STAFFORD Rangers Stripes under-12s battled out a six goal thriller away to a physical Penkridge Juniors side to maintain their unbeaten record in 2014.
Rangers Stripes settled well into the game and their early pressure paid off when a Billy Willday attempted cross inadvertently lobbed the home keeper to give the away side the lead.
Penkridge came out rejuvenated in the second half and Rangers Stripes inability to clear their lines resulted in an equaliser for the home side.
Braydon Milgate put the away side back in front straight from the restart when Joe Porter sent a long ball up field for Milgate to latch on to and fire home.
Two goals in quick succession gave Penkridge the lead, although the referee appeared to miss a hand ball in the build up to the third Penkridge goal.
Rangers Stripes kept on battling and their attrition paid off when Milgate grabbed the equaliser with the last kick of the game.
Only five other games took place in the Mid Staffs Junior League on Sunday due to the extreme weather.
Rugeley Rangers lost 3-2 to Berkswich and Stafford Rovers beat Penkridge Junior Hawks 3-0 in the same section as Rangers Stripes.
In the under 10’s division Stafford Rangers Whites shared the honours in a 2-2 draw with Milford Athletic, Penkridge Juniors won 1-0 away at Stafford Rangers Juniors and Berkswich beat Stafford Town Pumas 5-1.
Fixtures for Sunday February 23: U10’s Premier, Lakeside v Stafford Falcons, Milford Athletic v Eccleshall Eagles Gold, Stafford Rangers Jnr Reds v Stafford Rangers Jnr Whites
U10’s division one, Eccleshall Eagles Platinum v Stafford Rovers, Stafford Rangers Juniors v Stafford Town Pumas
U11’s Premier, Hopton Rovers v Milford Athletic, Stafford Rangers Reds v Stafford Town Panthers, Stafford Town Pythons v Stafford Falcons Stars
U11’s division one, Cannock Town Colts v Stafford Town Pumas, Eccleshall Eagles Diamonds v Brereton Social, Penkridge Juniors v Stafford Falcons
U12’s Premier, Berkswich v Stafford Town, Stafford Soccer Social v Rugeley Rangers.
U12’s division one, Eccleshall Eagles v County Town, Penkridge Junior Hawks v Milford Athletic, Stafford Rovers v Stafford Falcons.
U13’s Premier, Eccleshall Eagles v Stafford Soccer School Harriers, Milford Athletic Stags v Berkswich, Penkridge Juniors v Codsall, Stafford Soccer School Hawks v Stafford Rangers, Stone Hammers City v Stafford Falcons.