It was Witton Albion who got off to a flyer when they opened the scoring through their number two Isaac Baldwin. The goal was an unbelievable strike from outside the box, the Rangers defence failed to get tight to the opposition and they were able to produce one moment of quality. Rangers needed to wake up after the early stages. They looked much better as the half went on; they got used to Witton in terms of how they set up and began to control the ball. Witton were under the cosh. In the 22nd minute James O’Neill put Rangers back on level terms after a free-kick from Joe Cuff found its way to the centre half. He calmly slotted the ball in the right-hand corner.
1-1 all square at Marston Road. Rangers continued to push forward in the first half and had numerous chances to edge in front but unfortunately the score remained 1-1 at half time.
The second half saw Ranger’s huff and puff but to no avail. Witton seemed more than happy to frustrate the home side. There was lots of endeavour and certainly no lack of effort from both sides. Rangers had lots of the ball but were unable to really penetrate the opposition defence. They put the crosses in the box but nobody was there to get on the end of them. So yet another deeply frustrating evening for the Rangers as they drew 1-1 at home to Witton. We go again on Saturday against Stalybridge Celtic.
Stafford Rangers: Pilling, Burns, Endall, Alex Ray Harvey, O’Neill, Kenton, Tonks, Charles, Navarow, Cuff.
Witton Albion: Hall, Baldwin, Woodthorpe, Sutton, Mcnulty, Ryan, Jebrin, Owens, Saunders, Lingouba, Folley.