Evo-Stik Northern Premier LEAGUE | Saturday 13 April 2019
Stafford Rangers boosted their survival hopes with a deserved win away to Whitby Town. Rangers were first out of the blocks and made an ideal start when Tom Thorley fired them ahead inside two minutes after an exchange with Jack Sherratt. Whitby responded with a good run from Jassem Sukar but Dan Burns’ intervention was enough to force Bradley Fewster to shoot wide. But Stafford were in dominant mood and Jake Charles missed a couple of chances to add to the lead in a five minute spell.
Charles ran on to Sherratt’s through ball – beating the Whitby offisde trap – but lost momentum after he stalled his run and Adam McHugh was able to save. McHugh denied Charles again when he tipped his shot on to the inside of the far post and Lee Bullock cleared. Whitby never looked a threat but came close to an equaliser midway through the half when Andrai Jones’ header came back of his own crossbar following Dale Hopson’s corner. Matthew Tymon was first to the rebound but was unable to convert.
But Rangers stayed in control and Thorley missed out when the ball got stuck under his feet from Louis Briscoe’s left wing cross then Briscoe missed out with a tame shot at McHugh after a mix up in the Whitby defence. Briscoe made up for his miss when he doubled Stafford’s lead with a 25 yard free kick a minute in to added time at the end of the first half.
The first 20 minutes of the second half produced little of note but then Joe Cuff – on for Briscoe – went on a strong run, riding the foul challenge from Dan McWilliams but the end product saw his shot go a foot wide. Theo Bailey-Jones struck a free kick into the Whitby defensive wall then sent the rebound high out of the ground.
As full time drew nearer, Stafford looked to be cruising to victory. After Fewster’s earlier effort, it wasn’t until the 85th minute that Whitby produced their next shot on goal. Again it came from the no 9 and again it failed to threaten Adam Siviter’s goal.
But it did generate a bit of life into the home side and a minute later, they were back in it as Siviter could only parry Greg Rutherford’s shot and Fewster tapped in the rebound. It set up for a nervy, backs to the wall finish for Stafford but they held out to record their first win over Whitby at the 12th attempt.
Whitby Town: 1 Adam McHugh, 2 Connor Smith (14 Greg Rutherford 60m), 3 Jassem Sukar, 4 Kieran Weledji, 5 Lee Bullock (12 Dan McWilliams 60m), 6 Daniel Rowe, 7 Leon Scott, 8 Callum Patton, 9 Bradley Fewster, 10 Matthew Tymon (15 David McTiernan 72m), 11 Dale Hopson. Unused Subs: 16 Adam Gell, 17 Jack Norton (gk)
Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Paul Bignot, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Jack Sherratt (16 Ben Mills 74m), 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (17 Peter Williams 85m), 10 Andrai Jones, 11 Louis Briscoe (12 Joe Cuff 54m). Unused Subs: 14 Jed Davies, 15 Sim Thandi
Cautions: McWilliams (Whitby)
Referee: Timothy Craig
Report by Chris Elsley