Date Time Competition Season Day Att
18/10/2022 7:45 pm NPL Premier Division 2022/2023 Tue 247


A goal with virtually the last kick of the game cost Stafford Rangers victory at Ashton United.

The Boro looked to have withstood a late push from the home side but Ashton captain Harry Coates had other ideas and fired in the equaliser following a 95th minute corner.

Seconds earlier, Ashton sub Jack Kenny had headed against the bar.

Rangers were missing Joe Kenton through injury – his place was taken by Alex Kiwomya- while Ntumba Massanka came in for John Atherton from the XI that started Saturday’s defeat at Morpeth.

The home side had the better of the opening 15 minutes without doing anything to threaten the Stafford goal.

After weathering the early pressure, it was Rangers who struck first on 18 minutes when Kaiman Anderson stabbed home the rebound after Gregory Hartley had blocked Ethan Stewart’s header following a Jack Baxter corner.

Once ahead, Rangers looked the better side with Tom Tonks twice denied on the edge of the area.

At the other end, Ashton missed out when Coates and Callum Saunders both went for the ball and only combined to head it wide.

Rangers held on to their lead into the half time break but only thanks to Cam Belford’s 43rd minute penalty save.

Matty Regan stepped up after Stewart had brought down Saunders but Belford guessed right to make the save. Ashton’s new signing Darius Osei put the rebound into the side netting.

Baxter blazed one over early in the second half while penalty appeals were turned down when Anderson went down under a challenge from Sam Baird.

A double substitution from the home side brought additional height to the home attack but it was Rangers who almost added to the scoring when Tonks slid in with a half volley.

Stafford’s central defensive pairing of Stewart and Derek Ubah kept their side in front as the former blocked a shot from Joe Robbins and the latter got in a foot to deny Osei.

Stafford had chances to double the lead but couldn’t find the important second goal.

It looked like they had done enough as the clock reached the fourth minute of added time and Kenny’s header came back off the bar but Ashton won a corner and Coates took full advantage.


Ashton: 1 Gregory Hartley, 2 Niall Battersby (12 Michael Phenix 57m), 3 Matty Regan, 4 Sam Baird, 5 Harry Coates, 6 George Milner, 7 Ben Hardcastle, 8 Ben Hough, 9 Darius Osei, 10 Callum Saunders (14 Jack Kenny 57m), 11 Joe Robbins (17 Jordan Scanlon 73m). Unused Subs: 13 Luke Taylor, 16 Cole Lonsdale.

Stafford: 1 Cam Belford, 2 Andy Burns, 3 Joe Dunne, 4 Jack Baxter, 5 Ethan Stewart, 6 Derek Ubah, 7 Alex Kiwomya, 8 Tom Tonks, 9 Kaiman Anderson, 10 Alex-Ray Harvey, 11 Ntumba Massanka. Unused subs 12 John Atherton, 14 Darius Smith, 15 Joe Willis, 16 Luis Morrison-Derbyshire, 17 Jaiden White

Referee: Jack Neild

Cautions: Regan, Baird, Hough, Kenny (Ashton), Anderson (Rangers)

Att : 247

Report by Chris Elsley



Hurst Cross
Surrey Street, Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester, North West England, England, OL6 8DY, United Kingdom

Ashton United

1Greg Hartley
2Niall Battersby 12
3Matt Regan 41'
4Sam Baird 81'
5Harry Coates 94'
6George Milner
7Ben Hardcastle
8Ben Hough 52'
9Darius Osei
10Callum Saunders 14
11Joe Robbins 18
12Mike Phenix 2
13Luke Taylor
14Jack Kenny 10 61'
16Cole Lonsdale
18Jordan Scanlon 11

Stafford Rangers

1Cameron Belford
2Andrew Burns
3Joe Dunne
4Jack Baxter
5Ethan Stewart
6Derek Ubah
7Alex Kiwomya
8Thomas Tonks
9Kaiman Anderson 19'
10Alex-Ray Harvey
11Ntumba Massanka
12John Atherton
14Darius Smith
15Joe Willis
16Luis Morrison
17Jaiden White
Total Shots
Shots on Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

KO Stafford Rangers KO 19 41 52 57 57 61 72 81 90 94 FT

Past Meetings

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