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Stafford Rangers have to settle for a home point

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

By Dave McLean

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Stafford Rangers 2 Witton Albion 2

IT was an outcome neither side wanted as these relegation battlers had to settle for share of four goals at Marston Road.

After brief early pressure from Rangers, the side one place and 11 points above them took control for a spell and broke the deadlock.

On 19 minutes a Dan Andrews right wing free kick was headed back across goal by Rob Bodie and Michael Powell netted from close range.

Witton had other chances to increase the lead, but Rangers struck back well with two goals in the closing stages of the first half.

With 40 minutes gone an Ian Craney free-kick was flicked on and top scorer Dan Cope snapped up the chance.

On the stroke of half-time, Rangers took the lead when a Craney corner fell to the unmarked James McCarthy, whose effort was blocked and teenager Alex Curtis grabbed his first senior goal from the rebound.

Both sides created chances in the second period and just when it appeared Rangers were heading for their third win in five home games, Witton grabbed an equaliser.

Just five minutes remained when a volley from Powell was turned aside by home keeper Jon Brain and Andrews headed home from close range.

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