Third loss in four for Boro as they leak late goals
MARINE 3 STAFFORD RANGERS 1
TWO late goals from Nick Rogan condemned Stafford Rangers to their third defeat in four, on Merseyside, on Tuesday night.
Rangers made three changes from the side defeated by North Ferriby at Marston Road, Peter Heler, Ryan Brown and Dean Oliver coming in to the starting line-up for Michael Carr, Courtney Pitt and Danny Quinn.
High-flying Marine started on the front foot when Rogan shot straight at Adam Alcock.
Rangers’ first foray into the Marine danger zone had a dramatic affect on the game.
Oliver combined with Simon Everall, and when the he was pulled back by Matty Brown, the referee had no hesitation in showing the Marine skipper a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
As Marine regouped, Oliver forced a save from Callum Williams.
The lively Andy Fowler saw his shot deflected for a corner before a free-kick from Brown ricocheted off the Marine defensive wall and skimmed the post.
The home side broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval. A corner from Fowler was headed goalwards by Danny Grannon. Rangers cleared the ball off the line but could not stop the rebound being lashed home by Alan Burton.
However, Rangers should have drawn level a minute into time added on but Oliver missed the target with his header from inside the six-yard box.
Rangers were forced into a change at the break with Oliver suffering a serious injury, Quinn taking his place.
Marine should have doubled their lead 20 seconds into the half. Fowler raced clear down the right and his low cross was clipped over the bar by Marcus Carver.
Rangers drew level after 51 minutes with Quinn heading home an excellent cross from Jimmy Turner.
Skipper Lee Downes was unfortunate on 66 minutes when his low shot hit the outside of a post.
Rangers found themselves down to ten men a minute later when Levi Reid was shown a red card following an altercation with John Shaw.
This spurred Marine forward and Burton should have done better when well placed after good work from Karl Noon.
Marine regained the lead in the 85th minute when Rogan beat Heler on the left, cut inside and thumped a right footed drive across Alcock and in off the far post.
The three points were clinched two minutes later when Rogan beat Alcock from close range.
For the record Marine: Callum Williams, Shaun Dowling, John Shaw, Matty Brown, Danny Grannon, Robbie Lawton, Andy Fowler (Karl Noon 69), Jonathan Goulding, Marcus Carver (Paul Lundon 90), Nick Rogan (Michael Ordish 90), Alan Burton. Subs not used, Paul Jones, Liam Rice Rangers: Adam Alcock, Jimmy Turner, Ryan Brown, Liam Walshe, Ryan Dicker, Peter Heler, Levi Reid, Lee Downes, Dean Oliver (Danny Quinn 45), Simon Everall, Oliver Davies. Subs not used, Courtney Pitt, Michael Carr, Fabrice Kasiama, Danny Read Booked: Shaw, Goulding (Marine), Turner (Rangers)Sent Off: Brown (Marine), Reid (Rangers) Referee: Anthony Moore (Stockport) Attendance: 311
Rangers miss out at home to league leaders
STAFFORD RANGERS 0 NORTH FERRIBY UNITED 2
LEAGUE leaders North Ferriby returned to Humberside with all three points after a tight game at Marston Road on Saturday.
Rangers showed one change from the side that beat Ilkeston in midweek with Michael Carr returning for the suspended Peter Heler. New signing Dean Oliver had to settle for a place on the substitute’s bench.
Rangers started the brighter with Courtney Pitt delivering testing crosses from the left flank. The home side went close in the 11th minute when Steve Gardner cleared a Danny Quinn effort off the line.
Despite a period of concerted pressure, Rangers failed to test keeper Adam Nicklin and it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute. Nathan Peat crossed from the left to the unmarked Liam King. The midfielder’s header rebounded off a post, however Russell Fry was on hand to tap in the loose ball.
Rangers struggled to make any impression and the visitors had a chance to double their lead when a cross from Ryan Williams was headed over by Mark Gray. On the stroke of half-time, Ryan Dicker sent an overhead kick over the bar Two minutes after the break, Levi Reid managed to find space in the North Ferriby penalty area but he was thwarted by a saving tackle from Gray.
The visitors wasted a glorious chance on 53 minutes when Ryan Kendall lobbed Adam Alcock but missed the target. An excellent through ball from Williams, picked out the run of Kendall only to be denied by a fine save from Alcock.
With 13 minutes left, Alcock made an excellent save from a lob by King. The visitors clinched all three points a minute into time added on when Kendall latched onto a defensive header from Gray and slotted past the advancing Alcock.
Rangers: Adam Alcock, Jimmy Turner, Oliver Davies, Liam Walshe, Ryan Dicker, Michael Carr, Levi Reid, Lee Downes, Simon Everall (Dean Oliver 58), Danny Quinn, Courtney Pitt (Fabrice Kasiama 60). Subs not used: Luke George, Ryan Brown, Jordan Wood North Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, Steve Gardner, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Greg Anderson, Mark Gray, Russell Fry, Chris Boulder (Steve Ridley 70), Jack Muldoon (Danny Clarke 70), Ryan Kendall, Ryan Williams. Subs not used: Ben Hunter, Dean Lisles, Antoni Pecora Booked: Anderson, Ridley (North Ferriby) Referee: MatthewWilkes (Stourbridge); Att: 450.