Training night with a difference!

Training night with a difference!

The team have had a training night with a difference as they visited one of our Junior Club and Business partners, Clip ‘n Climb Stoke in Stone! One of a number of businesses you can get a discount with if you join our members’ scheme.

Our exciting new initiative brings together our next generation of fans with local businesses. For a low cost of just £25.00 per annum, our Junior Membership Club not only provides our junior fan with free entry into all our leagues games but opportunities to save with discounts from our business partners.

 

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Lichfield City 0 – 7 Stafford Rangers

Lichfield City 0 – 7 Stafford Rangers

Friendly – Away | Tuesday 16th July 2019

Report by Alan Gee

 

Rangers again showed no mercy as they made it two wins, sixteen scored and none conceded in their first two friendlies. Lichfield City were anticipated to be a tougher test than Stafford Town – They were but were still no match for some power play and some clinical finishing by ‘Boro.

 

The writing was on the wall, as Andy Haworth curled in an excellent opener as early as the second minute from the corner of the box. This was then followed Jake Charles latching onto a through ball, just two minutes later, and he applied a cool finish finding the bottom corner. Lichfield slowly started to find their feet, with brief spells of territorial possession and a few high balls into the Rangers box, so Lewis King was on his toes to clear danger but was not seriously threatened by any shots. Rangers then reasserted themselves on the game with numerous forays forward. An excellent four man move saw Louis Biscoe just fail to add the finishing touch, before a run from Charles saw his effort flash across goal and then have an effort saved. A further break down the right saw Briscoe cut into the box and apply a great finish for Rangers’ third goal on thirty-two minutes. Before the break Briscoe could have had his hat trick, but one effort went just wide while he then intercepted a back pass, but the keeper got back well to save, and Rangers went in three-nil up.
Alex Meechan and Andy Fearn rang the changes as eight players were swapped at the break. This brought a more youthful look with a three-pronged attack of Declan Arber, Lucas Burnett and Declan Arber – all from the youth set-up – were set free. While these youngsters are still developing and have a lot to learn, the unpredictability of the play often frustrated the Lichfield back line. In the first minute of the half, Burnett draw a good save with a snapshot. In the fiftieth minute, while the defence was covering the new threats, Bailey-Jones cut in from the left to find the top corner and a four-nil lead. Lichfield then tried to swing the game as they attempted to apply their own pressure. King pulled off a save from a twenty-five-yard free kick as they enjoyed some decent possession. Rangers hit back after making changes, as Thorley made way for trialist and King made room for another, in goal. Dixon latched onto a through ball but struck the keeper. City switched play as Luke Jones on keeper made a double stop to keep Rangers clean sheet. Peter Williams increased the lead as the ball was squared back and he fired home from twelve yards, making it five-nil. Dixon and Burnett went close again before, on the eightieth minute, Arber intercepted a poor back pass and made it six-nil, rolling into the bottom corner. With a few minutes on the clock, trialist evaded all challenges but was denied by a good save, before it was all wrapped up at seven-nil, as Dixon broke into the box to square for Bailey-Jones to round off another rout.

Rangers First Half
King, Trialist, Haworth, Coulson, Bignot, Thorley, Trialist, Harvey, Davies, Charles, Briscoe

Rangers Second Half
King (subbed trialist 69), Green, Coulson, Burns, Thorley (subbed trialist 69), L.Jones, Williams, Dixon, Burnett, Arber, Bailey-Jones

Goals – Haworth, Charles, Briscoe, Bailey-Jones 2, Williams, Arber

Lottery Update July 2019

HOW WE WILL BE BOOSTING THE BORO’ OVER THE COMING MONTHS

Ongoing pitch maintenance – approximately £4,500 a year

Essential ground and infrastructure improvements to be part funded by external grants which require lottery support to complete including:

  • Replacing the away turnstiles and exit gates – essential work required to retain our current ground grading. Likely lottery commitment – £1,650
  • Phase 1 of admin and changing room block improvements including safety critical work replacing heating and water supply. Likely lottery commitment – £12,500 over 36 months.
  • Phase 2 improvements not yet costed but potential lottery commitment in the region of £12,000

HOW WE HAVE BOOSTED THE BORO!

Pitch maintenance and groundsman’s equipment

£13,251.25

Shed End Project

£9,616.70

Car Park

£5,400.00

New Dugouts

£3,807.89

Security and Fire Safety

£3,588.87

Medical Equipment and supplies

£2,238.09

General admin support and miscellaneous

£1811.54

Pre – Season Friendly Lichfield City

Tomorrow night we head to Lichfield City for our second pre-season friendly. For those of you making the trip please see the details below. Up the Boro! 

Sat Nav address – WS13 6AY

Car Parking availability 

Admission prices – £3.00  £1.00 

Stafford Town 0 – 9 Stafford Rangers

Stafford Town 0 – 9 Stafford Rangers

Report by Alan Gee

Rangers were rampant in the opening friendly of Summer 2019 at Evans Park, as Stafford Town were shown very little mercy. Understandably, it took a few minutes for both sides to get into their stride, but Rangers had their first chance in the second minute as trialist C shot wide from distance, before a long cross field ball found the same trialist who cut the ball back for Jack Sherratt to fire home on twelve minutes.

While Town rallied briefly, with Burns blocking a shot before Jake Robinson went wide of the target, plus forcing a corner on twenty-three minutes through Jasper Johns, Rangers reasserted themselves in what became a familiar pattern. Trialist C had a long-range effort saved before Andy Haworth found space in the right channel and fired into the far corner for a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, the same trialist was tripped in the box and Josh Green stepped up to slot home the penalty for 3-0. Three minutes later Rangers won a corner down the left and when this found its way to the back edge of the box, Green was there to despatch his effort into the corner for a 4-0 half time lead.

The second half saw Rangers ring eight changes, at the break, but the consistency of play continued. Jake Charles shot across goal, before Louis Briscoe showed some neat footwork but his effort was saved. The fifth goal came via some confusion. With the assistant having his flag raised, Town did not play to the whistle and when the defender picked up the ball it was left to Theo Bailey-Jones to fire home the resultant penalty for 5-0. Trialist D was showing some decent skill after his half time introduction and he had a shot saved from distance before Briscoe cracked another hard shot in, where Bailey-Jones was on hand to guide home the saved shot for 6-0 From the restart, Rangers again broke and Jake Charles rolled in the eighth to re-enforce the gulf. In the 80th minute, Briscoe approached the box, sides stepped two defenders and curled a great shot into the far corner for 8-0. He then followed this up with a deliciously curled effort on 84 to round things up at 9-0. Two different line ups during the game, for Rangers, while Town were left to rue the gulf between divisions and a few near misses in the first half. As frustrating as things got, Town never reverted to any other tactic than to keep playing and in this day and age, that is rare. A crowd of 435 and collections for Cancer Research also showed the hosts in a decent light.

Rangers First Half –
Triallist A, Green, Hill, Williams, Burns, Trialist B, Trialist, Sherratt, Dixon, Haworth, Trialist C

Rangers Second Half
King, Bignot, Hill, L Jones, Trialist B (replaced by Williams), Briscoe, Trialist D, Harvey, Davies, Charles, Bailey-Jones

Att 435

Great News! Our Fixtures For 2019 – 2020

Great News! Our Fixtures For 2019 – 2020

DateTeamVenueKick-offCompResult
Sat Aug 17Lancaster CityAway3:00pmLeague
Tue Aug 20Grantham TownHome7:45pmLeague
Sat Aug 24Matlock TownHome3:00pmEmirates FA Cup Prelim
Mon Aug 26Mickleover SportsAway3:00pmLeague
Sat Aug 31Hyde UnitedAway3:00pmLeague
Tue Sep 3Basford UnitedHome7:45pmLeague
Sat Sept 7Emirates FA Cup 1Q
Tue Sept 10Warrington TownAway7:45pmLeague
Sat Sept 14FC United of Manchester Home3:00pmLeague
Wed Sept 18Integro Cup 1st Round
Sat Sept 21Emirates FA Cup 2Q
Tue Sept 24BuxtonHome7:45pmLeague
Sat Sept 28Morpeth TownAway3:00pmBuildbase FA Trophy Extra Prelim
Tue Oct 1Atherton CollieriesAway7:45pmLeague
Sat Oct 5Gainsborough TrinityHome3:00pmEmirates FA Cup 3Q
Tue Oct 8Witton AlbionHome7:45pmLeague
Sat Oct 12Scarborough AthleticAway3:00pmLeague
Tue Oct 15Stalybridge CelticAway7:45pmLeague
Sat Oct 19Whitby TownHome3:00pmEmirates FA Cup 4Q
Wed Oct 23Integro Cup 2nd Round
Sat Oct 26Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q
Sat Nov 2Bamber BridgeAway3:00pmLeague
Sat Nov 9Emirates FA Cup 1 / Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q
Sat Nov 16South ShieldsHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Nov 23Hyde UnitedHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Nov 30Basford UnitedAway3:00pmEmirates FA Cup 2
Wed Dec 4Integro Cup 3rd Round
Sat Dec 7RadcliffeHome3:00pm
Sat Dec 14Ashton UnitedAway3:00pmBuildbase FA Trophy 1
Sat Dec 21Lancaster CityHome3:00pmLeague
Thur Dec 26Nantwich TownAway3:00pmLeague
Wed Jan 1Mickleover SportsHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Jan 4Grantham TownAway3:00pmEmirates FA Cup 3
Sat Jan 11FC United of Manchester Away3:00pmBuilbase FA Trophy 2
Sat Jan 18WarringtonHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Jan 25Scarborough AthleticHome3:00pmEmirates FA Cup 4
Sat Feb 1Witton AlbionAway3:00pmLeague
Wed Feb 5Integro Cup Quarter finals
Sat Feb 8Stalybridge CelticHome3:00pmLeagueBuildbase FA Trophy 3
Sat Feb 15Whitby TownAway3:00pmLeague
Sat Feb 22Morpeth TownHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Feb 29BuxtonAway3:00pmBuildbase FA Trophy 4
Wed Mar 4Emiraes FA Cup 5 / Integro Cup semi final
Sat Mar 14Atherton CollieriesHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Mar 21Gainsborough TrinityAway3:00pmEmirates FA Cup Qfinal / Buildbase FA Trophy SF(1)
Sat Mar 28RadcliffeAway3:00pmBuildbase FA Trophy SF (2)
Sat Apr 4Ashton UnitedHome3:00pmLeague
Wed Apr 8Integro Cup Final
Sat Apr 11Matlock TownAway3:00pmLeague
Mon Apr 13Nantwich TownHome3:00pmLeague
Sat Apr 18Bamber BridgeHome3:00pmEmirates FA Cup Semi-Final
Sat Apr 25South ShieldsAway3:00pmLeague
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