On the back of our win against Port Vale FC last Friday this Wednesday 14th July sees Port Vales U18’s return to Marston Road for a match against Stafford Rangers Development Squad.
Kick Off is 7:45pm and Admission Prices £3.00 for Adults & Concessions and £1.00 for U16’s.
We are sure that the Development Squad will test Port Vale U18’s in what will be an exciting game.
The Development Squad are a vital part of your club’s infrastructure and are eager to demonstrate their talent and determination in a squad which will be a pathway to first team football.
Come down and support the future
Up the Boro
Stafford Rangers 2 Port Vale 0
Rangers fans initially expected to see a strong Vale first team in this game but faced a very mixed outfit that were at times dynamic, energetic and had to be overcome by strength and a degree of experience in their own ranks.
The opening period was initially made up of some hectic midfield play with more speed and less haste before it started to settle with Vale trying to get a hold before John Kapend, a former Vale youngster, won Rangers’ first corner on ten minutes. Vale’s first real attack was somewhat eventful as Bayley attacked down the left and was intercepted by an excellent bye-line tackle from Ben Forrest who picked up a nasty injury, in the process. Sadly, this held up the game for some 18 minutes and all credit must go to both sets of medical staff and the teams in the way Forrest was not only treated but also shielded by a guard of both teams as he left the field on a stretcher.
The game eventually got back under way with a corner that was comfortably dealt with and what followed was a period of Rangers taking control rather than letting the incident deter them. On 39 minutes Joe Cuff played a ball into the Vale box and Ellis Jones tripped Josh Endall as he took control. Steve Martin pointed to the spot and Tyrone Ofori stepped up to give Rangers a 1-0 lead. Before half time Rangers were unlucky not to go further ahead as Cuff again cut in on the left but his shot also beat the far post as well as Stone’s diving save.
The second half again saw Rangers make big changes, but this time was 8 rather than the full 11. This line-up really started to assert itself, with Charles, Kenton and Cuff all having runs or efforts in the opening spell. On the hour Rangers won a left win corner and when Kenton whipped this into the near post it was met with a deft touch by Ofori to grab his second. Kapend replaced Cuff for his second run out of the game and when a ball was swung to the back he clipped the ball back where John Welsh fired just over. Declan Arber replaced the goal-getter Ofori and fired just wide himself with his first touch.
The 66th minute saw Vale introduce 7 changes and although this gave them fresh legs, Rangers continued to be more dominant. On 78 minutes McDermott had a rare chance for the visitors but fired well over. As the game wore on Rangers pressed again and a deep cross from the left saw a header strike a defender’s hand and a penalty was awarded. This was uncharacteristically fired so high it cleared the Shed End, by Jake Charles.
This proved to be the last meaningful action of the game as Rangers recorded their third consecutive friendly win, scoring 2 goals and keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Stafford Rangers (1st Half): Brown, Dawes, Endall, Harvey, Forrest, O’Niell, Kapend, Tonks, Ofori, Carr, Cuff
Stafford Rangers (2nd Half): Whitehouse, Trialist, Sutton, Moran, Welsh, Kenton, Charles, Tonks, Ofori, Trialist, Cuff
Port Vale: Stone (66’ Collinge), Dyer (58’ Chibaya), Trialist, Clarke (78’ Celeany), Lennon (58’ Osman), Martin (58’ Illori), Trialist (Plant 66’), Jones (58’ McFarlane), Garrity (58’ Chale), Proctor (45’ Okenla), Bailey (58’ McDermott)
Referee – Steve Martin
Report Alan Gee
Image Wendy Hill
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Don’t forget to buy your tickets now for Friday’s Pre-Season Friendly game against the Port Vale first team. This game will now be all ticket.
To buy your ticket online through our box office please click here
Home Fans will be also be able to buy tickets from our Reception for this game at the following times:-
Wednesday 7th July 9am – 2pm
Thursday 8th July 9am-2pm
Friday 9th July 10am -4pm
Kick-off 7.00pm – Gates and Social Club open at 5.30 and Gates will close at 7.00pm sharp.
Please note that access to the social club is available only once you have entered the ground. Home fans will be using the Jon Downing Suite and away fans the Chairman’s Suite.
This is a segregated game and No away fans tickets will be available for sale on the gate.
Please arrive early to help us get people through the gates quickly.
Masks to be worn in the stand and we will provide table service for drinks, masks also need to be worn if you are moving around within a building.
Please ensure you social distance at all times. No drinking within the ground is allowed.
Unless you have purchased a ticket on line you will need to scan the QR codes or provide contact name and telephone details for Track & Trace before entering the ground.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday
Up the Boro
We are pleased to announce the signing of Michael Townsend. Michael started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers as a youth team player where he signed a three-year scholarship. He impressed in the youth teams and was quickly promoted to the reserve side where he established himself as a regular. After being released by Dave Jones, “Towna” as he has been known, had successful spells with Hereford and Cheltenham.
Further Spells with Tamworth, Rushall Olympic, Chasetown, Hinckley, Coalville Town, Stratford Town and Redditch make Michael a player with a vast amount of experience. Boro fans won’t need much re-introduction as he also spent a spell with us a few years ago.
We can announce that Jonathan “Jonno” Brown has signed for the upcoming season and we welcome him back to the club. A popular and very capable keeper, Jonno will be known to most fans already and has played in our first two friendlies, this Summer, so will take no time to settle in!