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Stafford Rangers' fate is drawing closer

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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STAFFORD Rangers' relegation fate could be sealed on Saturday when they visit Buxton in the Evo-Stik Prmeier.

Rangers currently stand 17 points from safety with six games to play, therefore only a win will do this weekend.

Even a Boro victory at Buxton will only delay, in most people's minds, the inevitable after what has been a disastrous campaign for this former non-league giant.

Rangers could also still register a win over Buxton and, depending on other results involving fellow strugglers Marine and Witton Albion, still be relegated.

Last weekend demotion was confirmed for Stocksbridge Park Steels who join basement outfit Droylsden as two of four to experience the drop in the Evo Stik Premier so far this season.

Third bottom Rangers drew 1-1 with Buxton in the earlier league meeting back in November, but have lost their last three matches, going down 3-2, after leading twice, at Grantham on Tuesday.

The fact that they lost their opening seven league games and now have a third manager in charge this term, has led to a disastrous period in Rangers' history.

While few will pile the blame on present boss Graham Heathcote, the cold facts are that Rangers will be playing in the fourth tier of non-league football next season, in Evo-Stik division one (South) against the likes of Chasetown and Romulus.

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