Stafford Rangers 0 – 0 FC United of Manchester

Stafford Rangers 0 – 0 FC United of Manchester

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Stafford Rangers 0 – 0 FC United of Manchester
League | 14 Sept 2019 Report by Alan Gee
Attendance | 936
Inspiration fails to match the effort in the sun! This game served up something that belied the league position of both teams. Both went at it from the offset and continued in that pattern throughout the game. In fact, the only breaks in play were a couple of bookings and a minor melee late in the second half that broke things up. In the first half, most notably, Chris Doyle for FC United and Luke Jones both put headers wide from set pieces, while a four-man Stafford move saw Jack Sherratt denied by the legs of Patrick Warton at point blank range.
United chanced their arm with several long-range free kicks but Lewis King saved them all with great assurance. Mike Potts held United together when Stafford grew dangerous and he stuck at that role for the whole game. The second half followed a similar pattern with both sides probing for a breakthrough, while Stafford seemed to have bit more edge as the game wore on, but clear-cut chances were still rare as defences were commanding. Potts, Regan Linney and Alex Curran all had shots blocked in one attack before Stafford broke and Evan Garnett had his effort blocked, Joe Berks also shot over for Stafford while King saved a long free kick under pressure and Dan Burns nearly snatched it for the hosts at the death. In summary, both sides look defensively solid, but you sense they will both kick on to those upper echelons if they can just find that right striking combination as both sides looked dangerous but lacked that killer edge.
Stafford Rangers: 1 Lewis King, 2 Josh Burns, 3 Josh Green, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Daniel Burns, 6 Alex-Ray Harvey, 7 Andrew Haworth (Jed Davies 72'), 8 Sam Coulson, 9 Evan Garnett, 10 Louis Briscoe (Joe Berks 62'), 11 Jack Sherratt (Jake Charles 72') Subs: 12 Matthew Hill, 14 Joe Berks, 15 Jed Davies, 16 Jake Charles, 17 Max Dixon
FC United of Manchester: 1 Paddy Wharton, 2 Aaron Morris, 3 Adam Dodd, 4 Curtis Jones, 5 Chris Doyle, 6 Mike Potts, 7 Michael Donohue (Rhain Hellawell 67'), 8 Jack Lenehan (Craig Carney 63'), 9 Tunde Owolabi, 10 Regan Linney, 11 Alex Curran (Nialle Rodney 81') Subs: 12 Craig Carney, 14 Tom Dean, 15 Rhain Hellawell, 16 Dylon Blackledge, 17 Nialle Rodney

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Stafford Rangers 3-0 Mickleover Sports

Stafford Rangers 3-0 Mickleover Sports

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Stafford Rangers 3-0 Mickleover Sports
Emirates FA Cup 1Q | 7th September 2019 Report by Alan Gee
Attendance | 518
It was Stafford's clinical finishing that was the main difference in a tough game that often swung from end to end and kept fans guessing. The first half lacked goalmouth action and was a tight affair with Louis Briscoe's free kick being parried to Sam Coulson who netted for Stafford, only to be ruled out for offside, while Mickleover had a sustained spell that saw the hosts standing firm while clearing danger with breaks of their own. Other than that, play switched end to end without seriously testing each keeper. Anything that went into the Rangers box was dealt with by Lewis King or cleared by a capable looking defence. Sam Coulson, who had been brought into the side against Basford, to add steel to midfield was particularly outstanding as he broke play up and relieved the pressure.
The second half was a different story, with Stafford showing the clinical side that had so far deserted them, this season. The excellent Coulson continued to break play up and frustrated Mickleover while the Stafford defence continued to hold firm under any pressure but that clinical finishing won Stafford through. On fifty-three minutes a cross field move saw Briscoe fire home across goal to round off an excellent move. Sports tried to come back a briefly threatened as Mason Warren fired in a free kick that evaded all, but Lewis King pulled off a fine reaction save. Rangers put the pressure on again and Jack Sherratt headed narrowly wide before Rangers cleared more pressure and broke away only for Evan Garnett to shoot over the bar. Keeper Ollie Fairbrother than smashed a back pass into the back of Garnett but, luckily for him, it went wide of the goal. Jack Storer than attack Rangers right back position and his cross came back off the bar before Rangers broke yet again This time Coulson attacked down the left and his back-post-delivery was headed at Faitbrother by Briscoe. On seventy-nine minutes Briscoe struck a free kick, won by Joe Berks, that was deflected for a corner, and he again provided that ball in for Luke Jones to make it two from the back post. In the final minute, Rangers were quick on the break and a downfield run saw Joe Berks unselfishly find Evan Garnett who rounded things off very nicely as Rangers proved they can indeed click and show the ability to kill teams off. Stafford Goals - Briscoe 53 Jones 79 Garnett 90 Bookings - Stafford Haworth 65 - Mickleover Warren 59
Stafford Rangers: 1 Lewis King, 2 Josh Burns, 3 Josh Green, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Daniel Burns, 6 Alex-Ray Harvey, 7 Andrew Haworth (Joe Berks 66'), 8 Sam Coulson, 9 Evan Garnett, 10 Louis Briscoe (Soiyir Sanali 90'), 11 Jack Sherratt (Jed Davies 80') Subs: 12 Jake Charles, 14 Jed Davies, 15 Max Dixon, 16 Joe Berks, 17 Jahquil Hill, 18 Lucas Burnett, 19 Soiyir Sanali
Mickleover Sports: 1 Ollie Fairbrother, 2 Karel Tvaroh, 3 Ben Turner, 4 Mason Warren, 5 Pablo Mills, 6 Durell Berry, 7 James Cadman, 8 Jake Scott, 9 Nathan Modest, 10 Tadras Madjec (Jack Storer 58'), 11 Richard Batchelor Subs: 12 Tomas Junek, 15 John McGrath, 16 Jack Storer, 18 Jiri Boula

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Stafford Rangers 0-0 Basford United

Stafford Rangers 0-0 Basford United

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Stafford Rangers 0-0 Basford United
BetVictor Northern Premier League | Tuesday 3 September 2019 Report by Chris Elsley
Attendance | 481
Stafford Rangers picked up a welcome point, but their goal drought continues as they were held to a goal-less draw in an entertaining night at Marston Road. It was another game of what might have been as chances came and went but the management duo of Andy Fearn and Alex Meechan were pleased with the reaction after Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Hyde. The result takes Rangers off the bottom of the table but leaves them with just two goals from their opening six games. Rangers were without four regulars with Jake Charles, Tom Thorley, Theo Bailey-Jones and Paul Bignot all missing. In came Josh Burns - younger brother of central defender Danny - at right back for his first action since joining the club in the summer while Sam Coulson replaced Josh Green in centre midfield and Andy Haworth taking Bailey-Jones’ place wide right.
In a lively opening, both sides went in search of an early goal, but it was the visitors who produced the first shot of the night, but Matt Thornhill’s shot lacked power and direction. A couple of minutes later and it was Rangers’ turn with Haworth shooting wide after an exchange with Matt Hill on the left-hand side. Soon after Haworth’s miss, Jack Sherratt went close from around 25 yards - his shot just wide of Kieran Preston’s right hand post. Basford produced the only real shot on target midway through the first half when Jamie Walker outwitted Josh Burns but saw his shot beaten away by Lewis King. Stafford’s best effort came from lone striker Evan Garnett who did well to hold off Brad Gascoigne to get in a shot on the turn and the retreating Preston was grateful to see the ball land on the roof of the net. Stafford finished the half on top with a Briscoe free kick going just wide then Preston had to rush back to turn away another effort from Sherratt. Rangers kept up the pressure at the start of the second half with Garnett shooting high over then Sherratt heading over from Briscoe’s cross. Sherratt went close again from distance but Basford reminded the Boro of their threat when Walker got in behind the defence, but the angle was tight, and King saved comfortably low to his right. Rangers were then hit with a double blow with both Hill and Coulson, who had been outstanding up to this point, hobbling off with hamstring injuries. In between, Dan Burns made an excellent block to deny Kane Richards. But, Rangers responded well though their luck continued to deny them when Sherratt’s header was cleared off the line by Josh Law following Briscoe’s corner. Basford created a couple of chances of their own as Courey Grantham diverted Richards’ centre on to the roof of the net then Walker’s shot took a deflection wide. The final stages saw Basford come close twice more, but King denied them each time, firstly tipping over Walker’s in swinging free kick then diving bravely at the feet of Richards in the last action
Stafford Rangers: 1 Lewis King, 2 Josh Burns, 3 Matt Hill (12 Josh Green 58m), 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Alex-Ray Harvey, 7 Andy Haworth, 8 Sam Coulson (14 Joe Berks 65m), 9 Evan Garnett, 10 Louis Briscoe (16 Jed Davies 90+3), 11 Jack Sherratt. Unused subs: 15 Max Dixon, 17 Soiyir Sanali
Basford United: 1 Kieran Preston, 2 Josh Law, 3 Dominic Roma, 4 Lewis Carr, 5 Brad Gascoigne, 6 Stefan Galinski, 7 Kane Richards, 8 Callum Chettle (12 Jack Thomas 83m), 9 Nathan Watson (15 Courey Grantham 67m), 10 Matt Thornhill, 11 Jamie Walker. Unused Subs: 14 James Reid, 16 James Carvell, 17 Dennell Stokes.

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Hyde United 4-0 Stafford Rangers

Hyde United 4-0 Stafford Rangers

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Hyde United 4-0 Stafford Rangers
League | 31 Aug 2019 Report by Phil Bennett
Attendance | 455
Few people in the 455 crowd at Ewan Fields today would have predicted the full-time score when the half time whistle blew. The first half that in the main was bossed by Rangers with Theo Bailey jones and Evan Garnett seeing a lot of the ball. The only problem was at times a failure to get a cross passed the first defender and when shooting our shots from Louis Briscoe and Jack Sherratt took deflections taking the sting out of the shots, but still needing good saves by the Hyde keeper. While the Hyde keeper was the busier of the two, Hyde came very close when on their first attack the ball just cleared the junction of post and bar. With the score level at half time things were looking promising for Rangers to get a favourable result.
Hyde came more into the game second half which saw Louis Briscoe booked for a foul to prevent the full back overlapping. Rangers still looked threatening and on 55 minutes what appeared to be a free header in the six-yard box fell to Jack Sherratt, but a poor connection saw the ball fall easily to the Hyde keeper. From the clearance Pratt and O’Brien broke quickly but Luke Jones was able to cover. Sadly, we failed to learn from that move because on 60 minutes Josh Green lost the ball well in the Hyde half and Hyde broke quickly and with players over, the ball was played to an unmarked Liam Tongue to drive the ball home for the first goal. Josh was then substituted by Joseph Berks and a few minutes later Louis Briscoe was replaced by Andy Haworth. Jack Sherratt was later replaced by Sam Coulson who was pushed into a midfield role. Alex Ray Harvey then lost out in a similar way to Josh, but this time Tongue’s break came to nothing. On 79 minutes Rangers failed to clear their lines and Dan O’Brien turned on the edge of the box to fire home Hyde’s second. Two minutes later Jack Dyche rose high to head in number three and end any chance of any Rangers revival. Luke Jones received our second booking in the game when being caught out in the right back position to prevent another Hyde break. The Hyde keeper then dropped a cross when under no pressure, but Joseph Berks could not find a shot on target or a Rangers player and danger was cleared. Things got worse for Rangers as full time approached as our man of the match Theo Baily Jones appeared to slip on the all-weather pitch and was receiving treatment for some time before being stretchered off with what is thought to be an achilles issue. In the time added on, and down to 10 men having used our subs, Hyde hit a 4th when Tom Prat was all alone at the far post to head in. Not the ideal day to drop to bottom of the league but there are plenty of games to come as we attempt to turn things around. However, at this stage in the season the games come thick and fast with our next game on Tuesday night at home to Basford and Theo now joins Jake and Tom on the Injury list.
Hyde: Luke Mewitt, Jacko Hardacre, Kyle Brownhill, Liam Tongue, Bailey Gooda, Jordan Fagbola, Tom Pratt, Cain Noble (Louis White), Dan Turner (Paddy Lane), Jack Dyche, Dan O’Brien (Joel Logan), subs not used Jamal Crawford, Oran Thompson
Stafford Rangers: Lewis King, Paul Bignot, Matthew Hill, Luke Jones, Dan Burns, Alex Harvey, Theo Bailey Jones, Josh Green (Joseph Berks), Evan Garnett, Louis Briscoe (Andy Haworth), Jack Sherratt (Sam Coulson), subs not used Josh Burns, Max Dixon

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Mickleover Sports 1-0 Stafford Rangers

Mickleover Sports 1-0 Stafford Rangers

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Mickleover Sports 1-0 Stafford Rangers
BetVictor Northern Premier League | Monday 26 August 2019
Attendance | Attendance: 355
Stafford Rangers are still searching for their first victory of the season after Monday’s Bank Holiday trip to Mickleover Sports ended in defeat thanks to a late penalty. Rangers, who were still without the injured Tom Thorley, made one change from the side beaten by Matlock on Saturday with Jack Sherratt replacing Andy Haworth. Despite the result, this was probably Rangers’ best performance of the season so far but it’s goals that count and if Rangers’ tally of two from four games doesn’t improve, they are going to struggle.
Rangers had two former Sports’ players in their starting line up with keeper Lewis King and forward Evan Garnett and it was the latter who was the busier from the off, firing wide of the near post in the 3rd minute. Garnett had another opening on the 15-minute mark when Sherratt launched a counter attack but Mickleover’s young keeper Nathan Broome - on loan from Stoke City - came out bravely to block the chance. After a rare shot on goal from Mickleover, courtesy of a Mason Warren free kick that King took with ease, Broome made another good stop - this time to keep out Theo Bailey-Jones. Rangers kept searching for a breakthrough. Sherratt’s shot was headed away by Richard Batchelor and Josh Green fired wide of the far post and the Boro had to settle for level terms as they went in at the break. Mickleover showed a little more purpose after the break and King had to save well from Jake Scott. Immediately, Rangers went on the attack. Bailey-Jones laid off to Jake Charles, but Broome parried, and Greg Young cleared the rebound off the toes of Bailey-Jones. Soon after, Broome saved again to deny the same two Rangers’ players. With the heat taking its toll, the game appeared to be heading for a goal-less draw until referee Gareth Davis decided that Dan Burns had hauled Nathan Modest to the ground and Warren stepped up to score the 85th minute winner from the penalty spot.
Mickleover Sports: 1 Nathan Broome, 2 Durrell Berry, 3 Ben Turner, 4 Mason Warren, 5 Pablo Mills, 6 Greg Young, 7 Nathan Modest, 8 Jake Scott, 9 Chib Chilaka (16 Adam Prusa 66m), 10 James Cadman, 11 Richard Batchelor. Unused Subs: 12 Karel Tvorah, 13 Oliver Fairbrother (gk), 14 Jiri Boula, 15 Ricky Ravenhill
Stafford Rangers: 1 Lewis King, 2 Paul Bignot, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Alex-Ray Harvey, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones (15 Louis Briscoe 85m), 8 Josh Green (16 Jed Davies 78m), 9 Jake Charles, 10 Evan Garnett (17 Andy Haworth 78m), 11 Jack Sherratt. Unused subs: 12 Josh Burns, 14 Max Dixon.

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Stafford Rangers 0-1 Matlock Town

Stafford Rangers 0-1 Matlock Town

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Stafford Rangers 0-1 Matlock Town
Home League | 24th August 2019 Report by Alan Gee
Attendance | Attendance 486
Rangers faced an unbeaten Matlock Town, who had also not conceded in their first two games and that gave us an idea of what we were in for. A tight game that was not full of incident or clear chances. The first half was often a war of attrition with both teams battling the heat as well as having defences on top. It took thirty-four minutes for the first real effort as Matlock’s Daniel Bramall followed a couple of high early efforts with a shot that stung Lewis King’s hands. Rangers responded with Evan Garnett volleying a flick on straight at Jonathan Stewart, then a Matt Hill free kick was cleared off the line by James Williamson.
The temperature rose during the game and a water break was needed just after the half hour mark. This seemed to energise the teams as both showed more urgency until the break and the half time whistle spoiled what could have been a decent spell. The second half followed a similar pattern but was lifted following another drinks break. Bramall was again denied by King before play switched ends and Andy Haworth’s shot was saved. On eighty-one minutes Matt Hill somehow lost the ball at left back and Marcus Marshall easily fired home for Matlock. Rangers tried to rally but play seemed to break down in the final third, for all of their effort. Deep into injury time, Rangers threw the ball into the Matlock box and a powerful effort struck James Williamson's arm and Mr Williams had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Josh Green's kick was the perfect height for Jonathan Stewart and Matlock were left to celebrate a late escape.
Stafford Rangers: 1 Lewis King, 2 Paul Bignot (Max Dixon 83), 3 Matthew Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Daniel Burns, 6 Alex-Ray Harvey, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Josh Green, 9 Jake Charles, 10 Evan Garnett, 11 Andrew Haworth (Jed Davies 78') Subs: 12 Josh Burns, 14 Max Dixon, 15 Louis Briscoe, 16 Jed Davies, 17 Jack Sherratt
Matlock Town: 1 Jon Stewart, 2 Adam Yates, 3 Ben Gordon, 4 Luke Dean (Jordan Sinnott 60), 5 James Williamson, 6 Dwayne Wiley, 7 Scott Smith (Josh Lacey 82), 8 Jack Rea, 9 Marcus Marshall, 10 Andrew Wright (Nathan Whitehead 60'), 11 Dan Bramall Subs: 12 James Tague, 14 Josh Lacey, 15 Jordan Sinnott, 16 Nathan Whitehead, 17 Jordan Cooke

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