STAFFORD Rangers’ recent revival under Andy Mutch came to an abrupt halt at Frickley Athletic, writes Gary Hazlehurst.
FRICKLEY ATHLETIC 2 STAFFORD RANGERS 0
Frickley took the lead in the fifth minute when Korey Dyer-Stewart outpaced Michael Carr down the left and passed to the unmarked Luke Hinsley who slotted past Jon Brain.
The home side then wasted a glorious chance to double the lead in the 23rd minute.
Matt Bloor picked out Jay McFadzean with an excellent crossfield ball. The mid- fielder controlled on his left, teed up on his right but blasted over.
Rangers’ best chance in the first half saw Darren Bullock head over from a James McCarthy corner
Rangers improved after the break but they were indebted to Brain again who saved well from Dyer-Stewart.
Rangers failed to test Tom Woodhead in the Frickley goal and the game was set- tled in the 87th minute with a second for the home side.
Hinsley played the ball inside to Dyer- Stewart who had an awful lot to do but the big striker beat Bullock before clip- ping the ball home.
Frickley Athletic: Tom Woodhead, Steve Gardner, Andy Villerman, Jake Picton, Luke Jeffs, Joe Wilcox, Joe Fox, Matt Bloor, Luke Hinsley (Ollie Fearon 88), Korey Dyer-Stewart,JayMcFadzean( Jimmy Ghaichem).
Subs not used: Joe Kenny, Lee Stratford, Jon Hood
Rangers: Jon Brain, Michael Carr, Oliver Davies, Lucan Spittle, Darren Bullock, ChristianDacres( JackLees59),James McCarthy, Jon Sheldon (Edward Toner 64), Danny Quinn (Joe Guest 77), Jer- maine Johnson, Alex Steadman. subs not used: Sam Bell, Jack Langston
Booked: Bloor, Hinsley (Frickley), Spit- tle, Quinn (Rangers)
Referee: Rob Atkins Attendance: 221 Rangers Youth U18s produced their
best performance of the season to dis- patch Leek Town 11-1 in the Central Mid- lands Youth League.
After a shaky start in which the usually immaculate Wes Hopwood misjudged a straightforward shot and pushed it into his own net, Rangers were soon creating good opportunities.
On 12 minutes Jack Edwards slotted home from six yards and Alex Curtis added two more before half time.
The second period followed the same pattern and within ten minutes Sean Phillips slipped home from close range before Curtis beat the offside trap to calmly slide home his third and Stafford's fifth.
Ben Roche was instrumental in nullify- ing midfield threat and unsung hero Joe Kroll broke up play consistently to give Rangers forwards more of the ball. Billy Thorley, Vaughan and Mat Smith added to the score sheet.
Finally, Edwards grabbed his second and two more strikes from Phillips secured his hat trick.
Leek gave a good account of themselves today and will feel their efforts deserved more but Rangers were in clinical mood.