Stafford Rangers 3 Nantwich Town 3
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Monday 29th August 2016
It was déjà-vous at Marston Road as Rangers let slip a two goal lead and saw two points slip away in the closing minutes just 48 hours after a similar heartbreak against Skelmersdale.
Nantwich’s Ryan Brooke made a dream debut, netting after just one minute when Curt Jones flicked on Sean Cooke’s free kick.
Rangers levelled on 24 mins when Kyle Perry got on the end of a clever cross from Levi Reid but his joy was marred as he picked up a hamstring injury in the process of scoring. It was the second enforced change in less than ten minutes after Adam Mitter had earlier suffered a dislocation of his shoulder.
Perry’s replacement, Jake Jones forced a save from Dave Parton but the Nantwich keeper was beaten for a second time five minutes before the interval when Michael Townsend flicked on a long throw from James Bowen leaving George Bowerman a free header.
Theo Stair fired wide for the Dabbers early in the second half but Jack Sherratt was more accurate with his shooting and squeezed a low shot into the bottom corner to put Rangers 3-1 up on 53 mins.
Bowerman couldn’t bring the ball under control as he went 1 v 1, allowing Parton to make the save before Brooke and Stair both went close for Nantwich – Townsend clearing off the line from the latter.
George Cater was denied by an excellent challenge from Ben Harrison but Nantwich kept pressing and Cooke gave his side hope with a 25 yard free kick past Adam Whitehouse with 5 minutes remaining.
Rangers missed another chance to kill the game off when Jones went clear – this time former Boro defender Andy White denying his old club with the last ditch tackle.
It was to prove a crucial challenge as two minutes into added time Stair forced his way past three defenders to fire past Whitehouse and snatch a point.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen 4 Adam Mitter (17 Christian Dacres 17m), 5 Michael Townsend, 6 Mitchell Tolley, 7 Levi Reid, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Jake Jones 26m), 10 George Bowerman (14 George Cater 71m), 11 Izak Raid.
Unused Subs: 12 Alex Melbourne, 16 Rob Stevenson
Nantwich: 1 Dave Parton, 2 Andy White, 3 Ibou Touray (16 Osebi Abadaki 89m), 4 Ben Harrison, 5 Matt Bailey (14 Dave Walker 71m), 6 Curt Jones, 7 Josh Gordon (15 Josh Hancock 55m), 8 Wayne Riley, 9 Ryan Brooke, 10 Sean Cooke, 11 Theo Stair.
Unused Subs: 12 Godwin Abadaki, 13 Call Jones
Cautions: Griffiths (Boro); White, Stair (Nantwich)
Referee: Greg Rollason
Report by Chris Elsley
Stafford Rangers 4 Skelmersdale United 4
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 27th August 2016
A crazy game saw Rangers throw away two points with their third draw of the season.
Boro started with a keen intent, pressing Skem back but it was the visitors who scored from their first attack on 6 mins, as Chris Almond's shot cannoned in off Adam Mitter.
Rangers reacted brilliantly, and after half-chances from Kyle Perry and Christian Dacres were blocked, Jack Sherratt pounced on a defensive error to send George Bowerman through on goal, and he kept his composure to finish (15 mins).
Two minutes later, Rangers were in front, Sherratt again the instigator, cutting out another loose pass before feeding Bowerman who cut the ball back to Perry for a simple finish - his first for the club.
The very definition of end-to-end, Skem broke from defence and Almond blazed a glorious chance over the bar.
A third Boro goal followed as a ball from midfield found Perry running one-on-one with the keeper, who he beat with a lovely dinked finish (29 mins).
The scoring for the half was not done and Skem pulled one back just two minutes later, a simple ball through the defence caught Boro flat-footed, leaving Almond time to pick his spot.
Half time sub George Cater, almost made an immediate impact, playing a nice one-two with Perry but Fearon made the save.
Cater was not to be denied and when Perry's shot was blocked by Fearon, the youngster followed up to net the rebound (49 mins).
Skem pulled another back on 63 mins, Wright converting from a corner, before Izak Reid burst through and was only denied by Fearon's flailing foot.
Another glaring miss saw Skelmersdale sub Dan Burns find the side-netting with the goal at his mercy. Almond tested Whitehouse with a curling shot, and then Wright was allowed space to fire a powerful effort that Whitehouse tipped behind for a corner.
In the dying minutes, Cater went one-on-one with Fearon, but was denied by a good save, with Perry's follow-up also blocked. They were costly misses as Skelmersdale went straight down the other end and scored the equaliser, Burns cutting inside and curling a lovely shot into the top corner (88 mins).
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen 4 Leon Miles, 5 Adam Mitter, 6 Christian Dacres, 7 Rob Stevenson (14 Alex Melbourne 85), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 George Bowerman (15 George Cater 46m), 11 Izak Raid.
Subs: 12 Levi Reid, 16 Jake Jones, 17 Kieran Preston.
Skelmersdale United: 1 Martin Fearon, 2 Ben Alexandra (15 Daniel Burns 73m), 3 Shaun Holden, 4 Robert McIntosh (16 Adam Weston 69m), 5 Robert Brodie, 6 Ian Rowlands, 7 Kenny Strickland, 8 Tony Rendall, 9 Chris Almond, 10 Callum Mahoney, 11 Phil Mooney (12 Dale Wright 55m).
Subs: Dylan Vassallo, Anthony Cato.
Cautions: Dacres (SRFC); Bodie, Rendall, Mahoney (Skem)
Referee: Thomas Parsons
Report by David Broome
Corby Town 0 Stafford Rangers 0
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Wednesday 24th August 2016
Rangers remained unbeaten as they collected their first clean sheet of the season in a goalless draw at Corby Town on Wednesday night.
As stalemates go, it was moderately entertaining, with Boro totally dominating the first half, but failing to convert a succession of chances.
The hosts were much better after the break, but the only saves Adam Whitehouse had to make were from free-kicks.
Manager Neil Kitching made four changes from the side which beat Frickley Athletic, handing a debut to Adam Mitter and a full debut to Rob Stevenson.
Jake Jones missed out through injury, while Christian Dacres, Izak Reid and George Bowerman dropped to the bench, Kris Taylor and George Cater the other two players to come in.
Boro lined up in a 4-5-1, with Stevenson and Cater flanking lone front man Kyle Perry, while captain for the night Mitch Tolley stepped up from defence into midfield, replaced by Mitter.
After O'Neill Odofin collected a yellow card for an industrial tackle on Stevenson on the right wing, Taylor sent in the free-kick and Jack Sherratt flicked a header just wide.
Sherratt's more advanced position was garnering him plenty of chances, and he fired one just wide after a throw was worked from the left to the edge of the area.
His third was passed up with an air-shot, this after Perry collected the ball in the area but was crowded out.
The best chance of the opening spell saw a great bisecting ball from Taylor finds its way to Cater as a Corby defender committed himself, and the young striker hit a first-time shot that wasn't far wide.
Then Taylor delivered another free-kick which Aidan Grant punched uncertainly clear, and the ball eventually fell to Sherratt again, who dragged a left-footed shot wide.
Yet another chance fell for Sherratt, but Grant just about claimed his driven shot.
After overwhelming Corby in the first 30 minutes, Rangers’ threat was dulled somewhat in the exchanges before the break, though they almost went in ahead as a slip up from Brad-Lee Gascoigne let Perry in, but his shot was not cleanly hit and went wide of the goal.
As might have been expected, the hosts improved after the break, and had their first shot on target when Danny Draper headed a corner goalwards, and Leon Miles had to clear off the line.
Corby then won a free-kick 28 yards out and Ben Milnes warmed the palms of Whitehouse.
Boro should have scored as they broke from Corby's corner and Sherratt fed Stevenson on the right. He burst into the area and instead of shooting, tried to find Bowerman, who was not in a great position on the other side of the box, and his shot trickled goalwards, where it was easily stopped on the line.
Mitter went through a Corby attacker from behind and the hosts had a free-kick 22 yards out which Milnes curled into the hands of Whitehouse.
In literally the last throw of the dice, Bowen came across to take a throw-in on the right and hurled it into the box, where Bowerman got the faintest of touches but nodded wide.
Corby: 1 Aidan Grant, 2 Cleveland Taylor, 3 Liam Marshall, 4 Brad-Lee Gascoigne, 5 O’Neill Odofin, 6 Danny Draper (16 Jordan Crawford 81m), 7 Kurtis Revan, 8 Reece Webb, 9 Callum Ball, 10 Ben Milnes, 11 Andre Johnson (15 Michael Ogilvie 73m).
Unused Subs: 12 Luke Aridegbe, 13 Monty Parkes, 14 Sekou Kromah
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James bOwen, 4 Mitchell Tolley (12 Izak Reid 56m), 5 Leon Miles, 6 Adam Mitter, 7 Rob Stevenson, 8 Kris Taylor, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Christian Dacres 71m), 10 Jack Sherratt, 11 George Cater (16 George Bowerman 71m).
Unused Subs: 14 Levi Reid, 17 Alex Melbourne
Cautions: Odofin, Revan (Corby); Bowen (Boro)
Referee: Matthew Law
Report by David Broome – Staffordshire Newsletter
Stafford Rangers 3 Frickley Athletic 2
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Saturday 20th August 2016
The visitors were first to threaten as Joel Purkisss charged down an Adam Whitehouse clearance but Whitehouse gathered.
The hosts came back as Kyle Perry had a shot blocked and Izak Reid headed over. Frickley then came back as Nathan Valentine shot wide but Boro had better ideas as George Bowerman crossed to the back for Jake Jones to head in.
Rangers then stepped up as Bowerman, Perry and,Reid missed chances to increase the lead.
Frickley came to life as Purkiss and Andy Gascoigne then equalised on half time... Purkiss set up Nathan Curtis to slot home.
Frickley came out on the attack in the second half but the hosts struck back.
Firstly Bowerman had a cross cut out then Perry was nudged over and the hosts took the lead from the spot through Bowerman. Gascoigne had an effort for Frickley before Rangers responded through a free kick just over from Reid.
On 60mins the visitors drew level through a well taken effort by Tyler Williams. They then pushed on with efforts from Purkiss and Williams again.
Rangers raised their game with efforts from George Cater and Perry before taking the lead through a cross from Perry going in off a defender.
Joshua Grant saw red for Frickley and Rangers held out for what was probably a deserved win.
Star man Jack Sherratt... 4 stars
Report by Alan Gee
Stafford Rangers 1 Barwell 1
Evo-Stik League Premier Division - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Rangers’ belated start to the season had a dramatic ending but it wasn’t the finish that they wanted as former Boro defender Joe Ballinger headed home a stoppage time equaliser for the visitors.
Barwell came racing out of the blocks and the Boro had to defend for much of the opening 10 minutes but the best opportunity was headed over by Joel Bell.
Rangers established a foothold and came close when Jack Sherratt outjumped Barwell keeper Max Smith-Varnham on the edge of the area but his header was cleared away.
Leon Miles and Sherratt both had shots blocked and Christian Dacres headed straight at the keeper as Rangers continued to press.
Kyle Perry forced a flying save from Smith-Varnham with a powerful volley but it was the Leicestershire side who appeared to have broken the deadlock on 24 minutes when Declan Towers steered in a corner from Blair Anderson but the sharp eyed referee Mark Howes ruled out the effort after spotting that Towers had used hands and awarded the Barwell skipper a yellow card.
Instead it was Stafford’s Izak Reid who opened the scoring, beating the Barwell offside trap to latch on to a long ball from Jake Sherratt before slotting home on 35 mins.
Sherratt went close to adding a second just before the break with a goalbound header that was cleared off the line by Owen Story.
Sherratt missed out again early in the second half while Bowerman and Dacres also failed to make the most of chances that came their way.
Barwell had a second ‘goal’ ruled out following a foul on Whitehouse and when Tyrell Shannon-Lewis could beat the Rangers’ keeper from a couple of yards out it looked like Rangers would take the points.
But it was a soft goal that cost them. Barwell wasted a free kick on the edge of the Rangers area and the Boro broke away. But Levi Reid lost possession, Barwell countered and Ballinger was on the end of the left wing cross to snatch a share of the spoils.
Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 James Bowen, 4 Mitchell Tolley, 5 Leon Miles, 6 Kris Taylor (12 Levi Reid 54m), 7 Izak Reid (16 Jake Jones 88m), 8 Jake Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry (15 Rob Stevenson 78m), 10 George Bowerman, 11 Christian Dacres.
Unused Subs: 14 Alex Melbourne, 17 George Cater
Barwell: 1 Max Smith-Varnham, 2 Dale Taylor, 3 Niall Rowe, 4 Declan Towers, 5 Joe Ballinger, 6 Brady Hickey, 7 Owen Story, 8 Jamie Towers (16 Tyrell Shannon-Lewis 61m), 9 Joel Bell (17 Amavir Sandhu 72m), 10 Nigel Julien, 11 Blair Anderson (14 Edward Nisevic 80m).
Unused Subs: 12 Joseph Sinton, 15 Chris Spencer
Cautions: L Reid, Bowerman (Boro), D Towers (Barwell)
Referee: Mark Howes
Report by Chris Elsley