Barrow 2 – 1 Stafford Rangers Match Report -Paul Blanchette

Beaumont Parks Luxury accommodation greeted players and supporters as Barrow U18’s hosted Rangers U18’s.
The large 4G surface provided for a fiercely competitive game and some fine technical football.


The referees whistle triggered 90 minutes of pure white-knuckle thrills as both teams launched from the blocks.

On 2 minutes tenacious Rangers 9 Lucas Burnett chased a back pass giving Barrows keeper no time to think. Burnett nipped in to steal the ball which spun free to Max Dixon closing on the right. Dixon’s subsequent shot flew wide, the scene was set. Barrow pressed high and tight moving the ball with vigour, a tenth minute Barrow corner found an untracked runner and Barrow headed in to make it 1-0.

The action raged as Rangers fought valiantly to stifle Barrows pace and movement. Rangers midfield pair Josh Moody and Sam Jarvis worked tirelessly. With 16 minutes gone Barrow were awarded a contentious free kick after the referee judged Rangers centre half centurion Connor Taylor had pulled the Barrow players shirt. The free kick was whipped in forcing a fine save from keeper Craig Pain, who scooped the resulting corner from the air.

Rangers right back Adam Taylor and left back Tim Khayat were kept very busy matching Barrow’s tricky wide men for pace and power.
On 25 minutes a clever through ball from Connor Taylor found Max Dixon in space. Dixon ran at the Barrow goal but was caught by a fine last gasp tackle by the defender to clear the danger. A few minutes later Rangers no: 7 Christian Blanchette was caught with a high tackle as he broke through central midfield. The resulting free kick was cleared by the Barrow defence. The frantic action continued with Barrows no: 7 firing wide after picking up a loose ball. A few minutes later Barrows impressive no: 7 broke through with only keeper Craig Pain to beat 7’s shot was saved brilliantly by Pain to ease the pressure.

Another Barrow break saw Rangers central enforcer James Black slide in with a brilliantly timed challenge. The referee consulted the linesman who confirmed no foul. With half time fast approaching a slick piece of interplay between 8 Sam Jarvis and 3 Tim Khayat saw Jarvis thread an inch perfect ball to Christian Blanchette advancing at pace on the left wing. Despite close attention from Barrows no: 10 Blanchette’s focus held strong as he cut into the Barrow penalty area and slotted coolly past the giant Barrow keeper to pull the scores level at 1-1. “You are always most vulnerable just after you score” A minute later Barrow’s talented No; 7 picked up the ball and ran at the Rangers goal. Powerful Tim Khayat raced to catch him tracking the No; 7 on the edge of the Rangers penalty area. No: 7 tripped right and left unleashing a shot which took a cruel deflection off a Rangers defender leaving keeper Pain stranded. 2-1 Barrow.

Half time 2-1

A welcome break at half time saw Rangers return stronger. Rangers pushed hard closing the Barrow players with much more urgency. Owen Turner entered the action proving a very capable replacement at centre back, with James Black taking a well-earned break.
Another dubious refereeing decision handed a free kick to Barrow against a bemused Adam Taylor with the resultant free kick being struck over the bar.

On 58 minutes flying full back Tim Khayat powered down the left floating a shot over the Barrow keeper which dropped a foot wide of the post. A minute later Sam Jarvis launched a powerful shot goalward which was brilliantly saved by the Barrow keeper. Just over the hour mark Barrow broke going one on one with Replacement keeper Charlie Baker who raced out to narrow the angle forcing the Barrow shot wide. Khayat now suffering from cramp was replaced by Alex Smith who took up position on the right side of midfield with the classy Connor Baikie slotting in to left back.

Rangers pressed for the equaliser, Barrow were rocking, the immaculate first half discipline starting to crack. Rangers pushed forward with wave after wave of attacks but still Barrow held firm. With 10 minutes to go Barrow’s No:11 stamped on the rear of Rangers Adam Taylor leg following a verbal exchange, earning the Barrow player a straight red card.

Again, Rangers pushed forward with Christian Blanchette firing over. 90 + 5 saw Rangers Josh Stack wriggle through the Barrow back line and race at the Barrow keeper, stack passed right to the advancing Alex Smith whose fierce shot was saved by Barrow’s keeper.
The final whistle saw an elated Barrow side throw their arms aloft. A more competitive game of football would be difficult to find, in the end a deflected goal separated the teams.

Final score Barrow 2-1 Stafford Rangers.


Grantham 0-5 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Saturday 19 January 2019

Five goals – all headers – saw Stafford Rangers record their biggest away win for more than four years as Grantham Town were put to the sword. The only dampener on the afternoon was the sending off of midfielder Andy Haworth for two acts of indiscipline within a five-minute spell early in the second half. Grantham made a bright start and got the ball in the Stafford net inside two minutes when Chris Salt headed in a free kick from Ross Barrows, but a tight offside call went in Stafford’s favour. But Rangers soon stamped their authority on the game and took the lead on 10 mins. A series of three consecutive corners from Haworth culminated with Luke Jones powering home from around 12 yards – the ball going in via the underside of the bar.

Ten minutes later it was 2-0. The Bailey-Jones beat Oliver Luto with ease down the right and delivered a cross for Tom Thorley. Again, the ball truck the underside of the Grantham bar but the assistant indicated that the ball had crossed the line.


Having lost a 2-0 lead more than once this season, Rangers were desperate for a third and it came on 29 minutes from Bailey-Jones with a back-post header following a left wing cross from Matt Hill. The Grantham defence was unmoved. Grantham did offer a little more in the latter stages of the half but, apart from one half chance that saw the ball bounce goal wards off Charlie Ward, Adam Siviter wasn’t called upon.

Haworth’s moment of madness saw him see red on 55 minutes. Having been cautioned for dribbling the ball away from a Grantham free kick, he needlessly clashed with Barrows off the ball and saw red. Sensing a gateway back into the game, Grantham created their best chance of the afternoon soon after with a good header from Ward following Barrows’ free kick but Siviter made a fine save to his right.

But any Stafford nerves were eased on 65 mins when Lewis Banks – on as a sub for Peter Williams – headed in Josh Green’s free kick. Five minutes later, it was five as Jack Sherratt delivered the ball to the back post from just inside the area and Dan Burns headed home. Hill went close to adding a sixth with a powerful drive from 30 yards that Jordan Wright spilled but the Grantham keeper recovered before any Rangers player could take advantage.

Grantham Town: 1 Jordan Wright, 2 Ross Barrows, 3 Oliver Luto (12 George McCartney 23m), 4 Fernando Bell-Toxtle (14 Kemal Yenibertz 66m), 5 Charlie Ward, 6 Chris Salt, 7 Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson (17 Harry Gibbons 64m), 8 Tom Ward, 9 Danny Durkin, 10 Tom Siddons, 11 Ryley Thompson. Unused subs 15 Antonio Jaquite, 16 Tiago Nassunchlo

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Josh Green, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones (15 Izak Reid 81m), 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (16 Ben Mills 74m), 10 Peter Williams (14 Lewis Banks 62m), 11 Andy Haworth. Unused Subs: 12 James Askey, 17 Max Dixon

Cautions: Barrows (Grantham) Haworth – 2 (sent off) (Stafford)

Att: 247

Report Chris Elsley

Gainsborough Trinity match preview – Phil Bennett

Someone remarked to me during the Grantham game that Grantham Town have the initials GT and play in Lincolnshire. At home we drew 1-1 scoring first. Next Saturday we travel to Gainsborough Trinity, who have the initials GT, play in Lincolnshire and we drew the home game 1-1 scoring first. So, if you believe in coincidences then you should travel to next Saturdays away game.

We travel to Gainsborough in a league for the first time since 2010/11 when we drew 2-2. Having lost 2-0 to them in last seasons FA Trophy we aim to improve on that especially as hopes are high after the Grantham game. However, they have an imposing home record, with 7 wins against sides well down the league table, 2 draws with Witton and Nantwich and defeats to Buxton, Grantham and Scarborough. Their 6th place to our 19th sees a 20-point gap, so on paper it appears to be a banker home win. However, we travel hoping to cause an upset.

Gainsborough Trinity Football Club was formed in 1873 as Trinity Recreationists, set up by the vicar of the Holy Trinity Church for young parishioners. In 1889The club quickly became well known and won their first Midland League championship in 1890/91 and after finishing runners-up the following season they were elected to the Football League Second Division. Their first match was against Newton Heath, who later became Manchester United. On returning to the Midland League the club remained there until becoming founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1969. Gainsborough Trinity were one of the longest-serving members of the NPL, ending a 36-year stay after finishing tenth in the Premier Division to earn a place in the extended Conference Nationwide North for 2004/05. In the 145 years since they were first formed in 1873, other than through failing to be re-elected or reorganisation of leagues, they had never been promoted and never been relegated. That was until last season when they lost their place in the National League North to find themselves back in the Northern Premier League.

Gainsborough Trinity play their home matches at The Northolme, their home since 1884. In their history a few famous names have played or managed them, more recently managerial spells under Neil Warnock who began his managerial career at Gainsborough, and Brian Little.

There is a supporter’s mini bus running, but I believe this may be full, so car travellers you are looking at a 180-mile round trip with journey time of about 2 hours each way. Your satnav requirements for Northolme, now known as the Gainsborough Martin and Co Arena is DN21 2AW. There is limited street parking, but they have a car park across the roads from the ground with a charge of £2. Admission to the game appears still to be based on National League North prices as they charge £12 adult, £8 concessions and £4 under 16’s. For those wishing to travel by train, then I am afraid you can forget it, as you cannot get back till Sunday.

So, to all the brave souls travelling on Saturday, lets all get behind the team as see if we can spring a surprise and move away from that dreaded relegation zone.


Games played on January 26th this century.


2002       Bath                       H             postponed, but won 2-1 when played on 2nd Feb

2006       Tamworth            H             1-0          Staffs Senior Cup

2008       Salisbury              H             1-5          Conference


Rampant Rangers hit Coleshill for 8.

A feisty Coleshill side arrived to do battle at the Boro on a misty 10th January. Rangers struggled to shrug off the Christmas hangover as Coleshill threatened early on.

Rangers Danny Stevens had a shot saved by Coleshill keeper on 3 minutes against the run of play with Coleshill’s 11 being caught offside a minute later.
Rangers settled, centre back James Black popped a neat pass into Christian Blanchette on the right, Blanchette raced into Coleshill’s box unleashing a strike against Coleshill’s far post, Stevens picked up the rebound firing wide.
Coleshill’s no: 7 continued to cause problems for Rangers defence. Right back Adam Taylor quickly got to grips with the tricky winger sliding in with several brilliantly timed interventions.

The action continued at a frantic pace with Max Dixon chipping just wide on 14 minutes. A couple of minutes later Coleshill were awarded a free kick around 20 yards out. Coleshill’s no: 7 stepped up whipping a shot into the safe arms of Rangers keeper Craig Pain.
On 16 minutes Max Dixon switched to right wing with Christian Blanchette taking up central midfield. Minutes later Dixon broke down the right threading a fine pass to Danny Stevens to run on to. Stevens shot was saved by the keeper, Dixon picked up the loose ball and linked up with Lucas Burnett who buried a shot into Coleshill’s net.

Coleshill persisted, their mobile 7 whipping in a stinging shot forcing a good save from keeper Pain. The end to end action continued, Connor Baikie floating in an inviting corner only to be cleared by Coleshill. Shortly before the break Max Dixon danced through the Coleshill defence and cut a pass to Stevens whose shot was again saved by Coleshill’s now busy keeper. The resulting corner found the head of lofty Captain Connor Taylor who made no mistake making it 2 to Rangers. A few minutes later Stevens was fouled running at the Coleshill defence. Christian Blanchette floated the free kick into the Coleshill box finding the head of Connor Taylor for the second time in as many minutes, Taylor turned the header in for his second.

Half Time 3-0 Rangers.

The Second half saw the introduction of Charlie Baker in goal, hardworking Josh Moody having earned himself a break was replaced by a very mobile Josh Stack, Declan Arber came on for Danny Stevens and Alex Smith and Sam Jarvis replaced Connor Baikie and Max Dixon.
Second half continued in the same vein with both sides still going for the win. Coleshill held their heads high and continued to attack. 53 minutes saw a dangerous Coleshill corner cleared by Blanchette. A few minutes later Rangers earned a throw in following some great work from Tim Khayat on Rangers left. Christian Blanchette launched a long throw into Coleshill’s box finding Lucas Burnett who set up Declan Arber. Arber’s shot struck a defender, Alex Smith latched on to the rebound firing Rangers fourth passed the Coleshill keeper.
59 minutes saw a Rangers corner floated in by Blanchette, finding Connor Taylor at the back post, Taylor headed back across goal finding Alex Smith who headed in for his second. 5-0 Rangers.

Coleshill would not lie down, after a period of sustained pressure Coleshill’s talented no:10 intercepted a loose ball and raced forward to slot home past Baker in the Rangers goal to pull one back.
Rattled by the lapse in concentration Rangers responded. Charlie Baker launched one long which found its way to Declan Arber who tricked his way past the Coleshill defence before firing an unstoppable shot into the back of the net to make it 6-1 Rangers. A few minutes later Rangers won a corner which was floated in by Josh Stack, Alex Smith met the ball with his head to claim a hat trick
Not yet finished the reintroduced Max Dixon tripped past defenders on the right before slipping the ball unselfishly to Arber who coolly slotted in his second.

Final score Stafford Rangers 8 – 1 Coleshill.

Joe Cuff

Following the sending off of Joe Cuff against Workington, the football club appealed the red card.

The Football Association have dismissed the appeal and increased the match ban to 4 matches.

Joe will miss the league games against Grantham, Gainsborough and Lancaster and the Integro Cup Quarter final against Farsley Celtic.