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

Stafford Rangers 2 – 0 Port Vale U21’s

Rangers put a fixture free afternoon to very good use with a hastily arranged friendly against a youthful Port Vale side, and the result proved it to be a good move. In a game that was largely dominated by the hosts, Rangers were first to show in just the second minute, when Andy Haworth supplied the impressive Jake Charles and he shot over from 15 yards. Just a few minutes later, Lewis Banks latched onto a good through ball and he was denied twice as Tom Gregory made a double save, while Charles followed up and was also blocked by Gregory. A minute later and Charles attacked down the left and his cross was met by Banks, whose header could not be held by Gregory and Rangers took the lead. This was to become the pattern of the game, as Banks then retuned the favour but Gregory denied Charles again. Even with the pressure being applied, it took Rangers thirteen minutes too win their first corner where James Askey headed over. Rangers teenage forward Max Dixon then went on a run from the half way line put his composure lacked when it mattered as he fired over after a fifty yard run. Gregory was in action again as a fine dive denied Charles his second with a turn and shot, but he was powerless on twenty nine minutes as Charles let fly from around twenty five yards and his shot hit the top corner for a two-nil lead. Lucas Green-Birch had Vale’s first effort on target but Harry Benns had their best effort of the first half as his shot from twenty yards pulled a fine full length save from Adam Siviter, to retain that lead. Rangers reasserted control, as Charles had a shot deflected over, before Matt Hill fired a rocket of a free kick just wide of the post from thirty yards. Port Vale then had their only sustained spell of possession before half time, as they moved the ball well, but did not threaten the home goal, seriously.
Half time saw six changes for Rangers, while Vale rang just the two. Even with these changes the hosts continued to call the shots and he spoke volumes that it took fifty four minutes for the young Vale side to force their first corner. Theo Bailey-Jones had Rangers’ first effort of the half, firing wide from twenty five yards, while Jack Sherratt broke through and was only denied by a fine tackle from Max Beeston and the resulting corner was cleared by Gregory from under his bar. Gregory was called upon again as Declan Arber forced a good stop with a header, before Sherratt, Lucas Burnett and Ben Mills all had efforts blocked in the same move. Tom Thorley and Mills then combined well for the lively young Arber to fire over, before Vale had a dangerous attack five minutes from time and Jack Wakefield had their best effort of the game as he wriggled his into the box and his low shot hit the left hand post. With every player from both squads being used, it was a worthy exercise both for Rangers, as they look to boost confidence and rise up the table, while the young Vale team will have learned a few lessons.
Rangers – Siviter, Askey, Hill (Bailey Jones 45), Jones(Thorley 45), Burns (Coulson 45). Sherratt, Banks, Williams (Burnett 68), Charles (Mills 45), Dixon (Arber 45), Haworth (Green 45)
Port Vale – Gregory, Knowles (Chambers 45), Daley (Hickson 45), Campbell (Hallchurch 45), Beeston, Davies, Wakefield, Green-Birch (Berks 45), Turner (Stevens 60), Benns (Johnson 60), Ede
Att 126 –
Referee Ben Stott
Report by Alan Gee


Rangers fielded a side which blended experience and youth in this afternoons friendly match.

Max Dixon featured from the start and fellow SRFC under 18’s Declan Arber and Lucas Burnett made second half appearances.

Rangers took the lead early in the first half with a headed goal by Lewis Banks. A great strike from outside the box by Jake Charles doubled the lead by half time.

There were no further goals and Rangers ran out 2-0 winners with a welcome clean sheet.

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

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

Stafford Rangers 1-4 Nantwich Town

Stafford Rangers 1-4 Nantwich Town

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League
Wednesday 26 December 2018

Stafford Rangers’ frustration’s continued with defeat at home to league leaders Nantwich Town. Rangers’ manager Steve Burr kept faith with the starting XI that lost at Matlock Town four days earlier, with new signings Peter Williams and keeper Adam Siviter taking their places on the bench. The first half hour produced few clear-cut chances. Rangers were playing the better football of the two sides, but it was the visitors Nantwich who were asking most of the questions from the respective keepers.


Joe Malkin headed just over inside 2 mins and had the ball in the back of the net again soon after, but Sean Cooke was flagged offside.
Stafford’s first look in came via a first time shot on the turn from Jack Sherratt following a Josh Green throw. Sykes-Kenworthy had to go low to his right to keep out Louis Barnes’ free kick after Luke Jones had fouled Cooke and it was the latter who fired Nantwich ahead on 32 mins with a shot from 20 yards out beat Sykes-Kenworthy’s despairing dive although Joe Mwasile had been allowed to get away with a foul on Andy Haworth in the build-up.

James Lawrie missed a good chance to increase the lead shooting high and wide when well placed. Rangers made him pay with a 39th minute equaliser courtesy of an own goal from Joel Stair whose attempt to intercept Jake Charles’s low centre only succeeded in diverting the ball past his own keeper. Right on the stroke of half time, Nantwich had another half chance but Sykes-Kenworthy held onto Cooke’s shot and the two sides went in all square after an evenly fought opening 45 mins.

The first opportunity of the second half fell to Rangers as Charles went clear after Jamie Morgan failed to cut out Sykes-Kenworthy’s long clearance but he put his shot wide of the far post. Joe Cuff also missed out soon after when Will Jaaskelainen saved with his feet. But where Rangers failed Nantwich didn’t and when Sykes-Kenworthy could only parry a long-range effort from Cooke, Malkin was first on scene to snap up the rebound to put the visitors back in front on 55 mins.

A goal line clearance from Morgan prevented Rangers from getting back on level terms soon after then sub Izak Reid messed up at the back post from Cuff’s ball across the face of the Nantwich goal. The home side were given another lesson in finishing as Malkin put Nantwich 3-1 ahead on 72 mins with a simple header from Mwasile’s cross to end a good move involving four players. Any hopes of a Rangers’ come back were well and truly put to bed with 10 minutes remaining when Tobias Mullarkey headed in Cooke’s corner at the back post.

Stafford: 1 George Sykes-Kenworthy, 2 Sam Coulson (14 Lewis Banks 60m), 3 Josh Green, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt (15 Peter Williams 65m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones (16 Izak Reid 60m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles, 10 Andy Haworth, 11 Joe Cuff. Unused Subs: 12 James Askey, 17 Adam Siviter
Nantwich: 1 William Jaaskelainen, 2 Jamie Morgan, 3 Louis Barnes, 4 Joel Stair, 5 Tobias Mullarkey, 6 Matthew Bell, 7 Joe Mwasile (16 Callum Saunders 81m), 8 Casper Hughes (15 Danny Glover 89m), 9 Joe Malkin, 10 Sean Cooke (14 Nathan Cotterell 90+2m), 11 James Lawrie. Unused Subs: 12 Troy Bourne, 17 Declan O’Riordan

Cautions: Cuff & Williams (Rangers); Cooke (Nantwich)
Referee: Steve Durnall

Att: 807

Report by Chris Elsley