Basford United 4-0 Stafford Rangers

Basford United 4-0 Stafford Rangers

Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Saturday 10 November 2018

Stafford’s four match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with a sorry exit from the FA Trophy at Basford United.
Rangers welcomed back Tom Thorley after a two match absence through injury were missing Joe Cuff (suspension) and Sam Coulson (family reasons) while Andy Haworth was cup tied.

The tie was more or less over inside 20 mins as the home side raced into a three goal lead. Zak Goodson opened the scoring after just 6 mins. A long ball from defence was flicked on by Nathan Watson for Courey Grantham to give chase. He got behind the Stafford defence and his shot on goal was steered in by Goodson.

Goodson added the second on 17 mins. Dan Burns lost possession midway inside the Stafford half, James Reid broke down the right, found Goodson and he calmly picked his spot to extend the lead. Two minutes later, a questionable free kick was awarded against Rangers but there was no doubt about the outcome as Kieran Fenton’s 25 yarder past the motionless Adam Whitehouse made it 3-0.

Slowly, Stafford came more to terms with the pacey 3G pitch but without creating too much. Luke Jones sent a header towards goal that was cleared by the combined efforts of Keiran Preston and Liam Bateman then Andrai Jones scuffed a shot wide after a poor clearance from keeper Preston. The closest Rangers came to scoring was a mishit clearance from Fenton that forced Preston to acrobatically head over his own bar.

Stafford looked more purposeful after the break and within a minute Izak Reid saw a shot land on top of the Basford net while Theo Bailey-Jones put two other chances wide. Jake Charles also went close when he turned one across the face of goal.
But Basford’s goal stayed intact and the game drifted towards its inevitable conclusion, interrupted only by Basford’s Liam Hearn who added his side’s fourth from the penalty spot in the first minute of added time after Lewis Banks had bundled Goodson to ground.

Basford: 1 Keiran Preston, 2 Liam Bateman, 3 Deon Meikle (15 Ciaran Keane 75m), 4 Jerry Nash, 5 Kieren Fenton, 6 Lewis Carr, 7 Jack Thomas, 8 Zak Goodson, 9 Nathan Watson, 10 Courey Grantham, 11 James Reid (14 Gregory Tempest 72m). Unused Subs 16 Niall Hylton, 17 Shick Ndong
Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Lewis Banks, 3 Ben Chilcott, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt (16 Josh Green 64m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (14 Ethan Stanton 72m), 10 Andrai Jones, 11 Izak Reid (15 Harry Benns 53m). Unused Subs 12 James Askey, 17 Morgan Bacon
Cautions: Fenton, J Reid (Basford); Burns (Rangers)

Referee: Jack Forder

Att: 246

Report by Chris Elsley

Basford 4-0 Stafford Rangers

Boro exited this year’s FA Trophy with a 4-0 defeat at Basford United. Despite having lots of possession we were punished and also conceded a late harsh penalty.

Full report to follow.

Lancaster City Match Preview

Lancaster City Match Preview

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Giant Axe, West Road, Lancaster, Lancashire. LA1 5PE  | Tel: 01524 382238


This coming Saturday we venture north up the M6 to Lancaster City (LA1 5PE). Lancaster play at the imposing named ground of Giant Axe. Please note, as I was informed last season that the name is ‘Giant Axe’ and not ‘The Giant Axe’.


Giant Axe has been Lancaster City’s home ground since the formation of the original club in 1905. Giant Axe Field was given its name as it was the centrepiece of a sports club. The exterior wall was, when viewed from above, the same shape as an axe head. In those early years, tennis, hockey and rugby were also played at the ground and the football pitch was at the centre of a huge circle of grass called ‘the sixpence’, which also featured cricket pitches. The ground now consists of an enclosed football ground with covering on three sides and a well-appointed car park. It also has scenic views of Lancaster Castle.

Lancaster City currently lie 20th with 15 points from their 17 games. Home form is not too grand with only one win at home to Stalybridge. However, that was their last home game in front of 195 fans, and they have since gone on to win at home last Saturday to Ossett in the Trophy. They are therefore on a roll and a win would put them on level points with ourselves. We therefore need to get our third league away win as we try to get clear of the group of clubs in that dreaded relegation zone.

Sadly our 150th FA Trophy game ended in what was possibly our biggest defeat in 42 years of Trophy action, and we now need to put that behind us as we now build up our points tally. Can we catch Lancaster on a bad day? Could they be thinking of their next Trophy game a week later. We will have to see, but again you the fans can be the 12th man, so please try to travel to the game. Giant Axe is not too far off the M6 and the ground is right next to the railway station with direct trains from Stafford. See you there.

Games played this century on November 17th

2001 Newport Isle of Wight away 0-1 Southern Premier League
2007 Droylsden away 1-1 Vauxhall Conference
2012 Nantwich away 1-1 Northern Premier League

Basford Preview – Phil Bennett

This Saturday we make our way towards Wembley via Basford. We may joke about a Wembley run, but if you think of all the incentives for promotion to the football league, then some step 1 clubs may take the FA Trophy lightly, which means with luck of the draw, who knows, a step 3 side could make it to Wembley.

Standing in our way is Basford and we make only our second visit to Greenwich Avenue, almost to the day of our last visit, when on 7/11/15 we came away with a creditable 1-1 draw, and of course, that season we went on to win the NPL Division 1 South title, a feat Basford did last season.

Luck could have been better for us, but if you want a money-spinning cup run then you must beat what is in front of you. Form guide makes interesting viewing as we embark on our 5th cup game in a 6-match run of games. We are currently on a 4-match unbeaten run and a win on Saturday will equal our best run this season. Basford are however, on a 5-match consecutive win run. They lie third in the league with a home record of won 8 and lost 1. We can take some comfort that their only home defeat came on Bank Holiday Monday to Hednesford and they were knocked out of the FA Cup at home by lower league Staveley.

Their home gates hover around the mid 250’s, so a good away following on the day could act as the twelve man and help us progress into the next round of the trophy. The next round sees the National League North and South clubs entering the draw.


Game played this century on 10th November

2001       Crawley                                H           0-0          Southern League Premier Division

2012       Bradford Park Avenue      H           3-1          F A Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

2015       Rushall Olympic                 H          1-0          Integro League Cup Round 1

 Basford United website HERE

Stafford Rangers 4-2 Rocester FC

Stafford Rangers 4-2 Rocester FC

Staffs Senior Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 6 November 2018

Stafford Rangers survived a late scare from Rocester to start their defence of the Staffordshire Senior Cup that they won by beating Hednesford Town at the end of last season. Although Steve Burr made a number of changes to the side that drew with Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday, he had learned from the lesson at Lye Town a couple of weeks ago and ensured there was still a healthy amount of experience in the starting XI.


Rangers looked the stronger side from the off but had little to show for it. Andy Haworth tried his luck from the edge of the D inside 5 mins, but fans had to wait until beyond the half hour mark before they saw another decent effort from the home side – this time Josh Green hit the cross bar from a similar distance.

All too often, Rangers tried to walk it in when in good position around the Rocester penalty area and the visiting defence were quick to close down and extinguish the danger. Rocester’s main threat came from midfielder Micah Jebbson. On a number of occasions, he attacked down the left wing taking on and beating defenders James Askey and Sam Coulson.

On 22 mins, he forced Adam Whitehouse to save with his feet then, a minute later, he kept the ball well but couldn’t find the power to beat the Rangers’ keeper. On 34 mins he cut in again from the left but shot across the face of goal.

The threat lessened when he switched to the right for the final few minutes of the half and it was Rangers who were on top at half time thanks to a low 25-yard strike from Jack Sherratt on 43 mins that squeezed between Lewis Bullock’s left hand and post.
Rangers almost went 2-0 up early in the second half when Derry Creighton sliced a clearance against his own bar, but the second Stafford goal wasn’t far away, and it came from a good strike from sub Joe Cuff on 53 mins after Josh Green had rolled him a short free kick.

Captain for the night, Green got on the scoresheet himself three minutes later after a howler in the Rocester area when Luca Sorrentino’s back pass was missed by keeper Bullock leaving Green with the simple task.  New signing Liam Collings crashed a shot into the stomach of a Rocester defender as Stafford threatened to add further goals, but the visitors came close to pulling one back when James Askey was forced to clear off the line from Jordan Dodd.

Rocester’s efforts on the night deserved a goal and they got one on 81 mins when Sorrentino stroked the ball home from the edge of the area. It was game on a minute later when Carl Allen headed home from Jordan Godfrey’s free kick, but Jake Charles made sure of Rangers’ progress through to the quarter finals in the third minute of added time when he ended a solo run by hammering the ball home with the last kick of the match.

Stafford: 1 Adam Whitehouse (17 Morgan Bacon 64m), 2 James Askey, 3 Ben Chilcott, 4 Dan Burns, 5 Sam Coulson, 6 Josh Green, 7 Andrew Haworth (16 Joe Cuff 46m), 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Andrai Jones (14 Jake Charles 64m), 10 Harry Benns, 11 Liam Collings. Unused Subs 12 Theo Bailey-Jones, 15 Lewis Banks.
Rocester:1 Lewis Bullock, 2 Matt Nutt, 3 Derry Creighton, 4 Joshua Sedgley (14 Sam Golden 66m), 5 Luke Tandy, 6 Carl Allen, 7 Luca Sorrentino, 8 Zak Hill (12 Jordan Godfrey 53m), 9 Jordan Dodd, 10 Jack Jeffery, 11 Micah Jebbison. Unused Subs 15 Luke Partridge – only three subs named.

Cautions: None
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 178

Report: Chris Elsley


The match day raffle prize at last Saturday’s home game -v- Gainsborough Trinity was not claimed.

The winning ticket was pink ticket 196-200

The prize can be claimed from the office on production of the winning ticket