Stafford Rangers 3 – 1 Basford United

Stafford Rangers 3 – 1 Basford United

Rangers put their recent FA Cup defeat behind them with a superb performance against fourth place Basford United. After going behind Rangers rallied to score three goals before half time through Jones, Coulson and Perry.

Full match report to follow.

Basford United Match Preview

Match Preview by Phil Bennett

Although having a history back to 1900, Basford have only emerged onto senior non-league football in recent years. Promotion to from the Midland League into the Northern Premier League Division 1 south for the start of the 2015/16 season brought about our only previous league fixtures with them. A 1-1 draw at Basford saw the return fixture at home on 16th April 2016.

If you have forgotten the game I will remind you of the scenario leading up to the fixture. We needed a win and a pitch invasion at full time would signal the Division 1 Championship was ours. However, Basford with a play-off place in mind were looking to be party poopers on their first ever visit to Marston Road. Knowing what was at stake saw a crowd of 1250 hoping to seal the deal.

A penalty save by Adam kept us the game and, in the knowledge, that if we drew then anything but a defeat at play off bound Coalville would mean we would pip Shaw Lane to the title. So, with nerves jangling and finger nails now bitten off the referee decides in time added on to do the unthinkable. He awarded Basford a second penalty of the game. Could Adam repeat his earlier heroics. The history books say yes, and we drew 0-0. A week later the draw at Coalville saw us promoted as champions, so only a few hundred invaded the pitch at Coalville rather than over a thousand at home.

So, will Basford turn out to be party poopers again as both sides go out for their first win over each other. We must put Saturdays FA Cup defeat out of the way and concentrate on the bread and butter of gaining league points. Basford currently lie 4th with 5 wins and 4 defeats, a positive goal difference and 15 points on the board. Considering our only two league meetings have been draws, is it significant that Basford have yet to draw this season.

So please turn up on Tuesday night to help Rangers ignite their season and let’s hope for three points.

Basford United Website

King’s Lynn 3 – 1 Stafford Rangers

King’s Lynn 3 – 1 Stafford Rangers

Emirates FA Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 22 September 2018


Stafford Rangers hopes of a good run in the FA Cup went out with a whimper as they were outplayed by manager less King’s Lynn. The home side made the perfect start with a goal in just the 3rd minute.


There looked to be no immediate danger as Ryan Hawkins chased the ball across field some 25-30 yards from the Stafford goal. He looked short of options and was running out of space, but he wrapped his foot around the ball and let fly with a super shot that beat Adam Whitehouse inside his left-hand post.

After such a dramatic start a quieter period followed with neither side creating too much. Lynn just about looking the most threatening.

Hawkins tried another from distance that sailed high over the bar then King’s Lynn won a hat-trick of corners in quick succession, the first coming after Hawkins’ header came off Harrison Holgate. Michael Clunan’s flag kick saw Rory McAuley come close, not once or twice, but three times in a scramble before Whitehouse punched clear. Soon after another shot from Hawkins was deflected out for a corner.

Rangers had a couple of moments when they looked like creating something, but they never gave Lynn keeper Alex Street much to do. In fact, the nearest they came in the first half was when Holgate’s free kick picked out Tom Thorley and McAuley was forced to head away for a corner.

The second half was a similar story as King’s Lynn dominated. McAuley headed across goal and wide from Clunan’s corner then Harry Limb tried a back flick that Whitehouse saved around his ankles.

Finally, Rangers produced a shot on goal but Jack Sherratt’s volley on the turn was well over. It was no surprise when King’s Lynn extended their lead on 65 minutes. A good move down the right saw Aaron Jones drill in a low centre which flew across goal before striking the helpless Harrison Holgate.

The tie was all over five minutes later when Clunan’s corner was headed home powerfully by Craig Parker whose run hadn’t been picked up.

Street was forced into his first save of the afternoon when he kept out a half volley from Theo then two minutes later Joe Cuff got on the end of a long clearance from Whitehouse to pull one back, but it was too late to save Rangers from defeat.

King’s Lynn Town: 1 Alex Street, 2 Aaron Jones, 3 Frazer Blake-Tracy, 4 Ryan Jarvis, 5 Ryan Fryatt (16 Kalern Thomas 82m), 6 Rory McAuley, 7 Michael Clunan, 8 Craig Parker, 9 Toby Hilliard (15 Michael Gash 53m), 10 Harry Limb, 11 Ryan Hawkins (12 Jordan Richards 68m). Unused Subs:14 Nathan Stewart, 17 Eion McQuaid, 18 Charlie Congreve

Stafford Rangers:1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Harrison Holgate, 3 James Askey, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Josh Green (14 Joe Cuff 54m), 6 Sam Coulson, 7 Lewis Banks (15 Kyle Perry 63m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Theo Bailey-Jones, 10 Harry Benns (12 Izak Reid 54m), 11 Jack Sherratt. Unused Subs:16 Tom Marshall, 17 Louis Briscoe, 18 Ossie Abadaki, 19 Lucas Burnett

Cautions: Clunan (King’s Lynn)

Ref: A Ellis

Att : 601

Report: Chris Elsley

LWC Partnership

LWC Partnership

Stafford Rangers are delighted to announce the continuation of their partnership with LWC drinks wholesaler. Pictured, is Julie Presdee, representative of LWC shaking hands with Chairman John Bromley, also pictured are Carol Bailey and Harry Shaw.

Stafford Rangers 1- 1 Market Drayton Town

Stafford Rangers 1- 1 Market Drayton Town

(Rangers win 5-3 on penalties)
Integro League Cup – 1st Round
Tuesday 18 September 2018

Stafford Rangers needed penalties to see off Market Drayton Town and progress through to the 2nd round of the Integro League Cup.
As expected, Rangers made several changes from the XI that started at Buxton on Saturday with, notably, a first appearance of the season for Jon Adams.


The first 45 minutes was a scrappy affair with only sporadic moments of quality. Rangers were first to mount anything like a serious threat when Louis Briscoe got to the by line but his square ball was cut out by Paul McMullen. The visitors launched an immediate breakaway which earned them a corner and Glyn Coney’s flag kick found McMullen at the back post but the Drayton defender was unable to get any direction on his header.

Ossie Abadaki saw a shot hit the side netting then, a minute later, Sam Coulson steered his header just wide as he attacked a right wing corner. Soon after, Coulson was in action in a more familiar defensive role to block from McMullen. A looping header from Jack Sherratt was taken by Ashley Rawlins under his crossbar but the Drayton keeper was unable to hold a more threatening effort from Sherratt shortly after and it needed a header back from McMullen to quell the danger.

Rangers kept creating the better chances and Rawlins turned an Abadaki shot round the post then the player, recalled to the starting line up for the first time in 8 games, skewed one high and wide.

Referee did his best to keep the game flowing and it wasn’t until the 26th minute that the first free kick for foul play was awarded.
The two sides traded chances with neither keeper tested but the breakthrough eventually came on 37 mins when Josh Green – captain for the night against his former club – got on the end of a dangerous ball into the six yard box to put Rangers ahead. Credit goes to Sherratt for his work in the build up.

Rangers should have extended their lead a couple of minutes later but Sherratt and Green got in each other’s’ way after Rawlins had spilled a free kick from Louis Briscoe and a follow up shot was blocked. Harry Benns came close to adding a second shortly after the interval when he ran on to a long ball from Green but, having gone round Rawlins, he found the angle tight. His shot was accurate but lacked power and Myles Arnold cleared off the line.

Rangers squandered another chance when Harrison Holgate put one over from close range after a bit of a scramble before Drayton stepped up their game for the last 20 mins. Desean Martin dragged one wide then sub Andy Hartlebury headed wide at the back post.
Rangers had a let off when James Askey’s attempted clearance was sliced against the bar then Daniel Beddoes clipped his shot just over. The warning signs were there and Drayton eventually got their reward when Jay Russell chested down Louis Irvine’s pass before volleying home from the edge of the ‘D’.

Lucas Burnett should have snatched a late winner for Rangers but headed wide when unmarked and so it was down to penalties to separate the two sides.  After Green had put Rangers ahead with his spot kick, Russell failed to match him when his shot went wide via the right hand post. Sam Coulson, Harrison Holgate, Joe Cuff and Jack Sherratt proceeded to convert their kicks to send Rangers through 5-3.

Stafford Rangers:1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Lewis Banks, 3 James Askey, 4 Harrison Holgate, 5 Jon Adams, 6 Sam Coulson, 7 Louis Briscoe (16 Theo Bailey-Jones 68m), 8 Josh Green, 9 Osebi Abadaki (17 Lucas Burnett 81m), 10 Harry Benns (12 Joe Cuff 72m), 11 Jack Sherratt. Unused Subs:14 Luke Jones, 15 Tom Thorley

Market Drayton Town: 1 Ashley Rawlins, 2 Louis Irvine, 3 Myles Arnold, 4 Tyrell McFarlane, 5 Paul McMullen (15 Andy Hartlebury 53m), 6 Desean Martin, 7 Lyndon Campbell (12 Jay Russell 61m), 8 Daniel Beddoes, 9 Matthew Ballard, 10 Glyn Coney, 11 Kevin Buxton. Unused Subs: 13 Owen Skelton (gk),14 Usill Wells, 16 Martyn Davies
Cautions: Askey (Rangers) Arnold (Market Drayton)

Ref: Bob Hathaway
Att : 180

Report: Chris Elsley