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Stafford Rangers look to provide some joy for the fans

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By Dave McLean

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WITH relegation looking more and more likely,Stafford Rangers go into Saturday's home league fixture against fellow strugglers Witton Albion looking to give their long-suffering supporters something to cheer.

Last Saturday's 2-0 away defeat at Stamford and the 2-1 victory by Barwell at Stocksbridge in midweek has left Rangers with an almost impossible task to avoid the drop.

Barwell struck a 90th minute winner at Stocksbridge and the outcome now leaves Rangers 17 points off safety with only 11 league matches remaining.

Boro boss Graham Heathcote, who this week released another player, defender Darren Chadwick from his contract by mutual consent, could well turn to youth for the visit of Witton.

One of the club's youth team players, winger Alex Curtis, has certainly made a big impression in the first team in recent weeks and only last week, Heathcote registered five more of the club's successful youth squad.

Therefore Rangers fans could well see one or two of the quintet, Jack Edwards, Alex Hannan, Mat Smith, Tom Vaughan and Harry Wightman, on the team sheet over the final weeks of the season, if not this weekend.

After the defeat at Stamford last weekend, Heathcote said: "It may be time to look at more lads, at what's beneath the first team. They'll give you total,honest endeavour."

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