Leigh RMI 1 Stafford Rangers 4

Saturday 26th November 2005
Leigh RMI 1 Stafford Rangers 4
FA Carlsberg Trophy Third Qualifying Round
At: Hilton Park
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Programme: £2 (32 pages)
Attendance: 165
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 47:03; second-half: 48:56

Stafford Rangers followed up last month’s 3-1 victory in the league at Hilton Park with another comfortable win by an ever greater margin over Leigh RMI. Today, they were forced to work hard during the first quarter of this FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round tie before recording what turned out to be a comfortable victory. Nathan Talbott put them ahead and also scored a late fourth goal while Dave Walker and Neil Grayson also found the net. Leigh finished the game with ten men while Stafford pocketed a cheque for £3,000 and a place in the First Round draw which will be made on Monday.

Phil Robinson opted to field Grayson and Walker as his two strikers. The usual duo of Peter Thomson and Nathan Smith had been injured and weren’t considered right to start the game. Like Walker, defender Liam Murray also came into a team which the manager felt good enough to win the tie – and his judgement was spot on.

After the game, Robinson said: “It is a fantastic result which gets us through to the next round. I thought we were a little bit slow to start in the first half but in the second half stronger and dominated the last 45 minutes. I think we were good value for the four goals over the course of the game and maybe got another couple.”

Leigh, struggling near the foot of the Conference North table, enjoyed plenty of early possession. They went close to scoring when Gareth Stoker curled a free-kick inches wide and Ian Taylor sent a dipping shot just over the bar.

Rangers, forced to work hard for the ball, took the lead against the run of play in the 22nd minute. Walker, on the left, found Craig Lovatt inside the six-yard box who should have scored instead of firing against the boot of home goalkeeper John Lamb. Lovatt picked up the loose ball and rolled it to Talbott who fired home.

However, Leigh equalised just 68 seconds later when Chris Simm sent a rising 25-yard drive thundering which Dean Williams had no chance of keeping out.

Stafford regained the lead in the 27th minute and never looked in danger of losing. From a long throw from Murray, Grayson flicked the ball down to Walker who sidefooted home his first competitive goal for the club at close range.

Robin Gibson replaced Danny Edwards just after the hour mark and his first contribution was to set up Stafford’s third goal. He delivered a low cross from the right into the six-yard box which the sliding Grayson directed into the net.

Leigh’s slim hopes of salvaging a draw were all but ended in the 78th minute. Neil Smith and Grayson were both booked for their part in a tussle involving several players inside home penalty area. Unfortunately for the Leigh defender, his second yellow card in three minutes was swiftly followed by a red one.

Talbott had never scored twice in a game but now can boast a first career brace. In the 84th minute, he latched onto a chip over the Leigh defence by Walker and fired past Lamb from 10 yards out for Stafford’s fourth goal. His performance didn’t go unnoticed by the Non-League Paper’s reporter who named him as Star Man.

Leigh RMI (red and white stripes / black / black): 1. John Lamb, 2. Tony Dunne, 3. Andy Roscoe (capt), 4. Gareth Stoker, 5. Neil Smith, 6. Steve Brockley, 7. Mark Drew, 8. Steve Smith, 9. Ben Ashmole, 10. Chris Simm, 11. Ian Taylor. Subs: 12. Lee Atherton (not used), 14. Adam Girdlestone (for Steve Smith, 79), 15. Paul Lewis (not used), 16. Steve Settle (for Drew, 65), 17. Graham Tench (not used).

Stafford Rangers (yellow/red/red): 1. Dean Williams, 2. Paul Groves, 3. Nathan Talbott, 4. Craig McAughtrie, 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 6. Liam Murray, 7. Craig Lovatt, 8. Kevin Street, 9. Neil Grayson, 10. Dave Walker, 11. Danny Edwards. Subs: 12. Alan Dodd (not used), 14. Robin Gibson (for Edwards, 62), 15. Levi Reid (for Lovatt, 90), 16. Nathan Smith (not used), Peter Thomson (not used).

Referee: D. W. Stewart (Wallasey).
Assistants: P. J. Croft (Birkenhead) and W. E. Gresty (Chester).

0-1 Nathan Talbott (23)
1-1 Chris Simm (24)
1-2 Dave Walker (27)
1-3 Neil Gryason (62)
1-4 Nathan Talbott (84)

Leigh RMI: Neil Smith (YC), Steve Smith (YC, 66), Neil Smith (YC/RC, 78)
Stafford: Robin Gibson (YC, 66), Neil Grayson (YC, 78)

Stafford Rangers Res 1 Kettering Town Res 1

Wednesday 23rd November 2005
Stafford Rangers Reserves 1 Kettering Town Reserves 1
Central Conference
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Programme: free teamsheet
Attendance: 96
Weather: cold, dry
Duration (45): first-half: 42:05; second-half: 47:38

The presence of recently-appointed Kettering Town manager Paul Gascoigne at Marston Road resulted in double the attendance the reserves usually attract.

Stafford Rangers got the game underway attacking the Town End in the first half with captain Robin Gibson wearing the ‘17’ shirt rather than the ‘7’. They dominated the first half in terms of chances and possession and Dave Walker had a couple of decent scoring opportunities. He headed wide a cross from Alex Gibbons after good work by Jamie Phoenix and also forced Kettering’s goalkeeper Craig Patterson into a fiving save.

While Kettering were more livelier after the break, Stafford continued to threaten and Patterson turned round a well-strick 20-yard free-kick hit by Levi Reid.

Despite of their pressure, Stafford couldn’t find the net and it was Kettering who opened the scoring in the 73rd minute. A slip by Levi Reid allowed Michael McKenzie to get clear past the tackle of Jemiah Richards and beat Matt Sargeant from 15 yards out.

Sargeant produced a flying save to hold a shot from Matt Peacock as the visitors almost doubled their lead in the 87th minute.

Stafford kept in touch and Gibson saw a shot from Walker’s cross headed clear from in front of goal by Stuart McClosty.

Eventually, Stafford equalised in the second minute of stoppage time when Substitute Richie Miller crossed from the left which Patterson dropped the ball into the net.

Stafford Rangers Reserves (black and white stripes / black / black): 1. Matt Sargeant, 2. Alex Gibson, 3. Matt Skinner, 4. Levi Reid, 5. Jemiah Richards, 6. Liam Murray, 17. Robin Gibson (capt), 8. Alex Gibbons, 9. Ross Clarke, 10. Dave Walker, 11. Jamie Phoenix. Subs: 12. Andre Francis (for Reid, 82), 14. Courtney Shaw (for Clarke, 57), 15. Richard Miller (for Phoenix, 66), 16. Byron Benton (not used), 17. Dan Holgate (not used).

Kettering Town Reserves (red/red/red): 1. Craig Patterson, 2. David Blake, 3. Don Thompson, 4. Kevin Dixon (capt), 5. Mark Njotsa, 6. Craig Attwood, 7. Michael McKenzie, 8. Joe Cooper, 9. Steven Slade, 10. Chris Difante, 11. Ryan Zico-Black. Subs: 12. Ibrahim Kevegyir (not used), 14. Tom Ingram (for Slade, 61), 15. Matt Peacock (for McKenzie, 82), 16. Stuart McClosty (for Njosta, ht).

Referee: Terry Holbrook (Wolverhampton).
Assistants: Glyn Thomas (Walsall) and Adam Mullins (Rugeley).

0-1 Michael McKenzie (73)
1-1 Richard Miller (90+2)

Stafford: none
Kettering: none

Barrow 1 Stafford Rangers 1

Saturday 19th November 2005
Barrow 1 Stafford Rangers 1
Nationwide North
At: Holker Street
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 907
Weather: cold, dry, freezing pitch
Duration: first-half: 45:55; second-half: 50:15

Neil Grayson grabbed a late equaliser at a cold Holker Street to salvage a point for Stafford Rangers. The veteran striker prodded the ball home at close range from a knockdown by Wayne Daniel to cancel out Tom Cowan's opening goal scored for Barrow early in the second half.

With plenty of time on my hands before kick-off, I saw the opening exchanges of Furness Cavaliers’ home game on their ground next to Holker Street, which kicked-off early due a lack of floodlights.

At the main reason for heading up to Cumbria, Barrow got the game underway attacking the changing rooms end in the first half.

Rangers welcomed back defender Craig McAughtrie after a five-match absence through injury. Lee Downes was missing again but both Nathan Talbott and Peter Thomson passed fitness tests to take their place in the starting line-up.

The home side, without a manager following the sacking of Lee Turnball last Thursday, were hit by injury and suspension, which sidelined a long list of regulars and forced a teenager to make a rare start in goal.

On a Holker Street pitch that survived a precautionary 10 am inspection, Stafford should have taken the lead in the 14th minute. Grayson deep left-wing cross fell to Danny Edwards who couldn’t get in a shot.

Thomson, who had a goal disallowed for offside, put Nathan Smith clear soon after but Boro’s leading scorer sliced a shot well wide. Bizarrely, the referee awarded a corner even though the shot went nowhere near goalkeeper Ben Morsby.

Kevin Street saw a deflected shot deflected into the arms of Morsby as it appeared likely that Boro would eventually be rewarded with a goal. But Barrow battled into the game and mounted a strong challenge in the latter stages of the first half. Dean Williams, however, was rarely troubled and Paul Howarth flicked a near-post corner over the bar.

Barrow continued to dominate after the break and Gavin Knight fired straight at Williams.

The same player forced a great save out of the Rangers keeper, which led to Barrow taking the lead in the 56th minute. From the resulting corner, a shot from Chris Taylor was blocked on the line by Williams but Cowan drove home the loose ball.

Barrow could have extended their lead and put the outcome beyond doubt. Mike Rushton fired wide under pressure from Talbott and Darren Edmondson missed the target by inches with a header.

With time running out, Grayson struck to earn a point in the 88th minute, which could prove vital if the promotion race proved to be as tight as many predict. Levi Reid lifted a cross from the left towards the far post. Wayne Daniel headed the ball goalwards to Grayson to slot home at close range.

Barrow (white/blue/white): 1. Ben Morsby, 2. James Cotterill, 3. Steve Ridley, 4. Darren Edmondson (capt), 5. Kevin Dawson, 6. Tom Cowan, 7. Mike Rushton, 8. Paul Howarth, 9. Andy Hill, 10. Gavin Knight, 11. Chris Taylor. Subs: 12. Mike Kewley (not used), 14. Guy Heffernan (for Cowan, 65), 15. Jonathan Smith (for Rushton, 90+5), 16. Paul Raven (for Howarth, 90+1), 17. Phil Coombe.

Stafford Rangers (red/red/red): 1. Dean Williams, 2. Paul Groves, 3. Nathan Talbott, 4. Craig McAughtrie, 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 6. Neil Grayson, 7. Craig Lovatt, 8. Kevin Street, 9. Peter Thomson, 10. Nathan Smith, 11. Danny Edwards. Subs: 12. Alan Dodd (not used), 14. Robin Gibson (for Thomson, 61), 15. Dave Walker (not used), 16. Liam Murray (not used), 17. Levi Reid (for Edwards, 61).

Referee: Mr R. L. Metcalfe (Fulwood).
Assistants: W. King and R. Skeath.

1-0 Tom Cowan (55)
1-1 Neil Grayson (88)

Barrow: Tom Cowan (YC, 48), Steve Ridley (YC, 72), Darren Edmondson (YC, 82)
Stafford: Craig McAughtrie (YC, 76)

Stafford Rangers 2 Hinckley United 3

Saturday 12th November 2005
Stafford Rangers 2 Hinckley United 3
Nationwide North
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Programme: £2 (48 pages)
Attendance: 964
Weather: sunny
Duration: first-half: 46:56; second-half: 48:10

The ‘Manager of the Month curse’ struck again as Conference North leaders Stafford Rangers were left stunned by Hinckley United’s last minute winner.

Before the game, Stafford boss Phil Robinson received a large bottle of Champagne to mark his second Manager of the Month award of the season.

Stafford got the game underway attacking the Shed/Town End in the first half and defening into a low sun. They dominated the first half and Danny Edwards should have put away a simple chance after just 3 minutes. With an open goal to aim at, the winger sidefooted against the bar after Nathan Talbott burst through the visitors defence.

Hinckley were fortunate to retain all eleven players when midfielder Richard Lavery escaped with just a yellow card for a crunching two-footed tackle on Stafford’s leading scorer Nathan Smith.

It was no surprise when Rangers took the lead in the 14th minute, after Smith hit an angled shot on target from the left corner of the area. Goalkeeper Danny Haystead failed to hold and the ball went in off own defender Brad Piercewright under pressure from Peter Thomson.

The home side kept up the attack and Thomson sent a low drive flashing past the post.

As the interval approached, Hinckley got more into the game and levelled in first half injury time. Lee Colkin slotted home a low cross from Marc McGregor at close range.

The visitors stunned Boro by taking the lead six minutes after the resrart. Jamie Lenton took advantage of poor defending to drill a low shot past Dean Williams from 10 yards out. McGregor fired over the bar as Hinckely looked to extend their advantage.

However, substitute Levi Reid was unlucky not to equalise with a low shot from 25 yards that rebounded off the left-hand post with Haystead beaten.

Eventually, Stafford’s pressure was turned into a levelling 77th minute goal. Neil Grayson headed down a Reid cross for Thomson to slot home.

Rangers mounted a storming finish, and had Hinckley hanging on for what looked like a point, until they conceded a 90th minute winner on the break. Substitutes Jemaine Palmer and Owen Story combined with the latter scoring with a low shot that cost Stafford top spot in the table.

The visitors should have added a fourth in injury time. Lenton got on the end of a pass from Palmer inside the six-yard box but the ball somehow went over the bar.

Nathan Talbott was named Non-League Paper Star Man and the Sponsors’ Man of the Match as well.

Stafford Rangers (black and white stripes / black / black): 1. Dean Williams, 2. Paul Groves, 3. Nathan Talbott, 4. Alan Dodd, 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 6. Neil Grayson, 7. Craig Lovatt, 8. Kevin Street, 9. Peter Thomson, 10. Nathan Smith, 11. Danny Edwards. Subs: 12. Liam Murray (not used), 14. Levi Reid (for Edwards, 61), 15. Dave Walker (not used), 16. Alex Gibson (not used), 17. Robin Gibson (for Smith, 87).

Hinckley United (blue/blue/red): 1. Dan Haystead, 2. Neil Cartwright, 3. Jamie Lenton, 4. Richard Lavery, 5. Carl Heeley (capt), 6. Brad Piercewright, 7. Stuart Storer, 8. Leon Jackson, 9. Marc McGregor, 10. Laurant Cluzel, 11. Lee Colkin. Subs: 12. Andy Brown (not used), 14. Jermaine Palmer (for McGregor, 72), 15. Sam Shilton (not used), 16. Owen Story (for Cluzel, 81), 17. Leigh Platnauer (not used).

Referee: E. J. Tarry (Wythenshawe)
Assistants: R. J. Woodward (Congleton) and S. P. Wright (Sale).

1-0 Brad Piercewright (14 og)
1-1 Lee Colkin (45+2)
1-2 Jamie Lenton (51)
2-2 Peter Thomson (77)
2-3 Owen Story (90)

Stafford: none
Hinckley: Richard Lavery (YC, 7), Laurant Cluzel (YC, 39), Owen Story (YC, 90)

Stalybridge Celtic 2 Stafford Rangers 3

Tuesday 8th November 2005
Stalybridge Celtic 2 Stafford Rangers 3
Nationwide North
At: Bower Fold
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Programme: £1-50 (32 pages)
Attendance: 519
Weather: rain
Duration: first-half: 50:28; second-half: 47:58

Striking sensation Nathan Smith scored another two goals as Stafford Rangers bounced back from Saturday’s defeat in the best possible way. Twice they fell behind at eight-placed Stalybridge to goals from Lee Ellington but Kevin Street and Smith got Boro back on level terms. Then Smith hit a deserved winner with 14 minutes left and with Northwich held at home by Nuneaton, Rangers actually extended their advantage at the top of the table to three points.

This was arguably Rangers’ best performance of the season considering that both Craig McAughtrie and Wayne Daniel were missing through injury. Phil Robinson, who started for the first time since February, was forced to name an unfamiliar three-man central defence of Liam Murray, Alan Dodd and Paul Groves.

The Bower Fold boasts cover on all four sides of the ground and Stafford got the game underway attacking up the slope towards the Lockwood & Greenwood Stand.

Stalybridge took the lead in the 11th minute on a wet pitch that survived a 5-30 pm inspection. Ellington ran in to head home Steve Garvey’s right-wing corner.

Playing in continuous rain, Rangers got back on level terms seven minutes later with a spectacular strike. Stand-in skipper Kevin Street sent an unstoppable 30-yard drive into the top-left corner of the net.

Street was denied a second goal on 35 minutes when home keeper Paul Pettinger pushed over another rising shot that was heading for the top corner.

Celtic stunned Boro by regaining the lead deep into first-half injury time in controversial circumstances. With no obvious delay in play, an extra fifty seconds over the four minutes of added time indicated by the referee had elapsed when Ellington fired home at close range after Rangers failed to deal with a corner which was knocked down by Barrie Keeling.

Attacking down the Bower Fold ground’s slope in the second half towards the Joe Jackson Stand, determined Rangers worked hard to claim all three points. Peter Thomson, who had another good game, got clear into the area only to see his shot blocked by the advancing Pettinger

Eventually Stafford levelled again on the hour mark when good approach was rounded out with a rising 20-yard shot from Smith.

Dean Williams pulled off a good save to keep out a low shot from Ellington through a crowd to keep Boro in contention.

The winner came in the 77th minute and it was Smith who was on target again. Set up by Thomson and Nathan Talbott, he sent a low shot past Pettinger from 15 yards to score his seventh goal of the season.

Stalybridge had a real go to salvage a point but Boro restricted them to just one decent effort on goal. Neil Prince’s 25-yard drive flashed past the goal just before the start of stoppage time.

Ellington was named Man of the Match.

Stalybridge Celtic (blue/blue/white): 1. Paul Pettinger, 2. Tom Baker, 3. Mark Barnard, 4. Barrie Keeling, 5. Mark Haran (capt), 6. Chris Price, 7. Steve Garvey, 8. Paul Sykes, 9. Lee Ellington, 10. Jody Banim, 11. Neil Prince. Subs: 12. Phil Eastwood (for Garvey, 85), 14. James Turvey (not used), 15. Kevin Parr (for Baker, 73), 16. Nathan Wharton (not used), 17gk. Nick Buxton.

Stafford Rangers (red/red/red): 1. Dean Williams, 2. Paul Groves, 3. Nathan Talbott, 4. Alan Dodd, 5. Liam Murray, 6. Neil Grayson, 7. Lee Downes, 8. Kevin Street, 9. Peter Thomson, 10. Nathan Smith, 11. Phil Robinson. Subs: 12. Craig Lovatt (for Robinson, 39), 14. Danny Edwards (for Smith, 82), 15. Dave Walker (not used), 16. Alex Gibson (not used), 17. Alex Gibbons (not used).

Referee: I. A. Rose (Blackpool).
Assistants: A. Gear and A. Young.

1-0 Lee Ellington (11)
1-1 Kevin Street (18)
2-1 Lee Ellington (45+5)
2-2 Nathan Smith (60)
2-3 Nathan Smith (77)

Stalybridge: Barrie Keeling (YC, 68), Jody Banim (YC, 82)
Stafford: Nathan Talbott (YC, 30), Craig Lovatt (YC, 64)

Droylsden 2 Stafford Rangers 1

Saturday 5th November 2005
Droylsden 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Nationwide North
At: Butchers Arms Ground, Market Street
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Programme: £? (60 pages)
Attendance: 473
Weather: cold, drizzle
Duration: first-half: 46:01; second-half: 49:09

Despite taking the lead in the first half through Nathan Smith, Conference North leaders Stafford Rangers ended up losing only their second league of the season. Droylsden, the most impressive side Rangers have faced so far, hit back with goals either side of the interval to claim the points.

This defeat ended a run of five-consecutive victories and seven league games without defeat for Stafford but they remain top of the table.

With Craig McAughtrie still missing through injury, Stafford manager Phil Robinson named an unchanged side and Craig Lovatt returned from a lengthy layoff with a place on the bench.

As mentioned, Stafford (32 points from 13 games) went into this fixture as league leaders, one point clear of second-placed Northwich Victoria who had a game in hand. Seventh-placed Droylsden (20 points from 13 games) were just outside the play-off zone.

Returning to the scene of their worst defeat last season, Rangers made a bright start after getting the game underway attacking the covered terrace end in the first half. Early on, Peter Thomson fired a low shot straight at home keeper Paul Philips and Danny Edwards sent another shot wide.

Droylsden enjoyed a good spell before the quarter hour, winning three corners in quick succession and Dean Williams was well positioned to keep out a shot from Chris Denham.

An obvious change in formation led to Rangers getting on top and they took lead in the 21st minute. Grayson fed Smith on the right who sent a low shot across goal out of reach of the diving Philips and into the bottom left corner.

The lead was nearly extended seven minutes later when Grayson drove a rising shot inches over the bar. The veteran striker also had a goal disallowed for offside before Droylsden scored a 36th minute equaliser. Denham, from the left, found Kevin Rapley at the post who volleyed into the roof of the net from a narrow angle.

Rangers should regained the lead just before the interval. Thomson got his head to Edwards’ cross but Philips turned this close-range effort round for a corner.

In the second half, Droylsden provided much stiffer opposition and they dominated for long periods on an increasingly rain-soaked pitch. Seven minutes after the restart the woodwork twice saved Stafford as both Jimmy Williams and Denham fired against the bar.

However, Stafford suffered a huge blow on 68 minutes when Wayne Daniel went off with a left leg injury. And while his team mates were still adjusting to not having their skipper and commanding defender on the field, Droylsden scored the winner two minutes later.

Danny Warner crossed low from the left into the six-yard box towards Terry Fearns. Last season’s Conference North leading scorer with previous club Southport, clinically sent the ball wide of the helpless Dean Williams.

Phil Robinson immediately threw himself and Craig Lovatt on in a bid to salvage a point – with a bit more luck Rangers could have equalised. Thomson almost intercepted a backpass which Philips rushed out to boot clear and the player-manager saw a good effort deflect for a corner off defender Craig Robinson.

Late in the game, Droyslden hit the woodwork for the third time. Fearns drove against the inside of the left-hand post and the ball rebounded kindly for Rangers into Dean Williams’ arms.

Droylsden (red/black/red): 1. Paul Philips, 2. Jimmy Williams, 3. Danny Warner, 4. Simon Sturdy, 5. Craig Robinson, 6. Steve Brodie (capt), 7. Shaun Carey, 8. Gareth Morris, 9. Terry Fearns, 10. Kevin Rapley, 11. Chris Denham. Subs: 12. Neil Hall, 14. Mick O’Brien, 15. Robbie Talbot, 16. Ian Fitzpatrick, 17. David Cameron (all not used).

Stafford Rangers (black and white stripes / red / black): 1. Dean Williams, 2. Paul Groves, 3. Nathan Talbott, 4. Alan Dodd, 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 6. Neil Grayson, 7. Lee Downes, 8. Kevin Street, 9. Peter Thomson, 10. Nathan Smith, 11. Danny Edwards. Subs: 12. Craig Lovatt (for Smith, 72), 14. Phil Robinson (for Downes, 72), 15. Dave Walker (not used), 16. Liam Murray (for Daniel, 69), 17. Levi Reid.

Referee: I. Bonney (Morecambe).
Assistants: S. Durbin (Cheadle) and A. J. Richardson (Wythenshawe).

0-1 Nathan Smith (21)
1-1 Kevin Rapley (36)
2-1 Terry Fearns (71)

Droylsden: Paul Phillips (YC, 34), Gareth Morris (YC, 77), Danny Warner (YC, 81), Chris Denham (YC, 86), Kevin Rapley (YC, 87)
Stafford: Paul Groves (YC, 55)

Sutton Town 2 Maltby Miners Welfare 1

Tuesday 1st November 2005
Sutton Town 2 Maltby Miners Welfare 1
Northern Counties East League Premier Division
At: The Fieldings
Kick-off: 7-45pm
Admission: £5; Programme: £2
Attendance: 64
Weather: cold, dry
Duration: first-half: 46:22; second-half: 48:01

Sutton Town (claret with blue sleeves / white / white): 1. Danny Welsh, 2. Steve Roebuck, 3. James Jepson, 4. Mark Clarke, 5. Jason Pascoe (capt), 6. Colin Patterson, 7. Colin Cockerill, 8. Danny Naylor, 9. Dean Short, 10. Craig Mitchell, 11. Ian Brown. Subs: 14. Mark Hurst (for Patterson, ht), 15. Richard Giles (for Short, 84), 16. Barry Stokes (not used).

Maltby Miners Welfare (yellow/red/red): 1. Peter Adnitt, 2. Chris Glarvy, 3. Chris Dickman, 4. Gareth Clayton, 5. John Drennan (capt), 6. Wesley Reece, 7. Liam Kay, 8. Andy Wood, 9. Ian Dring, 10. Andrew Jones, 11. Luke Sykes. Subs: 12. Jamie Williams (for Reece, 79), 14. Shane Dooley (for Wood, 84).

Referee: Paul Thompson.


1-0 Dean Short (66)
1-1 Andrew Jones (68)
2-1 Dean Short (75)

Sutton: none
Maltby: Ian Dring (YC, 73), John Drennan (YC, 81), Chris Glarvy (YC, 82)