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No festive joy for relegation-threatened Stafford Rangers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

By Dave McLean

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Ashton United 4 Stafford Rangers 0

A SORRY festive period continued for Evo-Stik Premier strugglers Stafford Rangers as they crashed 4-0 away to seventh place Ashton United on Saturday.

For the second time in three days, second bottom Boro conceded four goals, as Ashton hit two in each half.

Ashton moved ahead after just nine minutes when Matt Chadwick netted, adding a second through Lee Rick on 37 minutes.

The hosts made it 3-0 just seven minutes into the second half when Dale Johnson scored with a header.

And the misery piled up for Rangers when Kayde Coppin struck Ashton's fourth with 12 minutes to go.

Once again, little was seen of Rangers as an attacking force and they have now conceded 74 league goals this season.

Even worse for Boro, they are now 16 points adrift of the safety mark in the league table and it is going to take an almighty turnaround in 2014 to save their current status.

Next up for Rangers is the New Year's Day home clash against Rushall Olympic (3pm).

In Midland Combination Premier, leaders Brocton got back to winning ways after their surprise 1-0 defeat away to neighbours Stafford Town on Boxing Day.

It was the Badgers' first loss against the Reds in three years, the Evans Park outfit taking the bragging rights with a hard fought victory and a match winner from James Creswell.

On Saturday, Brocton's prolific scorer Gary Fife struck a hat-trick as the league pacesetters defeated Southam United.

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  • Striper  |  December 29 2013, 6:07AM

    The two subs who came on 20 mins into 2nd half made a difference although too late at 3 - 0 down. Jack West, although diminutive, showed a big heart and won his battles and passed to feet. Looks to be a good player.

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