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Crucial point of Boro's season as Andy Mutch faces grilling from fans

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Dave McLean

SAFE HANDS . . Stafford Rangers keeper Jon Brain thwarts AFC Fylde, as he has done so many times against opposing teams this season.

SAFE HANDS . . Stafford Rangers keeper Jon Brain thwarts AFC Fylde, as he has done so many times against opposing teams this season.

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STAFFORD Rangers manager Andy Mutch faces his sternest test this evening when he comes face to face with the club's supporters.

Many are expected to attend a question and answer evening to discuss the current plight of the club.

On Saturday, Rangers reached the half-way stage of the league season and find themselves deep in a relegation battle, in 23rd spot in the Evo-Stik Premier.

After suffering two recent relegations Rangers are now in grave danger of another fall, their third such demotion in six years.

This evening's "meet the fans" event will not alter the club's present league placing overnight, but the Boro faithful will certainly demand concrete answers as to what the future holds for this once leading non-league outfit.

Members of the board and Mutch wil be in attendance to take questions and their answers will have a major bearing on which way the Marston Road club is heading.

This is not only a crucial point of this season, it is likewise in the 137-year history of Stafford Rangers Football Club.

On the field, Mutch was much encouraged by the team's 2-2 home draw against third place AFC Fylde on Saturday. "There was a lot of effort and commitment from the players and if we show that in the future we'll be all right."

On Saturday, Rangers visit 15th place Barwell, with former Hednesford Town defender Tom Marshall set to retain his place after a fine debut against Fylde.

He was one of four new signings this week, the others being Phil Mooney, Jack West (both Warrington) and youth team player Alex Curtis.

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