FIRSTLY, I think credit must go to Dave Rhodes, our groundsman, who, against the odds, once again managed to get the game versus Blyth on Saturday, writes Stafford Rangers commercial manager Stuart Maun.
The pitch was perfect during the morning and perfectly playable, and the early morning inspection was in effect not required.
Obviously, as 2pm approached, it was a bit of a different story with the weather changing dramatically, and as we edged closer towards kick off the referee was becoming a little more hesitant about the game taking place.
Luckily we managed to see the full 90 minutes through, and those that were at Marston Road were provided with a great non league game of football, albeit on a wet and cold afternoon.
It was good to see a number of league debutants on the team sheet, all of them having an impact on the result. It was pleasing to see Alex Curtis in the starting eleven. A current SRFC youth player, Alex provided a wonderful cross late on for Dan Cope to slot home to earn the Rangers a draw.
Our sponsors and mascots all appeared to have a great afternoon too. As always, they were all well fed and well watered in the sponsors lounge, and the mascots from Stafford Falcons under 9’s were in fine voice throughout the game. We look forward to welcoming them back again very soon.
There was some great news from one of our sponsors this week – Gemma (and her husband Ben) from Randles welcomed their baby boy into the world. Randles and Rangers have worked together for the last four seasons, and we wish them all the very best as they start a new chapter in their lives.
We now have a little break from home matches and, with that in mind, don’t forget if you fancy a pint or have something worth celebrating, then visit Tony in the social club over the next few weeks. The revenue from the club greatly helps when we have a shortage of home games.
With not long to go until the end of the season, I suppose fans should also start thinking about the player of the season nomination.
As usual, the ballot with be available on match days, and I think this may be done after the last home game of the season on Easter Monday.
If anyone has suggestions as to the best time to host the awards then please let me know. As always, we will not be able to please everyone with the date selected, but we will try and work around the majority.
Once again, thank you for your continued support. Up the Boro!
Forthcoming matches are: : Feb 22 v Stocksbridge (a), March 1 v Stamford (a), March 8 v Witton Albion (h), March 15 vf Matlock (a).