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Poor Stafford Rangers hit for six on the road

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STRUGGLING Stafford Rangers were hit for six on Saturday as new manager Graham Heathcote took charge officially for the first time.

It was another miserable day for the Evo-Stik second bottom club, who were blown out of sight inside the opening quarter of the game as Blyth struck four times.

Heathcote, who left team selection to coach Martin Prentice the previous weekend and watched as Rangers defeated Stocksbridge, now knows the full extent of the task he has taken on, if he did not know already.

Blyth raced into a 4-0 lead in 21 minutes as Dan Maguire struck a 17-minute hat-trick, before Ian Watson made it four.

Andy Griffiths did force a couple of opportunities for Rangers, with one hitting the Blyth bar, but there was no stopping the hosts.

They made it a nap-hand through Robbie Dale just gone the hour mark, before Rangers showed some fight and cut the deficit with goals from Blyth's Nathan Buddler (own goal) and Griffiths.

But they were only consolations, as Blyth made it six of the best in the dying moments through Matthew Wade.

Although Rangers had conceded five goals on more than one occasion this season, this was the first time they had leaked six.

Heathcote now faces a busy week in an effort to pick up the pieces in time for next Saturday's bottom of the table clash against winless Droylsden at Marston Road (3pm).

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