Stafford Rangers 3 – 1 Basford United

Stafford Rangers 3 – 1 Basford United

Rangers put their recent FA Cup defeat behind them with a superb performance against fourth place Basford United. After going behind Rangers rallied to score three goals before half time through Jones, Coulson and Perry.

Full match report to follow.

King’s Lynn 3 – 1 Stafford Rangers

King’s Lynn 3 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Emirates FA Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 22 September 2018


Stafford Rangers hopes of a good run in the FA Cup went out with a whimper as they were outplayed by manager less King’s Lynn. The home side made the perfect start with a goal in just the 3rd minute.


There looked to be no immediate danger as Ryan Hawkins chased the ball across field some 25-30 yards from the Stafford goal. He looked short of options and was running out of space, but he wrapped his foot around the ball and let fly with a super shot that beat Adam Whitehouse inside his left-hand post.

After such a dramatic start a quieter period followed with neither side creating too much. Lynn just about looking the most threatening.

Hawkins tried another from distance that sailed high over the bar then King’s Lynn won a hat-trick of corners in quick succession, the first coming after Hawkins’ header came off Harrison Holgate. Michael Clunan’s flag kick saw Rory McAuley come close, not once or twice, but three times in a scramble before Whitehouse punched clear. Soon after another shot from Hawkins was deflected out for a corner.

Rangers had a couple of moments when they looked like creating something, but they never gave Lynn keeper Alex Street much to do. In fact, the nearest they came in the first half was when Holgate’s free kick picked out Tom Thorley and McAuley was forced to head away for a corner.

The second half was a similar story as King’s Lynn dominated. McAuley headed across goal and wide from Clunan’s corner then Harry Limb tried a back flick that Whitehouse saved around his ankles.

Finally, Rangers produced a shot on goal but Jack Sherratt’s volley on the turn was well over. It was no surprise when King’s Lynn extended their lead on 65 minutes. A good move down the right saw Aaron Jones drill in a low centre which flew across goal before striking the helpless Harrison Holgate.

The tie was all over five minutes later when Clunan’s corner was headed home powerfully by Craig Parker whose run hadn’t been picked up.

Street was forced into his first save of the afternoon when he kept out a half volley from Theo then two minutes later Joe Cuff got on the end of a long clearance from Whitehouse to pull one back, but it was too late to save Rangers from defeat.

King’s Lynn Town: 1 Alex Street, 2 Aaron Jones, 3 Frazer Blake-Tracy, 4 Ryan Jarvis, 5 Ryan Fryatt (16 Kalern Thomas 82m), 6 Rory McAuley, 7 Michael Clunan, 8 Craig Parker, 9 Toby Hilliard (15 Michael Gash 53m), 10 Harry Limb, 11 Ryan Hawkins (12 Jordan Richards 68m). Unused Subs:14 Nathan Stewart, 17 Eion McQuaid, 18 Charlie Congreve

Stafford Rangers:1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Harrison Holgate, 3 James Askey, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Josh Green (14 Joe Cuff 54m), 6 Sam Coulson, 7 Lewis Banks (15 Kyle Perry 63m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Theo Bailey-Jones, 10 Harry Benns (12 Izak Reid 54m), 11 Jack Sherratt. Unused Subs:16 Tom Marshall, 17 Louis Briscoe, 18 Ossie Abadaki, 19 Lucas Burnett

Cautions: Clunan (King’s Lynn)

Ref: A Ellis

Att : 601

Report: Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1- 1 Market Drayton Town

Stafford Rangers 1- 1 Market Drayton Town

(Rangers win 5-3 on penalties)
Integro League Cup – 1st Round
Tuesday 18 September 2018

Stafford Rangers needed penalties to see off Market Drayton Town and progress through to the 2nd round of the Integro League Cup.
As expected, Rangers made several changes from the XI that started at Buxton on Saturday with, notably, a first appearance of the season for Jon Adams.


The first 45 minutes was a scrappy affair with only sporadic moments of quality. Rangers were first to mount anything like a serious threat when Louis Briscoe got to the by line but his square ball was cut out by Paul McMullen. The visitors launched an immediate breakaway which earned them a corner and Glyn Coney’s flag kick found McMullen at the back post but the Drayton defender was unable to get any direction on his header.

Ossie Abadaki saw a shot hit the side netting then, a minute later, Sam Coulson steered his header just wide as he attacked a right wing corner. Soon after, Coulson was in action in a more familiar defensive role to block from McMullen. A looping header from Jack Sherratt was taken by Ashley Rawlins under his crossbar but the Drayton keeper was unable to hold a more threatening effort from Sherratt shortly after and it needed a header back from McMullen to quell the danger.

Rangers kept creating the better chances and Rawlins turned an Abadaki shot round the post then the player, recalled to the starting line up for the first time in 8 games, skewed one high and wide.

Referee did his best to keep the game flowing and it wasn’t until the 26th minute that the first free kick for foul play was awarded.
The two sides traded chances with neither keeper tested but the breakthrough eventually came on 37 mins when Josh Green – captain for the night against his former club – got on the end of a dangerous ball into the six yard box to put Rangers ahead. Credit goes to Sherratt for his work in the build up.

Rangers should have extended their lead a couple of minutes later but Sherratt and Green got in each other’s’ way after Rawlins had spilled a free kick from Louis Briscoe and a follow up shot was blocked. Harry Benns came close to adding a second shortly after the interval when he ran on to a long ball from Green but, having gone round Rawlins, he found the angle tight. His shot was accurate but lacked power and Myles Arnold cleared off the line.

Rangers squandered another chance when Harrison Holgate put one over from close range after a bit of a scramble before Drayton stepped up their game for the last 20 mins. Desean Martin dragged one wide then sub Andy Hartlebury headed wide at the back post.
Rangers had a let off when James Askey’s attempted clearance was sliced against the bar then Daniel Beddoes clipped his shot just over. The warning signs were there and Drayton eventually got their reward when Jay Russell chested down Louis Irvine’s pass before volleying home from the edge of the ‘D’.

Lucas Burnett should have snatched a late winner for Rangers but headed wide when unmarked and so it was down to penalties to separate the two sides.  After Green had put Rangers ahead with his spot kick, Russell failed to match him when his shot went wide via the right hand post. Sam Coulson, Harrison Holgate, Joe Cuff and Jack Sherratt proceeded to convert their kicks to send Rangers through 5-3.

Stafford Rangers:1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Lewis Banks, 3 James Askey, 4 Harrison Holgate, 5 Jon Adams, 6 Sam Coulson, 7 Louis Briscoe (16 Theo Bailey-Jones 68m), 8 Josh Green, 9 Osebi Abadaki (17 Lucas Burnett 81m), 10 Harry Benns (12 Joe Cuff 72m), 11 Jack Sherratt. Unused Subs:14 Luke Jones, 15 Tom Thorley

Market Drayton Town: 1 Ashley Rawlins, 2 Louis Irvine, 3 Myles Arnold, 4 Tyrell McFarlane, 5 Paul McMullen (15 Andy Hartlebury 53m), 6 Desean Martin, 7 Lyndon Campbell (12 Jay Russell 61m), 8 Daniel Beddoes, 9 Matthew Ballard, 10 Glyn Coney, 11 Kevin Buxton. Unused Subs: 13 Owen Skelton (gk),14 Usill Wells, 16 Martyn Davies
Cautions: Askey (Rangers) Arnold (Market Drayton)

Ref: Bob Hathaway
Att : 180

Report: Chris Elsley

Buxton 4 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Buxton 4 – 1 Stafford Rangers

The post-match thoughts of Rangers Assistant Andy Fearn were spot on when he described this as a “strange game”, as Rangers were ultimately undone by around twenty minutes of clinical finishing and poor defending.


The opening stages saw both defences on top and there was no real sign of what was to come. Rangers enjoyed more than their fair share of possession in the early stages but did not force any clear chances. The hosts eventually came to life after twelve minutes as James Askey slipped in the left back position and that allowed Jude Oyibo around the back but when his cross was met by Diego Degirolamo his effort was miscued and danger was cleared. Rangers responded as Harry Benns was slipped in down the right channel and his shot was smartly saved by Theo Roberts. The corner was then played to the back post and Tom Marshall saw his effort cleared off the line as Rangers went close again. On twenty-one minutes Oyibo again beat Askey on the wing and when he cut in he beat Adam Whitehouse at the near post to give Bucks the lead. This was the start of the crazy twenty minutes that proved Rangers’ downfall. Rangers looked shaky and Harrison Holgate then conceded a free kick in the right back position, but Brad Grayson fired his free kick straight at Whitehouse. On thirty-one minutes Oyibo again beat Askey on the wing and he cut to the bye-line to cut back for Degirolamo to beat Whitehouse at his near post. On thirty-nine minutes it was three, as an excellent ball from left back Alex Brown evaded Luke Jones and Degiloramo was again round the back for his second. Just three minutes later it was four nil as Grayson battled to win the ball back and fed Brown who was still in an advanced position and he made no mistake from ten yards. Rangers briefly rallied, heading towards half time as first Benns forced a great save from Roberts and then Izak Reid headed against the angle as the half drew to a close with Rangers seriously needing to re-group.

The second half saw Louis Briscoe and Lewis Banks replace Bailey-Jones and Cuff, and the changes started to make for a more solid performance as the tide was stemmed. The lively Benns threated a couple of times as Rangers tried to get back into it, whole Reid also had a tame effort saved. Buxton, for their part, were much more contained and the free-flowing attacks were largely reduced by a more determined opposition. A Gee shot was deflected into the air and as Whitehouse came out, the ball dropped to Oyibo and his side footed effort somehow took a deflection and went wide rather than into the corner of the net. Rangers looked livelier now and Benns got into the box, from the left, where he squared back to Josh Green who reduced the deficit on sixty-three minutes. Rangers continued to limit Buxton and impose themselves on the game, to their credit. Greg Young hit a rising shot but that was the hosts’ final effort while Jones got forward and headed an effort straight at Roberts and Rangers tried to gain some pride. Rangers run of four straight wins came to a halt and a few more lessons are to be learned to get that run going again.

Att: 501

Report by Alan Gee

Stafford Rangers 3 – 1 Witton Albion

Stafford Rangers 3 – 1 Witton Albion

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League | Tuesday 11 September 2018
Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers made it four wins in four in an entertaining match against Witton Albion at Marston Road.

The Boro were without the suspended Jack Sherratt, allowing Josh Green his first start, while Theo Bailey-Jones came in for Louis Briscoe who dropped to the bench.


Bailey-Jones was soon in the action as he burst past two Witton defenders and into the area but his path was eventually blocked as he shaped to shoot.

It was the recalled midfielder that was on hand to fire Rangers ahead on 10 mins after the Witton defence had failed to deal with a long ball. Green almost took advantage only to be denied by a last ditch tackle from Billy Smart. The ball fell nicely for Bailey-Jones and he drilled in a low shot which slipped through the fingers of Greg Hall in the Witton goal.

The Rangers goalscorer then linked with Tom Thorley to get in a cross that Joe Cuff volleyed at Hall but the home side suffered a set back on 21 mins when striker Kyle Perry went off with a groin injury.

Harry Benns went close to adding a second when his shot deflected off Michael Wilson and out for a corner but, gradually, Rangers let Witton back in to the contest.

Adam Whitehouse had to punch clear following Will Jones’ header then did well to force the same Witton man to lose control after he had been put in by the impressive Danny McKenna.

James Foley volleyed over from the edge of the Rangers area following a McKenna free kick while it needed an excellent header off the line from James Askey to prevent Rob Hopley from putting Witton back on level terms.

Rangers had the better of the early exchanges in the second half – Benns firing their best opportunity over the bar when well placed after some good work by Harrison Holgate near the right hand corner flag.

The Boro’s efforts were rewarded on the hour when they went 2-0 up although, once again, there was an element of good fortune as Thorley’s well struck drive came back off the post only to rebound into his own net off the helpless Wilson.

Benns and Cuff combined well to set up Izak Reid but keeper Hall came out to tackle the Rangers’ sub.

Witton were then handed a 66th minute lifeline when Matty Devine’s pull back reached Foley and he found a way past Whitehouse from the edge of the area.

Buoyed by their goal, Witton kept up the pressure and Rangers looked a little shaky for a time although the visitors didn’t really create much for Whitehouse to worry about.

Instead, the best chances were falling to Rangers and Benns was off target with two that came his way while Cuff saw his shot deflected wide off James Yates.

Louis Briscoe fired over after following up his own free kick but Rangers finally put the game to bed in the 86th minute.

Benns did well, holding off the challenge of Foley, before he picked out the run of Lewis Banks who calmly slotted past Hall to make it 3-1.

Whitehouse beat away a 25 yarder from McKenna while Lingouba almost found a way through for Witton in the final stages, but there was no denying Rangers who now move up to 9th.

Stafford Rangers:1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Harrison Holgate, 3 James Askey, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Josh Green (12 Louis Briscoe 79m), 6 Tom Marshall, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones (15 Lewis Banks 74m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Kyle Perry (16 Izak Reid 22m), 10 Harry Benns, 11 Joe Cuff. Unused Subs:14 Sam Coulson, 17 Osebi Abadaki

Witton Albion: 1 Greg Hall, 2 James Yates, 3 Matty Devine, 4 Josh Wardle, 5 Michael Wilson, 6 Billy Smart (14 Delial Brewster 63m), 7 Danny McKenna, 8 Cesair Lingouba, 9 Rob Hopley, 10 Will Jones, 11 James Foley. Unused Subs: 12 Chris Noone, 13 Paul Moore,15 River Humphreys,

Cautions: Thorley, Benns (Rangers) Devine, Lingouba (Witton)

Ref: Richard Cattell

Att : 483