In a lively opening, both sides went in search of an early goal, but it was the visitors who produced the first shot of the night, but Matt Thornhill’s shot lacked power and direction. A couple of minutes later and it was Rangers’ turn with Haworth shooting wide after an exchange with Matt Hill on the left-hand side. Soon after Haworth’s miss, Jack Sherratt went close from around 25 yards - his shot just wide of Kieran Preston’s right hand post.
Basford produced the only real shot on target midway through the first half when Jamie Walker outwitted Josh Burns but saw his shot beaten away by Lewis King.
Stafford’s best effort came from lone striker Evan Garnett who did well to hold off Brad Gascoigne to get in a shot on the turn and the retreating Preston was grateful to see the ball land on the roof of the net.
Stafford finished the half on top with a Briscoe free kick going just wide then Preston had to rush back to turn away another effort from Sherratt.
Rangers kept up the pressure at the start of the second half with Garnett shooting high over then Sherratt heading over from Briscoe’s cross. Sherratt went close again from distance but Basford reminded the Boro of their threat when Walker got in behind the defence, but the angle was tight, and King saved comfortably low to his right.
Rangers were then hit with a double blow with both Hill and Coulson, who had been outstanding up to this point, hobbling off with hamstring injuries. In between, Dan Burns made an excellent block to deny Kane Richards. But, Rangers responded well though their luck continued to deny them when Sherratt’s header was cleared off the line by Josh Law following Briscoe’s corner.
Basford created a couple of chances of their own as Courey Grantham diverted Richards’ centre on to the roof of the net then Walker’s shot took a deflection wide.
The final stages saw Basford come close twice more, but King denied them each time, firstly tipping over Walker’s in swinging free kick then diving bravely at the feet of Richards in the last action