STAFFORD Rangers will hope for some Christmas cheer in a desperate bid to ease their relegation woes, as the dark clouds remained firmly over Marston Road this week.
The club's plight in the Evo Stik Premier showed little sign of easing as Rangers suffered a seventh home defeat against Whitby Town on Saturday.
It leaves Rangers with just one league win - that against rock bottom Droylsden last month - in their last 11 fixtures. The club's recent sequence leaves boss Andy Mutch and his constantly changing charges still some 11 points off the safety mark before the Boro can even start to think of pulling away from the botto0m four places.
And such pressure will mount over the busy festive period with Rangers facing four matches, two at home and two on the road, in the space of ten days. The tough test for Rangers starts on Boxing Day when Rangers visit Cheshire rivals Nantwich Town, who occupy 15th spot in the table and entertain Boro for the first time this campaign.
There is another first meeting of the season for Rangers on Saturday when they visit 11th place Ashton United, who are just outside the play-off places. Rangers round off their festive programme with a derby encounter against Rushall Olympic on New Year's Day, before receiving fellow strugglers Stocksbridge Park Steels on January 4 (all games are 3pm kick-off).
The first month of 2014 also sees Rangers taking on basement outfit Droylsden, still without a league win this season, at Marston Road on Saturday, January 18, but before then, Boro must start picking up wins or their fate may be sealed well before the close of the season!