Date Time Competition Season Day Att
20/08/2022 3:00 pm NPL Premier Division 2022/2023 Sat 547


Stafford Rangers maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought draw away to Gainsborough Trinity.

Matt Hill named an unchanged side for the third consecutive outing with the return of Chris Clements to the substitute’s bench the only change from Tuesday night’s trip to Atherton.

Rangers were slow out of the blocks and survived a scare when Luis Morrison failed to deal with a long ball from Hayden Cann. The error let in Clayton Donaldson but the former Crewe man could only find the side netting.

The visitors had a bigger let off after 11 minutes when Morrison was penalised after falling on to the ball. Fortunately, Andrew Wright’s spot kick wasn’t the best and Cameron Belford saved with his legs before Ethan Stewart cleared a follow up effort.

Gainsborough continued to ask the questions and Belford saved again, this time from Liam Waldock.

Rangers’ best chances came as a result of forced and unforced errors at the back but they were unable to trouble Matt Yates.

Towards the end of the half, Belford did well to tip a drive from Waldock while Tom Cursons headed over when well placed.

Rangers brought on Alex Kiwomya for the second half and he almost made his mark when he forced Yates to tip over after Rangers’ best play of the game.

Adam Livingstone hooked a shot straight at Yates before the first of three missed opportunities for Stewart – Yates tipping over following a Tom Tonks throw.

Gainsborough were restricted to a couple of half chances as Isaac Rice fired at Bdlford and Joe Dunne made a timely tackle to deny Curtis Durose a run on goal.

The last five minutes saw two more chances come and go for Stewart, Yates saving the first and Joe West doing just enough to divert the second on to the bar.


Gainsborough: 1 Matt Yates, 2 Ethan Bojang, Joe West, 4 Andrew Wright, 5 Hayden Cann, 6 Isaac Rice, 7 Jack Dyche (17 Neal Bishop 74m), 8 Curtis Durose, 9 Clayton Donaldson, 10 Liam Waldock (15 Masai Arbouin 46m), 11 Tom Cursons (12 Brad Grayson 58m). Unused Subs: 14 Darius Smith, 16 Mackenzie Warne

Stafford Rangers: 1 Cameron Belford, 2 Andrew Burns, 3 Joe Dunne, 4 Jack Baxter, 5 Ethan Stewart, 6 Luis Morrison-Derbyshire, 7 Joe Kenton (16 Alex Kiwomya 46m), 8 Tom Tonks, 9 Kaiman Anderson (12 Ntumba Massanka 76m), 10 Joe Wilis, 11 Adam Livingstone (17 Nathan Kaine 90m). Unused Subs 14 Chris Clements, 15 Jaiden White

Cautions: Burns (Rangers)

Referee: Michael Trevethan

Att 547

Report by Chris Elsley



Martin & Co Arena
Northolme, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2QW

Gainsborough Trinity

1Matt Yates
2Private: Ethan Bojang
3Joseph West
4Andrew Wright
5Hayden Cann
6Isaac Rice
7Jack Dyche 17
8Curtis Durose
9Clayton Donaldson
10Liam Waldock 15
11Tom Cursons 12
12Bradley Grayson 11
14Darius Smith
15Masai Arbouin 10
16Mackenzie Warne
17Neal Bishop 7

Stafford Rangers

1Cameron Belford
2Andrew Burns 90'
3Joe Dunne
4Jack Baxter
5Ethan Stewart
6Luis Morrison
7Joseph Kenton 16
8Thomas Tonks
9Kaiman Anderson 12
10Joe Willis
11Adam Livingstone 17
12Ntumba Massanka 9
14Chris Clements
15Jaiden White
17Nathan Caine 11
16Alex Kiwomya 7
Total Shots
Shots on Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Gainsborough Trinity KO Stafford Rangers KO 45 45 58 74 76 90 90 FT

Past Meetings

Gainsborough TrinityStafford Rangers
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