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Late heartbreak for Stafford Rangers against promotion hopefuls

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

By Dave McLean

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Stafford Rangers 2 AFC Fylde 2

LOWLY Stafford Rangers suffered late heartbreak when third place visitors AFC Fylde struck a dramatic late equalier at Marston Road.

Rangers looked to be on their way to a shock victory, particularly after taking a 2-0 interval advantage.

The home side struck first on 11 minutes, not long afer visiting striker Matt Blinkhorn had missed a great opportunity to give his side the lead.

Rangers broke away when a fine pass from Sean Kinsella picked out James McCarthy down the left. It was from his cross that Louie Harris nipped in to volley home his first goal for the club from close range.

AFC Fylde were again guilty of missing chances, before Rangers surprised the promotion hopefuls once again on the stroke of half-time.

A free-kick from Paris Bateman, deep into the Fylde area was missed by two visiting defenders and Harris took full advantage to tuck away his and Rangers' second.

The Rangers defence, well marshalled by newcomer Tom Marshall, came under attack in the second half as Fylde pressed almost constantly.

But the home rearguard held out, that was until the 82 minute when a Blinkhorn shot was palmed out by keeper Jon Brain and sub Jack Dorney headed home the rebound.

The game was in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Fylde snatched an equaliser, much to Rangers' disappointment, when Luke Denson netted with a low drive in a goalmouth scramble.

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