First half Rangers started brightly they had lots of the ball and looked like the better of the two sides. Their number 9 Jake Charles ran the channels brilliantly giving the Atherton backline a bit of a headache in the first half. It seemed it was only a matter of time before rangers broke the deadlock. Atherton didn’t really cause rangers too many problems going forward however they did defend quite well and despite the fact that Rangers were the better team they stayed in the game and made it very difficult for Rangers to break them down. Rangers dominated for much of the first half but it was 0-0 at the break.
Second half Rangers continued to probe the Atherton defence in the second half but the still couldn’t find a way through. It looked like it was to be one of those days, especially for the Boro when Atherton went In front after the rangers defence failed to get the ball clear and the Atherton number 9 Matty Gilliam latched on to the loose ball to make it 0-1. After the goal rangers knew they had to respond and to their credit they kept going right till the very end and the late pressure paid off when rangers number 8 Tom Tonks found some space on the edge of the box after a long ball was pumped up field. Tonks was able to turn and shoot 1-1 75th min, it was a great finish from our captain to get us back in it. Ultimately rangers’ efforts to find the second were unsuccessful and the game ended 1-1.
Stafford Rangers Pilling Burns Endall Harvey Moran O’Neill Kenton Tonks Charles Navarrro Cuff Atherton Collieries: Hutchinson Smith Peet Niall Battersby Lafferty Amado Conway Doyle Gilliam Leneham Cusani ATT 662
In the early moments of the first half there wasn’t a lot in it. Both teams played a very similar style of football with lots of long balls and challenges. Rangers failed to really penetrate the Hyde defence with their frontline getting little or no service. Midway through the first half it was Hyde who began to assert themselves on the game . They started to see more of the ball than Rangers would have liked and they made it very difficult for the opposition to get out their own half. If it wasn’t for Rangers keeper Luke Pilling, Hyde could have been at least two goals up at the break.
Stafford Rangers needed to show what they were made of in the second half, but unfortunately it just wasn’t their night. The second half didn’t really see any significant changes in the pattern of the game. Rangers just couldn’t get going – they seemed a bit out of sorts. One shining light for them was their number 8 and captain Thomas Tonks who tried his best to make a positive impact on the game. He latched on to loose balls in the midfield and did well to break up play on quite a few occasions. On 64 minutes Hyde went 1-0 up after number 7 Mitchell was able to get on the end of a great left hand sided cross. From a Rangers point of view the goal seemed unavoidable but ultimately, they weren’t able to stop the ball from coming into the box. The game rather fizzled out after the goal with Hyde seeming happy to shut up shop and Rangers not looking like scoring. Full time and a 1-0 defeat for Rangers on the road. A very frustrating outing for the boys. Let’s hope for better Saturday vs Matlock town.
First half The home side started the better of the two sides with Rangers seemingly up against it in the early stages. FC United of Manchester moved the ball with real purpose and Rangers did tremendously well to keep their shape off the ball. Rangers had a game plan which they executed excellently throughout the whole afternoon. They took the lead thanks to Joseph Kenton in the 11th minute after Thomas Tonks played him in on goal. Kenton smashed the ball past the FC United keeper to send the traveling support into dreamland 0-1 to rangers. FC United were on top for large parts of the first half but credit must go to Rangers for their defensive work on/off the ball. They coped with everything the home side threw at them and had opportunities to double their lead. Jake Charles came close to making it 0-2 after working hard – he was able to fashion out an opportunity doing all of the hard work but unfortunately couldn’t finish.
HT 0-1 at the break.
Second half FC United had the opening exchanges of the second half but yet again Rangers stood firm and hung on to their lead. In the 60th minute Rangers’s number 6 James O ‘Neill was sent off following the denial of a goal-scoring opportunity and FC United were awarded a penalty which their number 7 Sinclair-Smith slotted home. After the sending off Rangers seemed the better side and in the 75th minute they went 2-1 in front thanks to Ben Woods following a corner from Joseph Kenton. Late on in the 83rd minute Rangers secured the win courtesy of a Thomas Tonks free kick that found the top right-hand corner of the net.
Full time 3-1 to Rangers – a fantastic away win and a great performance from the lads.
First half The opening minutes of the game were a bit scrappy with both teams fighting for control of the ball. Stafford did cause Rushall problems early on with long throws from Tom Tonks. Jonathan Moran headed the ball just wide from a throw-in for Rangers. As the half went on Rushall grew into the game with their front three causing the Stafford Rangers defence all kinds of problems and after some excellent build up play in the box Rushall were awarded a penalty in the 22nd minute after a foul from Stafford Rangers Joe Cuff. Rushall’s Danny Glover stepped up to convert the spot kick. 0-1 to Rushall. HT
Stafford Rangers were second best for much of the second half and for most of the game, Rushall won every second ball, every challenge and fully deserved the win. Rangers seemed to not turn up in the second half they just knocked the ball long without really troubling the Rushall backline. Stafford Rangers brought on number 9 Jake Charles mid way through the second half. Although he chased everything down and worked hard, he didn’t have the impact he and Rangers’ fans were hoping for. In the 66th minute things got worse for the home side after a mistake from Stafford Rangers keeper Luke Pilling allowed Owen Coyle to make it 0-2 to Rushall. The game ended 2-0 to the away side. Overall, an extremely disappointing night for all involved with Stafford Ranger’s.
Congratulations to Rushall Olympic following a very much deserved victory!
Stafford Rangers came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round after a late 92-minute equalizing goal against Rushall Olympic to ensure that a replay will take place at Marston Road on Tuesday evening.
First Half: Rushall had the first chance of the game in the 10th minute with a shot hitting the crossbar but nothing came of it. In the 21st minute Rushall went 1-0 up after Simon Cobourne raced into the box and fired home an unstoppable shot which beat the goalkeeper. Minutes later Fletcher smashed the ball against the bar, this was the closest Stafford had come to a goal. Rushall continued to cause Stafford problems and after good play from Glover and Cobourne, Mitch Clarke flicked a shot over a home defender’s head and his shot was blocked. Just before half time Stafford’s Navarro ran down the wing but his shot was just wide. Rushall had dominated the first half and quite rightly deserved to be winning.
HT: Rushall Olympic 1-0 Stafford Rangers
Early into the second half Rushall made it 2-0 after Parry passed the ball back for Danny Glover to fire the ball home. Looking to change the game and get back in it Stafford made a sub bringing off Luca Navarro and bringing on Joe Cuff. In the 65th minute Rushall had a great chance Cobourne advanced with the ball and slipped it to Parry who got round the keeper but the shot was just wide.
In the 66th minute Stafford got a goal back. A great ball from Fletcher allowed Tom Tonks to slide the ball into the net. Rushall then made 2 subs bringing on the former Stafford lad Callum Coyle and Rakeem Reid. Rushall continued to create chances and Moore had a shot from the edge of the area but it was well saved by Stafford’s keeper Luke Pilling. As the game moved into added time Stafford were still chasing the game so they made 2 subs, bringing on Charlie Ten Grotenhuis and Tyrone Ofori. Stafford equalized to make it 2-2 after Tonks launched a long throw in and it dropped to Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis who fired home for the equalising goal. FT: Rushall Olympic 2-2 Stafford Rangers
First Half It was a frustrating afternoon for Rangers as they welcomed highflyers Buxton to Marston Road Stafford Rangers’ number 9 Jake Charles had a great chance to score in the first half after he was put through on goal following a long ball behind the Buxton defence who were caught napping. It was Buxton who took the lead through number 14 Ashley Chambers in the 10th minute after a fantastic phase of play. Buxton moved the ball around well and Rangers defence were all at sea. After the goal it was a very good response to going a goal down from Rangers. They could have and probably should have been on level terms when their number 7 Joseph Kenton had an open goal to shoot at after the Buxton keeper was caught in no man’s land following a challenge with Stafford’s number 9 Jake Charles. The Buxton defence recovered well to send the ball behind for a corner. 0-1 HT
Second Half Buxton had to really dig in and fight for everything in the second half and to their credit they did just that. Stafford Rangers ‘gave their all in the second half and throughout the 90 minutes but were unable to find the equalizer. Luca Navarro nearly scored late on but his shot was straight at the keeper. The game finished 0-1 to 2nd in the league Buxton. Rangers should be proud of their performance after pushing Buxton all the way.
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