Midland Junior Premier League Stafford Rangers 16’s 2-0 Pelsall Villa 15’s. 7.10.17
After a strong start to the season Rangers go into their 5th game wanting 13 points from a possible 15.The first 15 minutes were tight and neither team could break the other down bar a few penalty calls that could have gone either way for RangersThe opening goal eventually came and it broke for Rangers when the ball rebounded to Mason Ward on the half volley for him to smash it home into the near post. Mason had waited 3 years to get on the score sheet for and he finally did so with a crucial goal that set Rangers running in the game.
The second goal of the game came from the boot of Lucas Burnett for the 6th time this season. It started from a Pelsall Villa corner gone counter attack when Lucas Burnett beat two players and put it high into the top right corner of the goal beating the keeper easily.
As the half neared to an end Rangers were presented another opportunity with a promising looking free kick from outside the box.Owen Turner stepped up to take the free kick and scored in the keepers side of the net, but it was disallowed as the ref had blown his whistle to stop the play because of a push and shoving in the wall.Half time.
Stafford and Pelsall pushed for the next goal but neither could find one, thanks to Charlie Baker making a great save from a powerful shot from the edge of the box and a bobble before the ball got to him.
The game came to an end as Rangers were running down the clock, Ollie Jarvis had the ball in the corner and decided the way out of trouble and losing possession was to scoop turn it past 3 defenders successfully, he then put a ball into the box but the keeper collected calmly.Rangers proceeded to hold the game thanks to two early strikes.Stafford have now got 13 points from a possible 15 and sit at the top of the table.
Stafford Rangers Starting XI
Baker, R.Taylor, A.Taylor, Dixon, Swindells, Black, Turner, Ward, Burnett, Salmon, Stevens
Substitutes – Tolley, Lycett, Smith, Marshall, Jarvis
Stafford Rangers 16's 3-2 Rugby Town 16's MJPL 16.9.17
Rangers went into their second game of the season against a very strong rugby side.
Rangers were aware of the threat the centre forward possessed for rugby so started with a 3-4-3 .
Rugby started the stronger team with a couple of chances where they could have easily led but Charlie Baker kept them at bay.Rangers, against the run of play, took the lead from Danny Stevens.CarterLycett got on to the end of a long ball from Ryan Taylor who then cut it back to Lewis Salmon to have a powerful shot which left the keeper only able to parry it out to Danny Stevens to tap it in the open net.
Rangers 1-0 Rugby
The lead was held nervously until half time thanks the saves from Charlie.
The second half started with a host of half chances that should have been tucked away.
The chances missed then turned fatal when a strike came of the post and into the net from the Rugby no 10.Rangers 1-1 Rugby
Again another clear chance was missed when Carter played through Jaime Smith for a one on one.The defence was then tore open by the proceeding goal kick after the ball was stopped dead then played straight through the middle of the defence to last years top scorer in the MJPL and he made no mistake.Rangers 1-2 Rugby.
Rangers heads dropped but soon recuperated after a sending off for Rugby, the midfielder lost his head and kicked.Rangers dominated and won a penalty much deserved as Ollie Jarvis hit the ball into the defenders arm.Ollie confidently stepped up and slotted it into the side netting with ease.Rangers 2-2 Rugby.
Again rangers were awarded another penalty as Lewis Salmon ran into the box and got pulled down, the defender was also sent off making Rugby down to only 9 men. Lucas Burnett, this time, stepped up and smashed the ball home in the final 5 minutes.Rangers 3-2 Rugby
Overall it was a scrappy last 5 minutes with Rangers coming away as the winners, deservedly as they had the majority of the real chances.
Midland Junior Premier League
Boldmere St Michaels U16 2-5 Stafford Rangers U16’s 9.9.17
The first game of the season for rangers began against a new team to the MJPL, Boldmere St. Michaels.Rangers knew it would be a hard game so brought their strongest squad possible.
Rangers played 4-5-1 to make sure they didn't leak any early goals and establish themselves into the games. Rangers started strong and had the majority of the possession but weren't making progress. St Michaels defence was resilient and weren't allowing any chances other than Carter Lycett having two shots from distance cutting in from the right wing onto his stronger left foot.Rangers quickly turned to a 3-5-2 where they turned into a much more attacking force as Max Dixon turned to a wing back and Carter Lycett moved into midfield playing the free role. Towards the end of the half one of Lucas Burnett's shots rebounded to Ryan Taylor in the middle of St Michaels box but it was driven just wide of the post.
The second half Rangers started how they ended the first half and quickly took control of the game and 10 minutes in Lewis Salmon met Danny Stevens' cross on the back post and powered it into the net.Rangers carried on attacking Boldmeres defence and got the reward they were after when Danny Stevens slipped Lucas Burnett through and he calmly put it under the keeper.
Boldmere came back into the game after Kedanie Nugent gave a way a penalty and the striker put it down the middle as Charlie Baker dived to his right.Rangers 2-1 St Michaels.
The game became tight and St Michaels started attacking more. Rangers knew they had to get one more goal to firmly take control and Lucas Burnett did just that, when Carter Lycett played through a ball straight to Lucas' feet who smashed it past the oncoming keeper.St Michaels, however, kept on going and capitalised on a miscommunication between the defence as the striker got his second of the game.
Rangers switched on and defended their lead with another goal after Ryan Taylor won the ball in the middle of the park and played it forward to Lewis Salmon, he then went round the fullback to have a shot blocked by the opposing defender but it luckily fell back to Salmon who had a second attempt at goal and this time it found its way to the net.To conclude the domination Rangers got a fifth and it came from Burnett for his hat trick, Owen Turner won the ball in the middle then sprayed it wide to Danny Stevens who (for the second time today) slid it through to Lucas who took it round the keeper to slot it into an empty net.
It was a good performance from rangers who will look to build on that result for the season ahead
Rangers Baker, A.Taylor, R.Taylor, Lycett, Purewal, Black, Turner, Dixon, Burnett, Salmon, Stevens.Subs used Nugent, Marshall, Smith
Written by Rangers 15 year old reporter Danny Stevens