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Another crucial date for Rangers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Rangers boss Graham Heathcote remains a man with a mission as the club head into another crucial "six-pointer" at home to fellow strugglers Frickley Athletic this weekend.

When Heathcote arrived in town on January 3, Rangers were deep in crisis, They had just conceded 13 goals in three festive matches and were no fewer than 17 points adrift of the Evo-Stik Premier safety zone.

But as the club approaches Saturday's vital home clash against a Frickley side who have only won once on their league travels this term, there is a little more hope around the Marston Road club.

When he arrived, Heathcote said he had seen clubs escape such situations in the past, therefore you can be sure he will be going all out to emerge Rangers' big saviour.

And the road to safety could take a big step forward this weekend. If Rangers win and other results, involving fellow strugglers Stocksbridge and Witton Albion, go their way then the Boro could cut the deficit to just nine points!

Fourth bottom Witton entertain third place Worksop Town, while 22nd place Stocksbridge are at Ilkeston (15th).

Meanwhile, Rangers chase a third successive home win as Heathcote looks to make it nine points from four matches in charge.

Saturday's fixture at Grantham was abandoned after just 85 seconds, with the score still goalless, after a severe storm hit the Lincolnshire club's ground. It has now been re-arranged for March 25 (7.45pm).

There was a surprise departure, albeit on loan, this week as striker Karl Ashton, who only recently returned after a long injury lay-off, joined Rushall.

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