Date Time Competition Season Day Att
11/11/2023 3:00 pm NPL Premier Division 2023/2024 Sat 578


Stafford Rangers’ troubles continued with a demoralising 3-0 defeat at home to Morpeth Town.

With Sam Bird suspended, there was a recall for Andy Burns and the right back was one of very few to emerge with any credit from the game.

After an uninspiring opening, Rangers began to take the upper hand. A counter attack involving Niah Payne and James Carvell threatened to open up the visitors’ defence until Michael Turner came across with a no nonsense clearance.

A Burns centre picked out Nathan Blissett who headed wide.

Morpeth did get the ball in the Stafford net after a scramble following a Liam Noble free kick but the assistant on the far side flagged that the ball had gone out of play for a corner.

Another Blissett effort lacked the ingredients needed to trouble the visiting keeper while a header from Taylor McMahon’s cross was glanced across goal.

Just as it looked like half time would arrive with the game still goal-less, Rangers found themselves behind.

A throw on the Morpeth right saw Josh Robson combine with William Jenkins. A poor touch from Jake Moult only diverted the ball into the path of Andrew Johnson who snapped up the opportunity.

Morpeth doubled their lead on the hour. Jenkins and Jack Foalle were given too much time on the visitors’ right. The latter picked out the oncoming Noble who shot past Cam Belford without a breaking stride.

Rangers’ heads visibly dropped although they might have reduced the arrears had Edy Maieco stretched to convert a shot from Joe Willis.

Instead, it was Morpeth who found the net once more. A nice touch from Jenkins set up Fenton John who fired into the roof of the net to wrap things up on 71 minutes.

It wasn’t until the final minute that Morpeth keeper Dan Lowson had to make a save as he kept out a decent effort from Aaron Braithwaite before another save denied Kaiman Anderson in added time.

But there was nothing to paper over the cracks as Rangers’ winless league run was extended to ten games.

Stafford: 1 Cam Belford, 2 Andy Burns, 3 Taylor McMahon, 4 Jake Moult, 5 Ethan Stewart, 6 Simon Njaria (12 Aaron Braithwaite 62m), 7 Kaiman Anderson, 8 Joe Willis, 9 Nathan Blissett, 10 James Carvell (17 Tyreece Onyeka 77m), 11 Niah Payne (Edy Maieco 62m). Unused Subs: 14 Ben Woods, 16 Ethan Morgan

Morpeth Town: 1 Dan Lowson, 2 Josh Robson, 3 Chris Reid, 4 William Jenkins, 5 Jeff Henderson, 6 Michael Turner, 7 Jack Foalle, 8 Liam Noble (12 Ryan Wombwell 86m), 9 Sam Hodgson (14 Vinnie Steels 74m), 10 Fenton John, 11 Andrew Johnson (16 Daniel Barlow 80m). Unused Sub: 15 Ryan Donaldson- only 4 subs named

Referee: Richard Walker

Cautions: Njaria, Belford, Willis, Matt Hill (Stafford) Foalle (Morpeth)

Att: 578

Report by Chris Elsley




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Stafford Rangers

1Cameron Belford 59'
2Andrew Burns
3Taylor McMahon
4Jake Moult
5Ethan Stewart
6Simon Njaria 12 27'
7Kaiman Anderson
8Joe Willis 83'
9Nathan Blissett
10James Carvell 17
11Niah Payne 15
12Aaron Braithwaite 6
14Ben Woods
15Edy Maieco 11
16Ethan Morgan
17Tyreece Onyeka 10

Morpeth Town

1Dan Lowson
2Josh Robson
3Chris Reid
4Will Jenkins
5Jeff Henderson
6Michael Turner
7Jack Foalle 20'
8Liam Noble 12 61'
9Sam Hodgson 14
10Fenton John 72'
11Andrew Johnson 16 45'
12Ryan Wombwell 8
14Vinnie Steels 9
15Ryan Donaldson
16Danny Barlow 11
Total Shots
Shots on Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Stafford Rangers KO Morpeth Town Badge KO 20 27 45 59 61 61 62 72 74 77 80 83 86 FT

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