STAFFORD Rangers moved off the bottom of the Evo Stik Premier with a late stoppage winner at home to FC United.
Close season signing Alex Steadman struck in the sixth minute of injury time to earn Rangers and caretaker boss Andy Mutch their first league win of the campaign.
It is now four matches undefeated for Mutch, who witnessed a closely contested match, one that produced few scoring chances in the first period, although the visitors were denied when efforts from Tom Greaves and Matt Walwyn were kept out by home keeper Jon Brain.
Rangers only real threat in the opening half had been an early header from defender Darren Bullock that drifted wide.
But it was a different story in the second half as Rangers took the initiative.
After 61 minutes, Danny Quinn got in behind the FC United defence and headed over. Seconds later he took fulll advantage of a mistake by FC United keeper James Spencer to fire home.
Four minutes on and FC United were level. Home defender Lucan Spittle bundled over Liam Brownhill in the box and Dean Stott netted the resultant penalty.
Both sides went for a winner with sub Greg Daniels twice going close for FC United, as did Bullock and Steadman for Rangers.
Deep into stoppage time, quick thinking by Jack Langston let in Steadman who beat Spencer with a low drive. Rangers move off the basement, swapping places with Droylsden.
Next up for Rangers is a home league game against Grantham on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) before higher league side Boston United visit Marston Road in the FA Cup second qualifying round on September 28 (3pm).