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

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.

Stafford Rangers 1 – 1 Workington

Stafford Rangers 1 – 1 Workington

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League
Saturday 5 January 2019

Stafford Rangers dropped in to the bottom three in the table for the first time this season after being held to a 1-1 draw by fellow strugglers Workington. It was the first home game for the joint management team of Alex Meechan and Andy Fearn whose tenure had got off to a losing start at Mickleover Sports on New Year’s Day. There were two changes to the starting line up with keeper Adam Siviter replacing George Sykes-Kenworthy, who has returned to parent club Bradford City, while newcomer Matty Hill came in at left back with Izak Reid missing due to illness.

Rangers got off to a flyer, taking the lead in the 5th minute with a spectacular strike from Theo Bailey-Jones. Dan Burns’ goal bound header from Andy Haworth’s corner was punched away by Reds’ keeper Aaron Taylor but when Haworth delivered the ball back into the area, Bailey-Jones, with his back to goal, launched himself acrobatically to fire Rangers in front.


Workington soon got their game in to motion and looked dangerous in attack although it was Rangers who continued to create the better chances. Haworth probably should have done better when he fired wide then it needed a last-ditch tackle from Dan Wordsworth to deny Jake Charles. Soon after, Josh Green also went wide from just inside the area.

For Workington, both Sam Smith and Connor Tinnion saw their efforts go over, but their best chance of the opening 45 mins came via a poor back pass from Tom Thorley that put Tinnion clear of the Stafford defence. Siviter raced out of his area and Tinnion tried to lob him but Siviter was equal to it with a defensive header to clear the danger.

Luke Jones came close to increasing Rangers’ lead early in the second half, but Workington sub Kieran Maguire headed off the line. But the game changing moment came shortly before the hour mark. With Workington midfielder Scott Allison lying badly injured on the half way line, referee Andy Ellis called halt to play as Joe Cuff and Bradley Carroll battled for possession. As the whistle halted play, the two players clashed in what appeared little more than ‘handbags’ which prompted the assistant to call the referee’s attention and Cuff was sent off with no action against the Workington man who had already been cautioned.

It seemed a bizarre decision – even more so when video footage afterwards showed no reason why Cuff should receive any punishment whatsoever. Rangers now came under heavy pressure from the visitors and Siviter went low to his left to keep out a Tinnion free kick. The Workington no 11 was then teed up by Jason Walker but fired straight at the Rangers’ keeper.

Rangers still looked dangerous on the counter and Charles’ looked set to add to the tally only for Josh Calvert to deny him the shot. With just 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Workington finally broke through. Tinnion was again in the thick of the action as he crossed from the left. Gari Rowntree’s shot was deflected into the path of Wordsworth who nodded past Siviter from close range. Still Rangers did not give up but both Green and Lewis Banks missed chances to snatch a winner while Maguire went wide with Workington’s best opportunity.

Stafford: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Sam Coulson, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Josh Green (15 Jack Sherratt 90m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (17 Max Dixon 90+7m), 10 Andy Haworth (14 Lewis Banks 76m), 11 Joe Cuff. Unused Subs: 12 James Askey, 16 Peter Williams

Workington: 1 Aaron Taylor, 2 Sam Smith, 3 Gari Rowntree, 4 Daniel Wordsworth, 5 Josh Calvert, 6 Bradley Carroll (15 David Symington 90+3m), 7 Scott Allison (14 Bradley Hubbold 64m), 8 Niall Cowperthwaite, 9 Jason Walker, 10 Sean Paterson (12 Kieran Maguire 46m), 11 Conor Tinnion. Unused Subs 13 Lewis Casson

Cautions: Thorley & Green (Rangers); Carroll & Walker (Workington)

Sent Off: Cuff (Rangers)

Referee: Andy Ellis
Att: 526
Report by Chris Elsley

Workington Preview

Workington preview

On Saturday we have a home fixture with Workington, and as a home game the home support has to be the 12th man. There is the likelihood of seeing goals as the two teams w have scored 58 goals and conceded 83 between them. You may even see some red cards handed out, as twice in their last 4 games Workington have had 2 players sent off. Put all that into the mix and you have what could turn out to be an explosive fixture.

We will be looking to avenge our opening day of the season defeat at Workington where we lost 1-0 to a late goal. We have to be careful however, and not to underestimate the Workington team who have just appointed a new manager and have drawn two away games 0-0 at Hyde and Nantwich. Their only league win on the road was last month at Lancaster who also lie in the lower reaches of the league table. Our new joint managers will be looking to put Mickleover behind them and open their account with a home win. On current form we have one win, one draw and 3 defeats in our last 5 while Workington have that one win and 4 defeats.

Our first ever meeting with Workington was their first ever game in the Northern Premier League having lost their place in the football League. We won 3-0 at Borough Park in August 1977. Since that date both clubs have seen ups and downs in their leagues. Our paths this century also echoes the ups and downs with gaps in the years.

2005/06 Conference North H 2-2 A 1-0
2008/09 Conference North H 2-2 A 0-0
2009/10 Conference North H 2-0 A 1-1
2010/11 Conference North H 0-2 A 0-2
2016/17 Northern Premier H 3-2 A 2-1
2017/18 Northern Premier H 1-2 A 0-0

Games played on 5th January this century.

2008 Stevenage H 1-2 Conference
2013 Worksop H 3-1 Northern Premier League

Mickleover Sports 3-2 Stafford Rangers

Mickleover Sports 3-2 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Premier League
Tuesday 1 January 2019

The post Steve Burr era failed to get off to the perfect start as Stafford Rangers threw away a two-goal lead in their bottom of the table clash at Mickleover. After a quiet and uneventful opening, Stafford snatched control with two goals in quick succession. It was Rangers who produced the games’ first shot of note on 14 mins when Joe Cuff’s 30 yarder was well held by Callum Hawkins diving to his right.

But, two minutes later, the Mickleover keeper was beaten from around 25 yards by Theo Bailey-Jones’ well struck drive after Jake Charles had knocked down a centre from Andy Haworth. If Hawkins was blameless for Rangers’ opener, he had to take full responsibility for the second on 22 mins. Rangers countered following a Mickleover free kick. The ball came out to Joe Cuff on the left wing but his harmless looking cross was spilled into his own net at the foot of his near post.

Charles missed two great chances to add to Stafford’s lead, firstly sliding wide when off balance then hitting the post with the goal at his mercy after taking the ball around Hawkins. Mickleover’s best chance of the half came shortly before the interval but George Sykes-Kenworthy was equal to Nathan Jarman’s strike.

But it was a different story in the second half as Stafford switched off and allowed Mickleover back into the contest. It was a goalkeeping error that opened the door on 61 mins as George Sykes-Kenworthy failed to collect a long throw from Jake Scott and Shaquille McDonald hammered in from close range.

It was McDonald who levelled the scores on 77 mins when Stafford were caught napping from John McGrath’s quickly taken free kick. The immediate danger seemed to have passed as Jimmy Phillips sent his shot across the face of the Stafford goal but when the ball came back in, McDonald had time to fire in the equaliser. The Stafford collapse was complete five minutes from time when Dan Burns was penalised for hand ball and Jarman fired in the winner from the penalty spot.

Mickleover: 1 Callum Hawkins, 2 Jake Scott, 3 Ben Turner, 4 John McGrath, 5 Pablo Mills, 6 Durrell Berry, 7 Ted Cribley (17 Jimmy Phillips 69m), 8 Mason Warren, 9 Shaquille McDonald, 10 Nathan Jarman, 11 Kyle Carey (12 Will Norcoss 60m). Unused Subs: 14 Jack Walsh, 15 Reece Ford, 16 Ricky Ravenhill

Stafford: 1 George Sykes-Kenworthy, 2 Sam Coulson (14 Lewis Banks 89m), 3 Josh Green, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Izak Reid, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles, 10 Andy Haworth (15 Jack Sherratt 78m), 11 Joe Cuff. Unused Subs: 12 James Askey, 16 Peter Williams, 17 Adam Siviter

Cautions: McGrath, Jarman (Mickleover) Coulson, Haworth (Rangers)

Referee: M Tinsley

Att: 304

Report: Chris Elsley