Birmingham City extend Adam Siviter’s contract

Stafford Rangers are delighted to announce that Birmingham City have extended Adam Siviter’s contract by one more year.

Adam would like to thank Stafford Rangers for giving him the opportunity to play regularly. He would also like to thank the fans for their support. 

Warrington match preview – Phil Bennett

This Saturday we host Warrington, fresh from our victory at Cantaliver Park the other week. I accept that Warrington played a large junk of the game with 10 men, but you cannot take away our performance in executing a fine away win. We now must prove this Saturday that the result was not a blip but a well deserved 3 points and one to repeat again to take us away from the relegation battle.

 

Obviously, Warrington will come attempting to deliver a blow to our current run, so it is essential that we give our all, and that is not just on the pitch but the support from the terraces. Warrington players will come to settle a score, so we need to be up for it. We know Warrington will be up for it, not only for revenge, but to keep up their very impressive away league record. Of their 17 away games they have won 12, drawn 2 and lost 3. In the main they have put most of the relegation threatened sides to the sword, and even won at South Shields. We must however take some comfort that one of their draws was at Bamber Bridge and while they incurred losses at Nantwich and Scarborough, they also lost to Hednesford.

Our run in now with the loss of North Ferriby does not make good reading. 7 games to play and we play the top 4! We are though on a good run of results with 1 defeat in 10 games. Okay the bulk are draws, but it does show a resolute defence and a never give up attitude as was demonstrated at Witton with yet another late goal. Rangers again took a good following to increase the gate at Witton, but it is now when we want the home support out in force.

This weekend sees International fixtures so there are no Premiership and Championship games. Please put out the word to your friends and family who may watch Wolves, Stoke, etc, to forget an afternoon of Jeff Stelling on Sky or keeping the wife happy with the shopping. Get down to Marston Road to watch this forthcoming fixture. We have lost a home fixture next month due to the demise of North Ferriby, so let’s swell the gate for this game to compensate. 3 points on Saturday could see us rise to 14th. With the top sides looming into view for us, it is imperative that we keep this run going.

Games played on 23rd March this century

2002 Salisbury                A      4-1 Southern League
2004 Rushall Olympic    A      2-0 Staffs Senior Cup

 

 

Witton Albion 1 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Witton Albion 1 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League | Tuesday 19 March 2019

Stafford Rangers are becoming hard to beat and so it proved again at Witton Albion on Tuesday night although it needed a last gasp goal from Paul Bignot to extend their unbeaten run to six games. It wasn’t one of Rangers’ best performances. They were wasteful in possession and too often delivered balls into the area that were meat and drink to Witton’s tall central defensive pairing. The Stafford side showed one change from the starting XI that defeated Warrington on their last league outing 10 days earlier with Andrai Jones coming in for Joe Cuff. Witton, meanwhile, went in to the games as the league’s leading form side having won five of their last six matches.

Injury hit Witton could only name two substitutes and their situation became worse shortly before kick off when Danny McKenna picked up an injury. A quick reshuffle left them with just one in reserve. The home side were first to show with both Billy Smart and James Foley having shots blocked inside the opening three minutes. Rangers soon got into the game and enjoyed decent ten-minute spell, but their attacks were unproductive. Former Rangers man Osebi Abadaki forced Adam Siviter into the first save of the evening on 13 mins and Luke Jones felt the full force of Will Jones’ follow up. A couple of minutes later, Siviter was in action again after Rob Hopley and Tom Owens linked well, the Rangers’ keeper saving well from the Owens.

A Stafford counter attack produced their first shot on goal, but Andy Haworth ended a good move with a shot wide of the near post. Siviter denied Abadaki again with a save at his near post but it was Stafford who were now asking more of the questions. Their best opening came when Tom Thorley put Haworth in, but his first touch gave Matty Devine the opportunity to hack clear. Dan Burns and Matt Hill both went wide for Stafford while Luke Jones had his shot saved by Greg Hall.

Witton were increasingly frustrated at the lack of decisions in their favour but it was from a free kick that they got the breakthrough a couple of minutes before half time. The ball into the area was cleared out to Cesaire Lingouba whose returned it back to the danger zone. Will Jones flicked it out to Josh Wardle who squared for Ben Harrison to slot home. Hopley came close to adding a second a minute later after Hill had lost the ball to Abadaki on the left but Luke Jones cleared the lines. Rangers needed to inject some life into their game and made a double substitution ten minutes into the second half with Cuff and Ben Mills replacing Andrai Jones and Haworth.

Cuff was soon involved as his low centre resulted in Tom Thorley getting in a low drive, but Hall saved low to his left and Cuff himself had a low drive deflected wide. Stafford’s Peter Williams came on for Jack Sherratt who had received a kick in the first half while Witton were forced to use their one substitute on when Devine went off with a dislocated shoulder. Williams had a shot blocked and penalty appeals for hand ball were turned down. Further penalty appeals were rejected after Luke Jones’ shot struck Wardle. Stafford increased the intensity as time pressed on, but Thorley wasted a good chance by sending his free kick high over the stand while Hill was denied by Hall.

Witton sub Owen Wynne had a chance to double his side’s lead when he beat the offside trap, but he was forced to shoot from near the right touchline and Luke Jones was able to get back to clear. Witton then had two of their own penalty appeals turned down. Cuff missed another golden chance for Stafford, but they finally got their goal three minutes into added time when Bignot fired through the crowd from around 15 yards.

Witton: 1 Greg Hall, 2 Cesaire Lingouba, 3 Matty Devine, 4 Josh Wardle, 5 Ben Harrison, 6 Billy Smart, 7 Osebi Abadaki, 8 Tom Owens, 9 Rob Hopley, 10 Will Jones, 11 James Foley. 12 Owen Wynne

Rangers: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Paul Bignot, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles, 10 Andrai Jones, 11 Andy Haworth. Unused Subs 12 Joe Cuff, 15 Sim Thandi, 15 Louis Briscoe, 16 Ben Mills, 17 Peter Williams

Cautions: Smart (Witton)

Referee: Nik Storey

Att: 307

Report by Chris Elsley

Game On!

After a pitch inspection today we can confirm that tonights match at Witton Albion is ON 

WITTON ALBION V STAFFORD RANGERS

Witton Albion v Stafford Rangers Fc
 
As a precaution following a few days of heavy rain, there will be a pitch inspection at 12noon tomorrow.
 
The result of the inspection will be posted on this website and on facebook.

Witton Albion preview – Phil Bennett

This Tuesday sees us travelling into Cheshire for our away game at Witton Albion. We go to Witton hoping to achieve a double, to back up our game last September when with goals from Bailey-Jones, Banks and an own goal we won 3-1.

 

We still need of points to secure another season at step 3 but the league table is now confused as we await the expulsion of the North Ferriby games. We will lose 3 points while those around us lose more and some less.

When looking at the Rangers team that beat Witton in September it is surprising how many players have moved on. Out of the squad of 16 for that game, only six players remain. They are, Luke Jones, Josh Green, Louis Briscoe, Theo Bailey-Jones, Joe Cuff and Sam Coulson.

Our last away game at Witton was season 2018/18, and we came away with a 2-1-win last April, in very controversial circumstances. Defending a 2-0 lead Witton were awarded a late penalty, which upon scoring saw goalie Adam Whitehouse kick the ball out of the ground, to receive a second yellow card and subsequent red card. Thankfully with another goalkeeper on the bench we held out for a victory.

One of my happy games at Witton was on 9th May 1985, when having secured the Northern Premier League in midweek at Goole we went to Witton’s old Central Ground to win 1-0 with a Martin Hanchard penalty. At full time Kevin Mooney was presented with the trophy.

It is essential that we need to keep picking up points, when you consider that next month, we lose a potential banker 3 points with North Ferriby’s demise. Having lost out on a journey to Farsley last Saturday we will now have a tricky midweek fixture, so we need the fans to travel on Tuesday in their numbers to be the 12th man.

 

 

Games played on 19th March this century

 

2002       Moor Green       H             3-4          Southern league

2005       Kettering             A             1-0          Conference North

2011       Gloucester          A             2-1          Conference North

2016       Stocksbridge      A             2-1          Northern Premier League

 

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