A MARSTON Road old boy is the latest target of Stafford Rangers boss Tim Flowers as he continues his attempts to turn around the fortunes of the relegation threatened club.
Flowers confirmed this week that he had put seven days notice in for Chasetown winger Danny Edwards, who first joined Rangers in August 2003 and was a member of the club’s play-off promotionwinning team in 2006.
“He should be available for the weekend trip to Hyde,” said Flowers. “We put seven days notice in for him in the middle of last week and hopefully he will train with us on Thursday.” The 27-year-old first joined Rangers in August 2003 and made 79 appearances for the club, netting four goals. A Phil Robinson signing, Edwards mainly found himself on the bench during the club’s first campaign back in the Conference Premier in 2006-07.
In the summer of 2007 he moved to Redditch United, before spending two seasons at AFC Telford. He started out this season with Leamington, before linking up with Chasetown.
Flowers will be hoping Edwards can provide the ammunition for his front men to improve on the club’s dire goal scoring record this season, just 11 in 17 matches. After Monday’s 1-0 home defeat against high-flying Alfreton Town, Flowers admitted: “We could do with some more bodies. I don’t think there is any doubt about that.” Rangers have now gone nine league games without a win, seven under Flowers, leaving them deep in a relegation battle, second from bottom and on the same points as basement side Redditch United.
However, after conceding just one goal in their last two matches against AFC Telford and Alfreton, two of this season’s title contenders, Flowers said: “I think we can take a lot of positives from that. I think we’re moving in the right direction.” Those two performances followed the departure of last season’s top scorer Nick Wellecomme to Zamaretto Southern premier side Hednesford Town, who also signed midfielder Ross Davidson. Over the past week, Darren Wrack also announced his retirement and the Burton loan pair of Garyn Preen and James Ellison returned to the Pirelli Stadium.
Flowers gave former Tipton Town target man Danny Campbell his chance in the last two matches, alongside Ben Mills, but the Boro boss admitted: “Campbell’s not played many games recently for Tipton and his sharpness is not quite there, yet.” A trip to third bottom Hyde is next up for Rangers, a crucial fixture for the Marston Road club, who are three points down on the Ewen Fields outfit with a match in hand. On Tuesday, Rangers face the return fixture at home to AFC Telford (7.45pm).