Stafford Rangers 0 v Altrincham 2

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Saturday 13 January 2018

Rangers slipped to their fifth home defeat in six league games, going down to league leaders, Altrincham.

It could have been a different outcome but the all too familiar story of not taking their chances was to prove costly once more.

Rangers enjoyed the better of the first half and had a chance as early as the third minute when Massiah McDonald got behind the Alty defence only to be denied by the left boot of Anthony Thompson. Both Jack Sherratt and Kieran Morris had shots blocked from the resultant corner.

Alty’s first look in came from a corner on the right which Jordan Hulme headed over.

Karl Hawley failed to make the most of a Stafford counter, seemingly undecided which route to take past the last visiting defender, and his hesitation saw the Alty player come out on top.

After an exchange with Robert Thompson-Brown, McDonald fired wide from distance as Rangers continued to provide the greater threat.

But, in between, Alty’s John Johnston went to ground in the area after battling with Kai Davis but the referee was unimpressed with the penalty claims and soon after Johnston fired over from 20 yards.

As Alty started to get more of a foothold, Adam Whitehouse was forced to turn over a touchline cross from James Poole.

Another Rangers’ counter – this time on the right – saw Thompson-Brown feed Hawley only for Alty keeper Thompson to come to his side’s rescue again, blocking the first time shot.

Next, Sherratt ran from box to box but the end product didn’t match the build up, the shot tamely going through to Thompson.

Alty’s best chance of the half came moments later but Poole blazed over from 15 yards when he should really have been on target.

The start of the second half was evenly contested with a header from Alty’s James Jones the best opportunity to fall to either side.

Then came the breakthrough. There seemed little threat with Poole in possession midway inside the Stafford half but his through ball found its way through the defence to Jordan Hulme and he calmly went round Whitehouse to give Alty a 61st minute lead.

From then on, Alty were in charge and Ben Harrison doubled the lead on 77 mins, firing home from close range following a corner.

Rangers’ challenge faded away Hulme could have added a third only for his header to come back of the post.

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Kai Davis, 4 Kieran Morris, 5 Jordaan Brown, 6 Josh Craddock, 7 Massiah McDonald, 8 Jack Sherratt, 9 Karl Hawley (17 Osebi Abadaki 72m), 10 Dan Westwood (12 Izak Reid 83m), 11 Robert Thompson-Brown (14 Mat Bailey 83m). Unused subs: 15 Kieren Westwood, 16 Joe Thomas.

Altrincham: 1 Anthony Thompson, 2 Shaun Densmore (16 Andy White 78m), 3 Connor Hampson, 4 James Jones, 5 Ben Harrison, 6 Jake Moult, 7 John Johnston, 8 Max Harrop (15 Simon Richman 57m), 9 Jordan Hulme, 10 James Poole, 11 Joshua Hancock (14 Sean Miller 81m). Unused subs: 12 Thomas Peers, 20 Tim Deasy

Cautions: Bailey, Sherratt (Rangers); Harrop (Altrincham)

Referee: Simon Brown

Att 599

Report: Chris Elsley

SRFC News

This Saturday we welcome league leaders Altrincham to Marston Road, they are having a great season so far sitting at the top of the league table with 56 points from 26 games. Their winning run was recently interrupted when they lost to Witton Albion. The first game of the season saw us take all 3 points at Moss lane with a 3-0 victory. Altrincham and Stafford Rangers have had many battles over the years and we look forward to Saturday’s game.

Last week’s postponed game with Rushall will now be played at Rushall on the 20th February KO 7.45pm.

Game Postponed

Due to pitch conditions tonight’s game at Rocester has been postponed 09/01/2018

Game postponed

Today’s game at Rushall Olympic has been postponed due to pitch conditions.

SRFC News

Louis Briscoe has joined Sutton Coldfield. We would like to thank him for all his efforts here and wish him all the best for the future.

This Saturday we make the short journey to Rushall Olympic who sit in 20th place in the league after playing 27 games they have 29 points.

After a disappointing Christmas period we will be looking to pick up some points and move up the league.

Hednesford Town 2 Stafford Rangers 1

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Monday 1 January 2018

Rangers opened up the new year with defeat at local rivals Hednesford in a game that failed to live up to expectations.

As matches go between these two sides, this one lacked the passion and drama needed and it took an over zealous challenge from Boro captain Mat Bailey to ignite any sort of spark into the afternoon’s proceedings.

But that was with a little over five minutes remaining and too late for Rangers to salvage a point.

It took until the 14th minute for either side to produce an effort on target but Bailey’s header was blocked by Joey Butlin.

And, when the home side created their first opening, in the 29th minute, it was Butlin who was there to head Hednesford in front.

The chance came after Mason Walsh had got the better of Kai Davis to cross from the right and the unmarked Butlin had time to pick his spot.

Rangers had a great chance to get back on level terms soon after when Richard Batchelor put Osebi Abadaki in but he lacked conviction and home keeper James Wren did just enough to concede the corner.

Hednesford extended their lead two minutes into added time at the end of the first half. A corner from James Lawrie looked unthreatening, as did Charlie Gatter’s miscued shot but the ball looped over Adam Whitehouse.

Not for the first, second or even third time in Staffordshire derbies, Hednesford fans tarnished their image by throwing flares onto the pitch to celebrate their goals.

Abadaki missed out on another opening for Rangers early in the second half as Wren denied him then the Hednesford keeper tipped away a shot from Massiah McDonald.

Another Abadaki shot flew across the face of the Hednesford goal and with the lack of quality finishing on display it was perhaps fitting that Rangers got back in to the game via an own goal when Callam Mendez-Jones’ attempt to cut out Abadaki’s centre ended in the back of the Hednesford net with 16 minutes remaining.

But though sub Joe Thomas had a shot charged down, Rangers never really threatened to get level.

Instead, Hednesford came the closest to adding to the score when Danny Glover hit the post with a low drive and put another just over the top but his side had done enough to avenge the double that Rangers completed over them last season.

Hednesford: 1 James Wren, 2 Callam Mendez-Jones, 3 Matt Curley, 4 Joe Fitzpatrick (14 Laurence Taylor 89m), 5 Sam Oji, 6 Charlie Gatter, 7 Mason Walsh (15 Reece King 64m), 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Joey Butlin (12 Danny Glover 73m), 10 James Lawrie, 11 James Fitzgibbon. Unused subs 16 Jordan Graham, 17 James Mutton

Rangers: 1 Adam Whitehouse, 2 Sam Griffiths, 3 Kai Davis, 4 Josh Craddock, 5 Mat Bailey, 6 Jordaan Brown, 7 Osebi Abadaki (14 Karl Hawley 90+1m), 8 Jack Sherratt (12 Dan Westwood 57m), 9 Massiah McDonald, 10 Robert Thompson-Brown (15 Joe Thomas 77m), 11 Richard Batchelor. Unused subs: 16 Izak Reid, 17 Levi Reid

Cautions: Thorley (Hednesford), Griffiths, Craddock, Bailey, Bachelor (Rangers)

Ref: R Price

Att: 892

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