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Substitutes win the day for Stafford Rangers on the road

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Rangers boss Graham Heathcote is looking to his squad to build on Saturday's excellent 3-0 away win at fellow strugglers Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The victory enabled Rangers to climb one place into 22nd spot in the Evo Stik and swap places with the Sheffield based outfit, who finsihed with ten men.

And, remarkably,all three Rangers goals were scored by second half substitutes, Dan Cope, Levi Reid and new boy Saul Henderson in the final 16 minutes of the game.

"It was three good points, but more importantly for me was getting an away win because we ahd only won one (away) all season," said Heathcote after the game.

"We are just trying to build the confidence all the time. There wasn't much between the teams, but it was one game we were capable of winning.

"We came with a positive frame of mind. We've got a bit of pace now out wide and a bit of trickery so we can hit teams on the break.

"Although it was tough going against the wind in the first half we had opportunities and if we had not missed the penalty right on half time that would have set us up for the second half.

"I had stressed all day about keeping blank sheets and, after they had a player sent-off, I thought we ran out comfortable winners."

As for the three goals, all netted by different substitutes, Heathcote said:"They are good when it happends for you.

"Fresh legs always brings a little bit of impetus, but even that was pretty instant.

"We started to play a bit more when they went down to ten men and I must say all the players did their jobs well and I'm pleased.

"We now need to build on that and keep churning out results. It's just about building confidence both on and off the pitch."

Next up for Rangers is another away trip to Stamford on Saturday (3pm).

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