NEW SIGNING

Rangers have signed ex Championship defender Paul Bignot from Vanarama National League South side Truro City.

Bignot is a 33 year old central defender who lists amongst his former clubs Crewe Alex,Blackpool, Plymouth and Grimsby. He

has also made one appearance for the England ‘C’ side.

Bignot, subject to league registration, will be available for selection for tomorrows league match against Bamber Bridge.

Bamber Bridge preview

While Bamber Gascoigne will give you a starter for 10, Bamber Bridge will give Stafford Rangers a starter for 13. Yes, we now have unlucky 13 league games to play as we attempt to pull away from the relegation trap door, and yet again it is a potential 6 pointer fixture. Bamber Bridge lie 13th but only 5 points above Stafford Rangers. This highlights the narrow gap in place and the effect a win for the Rangers can have on league placings. Therefore, your support is very much needed to be the 12th man in the Shedend to help us to 3 precious points and send Bamber Bridge back up the M6 to Preston pointless. Bamber Bridge are a relatively “new” football club in the non-league pyramid and as far as I am aware, this will be their first visit to Marston Road.

On their travels in the league, Bamber Bridge have won only once, that being on the artificial pitch at Buxton. They have drawn 7 and lost 6 of their other away games. Their most recent away game last Saturday saw them to become the first side to stop South Shield’s 100% home record with a very creditable 3-3 draw. Bamber Bridge will therefore arrive next Saturday in fine form and looking to add to their 6-1 demolition job they did on us on September 29th. That day Alistair Waddicar scored 4 goals and Andy Haworth scored their second goal on 27 minutes. Let’s hope Andy can repeat his goal in this fixture, obviously this time scoring for us.

Games played this century on 16th February

2008 Forest Green A 2-1 Conference
2010 Chasetown H 0-4 Staffs Senior Cup
2013 North Ferriby A 1-1 Northern Premier League

Scarborough Athletic 4 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Scarborough Athletic 4 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League | Saturday 9 February 2019

Stafford Rangers mini unbeaten run came to an end on the North Yorkshire coast with defeat against high flying Scarborough Athletic.
Rangers fielded Sim Thandi at right back – the youngster having joined the club on a youth loan from Stoke City – in place of Sam Coulson while Jed Davies returned in midfield with Jack Sherratt dropping to the bench.

Also absent from the 16 that drew with Lancaster City last week were Lewis Banks, who has made the move to Sligo Rovers, Izak Reid and Josh Craddock, who has made the decision to leave the club after making a brief return to the club that culminated in him being sent off in the Staffs Senior Cup tie against Wolverhampton Casuals.

Despite a long-standing relationship with the Scarborough club of old, this was Stafford’s first visit to the Athletic founded in 2007 and their two-year-old Flamingo Land stadium complete with its artificial pitch. But it was the strong wind, rather than the pitch, that was the main challenge for both sides. Scarborough had it in their favour in the first half and used it to their advantage to build up a two-goal lead inside the first 20 minutes and though Stafford came to terms with it to produce a strong finish to the first half, they weren’t as effective with the wind as the home side had been.
Stafford keeper Adam Siviter was called into early action, making a fine left handed save to keep out a snap shot from Matty Dixon inside 90 seconds.

But the home side grabbed the early advantage when they made the breakthrough in the 10th minute – Michael Coulson flicking on a Jamie Forrester corner and James Williamson converted from close range. Stafford’s first effort come from Andy Haworth following a long free kick from Thandi, but Tommy Taylor made a comfortable save low to his left.

Moments after Tom Davie’s throw had bounced just wide off Dan Burns, Luke Lofts doubled Scarborough’s lead in the 19th minute after finding space inside the area to drill home an unstoppable shot past Siviter. Stafford were steadily coming to terms with the conditions and Davies sent a reminder that they were still in the contest with a well struck drive at Turner after good work from both Jake Charles and Theo Bailey-Jones. Soon after, Luke Jones headed over.

It was Charles who deservedly reduced the arrears five minutes before the break when he was gifted the ball by Coulson and fired beyond the reach of Turner’s outstretched left arm. A bright opening to the second period saw Scarborough make it 3-1 in the 57th minute though there was a degree of luck as Lofts’ cross rebounded into the net off Thandi. Stafford worked hard to get back into the game with Tom Thorley, Charles and Joe Cuff all just missing out. But it was Scarborough who came closest to adding to the score firstly when Matty Dixon’s when his 25 yarder came crashing back off the cross bar. The ball came back out to Dixon, but he could only fire straight into the arms of Siviter. A few minutes later, Lofts went clean through only to be denied by Siviter, then, when front man James Walshaw looked set to score, Davies put in a timely tackle to prevent the shot.

The home side finally made it 4-1 in added time through a Walshaw penalty, harshly awarded when Coulson appeared to fall over following a tackle from Luke Jones – deemed fair by the referee but the linesman flagged for the offence.

Scarborough:1 Tommy Taylor, 2 Josh Lacey, 3 Tom Davie (14 Dave Merris 45m), 4 Luke Dean (15 James Cadman 80m), 5 Ross Killock, 6 James Williamson, 7 Jamie Forrester (12 Nathan Valentine 48m), 8 Matty Dixon, 9 James Walshaw, 10 Michael Coulson, 11 Luke Lofts. Unused Subs: 13 Tom Morgan, 16 Jack Johnson

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Sim Thandi (16 Ben Mills 82m), 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jed Davies, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones (15 Joe Cuff 65m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles, 10 Peter Williams (17 Andrai Jones 76m), 11 Andy Haworth. Unused Subs: 12 Sam Coulson, 14 Jack Sherratt

Cautions: Killock (Scarborough), Burns (Rangers)
Referee: Neil Howlett

Att: 947

Stafford Rangers 3 -3 Wolverhampton Casuals

Stafford Rangers 3 -3 Wolverhampton Casuals

(Stafford win 5-3 on penalties)
Staffs Senior Cup 3rd Round | Tuesday 5 February 2019

Stafford Rangers survived a scare from West Midlands Premier League side Wolverhampton Casuals to book a place in the semi-finals of the Staffordshire Senior Cup. Holders Stafford made a number of changes to their regular starting XI with surprise returns for Louis Briscoe and Andrai Jones after lengthy injuries and the home side made a storming start by racing in to a two-goal lead. The opener came with just over a minute played. Briscoe’s long-range free kick was spilled by Casuals’ keeper Paul Evans and defender Ben Podmore’s attempt to clear saw the ball rebound into the net off Ben Mills. Briscoe went wide from distance shortly before Joe Cuff made it 2-0, cutting in from the left, past two players and firing home from around 20 yards out.

Wolves’ first effort on goal came via Kieron Whittaker whose scuffed centre was heading inside the near post, forcing Adam Siviter to parry before the danger was cleared. Cuff should have added a third for Stafford when Joshua Jones failed to cut out a long ball from Briscoe, but Rangers’ leading scorer blazed over when clean through. Casuals reduced the arrears on 24 minutes when Reece Mason’s deep centre put Luke Yates in, and the highly rated forward made no mistake.

Kieron Miller went just wide from 25 yards out soon after as the visitors sensed a comeback and they drew level on the stroke of half time when Izak Reid failed to cut out a long ball and Yates was free to level. Stafford started brightly after the interval, but it was Casuals who had the best chance when Adam Siviter was forced to race out of his area to clear from Miller. But, before play could resume, Rangers were rocked when referee Brandon Scaife dismissed skipper Josh Craddock for two yellow cards in a matter of seconds. The first appeared to be for a foul in the build up to the Wolves’ attack the second looked to be an act of dissent in response to the issuing of the first.

Wolves were now in control, playing the better football as Rangers tired. It was a moment of class from Miller that put visitors ahead on 70 minutes as the forward’s persistence saw him retain the ball despite slipping on the edge of the area then he turned into space before curling his shot over Siviter. With their last hope of silverware slipping away, Rangers pressed forward in the closing stages and Jack Sherratt struck home the equaliser two minutes into added time after Kyle Brady’s slip had let in Theo Bailey-Jones. The game went straight to penalties and Rangers took an early advantage when Siviter saved from Joshua Jones after Andy Haworth had netted Rangers’ first spot kick.

Sam Coulson, Jake Charles, Briscoe and Sherratt were all successful to put Rangers through 5-3 on penalties.

Stafford: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Izak Reid (15 Theo Bailey-Jones 70m), 3 Louis Briscoe, 4 Sam Coulson, 5 Dan Burns (14 Jake Charles 53m), 6 Jack Sherratt, 7 Andy Haworth, 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Ben Mills (17 Declan Arber 76m), 10 Andrai Jones, 11 Joe Cuff. Unused Subs 12: Max Dixon, 16 Lucas Burnett

Wolverhampton Casuals: 1 Paul Evans, 2 Jordan Uppal, 3 Reece Mason, 4 Scott Powell (18 Kyle Brady 63m), 5 Ben Podmore, 6 Alex Foreshaw, 7 Kieron Whittaker (16 Todd Ferrier 63m), 8 Joseph Daley, 9 Kieron Miller (15 Kane Cork 79m), 10 Joshua Jones, 11 Luke Yates. Unused Subs 12 Walid Abdelali, 14 Dan Turton

Cautions: Jones (Rangers), Foreshaw (Wolves Casuals)

Sent Off: Craddock – 2 cautions (Rangers)

Referee: Brandon Scaife

Att: 181

Report: Chris Elsley

Scarborough match preview – Phil Bennett

An away game at a seaside resort. Perhaps not so in February so avoid the beach and go and watch Stafford Rangers take on Scarborough.

It has been a long time since we played Scarborough away, but this is a new Scarborough and they no longer play at Seamer Road. The current Scarborough were formed on 25th June 2007 following the liquidation of Scarborough FC, so our only competitive game was the 3-1 defeat at Marston Road last October. 

 

The old name brings back many memories, with an FA Trophy Final, and both clubs representing the Northern Premier League in the Anglo Italian Cup. Our frequent league fixtures disappeared when Neil Warnock, and his team became champions of the Conference in 1987 becoming the first club to be automatically promoted into the Football League, and we helped them do it by defeating Barnet away in the final midweek fixtures. Incidentally their first game in the football league was at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Scarborough lost their league place on the last day of season 1998/99, when the famous last gasp goal from keeper Jimmy Glass ensured Carlisle’s survival and relegate Scarborough back to the Conference, twelve years after they had left it, and this being the first relegation in the history of Scarborough FC. By the end of season 2006/07 Scarborough were wound up.

Saturday’s game will be a stern test for our current league run of games. They lie 5th with 50 points from their 29 games but have tasted defeat 5 times at home in the league to sides in the top promotion chasing group, namely, Nantwich, Gainsborough, Hyde, South Shields and Farsley. Despite getting gates in excess of 1000, they are currently experiencing a dip in form having lost 7 of their last 11 league games. Perhaps a repeat of our Gainsborough game could be repeated.

For independent travellers, Scarborough now play at the Flamingo Land Stadium, Scarborough Sports Village, Ashburn Road, Scarborough, YO11 2JW. Admission is £10 adults, £5 concessions and kids under 11, free with an adult. For those looking at train travel, the 10:03 changing at Manchester and Huddersfield will get you to Scarborough at 13:35, returning 17:50, with the same changes getting home 21:24. Could be an expensive trip as adult return fares are around £90.

Games played this century on 9th February

 

2002       Merthyr               H             1-0          Southern League

2008       Weymouth         H             2-1          Conference

2013       Frickley                 H             3-3          Northern Premier League

 

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