkeston keeper Jamie Hannis had been forced to race off his line to clear from Jack Sherratt. His long clearance was played on by Ben Morris, picking out Rose who slotted past Adam Whitehouse.
Hannis saved Ilkeston in the opening 10 minutes, keeping out a close range header from Mat Bailey who was also denied by the outstretched leg of his opposite number Matt Baker.

After Rose had stunned Rangers with a rare Ilkeston goal, Hannis proved Ilkeston's saviour in the final 15 mins of the first half, keeping out Izak Reid and Kyle Perry, who also hit the post shortly after.
The Ilkeston keeper then dropped a high cross at the feet of Perry but redeemed himself with a good save before keeping out a close range header from Mat Bailey as the visitors took their lead into the break.
Their resistance finally broke two minutes in to the second half when Hannis pushed away Josh Gordon’s shot but then could only divert Izak Reid's follow up into his own net.

Ilkeston missed a couple of great opportunities to restore their lead. Firstly Rose failed with his execution when he could only steer the ball into the arms of Whitehouse then the Stafford keeper made an excellent save to keep out Danny Gordon before Sam Griffiths' superb goal line clearance denied Morris from the follow up.

It was Stafford's Josh Gordon who was to grab what proved to be the winning goal on 70 mins when he headed in Izak Reid's cross after a fortunate ricochet had given the provider space on the right.
Hannis denied Reid a breakaway third late on but Rangers had done just enough to secure the points.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 San Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley (12 Kris Taylor 26m), 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt (16 Tim Sanders 82m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard |Batchelor (14 Levi Reid 46m).
Unused Subs: 15 Spencer Gunnell, 17 Ezekiel Agyemang

Ilkeston: 1 Jamie Hannis, 2 Connor Walters, 3 Ryan Head, 4 Keenan Meakin (14 Reece Horne 71m), 5 Matt Baker, 6 Jaylon Bather, 7 Luis Rose, 8 Tom Gamblen (17 Tevahn Tyrell 76m), 9 Danny Gordon, 10 Ben Morris, 11 Brandon Clarke (16 Dexter Atkinson 66m).
Unused Subs: 12 Max Thornberry, 15 Charlie Scanlon

Cautions: Batchelor (Rangers) Bather, Horne (Ilkeston)
Referee: Tom Kirk
Att: 763

Report by Chris Elsley

Nantwich Town 0 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Monday 2nd January 2017

Rangers opened up 2017 with a hard fought victory at Nantwich Town.

Izak Reid grabbed the only goal of the game in the first half while the home side also had keeper Dave Parton sent off for handling outside his area.
It wasn’t one of the Boro’s best displays. They were slow to get going and Nantwich had the better of the opening quarter without really testing Adam Whitehouse.

Joe Mswaile was Nantwich’s dangerman but he wasted a great chance when he miscued after cutting in from the left while Matt Bell shot tamely at Whitehouse when well placed.
Rangers’ best chance came when Kyle Perry pounced on an error from Curtis Jones but Parton smothered after the ball deflected off Ben Harrison.

It was another defensive error that led to Rangers taking the lead on 34 mins. Dabbers skipper Sam Hall inexplicably played a square ball across his area but Reid was quickest to react and clipped the ball over Parton to score his sixth of the season.
Rangers were closest to adding to the scoring with Perry going just wide from distance while long range efforts from Jack Sherratt and Josh Gordon were both held by Parton without much difficulty.

Whitehouse saved well from a Theo Stair free kick early in the second half – the Rangers keeper going full stretch to his right to palm the ball away for a corner.
Soon after Parton saved bravely at the feet of Gordon following a good run from Sherratt then the home keeper kept out another Gordon effort.
Rangers survived by the skin of their teeth when Bell’s shot struck the inside of the post before bouncing to safety.

Nantwich’s task got tougher when Parton saw red with 15 mins to go. James Bowen sent a long ball over the Nantwich defence and Parton raced out of his area to intercept but stuck out an arm to prevent the ball going past him. Curtis Jones took over the keeper’s jersey.
But Rangers never really tested the stand in keeper. Instead it was Nantwich who came closest in the final stages. Sub Steve Jones miskicked when well placed then, along with Ryan Brooke, was involved in a goalmouth scramble before Whitehouse fell on to the loose ball to ensure t victory.

Nantwich: 1 Dave Parton, 2 Andy White, 3 Ibou Touray, 4 Curtis Jones, 5 Ben Harrison, 6 Sam Hall, 7 Joe Mwasile (16 Josh Hancock 66m), 8 Matt Bell, 9 Ryan Brooke, 10 Oliver Finney (12 Osebi Abadaki 66m), 11 Theo Stair (17 Steve Jones 53m).
Unused Subs: 14 Wayne Riley, 15 Joel Stair

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt (14 Levi Reid 83m), 9 Kyle Perry (16 Tim Sanders 66m), 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Kris Taylor, 15 Spencer Gunnell, 17 Ezekiel Agyemang

Cautions: C Jones, Brooke, S Jones (Nantwich)
Sent Off: Parton (Nantwich)
Referee: Richard Abson
Att: 780

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Hednesford Town 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Monday 26th December 2016

Stafford Rangers took the honours in their Staffordshire derby against arch rivals Hednesford in front of a bumper crowd of 1,826 – the highest at Marston Road since Farsley Celtic were the visitors in March 2008 when 1,853 turnout up for Steve Bull’s first game in charge. Following police advice, the kick off was delayed 15 minutes to allow fans to get in to the ground.

Hednesford had two great chances inside the opening 10 minutes but saw Tony Clarke’s shot kept out by Adam Whitehouse's boot while Tom Thorley curled his shot over from the edge of the area.
Stafford settled and moments after Hednesford’s new signing Vinny Mukendi was forced off with a broken nose it was Rangers who struck first metaphorical blood midway through the half when Jack Sherratt’s header found Kyle Perry in space and the former Pitman fired past Dan Crane.
But, after the two sides had traded unsuccessful attempts on the opposition goal, it was an error from Perry that lead to Hednesford’s equaliser on 36 mins. Perry stalled to let the ball run out of play but instead it rolled down the touchline. Thorley nipped in to find Danny Glover on the right. Glover cut in and beat Whitehouse with a superb strike from around 20 yards out

Ashley Sammons volleyed wide when well placed as Hednesford threatened again while Izak Reid was just off target at the other end.

Rangers came out the stronger in the second half and after Izak Reid twice missed out, the Boro were finally rewarded when Kieran Morris steered his header past Crane from Sherratt’s free kick on 62 mins.
From then on, Rangers looked the most likely victors as Hednesford’s challenge began to run out of steam.

Josh Gordon came within inches of adding a third when he fired across the face of goal then Crane saved well from Reid before the Stafford player chipped just wide.
Hednesford made one last push in the dying minutes and nearly snatched a stoppage time equaliser when Glover fired inches wide then Courtney Wildin’s shot thundered back off the post but it was the home side who were celebrating at the end.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Izak Reid (17 Tim Sanders 88m), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon (16 Anthony Dwyer 90+3m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Kris Taylor, 14 Levi Reid, 15 Spencer Gunnell

Hednesford Town: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Kyle Haynes, 3 Courtney Wildin, 4 Stuart McNaught, 5 Dan Brennan, 6 Gavin Caines, 7 Tom Thorley, 8 Ashley Sammons (16 David McDermott 73m), 9 Tony Clarke (15 Spencer Weir-Daley 67m), 10 Jamie Sheldon, 11 Vinny Mukendi (14 Danny Glover 21m).
Unused Subs: 12 Jamie Matthews, 17 Kyle Rowley

Cautions: Gordon, Batchelor (Stafford)
Referee: Scott Simpson
Att: 1,826

Report by Chris Elsley

Barwell 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Wednesday 21st December 2016


Rangers’ unbeaten run of seven league games came to an end with a disappointing performance at Barwell.

Rangers made a bright start and it was somewhat against the run of play that Barwell took the lead on 9 mins, Callum Ball snapping up the chance after Adam Whitehouse could only parry Brady Hickey’s shot.
A couple of minutes earlier, Josh Gordon had headed over and it was the Rangers’ attacking midfielder who was involved as the Boro drew level on 15 mins.
Anticipating Craig Stanley’s header back to Liam Castle, Gordon was felled by the Barwell keeper then netted from the spot to establish himself as the club’s leading scorer.

Soon after Gordon tried his luck from distance but failed to trouble the keeper but Rangers lost their way as Barwell began to look the stronger side.
Mitch Tolley had to clear off the line following a corner but the home side restored their lead on 27 mins when Owen Story received a pass from Cleveland Taylor down the right flank then in turn picked out Hickey with a square ball. The Barwell captain had time and space to fire past the helpless Whitehouse.
Mat Bailey had to clear off the line from one of his own team mates then deflected a Hickey shot for a corner as Barwell kept up the pressure but the game lacked any quality from either side.

The second half didn’t fare any better. Both Gordon and Izak Reid should have made more of openings early on but neither managed to get in a shot.
At the other end, Ball went clear and chipped Whitehouse but his celebrations were cut short as he watched the ball bounce wide.

Indecision between Bailey and Whitehouse let in Alex Tomkinson but the Boro keeper redeemed himself with the subsequent save.
The closest Rangers got to grabbing a point came with two minutes remaining when Castle tipped over a Kyle Perry header.

A poor game will probably be best remembered for the nine bookings. Most were justified but referee Richard Price should also have shown a second yellow to Castle after his blatant play acting attempts to get Perry sent off. Price saw through the tactics of the Barwell keeper but took no further action against him.

Barwell: 1 Liam Castle, 2 Cleveland Taylor, 3 Eddie Nisevic, 4 Craig Stanley, 5 Joe Ballinger, 6 Nigel Julien, 7 Alex Tomkinson, 8 Owen Story, 9 Luke Barlone (15 Ryan Baldwin 81m), 10 Brady Hickey, 11 Callum Ball.
Unused Subs: 12 Nathan Astill, 13 Max Varnham-Smith, 14 Sam Grouse, 16 Guy Hadland

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor (12 Jack Sherratt 59m), 7 Izak Reid (16 Anthony Dwyer 59m), 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor (14 Levi Reid 83m).
Unused Subs: 15 Spencer Gunnell, 17 George Cater

Cautions: Castle, Stanley, Julien, Barlone, Ball, Baldwin (Barwell); Griffiths, Tolley, Perry (Boro)
Referee: Richard Price
Att: 309

Report by Chris Elsley

Warrington Town 0 Stafford Rangers 2
(Match Abandoned after 58 mins due to lifting fog)
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 17th December 2016


Stafford Rangers were denied victory when fog caused the abandonment of their match at Warrington Town after 58 minutes with the visitors leading 2-0.

Rangers made an ideal start, going ahead in the 4th minute thanks to a Richard Batchelor header after Kris Taylor had hooked the ball back into the danger area.
Josh Gordon struck a couple of shots at Wire keeper Tony McMillan and put another wide while Izak Reid volleyed over from close range as Stafford dominated the opening exchanges.

The visitors were rewarded on the half hour when they went 2-0 up in controversial circumstances after McMillan was penalised for holding the ball too long and then got a touch to Mitch Tolley’s indirect free kick to concede the goal.

Fog began to come down towards the end of the half and worsened during the second, causing the referee to halt play after 13 mins of play.
Having initially said he would wait 10 mins to make a decision, he abandoned the game after waiting just 7 mins.
The players and officials had barely left the pitch when the fog lifted sufficiently for the game to have been played to a finish but by then it was too late.

Warrington: 1 Tony McMillan, 2 Adam Carden, 3 Rory McKeown, 4 Daniel Ventre, 5 Craig Robinson, 6 James McCarten, 7 Lewis Codling, 8 Ed Toner, 9 Ciaran Kilheeney, 10 Danny Hattersley, 11 Scott Harries.
Unused Subs: 12 Samuel Ilesamni, 14 John Shaw, 15 Scott Metcalfe, 16 Dylan Vassallo, 17 Ben Deegan

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Jack Sherratt, 14 Levi Reid, 15 Spencer Gunnell, 16 Roger Lee, 17 George Cater

Cautions: McMillan, Codling, Hattersely (Warrington); Taylor (Boro)
Referee: James Madine
Att: 369

Report by Chris Elsley

Chorley 1 Stafford Rangers 0
FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round - Tuesday 6th December 2016


Rangers’ FA Trophy run came to an end despite a battling performance away to Vanarama North high fliers Chorley.

The home side had the advantage of slope and wind in their favour in the first half which enabled them to have the better of the proceedings with some quick movement and passing threatening to open up the Rangers defence early on. But, despite producing most of the attacking play, they only forced one save out of Adam Whitehouse.
Unfortunately for Rangers, that one save was also to lead to Chorley’s goal as Kieron Charnock was first in to the rebound to score.

John Walker missed a golden opportunity inside the first minute but skewed his shot wide before both Jake Cottrell and Adam Roscoe sent shots high over the bar.
Rangers’ first serious threat on goal came midway through the half when Kris Taylor sent a shot flashing wide.
Taylor then fed Kyle Perry who in turn set up Jack Sherratt but the attention of Matt Challoner forced the Boro midfielder to send his shot the wrong side of the post.

With Stafford increasing in confidence, Josh Gordon dispossessed Challoner but went wide with an attempted chip from some 30 yards out.
It was Chorley who were to strike the killer blow a minute before half time when Whitehouse pushed away a well struck free kick from Adam Roscoe only for Charnock to nip in to net the rebound .

Rangers took the game to Chorley after the interval and Taylor’s free kick was only just off target.
At the other end, James Bowen had to make an excellent block to deny Marcus Carver when the home forward look certain to score.
A long throw from Bowen skimmed wide off the head of a Chorley defender then Izak Reid struck a 30 yard free kick straight at Shaun Rowley.

The nearest Rangers came to bringing Chorley back to Marston Road came in the final minute when Perry headed down Bowen’s cross but Rowley kept out Mat Bailey’s header in the scramble that followed.

Chorley: 1 Shaun Rowley, 2 Matt Challoner, 3 Adam Blakeman, 4 Kieran Charbnock, 5 Scott Leather, 6 Stephen Jordan, 7 Adam Roscoe, 8 Dale Whitham, 9 Marcus Carver, 10 Jason Walker (17 Alex Samizadeh 79m), 11 Jake Cottrell.
Unused Subs: 12 Waqas Azam, 14 Will Beesley, 15 Paul Jarvis, 16 Josh O’Keefe

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths (14 Mitchell Tolley 79m), 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor (16 George Cater 79m), 7 Izak Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Josh Gordon (12 Levi Reid 66m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 Roger Lee, 17 Jahquil Hill

Cautions: Charnock, Leather (Chorley) Bowen, Perry, Batchelor (Boro)
Referee: Anthony Tankard
Att: 466

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Matlock Town 0 
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 3rd December 2016


10 man Rangers produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat promotion hopefuls Matlock Town.

An incident packed first 45 mins saw the Boro hit the post, take a deserved lead on 9 mins, Adam Whitehouse save a penalty and have James Bowen sent off.
Rangers pressed the visitors from kick off with Kyle Perry caught just offside inside the first minute while Josh Gordon sliced wide under pressure soon after.
Headers from Perry and Mat Bailey were just kept out and from Kris Taylor's corner Izak Reid hit the post.

Matlock’s counter broke down and Reid was able to set up Gordon with an unmissable chance to put Rangers ahead on 9 mins.
Matlock keeper Philip Barnes saved from both Gordon and Kyle Perry as Rangers pressed for a second.
Matlock survived the onslaught without further damage but it took them half an hour to mount any sort of threat of their own.

The Matlock going remained under the bigger threat and Barnes kept out Sean Geddes with a flying save then Niall McManus cleared header from Richard Batchelor.
Matlock were given a chance to draw level on 33 mins when Batchelor caught Marcus Dinanga but Whitehouse made an excellent save diving to his left to keep out Ted Cribley’s spot kick.
A minute before half time, Bowen got caught up with Williams near the corner flag and referee Benjamin Speedie sent off the Stafford full back for an alleged stamp. It looked looked harsh to say the least and was just one of a number of questionable decisions made by the referee that angered the Rangers camp.
The first half action was still not over and Whitehouse saved well from Jake Green to preserve Stafford's lead at the break.

Matlock pressed early in the second half with Williams hitting the post from distance and having another shot deflected wide.
It was against the run of play that Stafford grabbed their second on the hour when Batchelor hooked the ball in from close range following a right wing corner from Geddes.

The goal took the impetus away from Matlock and apart from Joe Doyles-Charles forcing a save from Whitehouse, the Stafford goal was rarely threatened.
Instead, it was Stafford who looked more likely to add to the scoring but the nearest they came was through Perry, whose shot was deflected into the side netting, and Levi Reid who forced a parried save from Barnes.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Izak Reid, 8 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 70m), 9 Kyle Perry (14 Anthony Dwyer 85m), 10 Josh Gordon, 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 15 Jack Sherratt, 16 Roger Lee, 17 George Cater

Matlock: 1 Philip Barnes, 2 Liam Marsden, 3 Jake Green (15 Alex Pursehouse 67m), 4 Joe Doyle-Charles, 5 Adam Yates, 6 Dwayne Wiley, 7 Niall McManus, 8 Michael Williams, 9 Curtis Morrison (12 Marc Newsham 73m), 10 Marcus Dinanga, 11 Ted Cribley.
Unused subs: 14 Jamie Yates, 16 Kevin Grocott, 17 Nico De Girolamo

Cautions: Griffiths, Taylor, Geddes, Gordon, Batchelor (Rangers); Marsden, Williams (Matlock)
Sent Off: Bowen (Rangers)
Referee: Benjamin Speedie
Att: 563

Report by Chris Elsley

Newcastle Town 3 Stafford Rangers 1
Integro League Cup 1st Round - Tuesday 22nd November 2016


Rangers exited the Integro League Cup at the first hurdle, beaten by Division One South joint leaders Newcastle Town whose side contained former Rangers player Joe Thomas.

Rangers made several changes to the side that came from two goals down at Blyth three days earlier but the changed line up was soon facing a similar task as Castle raced into a 2-0 lead.
Jordan Cole struck the first on just 3 mins, hooking the ball past debutant keeper Jacquil Hill after the fourth in a series of corners.

Michael Townsend could have equalised when he headed over but Jake Lovatt increased Castle’s lead on 11 mins following a probing run from Sam Coulson. However, Rangers were incensed that play had been allowed to continue after a foul on Josh Gordon deep inside the Newcastle half.
The home side continued to look the stronger side but Rangers pulled a goal back on 29 mins when Anthony Dwyer opened his account with an excellent chip from the left which deceived Joe Mellor.
Two minutes later, George Cater’s shot came back off the bar but Rangers found themselves reduced to 10 men when Townsend was shown a straight red following an incident involving Cole.

The second half struggled to get going with neither side creating much to threaten the opposition goal.
Newcastle posed the greater threat in the latter stages and the tie was all over when Richard Batchelor tripped Danny Cocks in the area and Lee Cropper despatched the spot kick on 74 mins.

Newcastle: 1 Joe Mellor, 2 Niall Green, 3 Tom Fogg, 4 Kyle Diskin (16 Kyle Blake 68m), 5 Luke Askey, 6 Sam Coulson, 7 Joe Thomas,  8 Tom Unwin, 9 Jordan Cole (15 Chris Baker 62m), 10 Jake Lovatt (14 Lee Cropper 46m), 11 Danny Cocks.
Unused Subs: 12 Sam Bradbury, 17 Aaron Dillon

Rangers: 1 Jacquil Hill, 2 Sam Griffiths (14 Kieran Morris 46m), 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitch Tolley (16 Richard Batchelor 62m), 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Roger Lee, 7 George Cater, 8 Levi Reid, 9 Anthony Dwyer, 10 Sean Geddes, 11 Josh Gordon (15 Izak Reid 60m).
Unused Subs: 12 Kyle Perry, 17 Kris Taylor

Cautions: Green, Diskin, Cole (Newcastle) Griffiths, L Reid, Gordon, Morris (Boro)
Sent off:  Townsend (Boro)
Referee: Kristian Simcox
Att: 111

Report by Chris Elsley

Blyth Spartans 2 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 19th November 2016

Rangers fought back from two goals down to pick up a rare point at Croft Park.

Rangers made three changes - two of them enforced as Josh Gordon was suspended and Michael Townsend came down with illness on the long journey north while George Cater returned to the squad for the first time in nearly two months, on the bench along with new signing Anthony Dwyer.
There were plenty of early chances, as Richard Batchelor won a ball in midfield and found Kyle Perry, who slipped a pass in for Elliot Hodge, and his shot was only inches wide.
Perry then tried his luck with a shot from around 25 yards that was also only just wide while Izak Reid found the side netting after getting free on the left.

The first shot on target came on 16 minutes when Kris Taylor's free-kick was not cleared, and when the ball fell to Elliot Hodge on the edge of the area, he shot straight into Paul Woolston's arms.
Blyth's first shot on target on 18 mins, however, brought the opener, as Rangers failed to clear their lines and Armstrong fired precisely into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, the Blyth number 10 doubled the tally as Daniel Maguire's through ball found him clear of the Boro defence, and he rounded the keeper before slotting home.
But the defecit was reduced with a third goal in the space of five minutes as Ryan Hutchinson's attempted clearance looped behind him and towards goal, where Izak Reid stole in to nod home.

After Taylor fired a free-kick straight at Woolston, Blyth countered and Robbie Dale's cross was headed just over his own bar by Mat Bailey.
The equaliser, nine minutes from the break, was as route one as you could imagine. Whitehouse's kick was long, finding the head of Perry, who flicked it into the path of Izak Reid, and with Woolston hesitating to come off his line, the Boro forward had a relatively simple job to slot the ball into the far corner.
There was another flurry of chances before the break as first Taylor had to clear a shot off the line, and then Dale's dipping effort was heading in until Bailey cleared it behind.
Hodge then fed Tolley, whose squared cross was taken off the foot of Perry, and then from a corner, Perry fired over.

Early in the second half, a push by James Bowen on Dale had Blyth appealing in vain for a penalty, before Perry almost played in Hodge, but Woolston claimed.
A good counter-attack then led to Patterson's low drive being saved by Whitehouse.
Maguire headed Dale's left-wing cross over, and then Batchelor - having an impressive game - saw his cross cleared to Taylor, whose well-struck shot from distance was watched all the way by Woolston.

In the 68th minute, Blyth were awarded what looked a soft penalty after Armstrong went down in the box, but when the home striker picked himself up to take the kick, Whitehouse's save denied him a hat-trick.
A lovely move in the 81st minute saw Cater attack down the left and square the ball, which Perry dummied for Izak Reid, who laid it back for Batchelor, and he beat his marker before firing wide.
Blyth had a great chance to retake the lead moments later when first Paterson's shot was turned behind for a corner, from which Sean Reid headed over.

The hosts were looking the most likely to snatch a winner, and when a loose pass in midfield was snaffled up and fed to Dale, only a last-ditch challenge from Kieran Morris prevented the goal.

Blyth: Paul Woolston, 2 Andrew Cartwright, 3 Michael Liddle, 4 Damen Mullen (14 Sean Reid 78m), 5 Nathan Buddle, 6 Ryan Hutchinson (16 Richard Pell 60m), 7 Matty Pattinson, 8 Stephen Turnbull, 9 Daniel Maguire, 10 Luke Armstrong, 11 Robbie Dale.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Nicholson, 15 Mathew Wade, 18 Michael Richardson

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor (12 Levi Reid 85m), 7 Elliot Hodge (17 George Cater 60m), 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid (14 Anthony Dwyer 90m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 Sean Geddes, 16 Roger Lee

Cautions: Hodge (Boro)
Ref: C Knightly
Att: 589

Report by David Broome

Stafford Rangers 2 Hednesford Town 1 (aet)
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round Replay - Tuesday 15th November 2016


Grit, determination, resilience, that ‘never say die’ attitude. Rangers had it all as they knocked local rivals Hednesford out of the FA Trophy.

The game also had controversy with referee Greg Rollason making a dreadful decision in showing Elliot Hodge a second yellow.

It was a fast and nervous start for the Boro but once they had settled, they dominated all areas of the park for most of the evening.
Rangers came close to opening the scoring on 17 mins when Hodge’s powerful shot came back off the post with Dan Crane beaten. Sean Geddes was first to react but, somehow, Crane got himself up to make an excellent save.
Five minutes later, it was Hednesford who were denied when Mat Bailey cleared off the line from a George Carline header when the goal looked certain.

Crane punched over a free kick from Kris Taylor and Bailey headed wide before the incident five minutes before the interval that left Rangers players, management and fans seething. Hodge was fouled by Michael Williams just outside the Hednesford area. Geddes took exception to the challenge and a number of players got involved in a tussle. Williams saw yellow but after a great deliberation between Rollason and his two assistants he also showed Hodge, who had already been booked, a second yellow, despite the midfielder playing absolutely no role in the melee.

Despite being a man down, Rangers retained control and Kyle Perry went close at the start of the second half while Josh Gordon should have done better when he skied over from a tight angle.
Hednesford had a great chance of their own as Gurjit Singh burst forward before losing control at the vital moment.

After Gordon had missed out with two more efforts, Hednesford’s numerical advantage was wiped out on 68 mins when Williams fouled Gordon to collect his second yellow of the evening.
Gordon continued to trouble the Pitmen’s defence and got his reward on 81 mins when he slotted past Crane after an exchange of passes with Perry.
Just as with the first tie three days earlier, Hednesford popped up with a late goal to draw level. This time it was in the 90th minute as Tristian Dunkley produced a clever flick to beat Adam Whitehouse.

The Rangers keeper did well to deny the Hednesford goalscorer early in extra time while Kieran Morris volleyed wide at the other end.
Rangers found an extra gear as the match reached its final stages although penalties looked the likely outcome. Indeed it was a penalty that was to settle the tie on 116 mins and it was the Reid brothers who helped to secure the victory with Izak netting from the spot after Lewis Wright had tripped Levi.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Mitch Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 89m), 11 Josh Gordon (14 Izak Reid 90m).
Unused Subs: 15 Richard Batchelor, 16 Sam Griffiths, 17 Roger Lee

Hednesford: 1 Dan Crane, 2 Michael Williams, 3 Cohen Bramall, 4 Simeon Maye, 5 James Mutton, 6 Calum Flanagan, 7 Gurjit Singh (15 Lewis Wright 76m), 8 Tom Thorley (17 Myles Phipps 82m), 9 Danny Glover (14 Tristian Dunkley 34m), 10 Ashley Sammons, 11 George Carline.
Unused Subs: 12 Lloyd Ransome, 16 Desean Martin

Cautions: Morris (Stafford), Maye, Flanagan (Hednesford)
Sent Off: Hodge (Stafford) Williams (Hednesford) – both for 2 cautions
Referee: Greg Rollason
Att: 1,005

Report by Chris Elsley

Hednesford Town 1 Stafford Rangers 1
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round - Saturday 12th November 2016

Rangers and Hednesford will try again after their FA Trophy tie at Keys Park ended 1-1.

As has happened in the past with these two sides, a late goal had a say on the final outcome. Hednesford’s Simeon Maye heading home with 5 minutes remaining to cancel out Sean Geddes’ strike which had given Rangers a 16th minute lead.

The Hednesford pitch was heavy after overnight rain and the surface made it difficult for Rangers to execute their ground play, but it was the Boro who got their noses in front after a neutral opening. Richard Batchelor and Geddes both had half chances moments before former Pitman Geddes marked his return to Keys Park by getting on the end of a deep cross from Elliot Hodge and though his strike wasn’t clean, he did enough to beat Dan Crane.
Tempers frayed as Josh Gordon and Cohen Bramall clashed off the ball earning both players a yellow card.

Batchelor forced a save from Crane as Rangers sought a second goal but, at the other end, Gurjit Singh saw his shot deflected for a corner.
Gordon missed a great chance to add to the Boro score heading wide at the back post from a Kris Taylor free kick.
The half ended with Hednesford showing more of a threat, Adam Whitehouse saved comfortably from  Singh then was more hurried into keeping out Jamie Matthews with his feet.

Rangers created the first chance of the second half but Kyle Perry headed straight at Crane after good work from Hodge.
Both sides continued to probe without much reward although Batchelor had a great chance from another Taylor free kick on 73 mins but failed to make a clean connection and his header drifted wide.

Hednesford stepped up their search for an equaliser in the closing stages. Whitehouse had to come off his line quickly to deny Maye and then made a good save at the back post to keep out George Carline.
It was from the resultant corner that Maye headed in the Pitmen’s leveller, the ball bouncing up into the roof of the net.
Ashley Sammons came within inches of winning it for the home side with a shot that skimmed the top of the crossbar but the general consensus was that a draw was a fair result.

Hednesford:  1 Dan Crane, 2 Michael Williams, 3 Cohen Bramall, 4 Simeon Maye, 5 James Mutton, 6 Calum Flanagan, 7 Gurjit Singh (14 Danny Glover 59m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jamie Matthews  (17 Myles Phipps 73m), 10 Ashley Sammons, 11 George carline.
Unused Subs: 12 Reiss Wagstaff, 15 Desean Martin, 16 Remeao Hutton

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry (12 Levi Reid 87m), 10 Sean Geddes (14 Izak Reid 70m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 Mitchell Tolley, 16 James Bowen, 17 Roger Lee

Cautions: Williams, Bramall (Hednesford) Gordon, Morris, Taylor (Boro)
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Att: 910

Report by Chris Elsley

Bilston Town Community 1 Stafford Rangers 3
Walsall Senior Cup 1st Round - Wednesday 9th November 2016

Rangers had to come from behind to book a 2nd round place in the Walsall Senior Cup.

Neil Kitching made a number of changes to the starting line up with debuts given to goalkeeper Kyp Andreou and new signing Roger Lee while Alex Curtis received a warm reception as he saw his first action for 15 months following knee injury with a late substitute appearance.

Rangers enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half but lacked the cutting edge and failed to seriously trouble home keeper Karl Frankham.
George Bowerman worked himself into a great position early on but failed to get in a shot before he did force a near post save from Frankham.
At the other end, Andreou had to get down low to keep out Jaydan McCalla but Rangers saw chances go begging as Izak Reid rolled the ball along the Bilston goal line and Bowerman clipped another into the side netting.

The biggest talking point of the first half came on 37 mins when Bowerman’s long ball from defence sent Izak Reid clear. Frankham raced out of his area and tripped the Boro player but only received a yellow card for his offence.
It felt as though Rangers just needed to get one to settle but it was the home side who broke the deadlock on 59 mins when Todd Perry – brother of Boro’s Kyle – beat Andreou to a centre from Ross Clarke and flicked the ball into the net.

The introduction of Josh Gordon in place of Lee on 65 mins gave Rangers another gear to their game. With his first touch, Gordon cleverly set up Kyle Perry and he drove home the equaliser from the edge of the area.
Bowerman made it 2-1 on 74 mins with a well taken goal from around 25 yards, firing into the roof of the net.
Ryan Dean came within a whisker of forcing a penalty shoot out in the final minute of normal time – Andreou tipping his shot on to the bar – but it was fitting that Gordon would put the tie to bed when he ran onto a good ball from Bowerman a minute into added time.

Rangers now host old rivals Rushall Olympic in the 2nd Round .

Bilston: 1 Karl Frankham, 2 Alex Brogan (16 Ryan Williams 74m), 3 Matt Barnett, 4 Ross Clarke, 5 Luke Davies, 6 Todd Perry, 7 Adam Breeze (17 Billy Morgan 87m), 8 Ryan Dean, 9 Dan Elwell, 10 Jaydan McCalla, 11 Keighnan Roylkes (12 Lewis Archer 67m).
Unused Subs: 14 Rivaldo Miguel, 15 Richard Trow

Rangers: 1 Kyprianos Andreou, 2 Levi Reid, 3 James Bowen, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Sam Griffiths, 6 Roger Lee (12 Josh Gordon 65m), 7 Izak Reid (16 Alex Curtis 81m), 8 Mitchell Tolley, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Sean Geddes, 11 George Bowerman.
Unused Subs: 14 Michael Townsend, 17 Adam Whitehouse

Cautions: Frankham (Bilston)
Ref: Scott Walker
Att: 136

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Warrington Town 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 5th November 2016

Rangers blew a two goal lead as Warrington ended their winning run with a last minute penalty.

Stafford were in command from the off and when Kris Taylor opened the scoring with a 25 yard free kick on 12 minutes, it was no more than the home side deserved.
Four minutes later, it was 2-0. Warrington keeper Anthony McMillan did well to keep out Josh Gordon from close range but Stafford kept up the pressure and when Elliot Hodge crossed from the left, Mat Bailey was first in there to volley home.

Stafford nearly added a third when McMillan only half blocked from Bailey and James McCarten was forced to concede a corner from under his own bar.

It was against the run of play that Warrington got back into the game on 31 mins when Scott Metcalfe’s shot struck Bailey on the arm and Ciaran Kilheeney dispatched the spot kick.
The goal gave the visitors a boost and shortly before the interval, Ed Toner missed a chance to level when he dragged a shot wide from 20 yards.

Warrington began the second half the stronger but didn’t trouble Stafford keeper Adam Whitehouse apart from a Kristian Platt header straight into his arms.
At the other end, Taylor fired at McMillan following some excellent play from Hodge on the left touchline while, late on, Gordon’s shot was saved at the foot of the near post by McMillan.

In the final minute of normal time, Scott Harries pounced on a an error from Sam Griffiths, Bailey conceded a second penalty for hand ball and Kilheeney converted his second spot kick to salvage a point for the visitors.
It could have been worse for Stafford as Warrington had an appeal for a third penalty, probably their strongest, turned down by referee Sarah Garrett.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend (17 James Bowen 72m), 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8l Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Jack Sherratt (16 Sean Geddes 62m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 14 Izak Reid, 15 George Bowerman

Warrington: 1 Anthony McMillan, 2 Michael Grogan, 3 Andrew Nicholas, 4 Kristian Platt (14 Scott Harries 71m), 5 Craig Robinson, 6 James McCarten, 7 Edward Toner, 8 Steven Gillespie, 9 Ciaran Kilheeney, 10 Daniel Hattersley (12 Samuel Ilesamni 60m), 11 Scott Metcalfe (15 Dylan Vassallo 56m).
Unused Subs: 13 Karl Wills, 16 Lewis Codling

Cautions: Bailey, Batchelor (Boro), Toner, Gillespie, Kilheeney (Warrington)
Referee: Sarah Garrett
Att: 653

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Halesowen Town 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 1st November 2016


Rangers made five consecutive wins with a local derby success over Halesowen Town.

It was a fast and furious start with Rangers getting the first look in on 3 mins as Kyle Perry had a shot blocked. Josh Gordon was next to try his luck but with the angle tight, Daniel Platt made a comfortable save.
Halesowen’s leading scorer, Kaiman Anderson, missed a chance to add to his tally when he failed to control a good ball in from Lee Chilton.

The opening quarter was evenly balanced but Rangers began to assert their authority. Jack Sherratt went just wide when let fly from 30 yards but, on 25 mins, Kris Taylor was spot on with a free kick from 25 yards out which gave the keeper no chance and Rangers a deserved lead.
Gordon’s low drive was parried for a corner in unconvincing fashion by Platt and an instinctive drive from Taylor flew over as Rangers gave the visiting defence a tough time.

Looking comfortable with their lead, Rangers will have been disappointed to go in on level terms at the break, Halesowen’s equaliser coming on 40 mins with Asa Charlton nodding in at the back post from a corner.

After Mat Bailey had failed to take a half chance early in the second half, Elliot Hodge showed a decisive burst of pace to fire Rangers back in front on 52 mins, beating the outcoming Halesowen keeper to a long ball from Richard Batchelor.
Mat Bailey bravely blocked a shot from Kennedy Digie to deny the Yeltz an equaliser and a minute later, Sherratt latched onto a pass from Gordon to fire in a third for Rangers (62 mins).

It could have been four soon after when Hodge strolled through the Halesowen defence and rolled the ball across the face of goal.
Hodge remained a thorn in the Halesowen defence just failing to add a fourth as did Gordon in the final minute when Platt saved ,but Rangers will be satisfied with their night’s work.
 
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieron Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (12 Levi Reid 88m), 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Jack Sherratt (14 Izak Reid 83m), 11 Richard Batchelor (16 Mitch Tolley 79m).
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 17 James Bowen

Halesowen: 1 Daniel Platt, 2 Kyle Haynes, 3 James Hancocks, 4 Jay Denny, 5 Richard Sho-Silva, 6 Kyle Morrison (16 Asa Charlton 34m), 7 Jordan Goddard, 8 Kennedy Digie, 9 Kaiman Anderson, 10 Ethan Delaney, 11 Lee Chilton (14 Courtney Cameron 63m).
Unused subs: 12 Daniel Bragoli, 13 Mathew Bailey, 15 Aaron Griffiths

Cautions: Bailey (Boro), Haynes (Halesowen)
Referee: Richard Eley
Att: 524
 
Report by Chris Elsley

Corby Town 0 Stafford Rangers 2
FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round - Saturday 29th October 2016

Stafford Rangers booked their place in the next round of the FA Trophy with victory at fellow Evo-Stik Premier outfit Corby, picking up some valuable £2,700 prize money in the process.

Corby were first to show when Jordan Crawford fired wide but Stafford were soon making their own mark with Kyle Perry going close with a header and Elliot Hodge forcing Aidan Grant to tip over.
A period of stalemate followed with neither side posing much of a threat until Corby's Reece Webb saw a shot deflected just wide.
Stafford responded with a Mat Bailey header straight at Grant, a feat that Josh Gordon repeated five minutes later.

The second half struggled to make an impression until Corby created two chances in a minute, Andre Johnson’s shot deflected just wide then Corby thought they had scored when Adam Whitehouse pushed Brad-Lee Gascoigne's looping
header on to the post before the danger was eventually cleared.

Elliot Hodge finally broke the deadlock on 69 mins, slotting through the keeper's legs after being put through by Jack Sherratt.
Perry forced another good reaction save from Grant and headed the rebound over but Josh Gordon wrapped up the tie a minute into added time with a smart finish following a pass through the defence from Levi Reid.

Corby: 1 Aidan Grant, 2 Connor Kennedy, 3 Nathan Fox (16 Liam Marshall 88mins), 4 James Jepson (12 Danny Draper 80m), 5 Jamie Anton, 6 Brad-Lee Gibson, 7 Reece Webb, 8 David Bell, 9 Jordan Crawford, 10 Andre Johnson, 11 Shaquille Whittington.
Unused subs: 14 Ryan Bell, 15 Duran Martin, 17 Adam Frisch

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (12 Levi Reid 78m), 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid (14 Jack Sherratt 67m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused subs: 15 George Bowerman, 16 Mitch Tolley, 17 James Bowen.

Cautions: Jepson, Crawford (Corby), Hodge Sherratt (Boro)
Referee: Wayne Cartmel
Att: 435

Report by Chris Elsley

Workington 1 Stafford Rangers 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 22nd October 2016

Stafford Rangers made it three consecutive victories with a commanding display at Workington.

Rangers were without James Bowen (suspended) and Sean Geddes (injured) allowing recalls for Mat Bailey and Izak Reid and it was the two returning players who scored Boro's two goals.

Workington began well with Nathan Waterston heading powerfully at Adam Whitehouse but it was an error in the home defence that lead to Reid opening the scoring on 14 mins.
Josh Gordon did well on the right but his ball forward cannoned into space off a Workington defender.
Reid quickly spotted the opening and nipped past keeper Aaron Taylor to slot home from a tight angle.

Workington's Dave Symington was the chief figure in most of their forward play, setting up chances for Elliot Newby and Scott Allison but Rangers extended their lead on 21 mins after Workington failed to clear a Kris Taylor corner and Bailey fired in a superb left foot volley that gave the keeper no chance.
Matt Douglas’ block prevented Kyle Perry from adding a third before James Earl reduced the deficit on 32 mins, netting a good strike from the edge of the area after good work on the left from Allison.
Shortly before the interval, Kyle May headed straight at Whitehouse but Rangers kept their noses in front.

Stafford's Reid and Josh Gordon both had shots blocked early in the second half before Earl sent a dipping volley just over the Rangers bar at the opposite end.
Symington's shot flew wide and Waterston's half volley looped up nicely for Whitehouse but by and large the Rangers defence was solid with Michael Townsend and Bailey outstanding in the centre and Whitehouse hardly called upon.

Workington: 1 Aaran Taylor, 2 Jake Simpson, 3 Sam Smith, 4 Kyle May, 5 Matt Douglas (15 Callum Henderson 89m), 6 Rob Wilson, 7 Dave Symington, 18 Scott Allison, 9 Nathan Waterston (14 Robbie Hebson 72m), 10 Elliot Newby, 11 James Earl
Unused Subs: 12 Gari Rowntree, 16 Jamie Bethwaite, 17 Cameron Carter

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Kieran Morris, 3 Sam Griffiths, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (14 Jack Sherratt 60m), 8 Josh Gordon (16 Mitch Tolley 90+1m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid (12 Levi Reid 81m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 17 Kieran Preston

Cautions: May, Earl (Workington) Whitehouse, Griffiths, Sherratt
Ref: C Dean
Att: 481

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 2 Coalville Town 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 15th October 2016

Two missed penalties, a sending off that wasn’t and, most importantly, a Boro win – there was plenty to talk about after Saturday’s victory over Coalville.

It was the bizarre incident midway through the second half that was the main topic of conversation after the match. A foul on Elliot Hodge by Karl Demidh sparked a melee involving several players. After the players had calmed down the referee incorrectly showed yellow yards to Boro’s Kris Taylor and Coalville’s Lee Troke. For the visiting player it was a second yellow – resulting in a red. This created uproar in the visiting camp before Troke was recalled from the changing rooms. Overall, the incident caused a delay of more than 8 minutes.
There was plenty of drama besides that. Rangers missing two first half penalties and hitting the bar twice and conceding a soft goal that let Coalville a path back into a game they should never have got before finally holding on for the points.

Clever footwork from Hodge earned Rangers’ first penalty on 11 mins when he was tripped by Kyle Bryant. Kyle Perry stepped up but Matt Coton chose the right way and made a comfortable save.
Perry nearly made amends a minute later with a shot that Coton was forced to tip over and when Hodge forced another save from the visiting keeper it seemed only a matter of time before Rangers would open the scoring.

Rangers were gifted another chance on 25 mins when Perry had his shirt pulled by Dean Freeman. This time Sean Geddes went straight down the middle with the spot kick but Coton kept it out with his feet.
A header from Perry hit the bar and somehow Troke managed to keep out Hodge’s follow up.

Coalville somehow held out but their own threat was limited. Demidh hit a free kick straight at Adam Whitehouse just before the midway point while Steve Towers sent a long range drive at the Boro keeper on the stroke of half time.

Rangers’ pressure finally paid off just two minutes after the resumption when Geddes slipped the ball through for Hodge who rounded the keeper before slotting the ball home.
Four minutes later it was 2-0. Taylor’s free kick was headed down and Josh Gordon had time to control before hooking the ball home.

The expected goal rush didn’t materialise although Richard Batchelor headed a corner against the bar on the hour.
Instead, it was Coalville who gained a foothold on 65 mins and it was a disappointing goal from Rangers’ point of view. Slack defending saw the ball fall to Towers on the edge of the area and his shot trickled through the legs of Whitehouse.

A well timed tackle from Kieran Morris halted Demidh then came the challenge from the Coalville player that sparked the melee. 
When play eventually resumed, Coalville pressed the Rangers defence in their search for an equaliser but Rangers stayed strong when needed and could easily have added another themselves as Freeman cleared off the line from Perry and Torr cleared from Izak Reid.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Josh Gordon (14 Izak Reid 85m), 9 Kyle Perry (16 Mat Bailey 90+3m), 10 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 79m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 17 Jack Sherratt

Coalville: 1 Matt Coton, 2 Kyle Bryant, 3 Lee Torr, 4 Danny Jenno (14 Nathan Fox 54m), 5 Dean Freeman, 6 Liam Walsh, 7 Jack McMillan (16 Nathan Watson 54m), 8 Steve Towers, 9 Massiah McDonald (12 Alex Troke 63m), 10 Brad Munn, 11 Karl Demidh.
Unused Subs: 15 Alex Dean, 17 Sean Bowles

Cautions: Taylor, L Reid (Boro), Torr, Freeman, Demidh, Watson (Coalville)
Referee: David Croft
Att: 567

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Marine 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 11th October 2016

Rangers ended their winless streak with a deserved victory over Marine.

The game got off to a fast and furious start with the visitors putting Rangers under early pressure but Danny Mitchley was unable to convert either of the two chances that came his way.
Rangers weathered the storm and Sean Geddes forced a save from Calvin Hare who recovered well to get to the loose ball ahead of Josh Gordon.
Kyle Perry then miskicked in front of goal but it was a series of fouls, resulting in four yellow cards in 10 minutes, that livened the crowd up.

Sean Geddes hit the post with a shot clipped over the defence and Elliot Hodge was denied by a last ditch tackle from James Short.
Rangers continued to dominate after the interval and Gordon fired over soon after the restart.

The reward finally came on 55 mins. The immediate threat from a Rangers attack looked to have gone but Kris Taylor collected the ball some 25 yards out and with the outside of his left foot he sent a shot swinging away from the keeper and into the top corner.
Kurt Sherlock missed a chance to level sending a free kick wide and Rangers took advantage when Sean Geddes hit a low volley inside the keeper’s right hand post on 70 mins.

It was game over 9 mins later. Hodge did well on the left and his cross picked out Kyle Perry who nodded past Hare.
 
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Josh Gordon (14 Izak Reid 81m), 9 Kyle Perry (16 Mat Bailey 87m), 10 Sean Geddes (12 Levi Reid 90+2m), 11 Richard Batchelor.
Unused Subs: 15 George Bowerman, 16 Mat Bailey, 17 Kieran Preston.

Marine: 1 Calvin Hare, 2 Lewis Field, 3 James Short, 4 Liam Goulding, 5 Karl Clair (17 Ryan O’Hare 63m), 6 Liam Willis, 7 Michael Monaghan (12 Craig Lindfield 77m), 8 William Smart, 9 Danny Mitchley, 10 Kurt Sherlock (15 Warren Bellew 77m) 11 Joe Mwaslie.
Unused Subs: 14 Obi Anorvo, 16 Sean Hessey

Cautions: Gordon, Bowen (Rangers), Field, Short, Willis (Marine)
Referee: Philip Hardisty
Att: 386

Report by Chris Elsley

Grantham Town 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 8th October 2016

Rangers left themselves too much to do as they made it 10 games without a win in defeat at Grantham Town.

Boro were behind inside four minutes as Curtis Burrows fired home a rebound, and further behind as Michael Hollingsworth doubled the lead.
At that point, Grantham looked like they might canter to victory, but Boro found some shape, and reduced the deficit before the break with a goal from Josh Gordon, one of three debutants.
They hammered at the door in a much improved second-half display, but just could not find a way through.

Rangers included all three of their new signings in the starting line-up as Josh Gordon, Richard Batchelor and Sean Geddes all came into the side, replacing Rob Stevenson, Mitch Tolley and George Bowerman.
There was also a change in goal, with Adam Whitehouse reclaiming the gloves from Kieran Preston.
Mat Bailey was back in the squad after injury, but only on the bench, but there was no return for Christian Dacres.

Boro had a couple of early chances, with Michael Townsend nodding over and Geddes seeing his shot blocked, and largely the new faces slotted in well, stringing together some good moves.
However, at the end, Boro were a bit of a mess, and just four minute in, Grantham capitalised.

The goal actually came from a Boro corner, as from the delivery, the visitors handballed and the Gingerbreads took the free-kick quickly, breaking through Clifton, who ran the ball all the way to the edge of the area before shooting. Whitehouse saved awkwardly, but Burrows got to the rebound and tucked it away from a tight angle.
Boro had a great chance for an equaliser when James Bowen's throw from the left came all the way through to Gordon, who missed the target from six yards. Then Kyle Perry got his head to a cross and looped a shot goalwards that Jake Turner saved.

Grantham should probably have been given a penalty 20 minutes in when - after giving the ball away cheaply, Bowen rashly slid in on Filipe Barcelos, but the referee waved play on to the evident displeasure of the Boro faithful.
Just two minutes later though, it was 2-0, as Hollingsworth pounced on a loose ball in the area to fire home.

Elliot Hodge - lively as ever - won a corner with a shot after good work from Sam Griffiths, before Boro clawed their way back into the contest.
The aerial ball was proving a potent weapon for Neil Kitching's side, and after Perry headed the ball on, Gordon nipped in to clip it past Turner, though Townsend was given the credit by the stadium announcer.
It was a vital strike for Boro to give them hope going into the break, though Grantham twice came close to re-establishing their two-goal cushion, only to be thwarted by last-ditch Stafford defending.

Rangers' defence did not look much more solid at the start of the second half, though at the other end of the pitch, Perry probably should have done better than to head a close-range shot wide of goal.
Geddes fired a free-kick narrowly over the bar before Grantham really should have made it three as first Barcleos was denied by a good strong hand from Whitehouse, and then Burrows' follow-up was kept out by a combination of Townsend and the post.

After a couple of costume changes for Grantham after a split boot and a bloodied shirt, Boro had their own penalty shot when Kris Taylor's free-kick struck the arm of a defender in the wall.
Boro were generally better in this half though, another free-kick seeing Geddes fire a shot down the throat of Turner, before Burrows did similar with a Grantham set piece.
Bowerman joined the play soon after, and his first contribution was collect Bowen's throw and lay the ball off for Gordon, who looked like he might have been clipped as he burst through on goal, but the referee gave nothing.

Hodge was inches away from opening his Boro account with a shot from a tight angle that rolled along the goal-line and struck the far post before being hacked clear, and then another Bowen long throw was met by Batchelor, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
In the 80th minute, Townsend nodded on for centre-half partner Kieran Morris, who nodded just over, before Perry's header goalwards at the back post was claimed by Turner under pressure from substitute Izak Reid.

Boro threw Bailey on up front for the final minute of normal time and some eight minutes of injury time.
Reid's free-kick was turned away by a diving Turner, and then with virtually the last kick of the game, Bowerman turned in the area and hit a shot that looked to be heading for the bottom corner, until Turner pulled off a great save.

GRANTHAM: 1 Jake Turner, 2 Luther Wildin, 3 Ellis Stoey, 4 Rhys Lewis, 5 Michael Hollingsworth, 6 Danny Meadows, 7 Harry Clifton, 8 Curtis Burrows, 9 Filipe Barcelos (12 Lee Shaw 60m), 10 Ben Saunders (14 Ku Muskwe 90+4m), 11 Luke Shaw.
Unused Subs: 14 Jack Beckett, 16 Danny Durkin, 17 James Waby

RANGERS: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen (16 Mat Bailey 89m), 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Elliot Hodge (14 Izak Reid 83m), 8 Josh Gordon, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Sean Geddes (15 George Bowerman 75m), 11 Richard Batchelor
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 17 Kieran Preston

Cautions: Townsend, Hodge, Gordon (Boro)
Referee: S Abbott
Att: 263

Report by David Broome (Staffordshire Newsletter)

Stafford Rangers 0 Rushall Olympic 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 1st October 2016

Stafford Rangers' early season struggles continued as they went down to Rushall Olympic at a rain soaked Marston Road.

Rushall went ahead inside 7 minutes when Mo Diop glanced a header past Stafford keeper Kieran Preston following Luke Bottomer's corner.
Former Stafford forward Bottomer had earlier tried a couple of shots on goal joy but although it was Stafford who asked most of the questions, Rushall seemed to have the answers at the back.

A poor clearance from Zak Martin fell to Elliot Hodge who fired straight at Jose Veiga, then Kyle Perry headed wide but the best chance fell to George Bowerman following Perry's knock down, only for Veiga to make the goal line stop.
Kris Taylor went wide but it was Rushall who extended their lead on the stroke of half time when Alex Reid pounced on a defensive error between Sam Griffiths and Kieran Morris.

Stafford continued to try to create in the second half. Taylor's speculative volley dipped just over and Perry shot straight at Veiga.
Rushall sub Edilson Antonio shot straight at Preston but, by and large, the visitors were content to sit back and defend their lead and Stafford struggled to break them down.

The nearest they came was when Perry beat Veiga to a Taylor free kick before shooting over while Mitch Tolley went wide after another Taylor free kick.

Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend (16 Spencer Gunnell 87m), 5 Kieran Morris, 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (14 Izak Reid 54m), 11 Rob Stevenson (15 Joe Thomas 54m).
Unused Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 17 Jermaine Johnson

Rushall: 1 Jose Veiga, 2 Aris Christophorou, 3 Zak Martin, 4 Aaron Forde, 5 Sam Whittall, 6 Joel Kettle, 7 Dean Keats, 8 Mikael Partodikromo (15 Edilson Antonio 54m), 9 Mo Diop (12 Henry Eze 69m), 10 Luke Bottomer, 11 Alex Reid.
Unused Subs: 14 Jordan Fitzpatrick, 16 Marlon Walters, 17 Jak Jeys

Cautions: Townsend (Boro); Antonio (Rushall)
Referee: Dean Watson
Att: 492

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0 Stourbridge 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 27th September 2016

Rangers picked up their sixth draw in ten games this season with a goal-less local derby at home to Stourbridge.

It certainly didn’t look like the game was going to lack goals as Rangers played some fast flowing football in the opening exchanges and should have gone ahead in the 5th minute when George Bowerman skied over after a miscued shot from Jack Sherratt.
Sherratt wasted another good chance when he appeared to pass rather than shoot but the only players there were Stourbridge defenders.

The Glassboys came more into the game as the half went on with both Daniel Scarr and Luke Benbow failing to take half chances that came their way but the best chances still fell to the Boro and Jack Sherratt who headed wide at the near post.
Sherratt’s game was to end early due to injury and Mat Bailey was another who failed to make the second half.

Sherratt’s replacement, Rob Stevenson, had a shot cleared off the line early in the second half – former Stafford defender Brian Smikle being the saviour for the visitors.
Rangers hopes took a blow on the hour when Mitch Tolley saw red for a two footed challenge.

From then on it became more of a defensive game for the Boro although it was a sturdy one as Stourbridge rarely looked like breaching the line.
Only once was keeper Kieran Preston called upon and he passed a not too difficult test in getting low to his left to keep out Tom Tonks.

There was one other moment of concern when a collision between Stevenson and Stourbridge’s Darryl Westlake resulted in a ten minute delay while the visiting player received treatment but he was said to be ok shortly after the match.

Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Michael Townsend, 5 Mat Bailey (17 Spencer Gunnell 46m), 6 Mitch Tolley, 7 Elliot Hodge, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (12 Levi Reid 83m), 11 Jack Sherratt (16 Rob Stevenson 38m).
Unused Subs: 14 Izak Reid, 15 Joe Thomas.

Stourbridge: 1 Matthew Gould, 2 Kristian Green, 3 Brian Smikle, 4 Tom Tonks, 5 Darryl Westlake (14 Stuart Pierpoint 82m), 6 Daniel Scarr, 7 Drew Canavan (17 Joe Hulll 90+2m), 8 Leon Broadhurst, 9 Luke Benbow, 10 Chris Lait, 11 Brendon Hague (16 Jake Heath 68m).
Unused Subs: 12 Brad Birch, 15 Lewis Probert

Cautions: Bowen (Boro), Green (Stourbridge)
Sent Off: Tolley (Boro)
Referee: Tim Walker
Att: 545

Report by Chris Elsley

Spennymoor Town 1 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 24th September 2016

A goal after just 5 minutes proved enough to send Rangers to defeat at Spennymoor.

Injuries and other commitments left Rangers’ squad down to the bare bones for the long trip to the North East and a tough task was made harder when Chris Mason’s ball over the top picked out Nathan Fisher who squared for Glen Taylor to slide home.
Spennymoor dominated play and went close to a second when Shane Henry’s 25 yard strike came back off the bar.

Kallum Griffiths forced Kieran Preston to save with a good strike from a similar distance while James Bowen cleared off the line after the Boro keeper had blocked Taylor’s header with his feet.
Rangers weathered the worst of the storm and were happy to go in just a goal behind at the break although Mark Anderson could have made it two on the stroke of half time but planted his header wide of the target.

The second half was a more even contest and Mat Bailey nearly forced an equaliser midway through following Kris Taylor’s corner while another Bailey header was taken under his bar by Spenny keeper Daniel Lowson.

Rangers pressed harder in the final 10 minutes. Sub Elliot Hodge had a shot deflected over before Bailey was denied once more – this time by a goal line clearance from Griffiths as the home side held on for the points.

Spennymoor: 1 Daniel Lowson, 2 Kallum Griffiths, 3 Christopher Mason, 4 Jamie Chandler, 5 James Curtis, 6 Louie Swain, 7 Robert Ramshaw, 8 Shane Henry, 9 Glen Taylor (16 Graeme Armstrong 90+5m), 10 Nathan Fisher (14 David Dowson 68m), 11 Mark Anderson (12 Craig Gott 87m).
Unused Subs: 15 Andrew Johnson, 17 Andrew Rafferty.

Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Spencer Gunnell, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Mitch Tolley (16 Rob Stevenson 75m), 7 Izak Reid (14 Elliot Hodge 75m), 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Christian Dacres 60m), 10 Jack Sherratt, 11 George Bowerman.
Unused subs: 12 Levi Reid, 17 Adam Whitehouse

Cautions: None
Referee: John Matthews
Att: 531
 
Report by Chris Elsley

Sutton Coldfield Town 1 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 20th September 2016

Rangers ended a run of three consecutive defeats coming from behind to pick up a point at Sutton Coldfield.

Former Rangers midfielder Ryan Edmunds gave the home side the lead on 13 mins when he took on the defence and after a fortunate ricochet put the ball back in his path, he drilled past Kieran Preston.
Rangers had a let off three minutes later when a long free kick from Steven Leslie came back off the bar but gradually the Boro began to show a bit more of themselves and Kyle Perry forced a save from James Wren after an exchange with Izak Reid.

Mat Bailey headed over as he rushed into meet a Kris Taylor free kick but there were still concerns at the back as an unmarked Edmunds fired into the side netting while Preston had to back track quickly to turn over a deflected shot from Leslie.
Towards the end of the half, Jermaine Johnson had two chances to bring the scores level but was unable to convert either.

Bailey forced a save from Wren but the Sutton keeper who trialled with Rangers at the start of last season was unable to keep out Perry on 72 mins after good work by sub George Cater on the right.
Rangers sensed victory and Izak Reid brought out another save from Wren while George Bowerman clipped his effort just wide.
Sutton made a push of their own in the final few minutes but Rangers held out for a share of the spoils.

Sutton Coldfield: 1 James Wren, 2 Joshua Green, 3 Steven Leslie, 4 Lee Smith, 5 Francino Francis (12 Joe Lyng 85m), 6 Scott Lycett, 7 Ryan Edmunds (15 Jeorge Smith 67m), 8 Phil Trainer, 9 Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls (16 Tyler Blake 60m), 10 Danny O’Callaghan, 11 Jean Michelle Gueyes.
Unused Subs: 14 Stephen Palmer, 17 Jason Law

Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermaine Johnson (14 Spencer Gunnell 46m), 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Levi Reid (12 George Bowerman 70m), 7 Jack Sherratt, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Izak Reid, 11 Elliot Hodge (17 George Cater 52m).
Unused Subs: 15 Joe Thomas, 16 Mitch Tolley

Cautions: Francis, Bailey-Nicholls (SCTFC), Bailey, Bowerman (Boro)
Referee: Matthew Smith
Att: 231

Report by Chris Elsley

Frickley Athletic 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 17th September 2016


Rangers conceded two goals in the last 10 mins to suffer their third consecutive defeat, going down to bottom of the table Frickley.

Neil Kitching gave Kieran Preston his league debut but it was an error from the Rangers keeper that gifted the home side their equaliser before further defensive errors allowed Cameron Rigby to slot home the winner four minutes later.

George Bowerman gave Rangers a 16th minute lead when he ran on to a Kris Taylor free kick and scored at the second attempt after Seb Malkowski had blocked the first.
Moments earlier, Sam Griffiths had made a good block to keep out Frickley’s Nathan Curtis.

A volley from Rigby brought vociferous but unsuccessful penalty appeals after hitting Jermaine Johnson while Mat Bailey cleared off the line from Bailey Gooda but Rangers just about deserved their half time lead.

Frickley grew with confidence as the game went on although Bowerman twice missed chances to add to the score while Malkowski came quickly off his line to deny Elliot Hodge.
With 10 mins remaining, Macaulay Parkinson launched a free kick from near the half way line which Preston failed to take and the ball bounced in to the net despite Sam Griffiths' best efforts to clear.

Jack Sherratt went close to restoring Rangers’ lead a couple of minutes later but another gift from the defence led to Rigby netting Frickley’s winner on 84 mins.

Frickley: 1 Seb Malkowski, 2 Gary Stohrer, 3 Josh Grant (12 Sam Hanna 51m), 4 Luke Hinsley, 5 Bailey Gooda, 6 Rhys Meynell, 7 Cameron Rigby, 8 Nathan Valentine, 9 Nathan Curtis, 10 Andy Gascoigne (15 Macaulay Parkinson 73m), 11 Tom Guest (14 Luke Mangham 51m).
Unused subs: 16 Dan Palmer, 17 Josh Diggle's

Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Levi Reid, 7 Jack Sherratt, 8 Kris Taylor (16 Mitchell Tolley 59m), 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (14 Izak Reid 70m), 11 Elliot Hodge (17 Joe Thomas 86m).
Unused subs: 12 Leon Miles, 15 Spencer Gunnell.

Cautions: Stohrer (Frickley)  Griffiths, Johnson, Bailey (SRFC)
Referee: Alan Bennett
Att: 244

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1 Ashton Utd 3
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 10th September 2016

Rangers went into the game against third placed Ashton United looking to hit back after last week's FA Cup defeat against Kidsgrove.

Manager Neil Kitching again shuffled the pack with two new squad additions coming into the line up, with Mat Bailey coming in at centre back and Elliot Hodge starting on the right wing.
Rangers started positively as, in the second minute, George Cater cut in from the left and forced and early save form Terry Smith.

Rangers managed to keep possession for the opening period and on 5 minutes, Hodge cut in from the right and fed Kyle Perry, who shot from the edge of the box.
Smith got down to push the shot away but Jack Sherratt was following in to give Boro the lead from about 15 yards.

Kris Taylor then went close as Perry was brought down for a free kick and Taylor put his effort just under the bar as Smith leapt to tip over for a corner.
It took around 25 minutes for the visitors to muster a worthwhile effort as a long range effort came in but was safely gathered by Adam Whitehouse. Taylor was again in action as he forced another save from Smith as he chipped a neat effort in and the keeper again denied him.  Sherratt then spurned a chance as Smith misplaced a goal kick and Sherratt gathered but could only put his effort wide.

Ashton had a couple of long range efforts that really were no trouble for Whitehouse before Gaskell gathered a cross and mishit his shot tamely at Whitehouse. Rangers again pushed forward and Perry nodded a cross back for Sherratt whose header went just under the bar but Smith yet again gathered safely.

Ashton briefly threatened before the break with another tame effort from a long range free kick, before Crowther had a decent run towards the box and as he laid the ball off, Baguley  tried to get in an effort but this was blocked by Bowen and Baguley suffered an injury that saw him no further part as he was replaced by Richard Smith.

The second half started with the visitors looking more business like.
On 48 minutes an innocuous through ball fell to Mat Bailey and he miscontrolled this, only for Jack Dorney to rob him and run on to slot home Ashton's equaliser.
Rangers came back as Johnson had a back post header saved and Taylor put another free kick narrowly wide.

Rangers then made a couple of changes with Bowerman replacing Perry, while Craddock replaced Tolley. Ashton broke again and Dorney had another effort blocked.
More changes followed as Levi Reid replaced Hodge, while the visitors had Nevins replacing the busy Dorney.

On 78 minutes the visitors quietened Marston Road as a long ball split the Boro defence and, with Whitehouse advancing, Crowther simply latched onto the ball and nodded over the top and into the empty net.
As Boro tried to stem the flow and hit back Ashton found themselves on the break again and, as the ball found its way to Nevins, he found himself in clear space and squeezed a shot into the bottom corner on 82 minutes.
This knocked the wind out of Boro's sails and as they tried to gain some further consolation the visitors held out for the three points and Boro were left to wonder "what if" yet again.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermain Johnson(c), 5 Mathew Bailey, 6 Mitchell Tolley, 7 Jack Sherratt, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Cater, 11 Elliot Hodge
Subs: 12 Leon Miles, 14 Levi Reid, 15 Sam Griffiths, 16 George Bowerman, 17 Josh Craddock

Ashton: 1 Terry Smith, 2 Stephen Mason, 3 Adam Mather, 4 Joe Connor, 5 Alex Frost, 6 Mark Lees, 7 Ryan Crowther, 8 Gary Gee, 9 Lee Gaskell, 10 Chris Baguley(c), 11 Jack Dorney
Subs: 12 Richard Smith, 14 Rhys Nevins, 15 Jody Banim, 16 Will Haining

Referee: Sarah Garratt
Att: 577

Report by Al Gee

Stafford Rangers 1 Kidsgrove Athletic 2
FA Cup 1st Round – Qualifying - Saturday 3rd September 2016

Rangers’ miserable FA Cup form continued as they were beaten at home by Kidsgrove Athletic.

Rangers made a number of changes to the side that drew with Nantwich on Monday with Kieran Preston, Alex Melbourne, Jermaine Johnson and Josh Craddock all making their first starts.
The visitors who play one division below Rangers and are without a league win this season, fielded five former Boro players with another four named on the subs bench.

The two sides exchanged early openings before Rangers began to look the stronger side as they maintained the pressure on the Grove goal. A cross from Melbourne flew inches beyond the reach of Craddock, Izak Reid and Rob Stevenson and the latter put in the Boro’s first shot of the game but it failed to trouble Krystian Burzynski.
Kidsgrove responded but Harry Clayton sent his shot over the top then, at the other end, Kris Taylor’s shot eluded the diving Burzynski but flashed a foot wide.

Kidsgrove opened the scoring midway through the first half when Anthony Malbon fired in after Rangers had failed to clear a free kick from Marc Grocott.
Twice in a matter of seconds, Rangers were denied an equaliser by blocks with Craddock and then George Bowerman missing out.
A free header from the unmarked Clayton could have extended the visitors’ lead but the chance went over but Rangers finished the half on the offensive but Craddock and Taylor (twice) were unable to bring the scores level.

A decent effort from Bowerman went just over but Kidsgrove extended their lead on 57 mins when Malbon scored from the spot after Mitch Tolley was penalised for a foul on David Artell.
Rob Stevenson reduced the areas ten minutes later with a smart finish from around 15 yards after a good ball from sub George Cater and Bowerman almost levelled a few minutes later but his progress into the area was halted by Artell.

Rangers pressed and Grove’s Danny Smith bravely chested the ball back to Burzynski from a couple of yards out before the Grove keeper saved well from Jake Jones.
But Jones was to be at the centre of attention in added time when he needlessly attempted to punch the ball over Burzynski. That offence would have earned him a yellow card on its own but in the melee that followed, Jones threw another punch – this time at a Kidsgrove player – and could have no complaint at the red card he was subsequently shown as he left the pitch, he took any lingering hopes with him.
 
 
Rangers: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Alex Melbourne, 3 James Bowen, 4 Jermaine Johnson, 5 Mitchell Tolley, 6 Kris Taylor, 7 Izak Reid (16 Jake Jones 78m), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 George Bowerman, 10 Josh Craddock (18 George Cater 55m), 11 Rob Stevenson (15 Levi Reid 89m).
Unused Subs: 12 Leon Miles, 14 Sam Griffiths, 17 Adam Whitehouse.

Kidsgrove: 1 Krystian Burzynski, 2 Danny Smith, 3 Tom Morris, 4 Ashley Hodkinson, 5 David Artell, 6  Marc Grocott, 7 Harry Clayton, 8 Ross Davidson, 9 Nick Wellecomme (12 Luke Keen 69m), 10 Anthony Malbon, 11 Joe Woolley (16 Dan Skelton 78m).
Unused subs: 14 Tyler Sims, 15 Jonathan Kapend, 17 Ryan Austin, 18 Kevin Street, 19 Tom Maddison

Cautions:  Craddock, Taylor, I Reid (SRFC), Woolley, Morris (Kidsgrove)
Sent Off: Jones (SRFC)
Referee: Robbie Dadley
Att: 659
 
Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 Nantwich Town 3
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Monday 29th August 2016

It was déjà-vous at Marston Road as Rangers let slip a two goal lead and saw two points slip away in the closing minutes just 48 hours after a similar heartbreak against Skelmersdale.

Nantwich’s Ryan Brooke made a dream debut, netting after just one minute when Curt Jones flicked on Sean Cooke’s free kick.
Rangers levelled on 24 mins when Kyle Perry got on the end of a clever cross from Levi Reid but his joy was marred as he picked up a hamstring injury in the process of scoring. It was the second enforced change in less than ten minutes after Adam Mitter had earlier suffered a dislocation of his shoulder.
Perry’s replacement, Jake Jones forced a save from Dave Parton but the Nantwich keeper was beaten for a second time five minutes before the interval when Michael Townsend flicked on a long throw from James Bowen leaving George Bowerman a free header.

Theo Stair fired wide for the Dabbers early in the second half but Jack Sherratt was more accurate with his shooting and squeezed a low shot into the bottom corner to put Rangers 3-1 up on 53 mins.
Bowerman couldn’t bring the ball under control as he went 1 v 1, allowing Parton to make the save before Brooke and Stair both went close for Nantwich – Townsend clearing off the line from the latter.

George Cater was denied by an excellent challenge from Ben Harrison but Nantwich kept pressing and Cooke gave his side hope with a 25 yard free kick past Adam Whitehouse with 5 minutes remaining.
Rangers missed another chance to kill the game off when Jones went clear – this time former Boro defender Andy White denying his old club with the last ditch tackle.
It was to prove a crucial challenge as two minutes into added time Stair forced his way past three defenders to fire past Whitehouse and snatch a point.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen 4 Adam Mitter (17 Christian Dacres 17m), 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Mitchell Tolley, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Jake Jones 26m), 10 George Bowerman (14 George Cater 71m), 11 Izak Raid.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Melbourne, 16 Rob Stevenson

Nantwich: 1 Dave Parton, 2 Andy White, 3 Ibou Touray (16 Osebi Abadaki 89m), 4 Ben Harrison, 5 Matt Bailey (14 Dave Walker 71m), 6 Curt Jones, 7 Josh Gordon (15 Josh Hancock 55m), 8 Wayne Riley, 9 Ryan Brooke, 10 Sean Cooke, 11 Theo Stair.
Unused Subs: 12 Godwin Abadaki, 13 Call Jones

Cautions: Griffiths (Boro); White, Stair (Nantwich)
Referee: Greg Rollason
Att: 702

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 4 Skelmersdale United 4
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 27th August 2016

A crazy game saw Rangers throw away two points with their third draw of the season.

Boro started with a keen intent, pressing Skem back but it was the visitors who scored from their first attack on 6 mins, as Chris Almond's shot cannoned in off Adam Mitter.
Rangers reacted brilliantly, and after half-chances from Kyle Perry and Christian Dacres were blocked, Jack Sherratt pounced on a defensive error to send George Bowerman through on goal, and he kept his composure to finish (15 mins).
Two minutes later, Rangers were in front, Sherratt again the instigator, cutting out another loose pass before feeding Bowerman who cut the ball back to Perry for a simple finish - his first for the club.

The very definition of end-to-end, Skem broke from defence and Almond blazed a glorious chance over the bar.
A third Boro goal followed as a ball from midfield found Perry running one-on-one with the keeper, who he beat with a lovely dinked finish (29 mins).
The scoring for the half was not done and Skem pulled one back just two minutes later, a simple ball through the defence caught Boro flat-footed, leaving Almond time to pick his spot.

Half time sub George Cater, almost made an immediate impact, playing a nice one-two with Perry but Fearon made the save.
Cater was not to be denied and when Perry's shot was blocked by Fearon, the youngster followed up to net the rebound (49 mins).
Skem pulled another back on 63 mins, Wright converting from a corner, before Izak Reid burst through and was only denied by Fearon's flailing foot.

Another glaring miss saw Skelmersdale sub Dan Burns find the side-netting with the goal at his mercy. Almond tested Whitehouse with a curling shot, and then Wright was allowed space to fire a powerful effort that Whitehouse tipped behind for a corner.
In the dying minutes, Cater went one-on-one with Fearon, but was denied by a good save, with Perry's follow-up also blocked. They were costly misses as Skelmersdale went straight down the other end and scored the equaliser, Burns cutting inside and curling a lovely shot into the top corner (88 mins).

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen 4 Leon Miles, 5 Adam Mitter, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Rob Stevenson (14 Alex Melbourne 85), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (15 George Cater 46m), 11 Izak Raid.
Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 16 Jake Jones, 17 Kieran Preston.

Skelmersdale United: 1 Martin Fearon, 2 Ben Alexandra (15 Daniel Burns 73m), 3 Shaun Holden, 4 Robert McIntosh (16 Adam Weston 69m), 5 Robert Brodie, 6 Ian Rowlands, 7 Kenny Strickland, 8 Tony Rendall, 9 Chris Almond, 10 Callum Mahoney, 11 Phil Mooney (12 Dale Wright 55m).
Subs: Dylan Vassallo, Anthony Cato.

Cautions: Dacres (SRFC); Bodie, Rendall, Mahoney (Skem)
Referee: Thomas Parsons
Att: 515

Report by David Broome

Corby Town 0 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Wednesday 24th August 2016

Rangers remained unbeaten as they collected their first clean sheet of the season in a goalless draw at Corby Town on Wednesday night.

As stalemates go, it was moderately entertaining, with Boro totally dominating the first half, but failing to convert a succession of chances.
The hosts were much better after the break, but the only saves Adam Whitehouse had to make were from free-kicks.

Manager Neil Kitching made four changes from the side which beat Frickley Athletic, handing a debut to Adam Mitter and a full debut to Rob Stevenson.
Jake Jones missed out through injury, while Christian Dacres, Izak Reid and George Bowerman dropped to the bench, Kris Taylor and George Cater the other two players to come in.
Boro lined up in a 4-5-1, with Stevenson and Cater flanking lone front man Kyle Perry, while captain for the night Mitch Tolley stepped up from defence into midfield, replaced by Mitter.

After O'Neill Odofin collected a yellow card for an industrial tackle on Stevenson on the right wing, Taylor sent in the free-kick and Jack Sherratt flicked a header just wide.
Sherratt's more advanced position was garnering him plenty of chances, and he fired one just wide after a throw was worked from the left to the edge of the area.
His third was passed up with an air-shot, this after Perry collected the ball in the area but was crowded out.

The best chance of the opening spell saw a great bisecting ball from Taylor finds its way to Cater as a Corby defender committed himself, and the young striker hit a first-time shot that wasn't far wide.
Then Taylor delivered another free-kick which Aidan Grant punched uncertainly clear, and the ball eventually fell to Sherratt again, who dragged a left-footed shot wide.
Yet another chance fell for Sherratt, but Grant just about claimed his driven shot.

After overwhelming Corby in the first 30 minutes, Rangers’ threat was dulled somewhat in the exchanges before the break, though they almost went in ahead as a slip up from Brad-Lee Gascoigne let Perry in, but his shot was not cleanly hit and went wide of the goal.

As might have been expected, the hosts improved after the break, and had their first shot on target when Danny Draper headed a corner goalwards, and Leon Miles had to clear off the line.
Corby then won a free-kick 28 yards out and Ben Milnes warmed the palms of Whitehouse.

Boro should have scored as they broke from Corby's corner and Sherratt fed Stevenson on the right. He burst into the area and instead of shooting, tried to find Bowerman, who was not in a great position on the other side of the box, and his shot trickled goalwards, where it was easily stopped on the line.
Mitter went through a Corby attacker from behind and the hosts had a free-kick 22 yards out which Milnes curled into the hands of Whitehouse.

In literally the last throw of the dice, Bowen came across to take a throw-in on the right and hurled it into the box, where Bowerman got the faintest of touches but nodded wide.

Corby: 1 Aidan Grant, 2 Cleveland Taylor, 3 Liam Marshall, 4 Brad-Lee Gascoigne, 5 O’Neill Odofin, 6 Danny Draper (16 Jordan Crawford 81m), 7 Kurtis Revan, 8 Reece Webb, 9 Callum Ball, 10 Ben Milnes, 11 Andre Johnson (15 Michael Ogilvie 73m).
Unused Subs: 12 Luke Aridegbe, 13 Monty Parkes, 14 Sekou Kromah

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James bOwen, 4 Mitchell Tolley (12 Izak Reid 56m), 5 Leon Miles, 6 Adam Mitter, 7 Rob Stevenson, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Christian Dacres 71m), 10 Jack Sherratt, 11 George Cater (16 George Bowerman 71m).
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, 17 Alex Melbourne

Cautions: Odofin, Revan (Corby); Bowen (Boro)
Referee: Matthew Law
Att: 494

Report by David Broome – Staffordshire Newsletter

Stafford Rangers 3 Frickley Athletic 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 20th August 2016

The visitors were first to threaten as Joel Purkisss charged down an Adam Whitehouse clearance but Whitehouse gathered.
The hosts came back as Kyle Perry had a shot blocked and Izak Reid headed over. Frickley then came back as Nathan Valentine shot wide but Boro had better ideas as George Bowerman crossed to the back for Jake Jones to head in.
Rangers then stepped up as Bowerman, Perry and,Reid missed chances to increase the lead.
Frickley came to life as Purkiss and Andy Gascoigne then equalised on half time... Purkiss set up Nathan Curtis to slot home.

Frickley came out on the attack in the second half but the hosts struck back.
Firstly Bowerman had a cross cut out then Perry was nudged over and the hosts took the lead from the spot through Bowerman. Gascoigne had an effort for Frickley before Rangers responded through a free kick just over from Reid.
On 60mins the visitors drew level through a well taken effort by Tyler Williams. They then pushed on with efforts from Purkiss and Williams again.

Rangers raised their game with efforts from George Cater and Perry before taking the lead through a cross from Perry going in off a defender.
Joshua Grant saw red for Frickley and Rangers held out for what was probably a deserved win.

Star man Jack Sherratt... 4 stars
Att: 560

Report by Alan Gee

Stafford Rangers 1 Barwell 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 16th August 2016

Rangers’ belated start to the season had a dramatic ending but it wasn’t the finish that they wanted as former Boro defender Joe Ballinger headed home a stoppage time equaliser for the visitors.
Barwell came racing out of the blocks and the Boro had to defend for much of the opening 10 minutes but the best opportunity was headed over by Joel Bell.

Rangers established a foothold and came close when Jack Sherratt outjumped Barwell keeper Max Smith-Varnham on the edge of the area but his header was cleared away.
Leon Miles and Sherratt both had shots blocked and Christian Dacres headed straight at the keeper as Rangers continued to press.

Kyle Perry forced a flying save from Smith-Varnham with a powerful volley but it was the Leicestershire side who appeared to have broken the deadlock on 24 minutes when Declan Towers steered in a corner from Blair Anderson but the sharp eyed referee Mark Howes ruled out the effort after spotting that Towers had used hands and awarded the Barwell skipper a yellow card.

Instead it was Stafford’s Izak Reid who opened the scoring, beating the Barwell offside trap to latch on to a long ball from Jake Sherratt before slotting home on 35 mins.
Sherratt went close to adding a second just before the break with a goalbound header that was cleared off the line by Owen Story.

Sherratt missed out again early in the second half while Bowerman and Dacres also failed to make the most of chances that came their way.

Barwell had a second ‘goal’ ruled out following a foul on Whitehouse and when Tyrell Shannon-Lewis could beat the Rangers’ keeper from a couple of yards out it looked like Rangers would take the points.
But it was a soft goal that cost them. Barwell wasted a free kick on the edge of the Rangers area and the Boro broke away. But Levi Reid lost possession, Barwell countered and Ballinger was on the end of the left wing cross to snatch a share of the spoils.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitchell Tolley, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Kris Taylor (12 Levi Reid 54m), 7 Izak Reid (16 Jake Jones 88m), 8 Jake Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Rob Stevenson 78m), 10 George Bowerman, 11 Christian Dacres.
Unused Subs: 14 Alex Melbourne, 17 George Cater

Barwell: 1 Max Smith-Varnham, 2 Dale Taylor, 3 Niall Rowe, 4 Declan Towers, 5 Joe Ballinger, 6 Brady Hickey, 7 Owen Story, 8 Jamie Towers (16 Tyrell Shannon-Lewis 61m), 9 Joel Bell (17 Amavir Sandhu 72m), 10 Nigel Julien, 11 Blair Anderson (14 Edward Nisevic 80m).
Unused Subs: 12 Joseph Sinton, 15 Chris Spencer

Cautions: L Reid, Bowerman (Boro), D Towers (Barwell)
Referee: Mark Howes
Att: 620

Report by Chris Elsley