Date Time Competition Season Day
20/01/2024 3:00 pm NPL Premier Division 2023/2024 Sat


Time is starting to run out for Stafford Rangers if they want to start to lift themselves out of the Northern Premier League’s relegation zone.

Saturday’s defeat at home to Worksop was their third in succession and their third consecutive outing without scoring a goal, leaving the Boro with a miserable start to 2024.

A couple of months back, Worksophad thumped Rangers 5-0 in what proved to be Matt Hill’s final game in charge of the club. While the visitors were unable to replicate the scoreline this time around, once they had taken the lead in the 12th minute, there was little doubt about where the three points would be going.

Dave Cooke fielded loanee Zak Kempster-Down for his debut at left back with Ben Woods dropping to the bench but it will need several more new faces with more experience for Rangers to kick start their campaign.

The visitors got the ball in the Stafford net within a minute of the kick off but Vaughan Redford was flagged offside.

Jay Rollins fired straight at Cam Belford before The Tigers opened the scoring following Terry Hawkridge’s corner.The ball was played into the Stafford 6 yard box but visiting skipper Hamza Bencherif was the only player who made a real effort to get to it, climbing high to head past a couple of Stafford defenders on the line.

It could have been 2-0 five minutes later when Hawkridge floated the ball in from the left. Rollins got in ahead of Kempster-Down but stabbed his effort wide of goal.

All the openings were being created by the visitors – Bencherif headed wide while Kempster-Down needed to clear off the line following Hawkridge’s free kick.

In the final minutes of the first half, Jake Moult was on hand to block from Josh Wilde, Connor Heath cleared off the line from Bencherif and an error from Belford was cleared up by Andy Burns. Rangers were grateful to just be the one goal behind.

The story was pretty much the same after the interval. Redford ended some good approach play from Worksop with a poor finish that went high over then Wilde headed straight at Belford.

Some good play by Rollins on the Worksop left led to the visitors doubling their lead on 72 minutes. Rollins did well to retain possession before Sam Wedgebury centred for Redford who nodded back for Jordan Burrow to head past Belford. It was all too simple.

Stafford only managed one meaningful effort on goal throughout the afternoon but visiting keeper Seb Malkowski was more than equal to a good strike from A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Rangers remain in 19th place but five points from safety with 13 games to play.


Stafford: 1 Cam Belford, 2 Andy Burns, 3 Zak Kempster-Down (12 A-Jay Leitch-Smith 79m), 4 Simon Njaria, 5 Ethan Stewart, 6 Jake Moult, 7 Tyreece Onyeka (16 Nathan Blissett 64m), 8 Joe Willis, 9 Kaiman Anderson, 10 Sean Cooke, 11 Connor Heath. Unused Subs: 13 Jack Sandel, 14 Kingston Fligg, 15 Ben Woods

Worksop: 13 Seb Malkowski, 2 Regan Hutchinson, 3 Josh Wilde, 4 Sam Wedgebury, 5 Hamza Bencherif, 6 George Taft, 7 Terry Hawkridge (16 Aleks Starcenko 85m), 15 Vaughan Redford, 9 Colin Daniel, 10 Jordan Burrow, 11 Jay Rollins. Unused Subs 8 Paul Green, 12 Deegan Atherton, 17 Jack Broadhead

Referee: Peter Dingle

Cautions: Bencherif (Worksop)

Att: 638

Report by Chris Elsley



Marston Road
Marston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 3BX

Stafford Rangers

1Cameron Belford
2Andrew Burns
3Zak Kempster-Down 12
4Simon Njaria
5Ethan Stewart
6Jake Moult
7Tyreece Onyeka 14
8Joe Willis
9Kaiman Anderson
10Sean Cooke
11Connor Heath
12A-Jay Leitch-Smith 3
13Jack Sandel
14Nathan Blissett 7
15Ben Woods
16Kingston Fligg

Worksop Town

1Sebastian Malkowski
2Regan Hutchinson
3Josh Wilde
4Sam Wedgbury
5Hamza Bencherif 13'
6George Taft
7Terry Hawkridge 16
15Vaughan Redford
9Colin Daniel
10Jordan Burrow 72'
11Jay Rollins 14
8Paul Green
12Deegan Atherton
14Luke Hall 11
16Aleksandrs Starcenko 7
17Jack Broadhead
Total Shots
Shots on Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Stafford Rangers KO Worksop Town KO 13 31 64 72 79 84 86 FT

Past Meetings

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