Forest Green Rovers 2 Stafford Rangers 1

Saturday 30th September 2006
Forest Green Rovers 2 Stafford Rangers 1
Nationwide Conference
At: The New Lawn
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 945

Forest Green took the lead in the 17th minute. Simon Clist delivered the ball to the far post where Allan Russell headed home.

Danny Edwards replaced the injured Guy Madjo at the interval and provided the cross the led to Rangers’ equaliser in the 52nd minute. Both Robin Gibson and defender Darren Jones were for a dangerous left-wing cross with the ball ending up in the net. Gibson was credited with his first goal of the season.

But the home side hit back with what proved to be the winner two minutes later. Rigoglioso drove into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area.

Forest Green Rovers (black and white stripes/black/black): Steve Williams; Alex Lawless, Mark Preece, Darren Jones, Kevin Nicholson; Alex Meechan, Michael Brough, Jamie Pitman (capt), Simon Clist; Allan Russell, Adriano Rigoglioso. Subs: Mark Beesley (for Russell, 63), Matt Robinson (for Rigoglioso, 79), Les Afful (for Meechan, 84), Arek Zarczynski, Paul Stonehouse.

Stafford Rangers (red/red/red): Danny Alcock, Kevin Street, Wayne Daniel (capt), Craig McAughtrie, Nathan Talbott; Ged Murphy, Craig Lovatt, Lee Downes, Robin Gibson, Neil Grayson, Guy Madjo. Subs: Danny Edwards (for Madjo, ht), Brian Quailey (for Downes, 69), David Oldfield (for Lovatt, 84), Dolapo Olaoye, Liam Murray.

Referee: M. Mullarkey (Exeter).

Stafford Rangers Youth 4 Castle Vale Youth 2

Wednesday 27th September 2006
Stafford Rangers Youth 4 Castle Vale Youth 2
FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON First Qualifying Round
At: Marston Road
Attendance: 76

Stafford Rangers Youth team progressed into the E.ON FA Youth Cup second qualifying round with a 4-2 victory over Castle Vale at Marston Road. But after racing into a wind-assisted four-goal lead in the first half, they had to survive a couple of scares when the plucky visitors scored two late goals.

Playing with the wind, Rangers got on top from the kick-off and Vale keeper Paul Charnley pulled off an excellent early save to tip over a dipping shot from Spencer Gunnell. But Charnley couldn’t prevent Gunnell putting Stafford ahead in the 15th minute. He hammered home a deep free kick from Sam Maddox which dropped invitingly at the far post.

It could have been two on the half hour when Craig Hulme broke clear only to see his shot over the advancing Charnley rebound off the bar.

But Stafford put the result beyond doubt with three goals in 153 seconds just before the interval. In the 36th minute, Dave Brazier put away another excellent corner from Maddox with a glancing header to double the lead. Gunnell quickly made it three a minute later with a low shot from the edge of the area that went in via the right-hand post. Brazier also got his second goal in the 39th minute, slotting home a rebound following an initial save from Charnley. Hulme was then unlucky again when he had a shot cleared off the line.

With two substitutions and the aid of the wind, Castle Vale proved tougher opposition in the second half. However, just after the hour mark, Charnley denied Gunnell a hat-trick with another save, this time to keep out a first-time 20-yard shot. The visitors pulled a goal back in the 85th minute. Substitute goalkeeper Adam Heath, on for the injured Matt Sargeant, couldn’t hold a well-struck free kick from Anthony Gavin and Thomas Campbell converted the loose ball. Vale scored a second goal in injury time when Chris Fitzgerald forced the ball home after Rangers failed to clear a corner.

Manager Any Bates said: "I was very pleased with our performance, particularly in the first half. My players did all that was asked of them. They did the Club proud."

Rangers: Matt Sargeant; Jack Thorley, Rob Haynes, Michael Hathaway, Michael Weston; Ollie House, Charlie Wooollatt, Sam Maddox, Dave Brazier; Craig Hulme, Spencer Gunnell. Subs: Adam Heath (for Sergeant, 71), Matthew Marsh (for House, 51), Matthew Bates, Ashley Turton (for Hulme, 82), Alex Thurston.

Saturday 23rd September 2006

Stafford Rangers 0 Oxford United 1
Nationwide Conference
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 1795

Tuesday 19th September 2006

Northwich Victoria 4 Stafford Rangers 0
Nationwide Conference
At: Victoria Stadium
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Attendance: 971

Saturday 16th September 2006

Stafford Rangers 1 Rushden & Diamonds 1
Nationwide Conference
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 1054

Stafford Rangers 1 Burton Albion 1

Tuesday 12th September 2006
Stafford Rangers 1 Burton Albion 1
Nationwide Conference
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Attendance: 1554
Weather: -

Neil Grayson scored an 89th minute penalty as Stafford Rangers gained a point from the Staffordshire derby and bounced back from the defeat at Stevenage.

Injuries and the start of Ged Murphy’s three-match ban forced Phil Robinson to change the starting line-up. Brian Quailey and Christian Dacres were given full debuts and Liam Murray returned to the centre of defence. Assistant Manager David Oldfield also made his debut as a second-half substitute.

Dean Williams was the first keeper to be called into action when dived at full length to his right to turn round a low 25-yard shot from Andy Ducros.

The visitors, however, took the lead in the 11th minute. Aaron Webster got on the end of a Ducros corner and powered a header home unchallenged at close range. Webster met Burton’s next corner but this time his header flew across the face of goal and wide of the left-hand post.

Burton had another chance when Murray was deceived by a bouncing ball inside his own area. Jon Shaw hooked a shot towards goal, which took a deflection off a Boro defender.

Quailey became the second player to be booked in the 28th minute for what appeared to be nothing more than a collision with Kevin Poole. However, the veteran keeper sustained a badly cut mouth but was able to continue after five minutes of treatment.

There was further danger for Stafford when Andy Corbett drilled in low cross into the six-yard box from the right. Daryl Clare, in front of goal, got on the end but failed to make clear contact with the ball.

As the interval approached, Burton almost added a second goal from another accurate Ducros corner. Gary Rowett headed towards goal and Williams pulled off a fine block on the line. Craig McAughtrie, named Man of the Match by the sponsors, cleared the loose ball much to the relief of the Stafford defence.

Robinson replaced Dacres with Craig Lovatt at half time and straight from the restart a long-range shot from Downes curled wide.

As the game entered the final quarter, unmarked Clare wasted a glorious chance when in plenty of space inside the area. Picked out by Shaw, the striker headed well wide.

Stafford gradually built up some momentum during the second half and there was panic in the Burton defence in the 75th minute. Robin Gibson’s deep cross was cleared off the toe of Grayson and the corner caused panic. Both McAughtrie and Gibson had shots cleared off the line and Quailey eventually fired the loose ball wide.

With time running out, Quailey went down under a challenge from Rowett inside the area and Grayson hammered home the resulting penalty.

Stafford Rangers (black and white stripes/black/black): Dean Williams; Craig McAughtrie, Wayne Daniel (capt), Liam Murray, Nathan Talbott; Kevin Street, Lee Downes, Christian Dacres, Neil Grayson; Robin Gibson, Brian Quailey. Subs: Craig Lovatt (for Dacres, ht), Dolapo Olaoye (for Talbott, 50), David Oldfield (for Downes, 83), Danny Edwards, Danny Alcock.

Burton Albion (yellow/grey/grey): Kevin Poole; Gary Rowett, Darren Tinson, Ryan Austin, Aaron Webster; Andy Corbett, Danny Holmes, Darren Stride (capt), Andy Ducros; Daryl Clare, Jon Shaw. Subs: Chris Hall (for Ducros, 64), Lee Fowler, Shaun Harrad, John Brayford, Steve Scoffham.

Sponsors Man of the Match: Craig McAughtrie.

Referee: P. Varley (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 1554.

Saturday 9th September 2006

Stevenage Borough 6 Stafford Rangers 0
Nationwide Conference
At: Broadhall Way
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 1708
Weather: -

Ten-man Stafford Rangers suffered their heaviest league defeat since 1994. Midfielder Ged Murphy was sent off for retaliation in the 20th minute after being initially fouled by Barry Fuller.

There was drama before kick-off as the referee decided that the new white shirts taken to Broadhall Way clashed with Stevenage’s shirts. As a result Rangers took the field in an unfamiliar sky blue kit borrowed from the home side.

Stevenage went ahead in the 25th minute. George Boyd, who ended up scoring a hat-trick, got on the end of Jason Goodliffe’s cross and scored with the aid of a deflection. He added a second nine minutes later. Dean Williams did well to thwart former England International Steve Guppy but Boyd forced the ball home.

Stafford found it difficult to get forward and conceded two more goals before in the interval. In the 43rd minute, a cross-cum-shot from Craig Dodson from out on the right wing flew over Williams on its way into the roof of the net. Then in injury time, Williams couldn’t hold a low cross from Adam Miller and Steve Morison scored at close range.

Phil Robinson shuffled his side at the interval with Brian Quailey coming on as a lone striker and a changed formation. The switch certainly looked to have helped give Stafford a confidence boost as Nathan Talbott, fit after missing the previous trip to York, saw a shot blocked by a defender. Neil Grayson also volleyed wide from Talbott’s near-post cross.

But Rangers had no answer when Stevenage, one of the pre-season promotion favourites, added their fifth and sixth goals just after the hour mark in the 61st and 63rd minutes. Boyd completed his hat-trick with a shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards out and Dobson scored his second goal of the game with a close-range shot. It could have been even worse. Williams tipped over another rising shot from Boyd and Morison also hit the post.

Kevin Street got in a late long-range shot near the end but Alan Julian made a comfortable save with Brian Quailey closing in to take advantage of any slip by the home keeper.

Christian Dacres, promoted from the County Senior League ‘A’ team, made his debut as a late substitute.

Stevenage Borough (white and red shirts/red/red): Alan Julian; Jason Goodliffe, Luke Oliver (capt) Dos Santos Gaia, John Nutter; Craig Dobson, Barry Fuller, Adam Miller, Steve Guppy; Steve Morison, George Boyd. Subs: Mark Beard (for Fuller, 73), Chris Sullivan (for Boyd, 77), Dwayne Lee (for Miller, 86), Darryn Stamp, Danny Potter.

Stafford Rangers (sky blue/black/black): Dean Williams; Mark Bailey, Craig McAughtrie, Wayne Daniel (capt), Nathan Talbott; Robin Gibson, Ged Murphy, Lee Downes, Kevin Street; Neil Grayson, Guy Madjo. Subs: Liam Murray (for Bailey, 29), Brian Quailey (for Madjo, ht), Christian Dacres (for Grayson, 84), Dolapo Olaoye, Danny Alcock.

Referee: M. Ball.
Attendance: 1708.

Florence 2 Goldenhill Wanderers 1

Saturday 2nd September 2006
Florence 2 Goldenhill Wanderers 2
Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division
At: Lightwood Road
Kick-off: 2-45 pm
Admission: none; Programme: £1
Weather: drizzle
Attendance: 15 (headcount)

Florence (red with black sleeves / black / black): 1. Chris Fryer, 2. Marcus Robson, 3. Paul Ulrich, 4. Jamie Cousins (capt), 5. Gavin Wood, 6. Andy Moon, 7. Daniel Viggers, 8. Matt Ellis, 9. Jonathan Pace, 10. Joe Birks, 11. Andy McCue. Subs: 12. Chris Dillon (for Moon, 76), 13. Matt Birks (not used), 14. Neil Bateman (for Ellis, 53), 15. Alex Casey (not used), 16. Phil Carr (not used).

Goldenhill Wanderers (blue/blue/blue): 1. Ian Jackson, 2. Craig Turner (capt), 3. Steven Tipping, 4. Shaun Frazer, 5. Carl Boughey, 6. Ben Biddulph, 7. Gary Gibson, 8. Michael Ibbson, 9. Mark Frzer, 10. Carl Mountford, 11. Danny Taiton. Subs: 12. Dave Harry (for Biddulph, 62), 14. Martin Wright (for Mountford, 59), 15. Godfrey Johnson (for Ibbson, 73), 16. Steven Harrison (not used).

Referee: ???

1-0 Jonathan Pace (9 pen)
2-0 Craig Turner (33 og)
2-1 Godfrey Johnson (82)
2-2 Danny Taiton (90+1)

Florence: Jonathan Pace (YC, 42)
Goldenhill: Craig Turner (YC, 28)

Friday 1st September 2006

York City 0 Stafford Rangers 0
Nationwide Conference
At: KitKat Crescent
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Attendance: 2955