NEW MANAGER

Stafford Rangers Football Club will announce their new Manager at a press conference on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 12.30pm in the Social Club.

Members of the press and Boro supporters are welcome to attend

NANTWICH TOWN V STAFFORD RANGERS MATCH REPORT

NANTWICH TOWN 0    STAFFORD RANGERS 3

Boro put the Dabbers to the sword at Weaver Stadium, as Neil Kitching and Nick Amos bid farewell to the club, with their heads held high. Boro started brightly, and early on it was Joe
Thomas who was slipped through but Myles Boney saved. Shortly after this, Thompson-Brown was denied, as confidence grew.  On ten minutes, the hosts had their first sortie into the Boro half and Mwaslie put in Clayton, who had his shot saved by Adam Whitehouse.   A couple of minutes  later and Danny Griggs failed to threaten Whitehouse as his shot was gathered easily.

In the sixteenth minute Thompson-Brown was slipped into the box and Cotterell brought him down for a penalty. He got up and coolly slotted home to give the Boro the lead.  A few minutes later, Nantwich tried to hit back but as they broke, Clayton fired across the goal and the ball went out of play. Back to the other end and Waite went on a dangerous break but his ball across face of goal had nobody to add the finishing touch.
Craddock then sprayed one of many useful passes during the game and found Thomas, where his shot from the right was again saved. Boro were having most of the possession in the first half but chances were becoming even and Griggs put in a dangerous ball as Vann denied the incoming Clayton, before Cotterell had his shot saved and Bell’s effort was deflected wide. Just before the break Thomas went close again as Griffiths broke down the right to cut back and Boro went into the break one up.

The second half saw a powerful Boro show, as they took charge in longer spells, though the first chance of the half was when Bourne put in a cross-cum shot and Whitehouse had to take evasive action under his bar. However, on forty nine minutes Mwasile brought down Thompson-Brown as he again attacked the box and referee Smith had no hesitation in awarding Boro their second penalty. Same result and Bovey was sent the wrong way for Thompson-Brown to increase the lead. Just six minutes later Thompson-Brown was again  involved as he went down the right and cut the ball across for Waite to apply a first time finish for a three nil lead. The visitors went on to control the half in long spells, while Nantwich threatened only occasionally. Teenagers Kai Davis and Lucas Burnett replaced Kyle Perry and Tyrell Waite, as the young upstarts did what they could to run the hosts ragged at times. Davis had a few dangerous runs while Burnett was unlucky as he got around the back but fired over. Nantwich man of the match Mwasile was the only late threat as he again fired wide not long before the game, and season, was drawn to a close.

NantwichMyles Boney (replaced by James Hawkins 71), Jamie Morgan, Declan O’Riordan, Toby Mullarkey, Troy Bourne, Matt Bell (David Neligwa 45), Joe Mwasile, Caspar Hughes,
Harry Claytin, Danny Griggs, Nathan CotterellUnused – Sam Wakefield, Joel Stair, Jordan
Cole.

RangersAdam Whitehouse, Sam Griffiths, Kieran Westwood, Dan Vann, Jordaan Brown, Josh Craddock, Tyrell Waite (Kai Davis 71), Jack Sherratt, Kyle Perry(Lucas Burnett 78),
Robert Thompson-Brown, Joe Thomas(Ben Chillcott 58) Unused Riley Stephenson, Levi Reid
Goals – RTB 16, 49 Waite 55
Ref:  Lewis Smith – Assistants Jack Slater &  Nigel Usher
Attendance  448

NANTWICH TOWN 0 STAFFORD RANGERS 3

Rangers rounded off their 2017/18 campaign with an excellent victory at Nantwich Town.

It was Neil Kitching’s last match as Manager and the team put in a great performance for him.

Two penalties put Rangers on their way with both being converted by leading scorer Robert Thompson-Brown. Tyrell Waite scored his first goal for the club to wrap up the 3 points and send Rangers away following home happy.

Full report to follow.

Stourbridge 0 – 0 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Thursday 26 April 2018

Rangers’ penultimate game of the season saw them pick up a deserved point in a goalless draw at Stourbridge on Thursday evening.

For an end of season encounter where pride and a minor league place was all that was at stake it was a fairly entertaining encounter. It was the second game in 48 hours after the Staffs Senior Cup Final success on Tuesday and both Josh Craddock and Levi Reid were feeling the effects and could only take a notional place on the subs bench while Jordaan Brown was absent for personal reasons.

Rangers were presented with a golden opportunity inside the first minute as Stuart Pierpoint body checked Kyle Perry but Robert Thompson-Brown’s free kick took a deflection off the Stourbridge wall and went just off target. The first effort from the home side came some five minutes later via route one. Luke Benbow managed to win possession to collect a long free kick from keeper Matt Gould only to drag his shot wide from around 25 yards out.

After a lively start, things quietened down somewhat although the home side did manage to go close on 18 mins when Benbow’s free kick glanced off the head of Nicu Carnat but Adam Whitehouse reacted well to take the ball just under his crossbar. Benbow was then in the thick of the action at the other end with a well timed tackle to halt a threatening run from Tyrell Waite as the Stafford man burst into the Stour area.

Jack Sherratt tried his luck with a couple of long range efforts but neither really troubled Gould although the Stour keeper did have to watch carefully as the second of these went just wide. The nearest either side came to a goal in the first half was just before half time when a Alex Cameron charged down Adam Whitehouse’s clearance but the ball ricocheted over the Stafford crossbar.

Stour came closer still four minutes into the second half when Benbow hit the post after an attack down the left from Carnat. The impressive youngster went close himself a couple of minutes later with a shot just wide of Whitehouse’s right hand post. In reply, Osebi Abadaki launched an attack down the Rangers left which nearly put Massiah McDonald but his path to goal was blocked by Aaron Forde.

The home side pressed again and Dan Vann had to clear off the line from Cameron. Chris Gallagher found himself in a great position but was denied by an excellent save from Whitehouse. Rangers enjoyed a good spell around the hour mark. Sherratt fired over from a tight angle while McDonald and Abadaki were blocked by Pierpoint and McCone respectively. Gould didn’t have too much to do. He did make one excellent save although Perry had already been flagged offside.

Stour responded. Whitehouse kept out a low drive from Benbow then saved well with his feet after Brad Birch had made a solo break.

Chances continued to come at both ends of the pitch. For Rangers, Perry totally miscued a header when he got free of his man following Sherratt’s corner then Leon Broadhurst blazed wide from Forde’s corner for Stour. Both sides continued to look for a late winner with Perry missing the best of the chances as he planted his close range header over the Stour crossbar.

Stourbridge: 1 Matt Gould, 2 Brad Birch, 3 Aaron Hayden, 4 Paul McCone, 5 Stuart Pierpoint, 6 Aaron Forde, 7 Chris Gallagher (17 Edilson Antonio 71m), 8 Leon Broadhurst, 9 Luke Benbow, 10 Alex Cameron (16 Louis Hall 65m), 11 Nicu Carnat (12 Brandon Hague 79m). Unused Subs: 14 Luke Shearer, 15 Josh Cooke.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Kieren Westwood, 4 Kai Davis, 5 Dan Vann, 6 Jack Sherratt, 7 Osebi Abadaki, 8 Robert Thompson-Brown, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Tyrell Waite (16 Joe Thomas 74m), 11 Massiah McDonald. Unused Subs: 12 Josh Craddock, 14 Levi Reid, 15 Ben Chilcott, 17 Lucas Burnett.

Cautions: Hayden, Forde (Stourbridge) Thompson-Brown (Rangers)

Referee: Richard Gardner

Att: 368

Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 3 – 2 Hednesford Town

Staffs Senior Cup Final

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Stafford Rangers won the Staffordshire Senior Cup for the 12th time with a thrilling win over their arch rivals Hednesford Town at Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium.

Adam Whitehouse – making his 200th appearance for the club – was in fine form, making a number of crucial saves to keep Rangers in the game. On a perfect playing surface, the final got off to a cautious opening 10 minutes with little of note apart from a late challenge from Robert Thompson-Brown on Hednesford left back Darren Campion that earned the Stafford man a caution.

Otherwise, the best Hednesford could come up with was an inswinging centre from Campion which was just too far ahead of front man Danny Glover while, for Stafford, a counter saw Massiah McDonald’s low centre cut out as Tyrell Waite looked set to pounce. But Rangers grabbed the advantage on 14 mins when Jack Sherratt picked up possession some 25 yards out and struck a sweet left footer in to the top left corner of the net. Hednesford keeper James Wren was unmoved.

Hednesford responded well putting Rangers under pressure with Whitehouse just getting his fingertips to a low drive from James Lawrie and Reece King heading the resulting corner on to the roof of the net. The unmarked Glover then looked set to fire home an equaliser when Anthony Dwyer’s centre found its way to him on the penalty spot but Whitehouse saved well with his legs.

Just after the half hour mark James Fitzgibbon’s shot glanced off the top of Jordaan Brown’s head after he had cut in from the right. Hednesford kept up the pressure from the resulting corner and the ball came out to Dwyer on the left hand side of the area he picked out his spot beyond Whitehouse’s left hand to level on 32 mins.

Although Kyle Perry went close to restoring Rangers’ lead a couple of minutes later, it was Hednesford who continued to look the most likely to add to the scoring and Whitehouse was called upon to keep the scores level when he saved from Glover. Ben Bailey headed over from the corner. But Rangers had a great chance to restore the lead just before half time when Perry glanced Thompson-Brown’s free kick goalwards forcing King to head off the line.

Hednesford were first to get a look in after the break when a poor pass in defence from Levi Reid put in Dwyer but once again Whitehouse came to Stafford’s rescue keeping out the shot with his legs. From the resulting corner Whitehouse kept out Glover’s close range effort with his feet. Dwyer mishit his shot following Lawrie’s free kick as the Pitmen continued to threaten but Rangers came back in to it as a Thompson-Brown free kick caused problems in the Hednesford area. Brown hit an air shot and Josh Craddock’s effort was deflected for a corner.

It was from Jack Sherratt’s 63rd minute flag kick that Rangers restored their lead – Perry powering home a close range header against his former club. Hednesford pressed for another equaliser. Whitehouse turned away a 20 yarder from Fitzgibbon then King sliced his effort well wide after the ball had sat up nicely for him – he should have done better.

With four minutes of normal time remaining Rangers won a free kick on the left hand side. Dead ball specialist Thompson-Brown swung it in with his right foot and the ball seemed to take a slight deflection off Bailey. It was the faintest of touches but enough to deceive James Wren and put Rangers 3-1 up.

The match wasn’t over yet. Hednesford pressed again and Bailey reduced the arrears in the first minute of added time when he slid in to convert Fitzgibbon’s low centre. The Pitmen weren’t finished. Wren came up for a couple of corners to no avail but when Whitehouse saved from Glover their final chance was gone and the Boro began their celebrations.

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Kieren Westwood, 4 Levi Reid (14 Kai Davis 66m), 5 Jordaan Brown, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Tyrell Waite (15 Joe Thomas 90+5m), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Kyle Perry, 10 Robert Thompson-Brown, 11 Massiah McDonald (12 Osebi Abadaki 81m). Unused Subs: 16 Lucas Burnett, 17 Riley Stephenson

Hednesford Town: 1 James Wren, 2 Matt Curley, 3 Darren Campion, 4 Ben Bailey, 5 Callam Mendez-Jones, 6 Reece King (12 Joey Butlin 85m), 7 Anthony Dwyer, 8 Joe Fitzpatrick (14 Tom Thorley 65m), 9 Danny Glover, 10 James Lawrie, 11 James Fitzgibbon. Unused Subs: 15 Jack Rea, 16 Charlie Gatter, 17 Jose Veiga

Cautions: Thompson-Brown, Perry, McDonald (Rangers) Glover (Hednesford)

Referee: Scott Simpson

Att: 847

Report: Chris Elsley

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