POOR defending cost Stafford Rangers on Tuesday night as newcomers Barwell left Greg Clowes’ men pointless after two league games of the new campaign, writes Dave McLean.
But it was not only the Boro back four who disappointed, there was little creativety from midfield, hence the front men had to work even harder to threaten the Barwell goal.
Clowes made one change from the side that lost at AFC Fylde, bringing in new on-loan forward Michael Lennon (Hednesford) and dropping midfielder Sean Kinsella to the bench.
There was early evidence of Rangers’ off-day at the back when Peter Heler and Michael Carr failed to clear their lines on nine minutes and Barwell striker Luke Barlone drove just over.
After a quiet spell, Rangers forced their first chance after 24 minutes when a corner from Fabrice Kasiama was flicked on at the near post and Alex Steadman fired over.
Barwell put the home defence under pressure again, two minutes later. when a Scott Lower free kick into the box was glanced on by Barlone and new Rangers keeper Jon Brain had to react quickly to punch clear.
When Brain drove a clearance straight at Daniel Spencer the ball almost rebounded back into the home net, before Barwell’s hat-trick hero Dan Newton almost opened his account on 32 minutes, hooking wide from close range.
Barwell were enjoying a good spell and they hit Rangers with two goals in the final two minutes of the half. On 44 minutes, Newton added the final touch when the home defence failed to deal with another Weale long throw.
Seconds later, Boro newcomer Rhys Swetnam gave away an unneccesary penalty when bringing down Connor Gudger and Newton obliged again to make it 2-0.
Rangers got the best start to the second period when, on 48 minutes, Danny Quinn drilled in a right wing cross and Jermaine Johnson forced the ball home.
But Barwell restored their two goal advantage after 56 minutes when a mistake by Johnson let inNewton, who rounded Brain to complete his treble.
Rangers responded well, but visiting keeper Liam Castle denied Quinn at close range, before the same player missed a golden chance on 64 minutes, heading wide from just a yard out.
Both sides created further chances and Kasiama gave his side hope of rescuing a point when he burst through on 81 minutes and slipped the ball past Castle, but there was no further joy for the Boro.
Rangers - Brain, Swetnam, Brown, Flynn, Johnson, Carr (O’Connell 85), Steadman (Kinsella 60), Heler, Quinn (Davies 71), Lennon, Kasiama. Subs not used, Bullock, Whitehouse.