STAFFORD Rangers' miserable start to the new season continued as they suffered a third straight defeat at home to newly promoted Trafford.
It was back to back home losses in the space of five days for the Marston Road club who were fortunate not to concede twice as many goals.
Having fallen behind midway through the first period, Rangers managed to level, but could well have been out of sight by the break.
On 22 minutes, Rangers keeper Jon Brain, who saved his side on several occasions, came out quickly to deny Michael Oates, but the ball fell to defender Andy Smart 25 yards out and he volleyed home.
Three minutes later, Rangers levelled when the ball broke for on-loan striker Michael Lennon and he drilled in from 12 yards.
Trafford had four chances to restore the lead before half-time but efforts were either blocked or struck the woodwork.
In the second half, Trafford were far more dangerous and Smart found the top corner of the net from 25 yards to restore the lead on 67 minutes.
Rangers huffed and puffed throughout and it was no surprise when Trafford doubled their tally in the final ten minutes with goals from sub Ali Nsangou (80) and Shelton Payne (90).
On Bank Holiday Monday, Rangers visit local rivals Rushall Olympic (3pm) still looking for that much-needed first league success.