Barrow 2 – 1 Stafford Rangers Match Report -Paul Blanchette

Beaumont Parks Luxury accommodation greeted players and supporters as Barrow U18’s hosted Rangers U18’s.
The large 4G surface provided for a fiercely competitive game and some fine technical football.


The referees whistle triggered 90 minutes of pure white-knuckle thrills as both teams launched from the blocks.

On 2 minutes tenacious Rangers 9 Lucas Burnett chased a back pass giving Barrows keeper no time to think. Burnett nipped in to steal the ball which spun free to Max Dixon closing on the right. Dixon’s subsequent shot flew wide, the scene was set. Barrow pressed high and tight moving the ball with vigour, a tenth minute Barrow corner found an untracked runner and Barrow headed in to make it 1-0.

The action raged as Rangers fought valiantly to stifle Barrows pace and movement. Rangers midfield pair Josh Moody and Sam Jarvis worked tirelessly. With 16 minutes gone Barrow were awarded a contentious free kick after the referee judged Rangers centre half centurion Connor Taylor had pulled the Barrow players shirt. The free kick was whipped in forcing a fine save from keeper Craig Pain, who scooped the resulting corner from the air.

Rangers right back Adam Taylor and left back Tim Khayat were kept very busy matching Barrow’s tricky wide men for pace and power.
On 25 minutes a clever through ball from Connor Taylor found Max Dixon in space. Dixon ran at the Barrow goal but was caught by a fine last gasp tackle by the defender to clear the danger. A few minutes later Rangers no: 7 Christian Blanchette was caught with a high tackle as he broke through central midfield. The resulting free kick was cleared by the Barrow defence. The frantic action continued with Barrows no: 7 firing wide after picking up a loose ball. A few minutes later Barrows impressive no: 7 broke through with only keeper Craig Pain to beat 7’s shot was saved brilliantly by Pain to ease the pressure.

Another Barrow break saw Rangers central enforcer James Black slide in with a brilliantly timed challenge. The referee consulted the linesman who confirmed no foul. With half time fast approaching a slick piece of interplay between 8 Sam Jarvis and 3 Tim Khayat saw Jarvis thread an inch perfect ball to Christian Blanchette advancing at pace on the left wing. Despite close attention from Barrows no: 10 Blanchette’s focus held strong as he cut into the Barrow penalty area and slotted coolly past the giant Barrow keeper to pull the scores level at 1-1. “You are always most vulnerable just after you score” A minute later Barrow’s talented No; 7 picked up the ball and ran at the Rangers goal. Powerful Tim Khayat raced to catch him tracking the No; 7 on the edge of the Rangers penalty area. No: 7 tripped right and left unleashing a shot which took a cruel deflection off a Rangers defender leaving keeper Pain stranded. 2-1 Barrow.

Half time 2-1

A welcome break at half time saw Rangers return stronger. Rangers pushed hard closing the Barrow players with much more urgency. Owen Turner entered the action proving a very capable replacement at centre back, with James Black taking a well-earned break.
Another dubious refereeing decision handed a free kick to Barrow against a bemused Adam Taylor with the resultant free kick being struck over the bar.

On 58 minutes flying full back Tim Khayat powered down the left floating a shot over the Barrow keeper which dropped a foot wide of the post. A minute later Sam Jarvis launched a powerful shot goalward which was brilliantly saved by the Barrow keeper. Just over the hour mark Barrow broke going one on one with Replacement keeper Charlie Baker who raced out to narrow the angle forcing the Barrow shot wide. Khayat now suffering from cramp was replaced by Alex Smith who took up position on the right side of midfield with the classy Connor Baikie slotting in to left back.

Rangers pressed for the equaliser, Barrow were rocking, the immaculate first half discipline starting to crack. Rangers pushed forward with wave after wave of attacks but still Barrow held firm. With 10 minutes to go Barrow’s No:11 stamped on the rear of Rangers Adam Taylor leg following a verbal exchange, earning the Barrow player a straight red card.

Again, Rangers pushed forward with Christian Blanchette firing over. 90 + 5 saw Rangers Josh Stack wriggle through the Barrow back line and race at the Barrow keeper, stack passed right to the advancing Alex Smith whose fierce shot was saved by Barrow’s keeper.
The final whistle saw an elated Barrow side throw their arms aloft. A more competitive game of football would be difficult to find, in the end a deflected goal separated the teams.

Final score Barrow 2-1 Stafford Rangers.


Rampant Rangers hit Coleshill for 8.

A feisty Coleshill side arrived to do battle at the Boro on a misty 10th January. Rangers struggled to shrug off the Christmas hangover as Coleshill threatened early on.

Rangers Danny Stevens had a shot saved by Coleshill keeper on 3 minutes against the run of play with Coleshill’s 11 being caught offside a minute later.
Rangers settled, centre back James Black popped a neat pass into Christian Blanchette on the right, Blanchette raced into Coleshill’s box unleashing a strike against Coleshill’s far post, Stevens picked up the rebound firing wide.
Coleshill’s no: 7 continued to cause problems for Rangers defence. Right back Adam Taylor quickly got to grips with the tricky winger sliding in with several brilliantly timed interventions.

The action continued at a frantic pace with Max Dixon chipping just wide on 14 minutes. A couple of minutes later Coleshill were awarded a free kick around 20 yards out. Coleshill’s no: 7 stepped up whipping a shot into the safe arms of Rangers keeper Craig Pain.
On 16 minutes Max Dixon switched to right wing with Christian Blanchette taking up central midfield. Minutes later Dixon broke down the right threading a fine pass to Danny Stevens to run on to. Stevens shot was saved by the keeper, Dixon picked up the loose ball and linked up with Lucas Burnett who buried a shot into Coleshill’s net.

Coleshill persisted, their mobile 7 whipping in a stinging shot forcing a good save from keeper Pain. The end to end action continued, Connor Baikie floating in an inviting corner only to be cleared by Coleshill. Shortly before the break Max Dixon danced through the Coleshill defence and cut a pass to Stevens whose shot was again saved by Coleshill’s now busy keeper. The resulting corner found the head of lofty Captain Connor Taylor who made no mistake making it 2 to Rangers. A few minutes later Stevens was fouled running at the Coleshill defence. Christian Blanchette floated the free kick into the Coleshill box finding the head of Connor Taylor for the second time in as many minutes, Taylor turned the header in for his second.

Half Time 3-0 Rangers.

The Second half saw the introduction of Charlie Baker in goal, hardworking Josh Moody having earned himself a break was replaced by a very mobile Josh Stack, Declan Arber came on for Danny Stevens and Alex Smith and Sam Jarvis replaced Connor Baikie and Max Dixon.
Second half continued in the same vein with both sides still going for the win. Coleshill held their heads high and continued to attack. 53 minutes saw a dangerous Coleshill corner cleared by Blanchette. A few minutes later Rangers earned a throw in following some great work from Tim Khayat on Rangers left. Christian Blanchette launched a long throw into Coleshill’s box finding Lucas Burnett who set up Declan Arber. Arber’s shot struck a defender, Alex Smith latched on to the rebound firing Rangers fourth passed the Coleshill keeper.
59 minutes saw a Rangers corner floated in by Blanchette, finding Connor Taylor at the back post, Taylor headed back across goal finding Alex Smith who headed in for his second. 5-0 Rangers.

Coleshill would not lie down, after a period of sustained pressure Coleshill’s talented no:10 intercepted a loose ball and raced forward to slot home past Baker in the Rangers goal to pull one back.
Rattled by the lapse in concentration Rangers responded. Charlie Baker launched one long which found its way to Declan Arber who tricked his way past the Coleshill defence before firing an unstoppable shot into the back of the net to make it 6-1 Rangers. A few minutes later Rangers won a corner which was floated in by Josh Stack, Alex Smith met the ball with his head to claim a hat trick
Not yet finished the reintroduced Max Dixon tripped past defenders on the right before slipping the ball unselfishly to Arber who coolly slotted in his second.

Final score Stafford Rangers 8 – 1 Coleshill.

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Stafford Rangers 4-1 Coton Green

Stafford made the journey to Tamworth on a very cold evening, this game had seen Stafford give up their home advantage to allow Marston Road to be in perfect condition for the Staffordshire Derby on Saturday
Manager Mick Baikie made several changes to the squad, Owen Turner Joshua Stack and Danny Stevens all returned having been cup-tied last week and Alex Smith was re-called.

Stafford made a bright start to the game and an early chance fell to James Black who headed over from 3 yards, then against the run of play Coton Green’s KIERAN WHELAN cross/shot eluded Craig Pain and nestled in the top corner to send the host’s bench wild in delight after only 5 minutes
Stafford soon levelled after 11 minutes, Connor Baikie’s corner was again met by JAMES BLACK who made no mistake this time.
Stafford soon found themselves in a battle as the Coton Green midfield seem to be taking control of the game and in the closing stages it was keeper Pain who came to their rescue with a brilliant double save.

Half Time 1-1

Stafford came out in the second half to find that Coton had changed their formation with pushing more players forward and again it was Pain who came to the rescue when he turned Whelan’s shot around the post.
Rangers again pushed forward, and Adam Taylor was released by Josh Moody down the right and his cross found Stack 2 yards out, who played a 1-2 off the crossbar and DANNY STEVEN bundled it home from close range to make it 2-1.
It was soon 3-1 on 73 minutes when again Stack combined with STEVENS, this time from a free kick, this didn’t deter Coton Green who continued to play some good football and it was Man of the Match Craig Pain who again pulled of two excellent saves.
In the closing stages Turner was brought down and LUCAS BURNETT converted the penalty for his 13th goal in all competitions
This result now sees Stafford move in the last 16

Full Time
Stafford Rangers 4-1 Coton Green

Starting XI
Pain, A. Taylor, Kyhat, C. Taylor, Black, Javis, Stevens, Moody, Arber, Burnett, Baikie
Subs Turner, Stack, Smith

Next Up
Monday 17th December 2018
Midland Floodlit Youth League
Vs Sutton Coldfield (Away)

Tim Turner

Stafford Rangers Juniors/Youth


Stafford Rangers 8 – 2 Tipton Town

An unseasonably mild night saw Rangers serve up a festive feast of football flair against tough opponents Tipton Town in the quarter final of Staffordshire FA youth cup.


Rangers raced into an early lead with the first from Declan Arber on 42 seconds, 4 minutes later first half star man Max Dixon made it 2-0 with sharp shooting Arber netting his second on 7 minutes to make it 3 to a rampant Rangers. Tipton responded battling hard in a bid to get back into the game. Tipton’s Matt Hogg floated a dangerous free kick into Rangers box forcing keeper Craig Pain to meet and punch clear, the second ball was picked up by England schools international Connor Taylor quickly switching play to right back Adam Taylor who raced forward flashing a quick ball right to left across the face of the Tipton goal.

An unfortunate foot injury on 23 minutes saw Ryan Douglas limp off to be replaced by James Black in the heart of defence.
Rangers continued to press a dogged Tipton side. Max Dixon cut in from the right threading a fine pass to Lucas Burnett who’s shot from wide hit the inside of both posts before being cleared off the line by Tipton. Dixon continued to torment the Tipton defence, on 35 minutes Dixon slid an excellent ball to Burnett who cooly recorded his first of the evening. 4-0

Tipton were not to be beaten, on 44 minutes a Tipton break saw Rangers keeper Pain race from his goal to meet the Tipton attack. The resulting clearance rebounded of several players before Tipton’s George Thorpe pounced striking into an empty Rangers net from 18 yards. A few minutes later Thorpe was quickest to another loose ball firing just wide.

4-1 at the break.

A reshuffle at half time saw Christian Blanchette replace in form Max Dixon on the wing and Tommy Wilkinson on for hard working Sam Jarvis in midfield. The second half continued with Rangers showing a fiery passion for goals. On 56 minutes Flying wing back, Tim Khayat broke down the left delivering a fizzing cross for Burnett to claim his second. 5-1.

A tired Tipton side held on to their discipline, a break through the middle earned them a free kick some 25 yards out. The kick was lifted over the wall curling away from Pain and into the Rangers net. 5-2. Rangers response was rapid. On 67 minutes Christian Blanchette latched on to a ball bobbling badly on the deteriorating surface and struck it goalward, Burnett instinctively followed the shot flicking the ball past the advancing Tom Slater for his hat trick. 6-2.

Rangers Josh Moody and Tommy Wilkinson continued to work in the middle of the park as Tipton refused to give up. Marcus Baikie switched wings with Blanchette causing Tipton’s full backs problems with Baikie cutting in and unleashing a shot just over the bar. On 67 minutes Christian Blanchette chased a 50/50 ball into the corner with Tipton’s right back and goal keeper, Blanchette flicked the ball over his head rolling around the keeper into the box before finishing in style. 7-2.

In the last seconds of the game a classy exchange between Arber and Blanchette saw Burnett released into the box to claim his fourth goal of the night. A bumper night for Rangers sees them through to the semifinal draw.

Report by Timothy Turner.

Stafford Rangers U18’s 3-1 Solihull Moors U18’s

Owen Turner Celebrates with Ryan Craddock

Players celebrate Joshua Haynes goal

Lucas Burnett fires home

Midland Floodlit Youth League

Stafford Rangers U18’s 3-1 Solihull Moors U18’s

Newly formed Stafford Rangers Under 18’s started the new campaign in the Midland Floodlit Youth League with and excellent 3-1 win over fulltime academy side Solihull Moors.

The Boro boys side is a combination of U16’s 17’s & 18’s and helped by various coaching staff with the support from First team manager Neil Kitching.

Stafford started brightly with some nice interchanging passing and it came as no surprise when Rangers took the lead, Josh Moody beat his defended and crossed for OWEN TURNER to head home at the far post on 22 minutes.

Rangers were in dream land 5 minutes later when Turner became provider for JOSHUA HAYNES to fire home form 20 yards.

Stafford continued the good work with Lewis Norman controlling the back four and both Jamie Elkes and Callum Woolley bossing the midfield, upfront Jordan Dodd was running himself into the ground as the lone striker.

Following the interval Solihull started to throw players forward with a change of formation, and after a few close efforts it was soon 2-1. Stafford gave away a cheap free-kick which was delivered into the far post and prodded home from close range. Boro keeper Tom Degg produced 2 excellent saves to keep Solihull at Bay and with 10 minutes remaining Rangers LUCAS BURNETT was sent clear by Mason Ward and the 15 year forward made no mistake to make it 3-1., he should have doubled his tally in the final few minutes but he delayed his shot and allowed the defender to clear.

Overall a positive start for Stafford who this week face Barnsley WMA at Marston Road on Thursday 7th September Kick off 7:45pm

Stafford Starting XI

Degg, Craddock, Baike, Norman, Grant, Elkes, Haynes, Woolley, Dood, Moody, Garfield

Subsistutes Burnett, Ward, Richards, Turner, Litherland (GK)