Match Report
Stafford Rangers 3-0 Mickleover Sports
Emirates FA Cup 1Q | 7th September 2019 Report by Alan Gee
Attendance | 518
It was Stafford's clinical finishing that was the main difference in a tough game that often swung from end to end and kept fans guessing. The first half lacked goalmouth action and was a tight affair with Louis Briscoe's free kick being parried to Sam Coulson who netted for Stafford, only to be ruled out for offside, while Mickleover had a sustained spell that saw the hosts standing firm while clearing danger with breaks of their own. Other than that, play switched end to end without seriously testing each keeper. Anything that went into the Rangers box was dealt with by Lewis King or cleared by a capable looking defence. Sam Coulson, who had been brought into the side against Basford, to add steel to midfield was particularly outstanding as he broke play up and relieved the pressure.
The second half was a different story, with Stafford showing the clinical side that had so far deserted them, this season. The excellent Coulson continued to break play up and frustrated Mickleover while the Stafford defence continued to hold firm under any pressure but that clinical finishing won Stafford through. On fifty-three minutes a cross field move saw Briscoe fire home across goal to round off an excellent move. Sports tried to come back a briefly threatened as Mason Warren fired in a free kick that evaded all, but Lewis King pulled off a fine reaction save. Rangers put the pressure on again and Jack Sherratt headed narrowly wide before Rangers cleared more pressure and broke away only for Evan Garnett to shoot over the bar. Keeper Ollie Fairbrother than smashed a back pass into the back of Garnett but, luckily for him, it went wide of the goal. Jack Storer than attack Rangers right back position and his cross came back off the bar before Rangers broke yet again This time Coulson attacked down the left and his back-post-delivery was headed at Faitbrother by Briscoe. On seventy-nine minutes Briscoe struck a free kick, won by Joe Berks, that was deflected for a corner, and he again provided that ball in for Luke Jones to make it two from the back post. In the final minute, Rangers were quick on the break and a downfield run saw Joe Berks unselfishly find Evan Garnett who rounded things off very nicely as Rangers proved they can indeed click and show the ability to kill teams off. Stafford Goals - Briscoe 53 Jones 79 Garnett 90 Bookings - Stafford Haworth 65 - Mickleover Warren 59
Stafford Rangers: 1 Lewis King, 2 Josh Burns, 3 Josh Green, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Daniel Burns, 6 Alex-Ray Harvey, 7 Andrew Haworth (Joe Berks 66'), 8 Sam Coulson, 9 Evan Garnett, 10 Louis Briscoe (Soiyir Sanali 90'), 11 Jack Sherratt (Jed Davies 80') Subs: 12 Jake Charles, 14 Jed Davies, 15 Max Dixon, 16 Joe Berks, 17 Jahquil Hill, 18 Lucas Burnett, 19 Soiyir Sanali
Mickleover Sports: 1 Ollie Fairbrother, 2 Karel Tvaroh, 3 Ben Turner, 4 Mason Warren, 5 Pablo Mills, 6 Durell Berry, 7 James Cadman, 8 Jake Scott, 9 Nathan Modest, 10 Tadras Madjec (Jack Storer 58'), 11 Richard Batchelor Subs: 12 Tomas Junek, 15 John McGrath, 16 Jack Storer, 18 Jiri Boula

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