STAFFORD Rangers Youth preserved their 100 per cent record in the County Minor Youth League with a 1-0 top of the table win over Newcastle Town u17s.
In an entertaining clash, Rangers secured a narrow victory with Sam Golden notching the all important winner against his old club.
Both sides had chances in the first half with Golden firing over and Alex Curtis hitting his shot wide of the far post.
Newcastle created some clear cut chances of their own with Rai Simons hitting over when well placed. The away team came closer still when hitting the crossbar, however it was Rangers who took the lead.
Curtis delivered a corner that Harry Wightman won in the air, leaving Golden a simple task to prod it over the line. Curtis nearly increased the lead when put clear by Billy Thorley but shot at the keeper.
The second period had a similar tempo to the first with Newcastle having the balance of play.
However resolute defending by Wightman and superb cover by Marcus Matthews meant that despite the possession, there were few clear opportunities. Boro keeper Wes Hopwood had to turn aside a drive from the edge of the box.
The determination not to be breached rubbed onto the rest of the Rangers team with a terrific performance from midfielder Thorley to protect his defence and yet still be a threat on the breakaway.
This was a stern test for Rangers defence and they came through it to preserve their 100 per cent start to the league.