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Back-to-back league wins for Stafford Rangers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

By Dave McLean

Back-to-back league wins for Stafford Rangers

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Stafford Rangers 1 Nantwich Town 0

THEY may be down, yet Stafford Rangers are ending the Evo-Stik Premier season on a far happier note.

For the first time this term relegated Rangers chalked up consecutive league victories as a second half strike from teenage forward Saul Henderson sealed an Easter Monday home win over Nantwich Town.

Rangers followed up their victory at Trafford on Saturday with another hard working performance, typified by midfielder, local lad Levi Reid who constantly drove the young Boro side forward.

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It was goalless in the first half, one that saw both sides create chances. Early on, home keeper Andy Jones thwarted Andy White with a good block.

From the restart Rangers pressed and a header from young striker Jack Edwards was kept out by a post. Nantwich keeper Steve Jones then saved well to keep out a goal bound header from Andy Griffiths,following a corner.

Still Rangers came forward and Reid tried his luck from longe range but saw his effort drift just wide.

At the other end, Max Harrop broke through for Nantwich and attempted to lob Andy Jones, but the Rangers keeper was equal to it with a good block.

It was midway through the second period when Rangers broke the deadlock. Reid and James McCarthy combined well to pick out Henderson and he cut in from the left and beat Steve Jones with a well struck drive into the far corner of the net.

Edwards then found Henderson just inside the Nantwich area and the tall striker slipped past a defender and Steve Jones but drove into the side-netting.

Andy Jones came to Rangers' rescue on 74 minutes turning aside an awkward drive from Arron Burns that bounced infront of the home keeper.

Burns then missed a good chance, firing over from 15 yards, after Nantwich nearly caught out the home defence with a quickly taken free kick.

Two late chsnces from sub Harry Clayton and Mark Jones were kept out by Rangers as Graham Heathcote's charges picked up another welcome three points.

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