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Rangers must be up for test at Droyslden

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Rangers go into Saturday's must-win home league clash against fellow strugglers Droylsden with added pressure - that of favourites.

Rangers are just one place above basement outfit Droylsden, who have yet to register a win in the Evo-Stik Premier this season.

There is a 15-point gap between the two clubs and Graham Heathcote's players know that nothing less than three points will do if they are to mount any survival charge.

For many, Boro's next three games could decide their fate this season. On Saturday week they visit Grantham (20th), then entertain Frickley Athletic (19th) on February 1. Rangers currently trail those two clubs by 15 points.

Having started out with a welcome win over fellow strugglers Stocksbridge, new boss Heathcote was soon to realise the size of the job he faces at Marston Road as Rangers crashed 6-2 at Blyth on Saturday.

"We were very naive in our marking and Blyth just blew us away. You are learning all the time and I've learned a lot more from this match than I did against Stocksbridge," said Heathcote.

Although he took some positives from the match in the way the team fought back in the second half, after conceding four goals in the first 20 minutes, Heathcote said: "I know the size of the task and the job in hand.

"We're not going to rectify things in seven days. We've all got to knuckle down and I'll be talking to players to see if we can strenghten the squad."

Heathcote is looking to bring in a couple of on loan players for this weekend, having signed Hednesford loanee Alex Melbourne on Friday.

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