Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 10 November 2018

Stafford’s four match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with a sorry exit from the FA Trophy at Basford United.
Rangers welcomed back Tom Thorley after a two match absence through injury were missing Joe Cuff (suspension) and Sam Coulson (family reasons) while Andy Haworth was cup tied.

The tie was more or less over inside 20 mins as the home side raced into a three goal lead. Zak Goodson opened the scoring after just 6 mins. A long ball from defence was flicked on by Nathan Watson for Courey Grantham to give chase. He got behind the Stafford defence and his shot on goal was steered in by Goodson.

Goodson added the second on 17 mins. Dan Burns lost possession midway inside the Stafford half, James Reid broke down the right, found Goodson and he calmly picked his spot to extend the lead. Two minutes later, a questionable free kick was awarded against Rangers but there was no doubt about the outcome as Kieran Fenton’s 25 yarder past the motionless Adam Whitehouse made it 3-0.

Slowly, Stafford came more to terms with the pacey 3G pitch but without creating too much. Luke Jones sent a header towards goal that was cleared by the combined efforts of Keiran Preston and Liam Bateman then Andrai Jones scuffed a shot wide after a poor clearance from keeper Preston. The closest Rangers came to scoring was a mishit clearance from Fenton that forced Preston to acrobatically head over his own bar.

Stafford looked more purposeful after the break and within a minute Izak Reid saw a shot land on top of the Basford net while Theo Bailey-Jones put two other chances wide. Jake Charles also went close when he turned one across the face of goal.
But Basford’s goal stayed intact and the game drifted towards its inevitable conclusion, interrupted only by Basford’s Liam Hearn who added his side’s fourth from the penalty spot in the first minute of added time after Lewis Banks had bundled Goodson to ground.

Basford: 1 Keiran Preston, 2 Liam Bateman, 3 Deon Meikle (15 Ciaran Keane 75m), 4 Jerry Nash, 5 Kieren Fenton, 6 Lewis Carr, 7 Jack Thomas, 8 Zak Goodson, 9 Nathan Watson, 10 Courey Grantham, 11 James Reid (14 Gregory Tempest 72m). Unused Subs 16 Niall Hylton, 17 Shick Ndong
Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Lewis Banks, 3 Ben Chilcott, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt (16 Josh Green 64m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (14 Ethan Stanton 72m), 10 Andrai Jones, 11 Izak Reid (15 Harry Benns 53m). Unused Subs 12 James Askey, 17 Morgan Bacon
Cautions: Fenton, J Reid (Basford); Burns (Rangers)

Referee: Jack Forder

Att: 246

Report by Chris Elsley

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