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Stafford Rangers' relegation from the Evo Stik Premier confirmed

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

By Dave McLesan

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A WEEK that has seen club chairman Rod Woodward step down has ended in relegation from the Evo Stik Prmeier for Stafford Rangers.

The Marston Road club's fate was sealed on Saturday despite picking up a battling point in a 2-2 draw at Buxton.

After a goalless first half, Rangers fell two goals behind, before hitting back to earn a share of the spoils with efforts from Ian Craney and Dan Cope.

But not even a point could help struggling Rangers, as the two sides directly above them, Marine and Witton Albion both chalked up wins against Stamford and Grantham respectively.

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It means that with still five matches remaining, Rangers cannot now reach the safety zone and they will be playing in the fourth tier of non league football next season.

It is a sad week for the Marston Road club, who just a few years ago were playing at the highest level in non-league, the Conference Premier, having achieved promotion to the top flight in 2006.

Therefore Rangers' three year stay in the Evo-Stik Premier is over and they will be facing the likes of Chasetown and Romulus in division one (South) of the Evo Stik next term.

Before that though there is much work to be done at Marston Road during the summer, with new blood needed both on and off the pitch if this once non-league giant can contemplate even starting to build for a brighter future.

Next up for Rangers is a home league game against King's Lynn on April 5 (3pm).

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