PLAYER MOVEMENTS

Harrison Holgate who was on a youth loan from Fleetwood Town has been recalled by his parent club with immediate effect.

We can also confirm that Ozzie Abadaki has left the club to join Hyde United.

We wish both players well for the future

Mickleover Game

Due to the reorganisation of the Leagues at step 3 our “usual” bank holiday fixture with Hednesford disappeared. As we know, Hednesford were reinstated into the NPL with the demise of Shaw Lane but the league decided not to re jig all the fixtures, so we entertain Mickleover on a holiday fixture. Mickleover are one of our local games, mileage wise so we hope to receive some away following as we hope to swell the gate with the usual home crowd and some extras taking advantage of the bank Holiday. Mickleover too are a relatively young football club, being formed in 1948. This will be only the 9th meeting of the clubs and we hold a slight edge over them having won 4, drawn 2 and lost 2 scoring 11 and conceding 7. Should therefore make for a tight encounter where a large bank holiday crowd can cheer on the team and add much needed gate revenue to the club.

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KIDSGROVE V BORO

Match report

Rangers continued their pre-season build up with another win, but this was a tougher test than the previous two games.  Kidsgrove were, however, the first to threaten as they broke into the Rangers box and Williams was denied by Matt Yates, who was standing in for the injured Adam Whitehouse. Rangers started to assert themselves on the game and when Abadaki was brought down, some 25 yards out, Briscoe stepped up to curl a glorious free kick into the top corner and give the visitors the lead. \Moe pressure followed and the Rangers looked threatening before they won another free kick and Briscoe’s excellent back post delivery was met by Luke Jones, who planted a header across goal and into the far corner for a 2-0 lead, They continued to press but Kidsgrove looked dangerous on the break and Jordan Cole curled an effort wide on one of those breaks. Rangers were the stronger of the teams and threatened at regular intervals as notable, Abadaki was denied on another foray. Lingard and the early Kidsgrove sub’ both went close before Rangers grew stronger and finished the first half, stronger of the teams.
For the first time during pre season, Steve Burr continued into the second half with the same eleven that ended the first half. They started brightly and Briscoe fired a long range effort just over, before a combination ended in Bailey-Jones failing to get on the end of a great move as they continued to press. On 57 minutes Kidsgrove had another break and as they worked it down the left, it was cut back for the lively Lingard to apply a tidy finish and reduce the deficit. Boro were not to be outdone, so continued to thwart ‘Grove as well as look threatening as numerous changes were rung by Manager Burr. The side looked more youthful as the game wore on and  young Lucas Burnett looked a pain in the side of the hosts’ defence. After one chance had gone close, the youngster was fed the ball on the corner of the box and as he wriggled inside, fed a well taken shot into the far corner for his first senior goal. The pace of the young Boro outfit now caused a few problems as they sprang the offside trap a few times and ended the game, looking quite promising.
That was reflected in Manager Steve Burr’s post match thoughts as he declared – ” It was a very tough game, today, which I expected. Could have scored more goals in the second half but, all in all, a very good work out, I thought we stood up to the physical challenge very well. Delighted with how we passed the ball around on a dry surface, also. We now face Port Vale, at home, on Tuesday which will be another god test for our boys.”

Report by Alan Gee

KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC 1 STAFFORD RANGERS 3

Rangers continued their pre season friendly fixtures with a trip to Kidsgrove Athletic.

A third successive away win this time by a 3-1 margin was the result with goals from Louis Briscoe, Luke Jones and Lucas.

Rangers starting line up was: Matt Yates,Luke Jones, Osebi Abadaki, Louis Briscoe, Jack Sherratt, Theo Bailey-Jones, Sam Coulson, Alex Curtis, Jordan Hunt, Kyle Perry and Tom Marshall. James Askey and Lucas were amongst the subs.

Match report to follow

NEW SIGNINGS TODAY

Following their 7 – 0 win at Heath Hayes today Steve Burr has added 5 players to his squad. The following have put pen to paper as Burr continues to build his squad for the coming season.

Kyle Perry and Osebi Abadaki have re-signed and there are 3 new names James Askey from Newcastle Town, Joshua Green from Sutton Coldfield and Theo Bailey-Jones from Altrincham.

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