Stafford Rangers 3 -3 Wolverhampton Casuals

Stafford Rangers 3 -3 Wolverhampton Casuals

(Stafford win 5-3 on penalties)
Staffs Senior Cup 3rd Round | Tuesday 5 February 2019

Stafford Rangers survived a scare from West Midlands Premier League side Wolverhampton Casuals to book a place in the semi-finals of the Staffordshire Senior Cup. Holders Stafford made a number of changes to their regular starting XI with surprise returns for Louis Briscoe and Andrai Jones after lengthy injuries and the home side made a storming start by racing in to a two-goal lead. The opener came with just over a minute played. Briscoe’s long-range free kick was spilled by Casuals’ keeper Paul Evans and defender Ben Podmore’s attempt to clear saw the ball rebound into the net off Ben Mills. Briscoe went wide from distance shortly before Joe Cuff made it 2-0, cutting in from the left, past two players and firing home from around 20 yards out.

Wolves’ first effort on goal came via Kieron Whittaker whose scuffed centre was heading inside the near post, forcing Adam Siviter to parry before the danger was cleared. Cuff should have added a third for Stafford when Joshua Jones failed to cut out a long ball from Briscoe, but Rangers’ leading scorer blazed over when clean through. Casuals reduced the arrears on 24 minutes when Reece Mason’s deep centre put Luke Yates in, and the highly rated forward made no mistake.

Kieron Miller went just wide from 25 yards out soon after as the visitors sensed a comeback and they drew level on the stroke of half time when Izak Reid failed to cut out a long ball and Yates was free to level. Stafford started brightly after the interval, but it was Casuals who had the best chance when Adam Siviter was forced to race out of his area to clear from Miller. But, before play could resume, Rangers were rocked when referee Brandon Scaife dismissed skipper Josh Craddock for two yellow cards in a matter of seconds. The first appeared to be for a foul in the build up to the Wolves’ attack the second looked to be an act of dissent in response to the issuing of the first.

Wolves were now in control, playing the better football as Rangers tired. It was a moment of class from Miller that put visitors ahead on 70 minutes as the forward’s persistence saw him retain the ball despite slipping on the edge of the area then he turned into space before curling his shot over Siviter. With their last hope of silverware slipping away, Rangers pressed forward in the closing stages and Jack Sherratt struck home the equaliser two minutes into added time after Kyle Brady’s slip had let in Theo Bailey-Jones. The game went straight to penalties and Rangers took an early advantage when Siviter saved from Joshua Jones after Andy Haworth had netted Rangers’ first spot kick.

Sam Coulson, Jake Charles, Briscoe and Sherratt were all successful to put Rangers through 5-3 on penalties.

Stafford: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Izak Reid (15 Theo Bailey-Jones 70m), 3 Louis Briscoe, 4 Sam Coulson, 5 Dan Burns (14 Jake Charles 53m), 6 Jack Sherratt, 7 Andy Haworth, 8 Josh Craddock, 9 Ben Mills (17 Declan Arber 76m), 10 Andrai Jones, 11 Joe Cuff. Unused Subs 12: Max Dixon, 16 Lucas Burnett

Wolverhampton Casuals: 1 Paul Evans, 2 Jordan Uppal, 3 Reece Mason, 4 Scott Powell (18 Kyle Brady 63m), 5 Ben Podmore, 6 Alex Foreshaw, 7 Kieron Whittaker (16 Todd Ferrier 63m), 8 Joseph Daley, 9 Kieron Miller (15 Kane Cork 79m), 10 Joshua Jones, 11 Luke Yates. Unused Subs 12 Walid Abdelali, 14 Dan Turton

Cautions: Jones (Rangers), Foreshaw (Wolves Casuals)

Sent Off: Craddock – 2 cautions (Rangers)

Referee: Brandon Scaife

Att: 181

Report: Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 1-1 Lancaster City

Stafford Rangers 1-1 Lancaster City

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League
Saturday 2 February 2019

Tom Thorley’s stunning free kick rescued a point for Stafford Rangers in their bottom of the table clash against Lancaster City. The encounter at Marston Road was one of the few Northern Premier League fixtures to survive the weather but a bumpy pitch along with the matching of two sides at the wrong end of the table produced a scrappy affair, high in effort but lacking in quality.
Rangers had Luke Jones and Jack Sherratt back after injury while Andy Haworth returned after a two-match ban. Missing was Josh Green who picked up an injury in the midweek cup defeat against Farsley.


Half chances were traded in the opening 10 minutes with the best of them falling to Lancaster’s Brad Carsley who should have done better when Robert Wilson’s corner found him standing unmarked 15 yards out, but the Dolly Blues’ front man scuffed his shot and the danger was eventually cleared.

Carsley was presented with an even better chance when Wilson’s free kick fell to his feet some 10 yards from goal but this time his shot glanced off the top of the bar before going over. Between Carsley’s two opportunities, Haworth and Thorley were off target with long range free kicks for Rangers.
Stafford had two strong penalty appeals – both for hand ball against Glenn Steel – turned down before referee Ryan Williams finally awarded a penalty in the 34th minute. Unfortunately, for Rangers it was in Lancaster’s favour after Williams judged Stafford keeper Adam Siviter to have tripped David Norris. Wilson netted from the spot to give Lancaster the advantage.

The attack came from a Lancaster breakaway after Rangers had wasted a strong position of their own. Paul Dawson’s through ball sent Norris clear but the Rangers’ camp was adamant that there was no contact by Siviter and Norris had dived.
Stafford made a bright start to the second half, triggered by a thunderbolt from Thorley that was well saved by Jack Sims down to his right. Haworth had a shot blocked and Luke Jones saw his follow up saved as Stafford continued their encouraging period of play, but Lancaster sent out another warning when Carsley forced a save from Siviter. Another Haworth free kick went just over for Stafford, but they struggled to create much of a threat and Sims wasn’t being tested.

At the other end, it needed an excellent save from Siviter to prevent Tom Kilifin from wrapping the game up as the game entered the final minute of normal time. But Stafford did not give up the fight and five minutes of added time were almost up when Davies was tripped a couple of yards outside the area. Thorley stepped up to send his free kick in to the far top corner to the delight of the Stafford contingent.

Stafford Rangers:1 Adam Siviter, 2 Sam Coulson (16 Ben Mills 82m), 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt (14 Jed Davies 46m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles, 10 Peter Williams, 11 Andy Haworth (15 Josh Craddock 67m). Unused Subs: 12 Lewis Banks, 17 Izak Reid

Lancaster City: 1 Jack Sims, 2 Robert Henry, 3 Paul Dugdale, 4 Simon Wills, 5 Glenn Steel, 6 Steven Williams, 7 Paul Dawson (15 Charlie Bailey 90+1m), 8 David Norris, 9 Matthew Blinkhorn, 10 Brad Carsley (17 Thomas Kilifin 73m), 11 Robert Wilson (16 Ryan Winder 83m). Unused Subs 12 Lewis Fensome, 14 Luke Jordan

Cautions: Sherratt, Siviter (Rangers), Dawson, Norris (Lancaster)

Referee: Ryan Williams

Att: 532

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Rangers 0-5 Farsley Celtic


Rangers hopes of a first ever Integro Cup success disappeared at the quarter final stage with a heavy defeat at home to Farsley Celtic. The visitors, who are high flying in the league, proved too strong in all departments and put on a clinical display to end Stafford’s three game unbeaten run. Rangers were dealt a blow shortly before kick off when Sam Coulson picked up an injury and then received a further set back when Josh Green was forced out of the game in the 8th minute after picking up an injury in a tackle but there was little else of note in the opening quarter as the two sides more or less cancelled each other out – Farsley just about shading the play.

But it was an error from Dan Burns that led to Farsley’s opener on 24 mins. The Stafford central defender gave away possession 15 yards inside his own half and a grateful Paul Walker snapped up the chance as he advanced to slot past Adam Siviter.


Further errors cost Stafford again on 39 minutes. Lewis Turner picked up possession in midfield playing the ball to Walker on the right. He exchanged passes with Dave Syers then picked out Luke Parkin on the overlap and he fired home to double Farsley’s advantage. If it wasn’t game over by then, there was certainly no way back by half time as Farsley scrambled in a third on 44 minutes through Turner after Siviter had twice saved, firstly denying Isaac Baldwin then Nathan Cartman before Turner stabbed home. Syers made it 4-0 on 49 minutes when he fired home via the inside of the post after forcing his way through.

Farsley seemed content to just sit back and soak up anything Rangers could offer, and they did it so effectively that it wasn’t until the 86th minute that Theo Bailey-Jones managed to muster up Stafford’s first shot on target which was greeted by ironic cheers from a handful of the hardy fans who turned up on a cold night. Farsley responded with a fifth goal two minutes after – a somewhat hopeful strike from Adam Clayton wrapping up a comfortable night’s work for the visitors.

Stafford: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Izak Reid, 3 Josh Green (12 Peter Williams 8m), 4 Dan Burns, 5 Matt Hill, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Ben Mills (15 Jake Charles 56m), 10 Max Dixon (14 Jed Davies 53m), 11 Lewis Banks. Unused Subs 16 Lucas Burnett, 17 Declan Arber

Farlsey: 1 Kyle Trennery, 2 Lewis Turner, 3 Isac Baldwin, 4 Jack Higgins, 5 Danny Ellis (16 Romi Rehman 80m), 6 Danny Clayton, 7 Dave Syers (15 Mark Bett 84m), 8 Chris Atkinson, 9 Paul Walker, 10 Nathan Catman (14 Asa Mitchell 69m), 11 Luke Parkin. Unused subs: 12 Will Hayhurst, 13 Mark Bower (gk)

Cautions: Williams (Rangers) Baldwin (Farsley)

Ref: Richard Eley

Att: 149

Report: Chris Elsley

Gainsborough Trinity 1 Stafford Rangers 1

Gainsborough Trinity 1 Stafford Rangers 1

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Saturday 26 January 2019

Stafford Rangers produced one of their best performances of the season to pick up a point at play off chasing Gainsborough Trinity.

And they had to do it without captain Luke Jones and Jack Sherratt (both injured) and the suspended duo of Joe Cuff and Andy Haworth.

In came Sam Coulson who was back available after being unavailable for last week’s victory at Grantham and Jed Davies who joined the club on Friday from local rivals Hednesford Town. There was a first start in 10 games for Lewis Banks who played in an unfamiliar attacking left midfield role.

There was also the return of another familiar face as Josh Craddock took a place on the subs bench having also made the move from Hednesford 24 hours earlier.



Gainsborough came close to an opener with their first attack inside three minutes. A long ball from Joe Maguire was knocked down by Ashley Worsfold to Alex Byrne and Stafford keeper Adam Siviter was forced to tip a 25 yarder over for a corner.

Max Watters had a great chance for the home side midway through the half when he found himself clear on goal but Siviter prevented almost certain goal, saving well with his legs.

Jake Charles missed an equally good chance for Stafford a couple of minutes later when he failed to connect with an inch perfect cross from Theo Bailey-Jones.

A slip from Davies saw another chance go begging then Charles missed out again when he hit the post from just inside the area after Bailey-Jones had won the ball from Siviter’s long clearance.

Stafford were made to pay for their missed chances five minutes before half time when a Stafford free kick broke down and Byrne sent a long ball crossfield to Will Longbottom. The Gainsborough wide man picked out Worsfold who headed in from close range.

But Stafford got back level on the stroke of half time thanks to a Josh Green penalty after Neil Austin had tripped Lewis Banks following Tom Thorley’s pass.

There weren’t too many clear chances at either end in the first 30 minutes of the second period – a spell largely dominated by Stafford.

Gainsborough’s best came from Alex Byrne’s free kick that landed on the roof of the Stafford net while, at the other end, Charles was denied by Jon Stewart in the home goal.

But the best chance to win it fell to Worsfold when Simon Russell flicked on Max Watters’ cross but the unmarked forward blazed over.

Gainsborough Trinity: 1 Jon Stewart, 2 Neil Austin, 3 Ben Gordon, 4 Shane Clarke (16 Damian Reeves 68m), 5 Ioan Evans, 6 Joe Maguire, 7 Alex Byrne, 8 Simon Russell, 9 Ashley Worsfold, 10 Max Watters, 11 Will Longbottom. Unused Subs 12 Jaime Ture, 14 Elliot Wilson, 15 Liam King, – only four subs named

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Josh Green, 3 Matty Hill, 4 Sam Coulson, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jed Davies (15 Josh Craddock 67m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (16 Ben Mills 90+1m), 10 Peter Williams, 11 Lewis Banks (14 Izak Reid 77m). Unused Subs: 12 James Askey, 17 Max Dixon

Cautions: Maguire (Gainsborough), Davies (Rangers)

Referee: Matthew Sowerby

Att: 487


Report: Chris Elsley

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