Cambridge United 5 Stafford Rangers 1

Tuesday 30th October 2007
Cambridge United 5 Stafford Rangers 1
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay
At: Abbey Stadium
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Weather: mild and dry
Attendance: 1965 (including 39 away fans)

Following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Marston Road, Stafford Rangers suffered bitter disappointment at the Abbey Stadium as Cambridge United recorded a 5-1 victory in this FA Cup Sponsored by E.ON Fourth Qualifying Round Replay. The home side scored three goals before half-time through Lee Boylan (31), Scott Rendell (40) and Rob Wolleaston (45) to take command. Kevin Street pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute to give hope to Stafford but Darryl Knights (70, 85) finished off the scoring. Cambridge face a home First Round tie against Aldershot Town, who beat Crawley Town in a replay

Stafford Rangers were forced to make one change from Saturday's starting line-up. Samy Mawene came in for the injured Marco Adaggio with Tom Ingram taking Mawene's place on the bench. Injured Cambridge skipper Danny Brown missed the replay so Darryl Knights, on loan from Yeovil, started.

Stafford made a bright start, attacking the away end at the Abbey Stadium in the first half with Cambridge kicking-off. In the third minute, Ross Draper exchanged passes with David Oldfield before firing just over from just outside the area.

Cambridge quickly got forward and Darryl Knights played a one-two with Scott Rendell before curling a 20-yards shot wide of the right-hand post.

After Luke Potter curled a free-kick wide of the near post, Stafford goalkeeper Danny Alcock was called into action at the other end to block a shot from Lee Boylan.

Stafford, having to work hard at the back, got forward again and won a free-kick just outside the home area. Mawene took it and curled the ball over wall and bar.

In the 18th minute, Rob Wolleaston's shot struck Wayne Daniel inside the area and the ball went out for a throw. Rendell then headed over the bar. Knights pulled the ball back from the right bye-line towards Rendell but Potter cleared.

Mark Peters almost scored an own goal. Under pressure from Kevin Street, he miss-hit a clearance which hit the top of his own bar and out for the first of two successive corners. By and large Cambridge's well-organised defence proved difficult to penetrate.

After surviving that scare, Cambridge broke the deadlock in the 31st minute. Lee Boylan fired home from 10 yards to finish off a move involving Scott Rendell and Darryl Knights.

Almost immediately, Stafford changed formation with David McNiven coming on as an extra striker in place of Draper.

The U's created further chances. Boylan hooked the ball over from 20 yards and Oldfield got in the way of another shot from Rendell following a deep right-wing cross from Dan Gleeson.

Boylan turned provider as the home side doubled their lead in the 41st minute. Luke Potter failed to clear and Rendell forced the ball home at close range.

Rob Wolleaston made it three in first-half stoppage time. The midfielder thumped the ball into the top right corner and the game looked all over as a contest.

Cambridge almost scored again ten minutes after the restart. Knights got in a volley from the edge of the area which hit the left-hand post and rebounded to safety. Boylan soon went for goal but fired well wide across the face of goal.

Nathan Smith replaced David Oldfield on the hour mark and Stafford managed to get back into contention by reducing the deficit in the 63rd minute. Potter's deep cross from the left fell to Street who took advantage of a slip by defender Mark Peters and fired home from eight yards out.

Stafford almost scored again a minute later. Nathan Smith rounded keeper Luke McShane but the defence got back to smother the chance.

Any hope of forcing extra time evaporated for Boro in the 70th minute. Alcock’s clearance was charged down by Knights and the ball ended up at the feet of Boylan on the right. He cut in and passed to Knights who slotted home at close range into the bottom-left corner.

Nathan Smith and McNiven both fired narrowly wide as Rangers got forward but Knights struck again in the 85th minute to complete the scoring. This time he got on the end of a low cross from Stephen Smith and beat Alcock with another low shot into the same corner of the net as before.

Once again, part-time Rangers found out the hard way about the gulf between themselves and full-time opposition. Manager Phil Robinson agreed: "I think that midweek games after a hard game on a Saturday catch out part-time teams such as ourselves. You could tell the difference tonight between the full-time and part-time team.

"At 3-1 and creating chances, we thought if we got another goal then the pressure would be on Cambridge. But we gavae away a sloppy goal and it was then a lost cause."

Cambridge United (amber and black stripes/black/black) 20. Luke McShane; 6. Mark Albrighton (capt), 5. Mark Peters, 21. Michael Morrison; 7. Danny Gleeson, 8. Rob Wolleaston, 3. Stephen Reed, 11. Courtney Pitt; 28. Darryl Knights; 9. Scott Rendell, 10. Lee Boylan. Subs: 18. Stephen Smith (for Boylan, 73), 17. Gavin Hoyte (for Peters, 77), 19. Leo Fortune-West (for Rendell, 77), 23. Joshus Coulson, 22. Michael Hyem.

Stafford Rangers (red/red/red) 1. Danny Alcock; 21. Jemiah Richards, 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 6. Djoumin Sangare, 32. Luke Potter; 28. David Oldfield, 17. Ross Draper, 7. Chris Flynn, 8. Kevin Street; 22. Samy Mawene; 9. Neil Grayson. Subs: 10. David McNiven (for Draper, 34). 15. Nathan Smith (for Oldfield, 60), 24. Steve Hopkinson (for Richards, 90), 16. Tom Ingram, 31. Tom Youngs.

Referee: Steve Creighton.
Assistants: Richard Kendall and Sian Massey.
Fourth Official: Paul Forrester.

Goals: 1-0 Mark Boylan (31)
2-0 Scott Rendell (40)
3-0 Rob Wolleaston (45)
3-1 Kevin Street (63)
4-1 Darryl Knights (70)
5-1 Darryl Knights (85)

Cambridge: none
Stafford: Ross Draper (YC, 23)

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Stafford Rangers 1 Cambridge United 1

Saturday 27th October 2007
Stafford Rangers 1 Cambridge United 1
FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 3-00pm
Attendance: 1030

Wednesday 24th October 2007

Stone Dominoes 5 Leek CSOB 2
Vodkat League Division Two
At: Springbank Stadium
Kick-off: -
Attendance: 113

Saturday 20th October 2007

Crawley Town 1 Stafford Rangers 1
Blue Square Premier
At: Broadfield Stadium
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 1025

Crawley Town (red/red/red): 1. Ashley Bayes (capt); 16. Glenn Wilson, 5. Pablo Mills, 6. Jamie Stevens, 24. James Krause; 18. Jamie Cook, 17. Thomas Pinault, 14. Danny Bulman, 12. Stephen Evans; 9. Guy Madjo, 15. Jon-Paul Pittman. Subs: 10. Magno Vieira (for Evans, 59), 23. Pierre Joseph-Dubois (for Pittman, 62), 2. Paul Watson, 8. Lee Blackburn, 22. Jamie Clapham (gk).

Stafford Rangers (black and white stripes black sleeves / black / black): 33. Will Puddy; 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 21. Jemiah Richards, 6. Djoumin Sangare; 2. Richard Sutton, 7. Chris Flynn, 17. Ross Draper, 8. Kevin Street, 28. David Oldfield; 20. Marco Adaggio, 9. Neil Grayson. Subs: 31. Tom Youngs (for Oldfield, 38), 15. Nathan Smith (for Youngs, 68), 29. Phil Robinson (for Sutton 78), 1. Danny Alcock, 24. Steve Hopkinson.

Referee: Dave Phillips (West Sussex).
Attendance: 1025 (including 61 away fans).

Wednesday 17th October 2007

Bishops Cleeve 1 Woodford United 2
BGB Southern League Midland Division
At: Kayte Lane
Kick-off: 7-30 pm
Admission: £6; Programme: £1
Attendance: 66
Weather: cold, dry
Duration: first half: 47:28; second half: 48:48

Bishops Cleeve (blue/blue/blue): 1. Jon Skeen, 2. Sam Avery, 3. Richard Mansell (capt), 4. Ed Ward, 5. John Brough, 6. Allton Axton, 7. James Baycliffe, 8. Nick Williams, 9. Joe Tustin, 10. Luke Corbett, 11. Matt Collins. Subs: 12. Lee Davis (for Tustin, 74), 14. Jamie Hammond (for Collins, 74), 15. Dan Shatford (not used), 16. Mike Rhodes (for Williams, 67), 17. Phil Tassell (not used).

Woodford United (red/red/red): 1. Matt Finlay, 2. Neil Lazarus, 3. Jamie Williams, 4. Ross Harris, 5. Kai Ridley, 6. Craig Pearman (capt), 7. Tony Powell, 8. Paul Lamb, 9. Shaun Goodall, 10. Glen Hawkins, 11. Tom Fountain. Subs: 12. Terry Fitton (for Ridley, 20), 14. Carl Standen (for Lamb, 67), 15. Tom James (not used).

Referee: N Radford (Worcester).

0-1 Shaun Goodall (37)
0-2 Shaun Goodall (83)
1-2 Jamie Hammond (85)

Tuesday 16th October 2007

Tamworth 3 Stafford Rangers 1
Staffordshire Senior Cup First Round
At: The Lamb
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Attendance: 163

Saturday 13th October 2007

Stafford Rangers 1 Cambridge United 1
Blue Square Premier
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 741

Tuesday 9th October 2007

York City 2 Stafford Rangers 0
Blue Square Premier
At: KitKat Crescent
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Attendance: 1784

Stafford Rangers 1 Forest Green Rovers 3

Saturday 6th October 2007
Stafford Rangers 1 Forest Green Rovers 3
Blue Square Premier
At: Marston Road
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Attendance: 754 (92 away fans)
Weather: mild and dry

Stafford Rangers' three-match unbeaten run came to an end in controversial circumstances. Marco Adaggio (17 mins) gave Boro a halt-time lead but Blue Square Premier leading scorer Stuart Fleetwood (56) levelled early in the second half. But there was plenty of discussion about both the visitors' late goals scored by Fleetwood (84) and Mark Beesley (89) as well as the injury-time dismissal of man-of the-match Djoumin Sangare.

Phil Robinson made one change with Neil Grayson coming in for the injured David McNiven. New signing Sebastian Hamilton, from Romulus, made his debut as a second-half substitute and Nathan Smith returned to action for the first time since May 2006. Two former Stafford players missed the chance to face their former club. Forest Green skipper Michael Brough was out with a knee injury while Danny Carey-Bertram was an unused substitute.

Stafford were good value for their first half lead even through neither goalkeeper was called upon to make a save.

Neil Grayson, facing the club he left to join Stafford, got his head to a free-kick played into the area by Kevin Street, but failed to hit the target.

Street got the better of Simon Clist on the right and sent in a dangerous cross. The ball was headed out to David Oldfield who played in forward for Adaggio who fired wide.

Sangare, early given a lecture by the referee, was booked for felling Stuart Fleetwood just outside the Stafford area. Clist, however, blasted the resulting free-kick against the wall. From the rebound, the ball was played into the populated area and headed over by Chris Giles.

Defender Fred Murray made a vital challenge to deny Fleetwood a run on goal down the right. His tackle proved all the more vital as Stafford quickly got forward and took the lead.

Cedric Avidel found Grayson on the right who cut into the area. The veteran was closed down but cleverly found Adaggio who swept a right foot shot into the bottom left corner to score his fifth goal of the season.

The visitors found the Stafford defence difficult to penetrate. Avinel did well to cut out a cross from Mark Beesley who got on the end of a pass from Fleetwood.

As the interval approached, Murray fired wide from Grayson's lay-off.

Grayson could have doubled the lead three minutes after the restart. Put clear by Flynn, the veteran sent a lob inches over after Ryan Robinson had rushed off his line.

The flurry of action at the start of the second half continued when Scott Loach did well to keep out a low drive from Jamie Pitman. Skipper Wayne Daniel cleared after the ball ran free.

Grayson went close again with an overhead kick that flew just over the bar.

Forest Green got back on level terms in the 56th minute. Clist battled to the edge of the Rangers area and slipped a pass through to Fleetwood who made no mistake from close range.

A goal line clearance from Anthony Tonkin prevented Stafford from regaining the lead. Street’s free-kick was flicked on by Daniel to Grayson who saw a close-range shot blocked by the defender.

A controversially-awarded free-kick led to Forest Green taking the lead in the 85th minute. Richard Sutton was the man penalised and Fleetwood curled the ball home via the left-hand post.

Forest Green put the outcome beyond doubt with a third goal in the 89th minute with Rangers fans again puzzled by what they saw. Fleetwood appeared to impede Daniel in setting up a chance for Beesley who slotted home at close range. Daniel, still on the ground when the ball went in, was briefly able to continue after treatment but limped off injury time.

Loach prevented another goal in injury time when he somehow kept out a shot from Jonathan Smith at the expense of a corner.

Just before full time, Stafford’s were again left lost for words when Sangare was shown a second yellow card for a harmless-looking tackle.

Stafford Rangers (black and white stripes/black/black) 12. Scott Loach; 5. Wayne Daniel (capt), 26. Cedric Avinel, 6. Djoumin Sangare; 2. Richard Sutton, 7. Chris Flynn, 8. Kevin Street, 28. David Oldfield, 25. Fred Murray; 20. Marco Adaggio, 9. Neil Grayson. Subs: 17. Ross Draper (for Oldfield, 64), 30. Sebastian Hamilton (for Street, 88), 15. Nathan Smith (for Daniel, 90), 24. Steve Hopkinson (not used), 1gk. Danny Alcock (not used).

Forest Green Rovers (green/white/green): 1. Ryan Robinson; 4. Darren Jones, 12. Mark Preece, 5. Chris Giles (capt), 3. Anthony Tonkin; 17. Les Afful, 6. Jamie Pitman, 8. Simon Clist, 22. Lee Dodgson; 7. Mark Beesley; 14. Stuart Fleetwood. Subs: 11. John Hardiker (for Giles, 56), 20. Jonathan Smith (for Pitman, 64). 19. Paul Stonehouse (for Afful, 76), 23. Danny Carey-Bertram (not used), 25gk. Terry Burton (not used).

Referee: Ross Joyce (Middlesbrough).