STAFFORD Rangers home-grown young stars repaid boss Neil Kitching’s faith by getting on the score sheet in a 3-2 home win against Nantwich Town.
Ryan Wynter got his first goal for Rangers to put them ahead in the 44th minute after James Dance had equalised the visitors’ opener.
Although the Dabbers equalised on 56 minutes, Chris Smith’s secured the win with nine minutes to go.
The victory brings Boro’s pre-season tally to four wins and two draws with three more friendlies to go and confidence is high for next season.
“We have been building up quite nicely,” said club secretary Mick Hughes.
“The squad is shaping up pretty well. Neil is still looking so there could well be another three or four additions before we kick off.
“We are pretty confident. I believe the bookies have us as fourth favourites at 10-1 behind Coalville, Leek and Mickleover and they usually know a thing or two. For the level we are going in we are still a pretty big name club. I hope we can keep it going and live up to expectations.”
Boro have a couple of good home tests up next with AFC Telford United tonight and Chester on Saturday – both in the Conference Premier League, three tiers above the town team.
With Kitching on holiday Mick Amos will take charge of the next two fixtures having overseen a 2-2 draw against Halesowen and a 3-1 win over Eccleshall.
The manager will be straight back into the fire on his return with an away game against his old club Rushall Olympic a week on Saturday – the final fixture before the new season kicks off.