Sentinel Youth Cup. 7.2.16.(Quarter Final)
Stafford Rangers Youth 1-3 Newcastle Town
Stafford Rangers saw their hopes of reaching the Sentinel Cup semi final disappear in 8 crazy minutes.
With only 12 minutes on the clock Rangers found themselves 3-0 down and a mountain to climb.
But typical of this Rangers team they picked themselves up, played some very attractive football and took the game by the scuff of the neck. It was always a big ask but a goal just before the break from Jamie Wood gave Rangers a fighting chance.
3-1 down and a change of formation for the second half saw Rangers continue to dominate the game, with 55 minutes gone, Jack Rea split the Newcastle defence and only a superb save from the Newcastle keeper kept the score at 3-1.
A rare breakaway from Newcastle saw them force Rangers into an own goal, and put the game to bed.
Most teams would have be disheartened by this but Rangers kept playing their football right to the very end and what was a fantastic performance, but poor result will stand Rangers in good shape with 2 more quarter finals to come this week.
Stafford Rangers U17’s0-3Brocton U18’s
Rangers unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-0 loss in a fantastic local derby.
A fast start to the game saw Brocton take a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes of the kick off.
After a frantic start to the game both teams settled to produce a fantastic advertisement of youth football, with both teams producing fine football and chances at both ends the score stayed 2-0 up to half time with Brocton probable feeling they could have increased their lead.
The second half lived up to the billing with individual battles all over the park, being won and lost by both teams.
Conor Alderman in Rangers goal kept the score at 2-0 with some fine saves and with Rangers pushing to pull a goal back they decided to go with 3 strikers, knowing this may leave them open, to the counter attack.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes rangers had a free kick just outside the Brocton box, a fine delivery saw Jack Grice smash a header against the Brocton post, the rebound allowed Brocton to counter attack and they took full advantage to score their 3rd goal and put the game beyond the reach of Rangers.
A great game by both teams, saw Brocton deserve their victory.
(Rangers are at home next Sunday against Keele 2pm kick off)
Stafford Rangers U17’s 4-0 Whittington Lions U18’s
Stafford Rangers continued on the unbeaten start to the season with a good 4-0 victory in the Challenge Cup.
A steady start saw Rangers dominate possession with good work in midfield by Josh Price, Jack Stanley and Kyle Goodwin, with the midfield three pulling the strings and some defence splitting runs by Rangers strike force it was just a matter of time before the deadlock was broken.
Jamie Wood and Jordan Jones both went close for Rangers, a speculative shot from Jamie that was fumbled by the Lions keeper saw Rangers take a 1-0 lead.
Rangers continued to make chances but with the score staying at 1-0, Whittington grew a little into the game and score stayed 1-0 until half time.
Rangers started the second half strongly with the back line building a great platform for the midfield with controlled play from the keeper through defence, it was only a matter of time before the lead was increased, a fine header from Louie mason making it 2-0, was soon followed by a goal poachers goal from Joe Barclay taking the score to 3-0.
Louie got his brace with a great looping header to put the game beyond the reach of Whittington and finishing 4-0.
A great game, seeing Rangers progress into the net round of the Challenge Cup.
(Rangers are at home next week playing Brocton in the League. 2pm kick off at Rowley Park 3G pitch)
Stafford Rangers U17’s 1-1 Stafford Rangers U18’s
Another local derby saw Rangers U17’s play Rangers U18’s in the league.
Rangers U18’s started the brightest causing a few problems for the U17’s back line, 15 minutes into the game Neil Price (Rangers U17’s Manager) reshuffled the back line and Rangers U17’s slowly gained momentum, With the game finely balanced and both teams creating chances, this was always going to be a tight game. Mid way through the first half Rangers U18’s were awarded a penalty that was confidently put away to give them a 1-0 lead.
With half time fast approaching Rangers U17’s were awarded a penalty and Louie Mason superbly slotted to level the score 1-1 at half time.
The second half saw both teams produce some entertaining football with both teams defending well and attacking with pace.
Joe Barclay (U17’s) had a great chance one on one with the U18’s keeper and after some great footwork saw his effort blocked by the U18’s keeper’s feet. With what was to be the final attack in a great game of football Rangers U18’s striker hit a wonderful shot from 20 yards only for Conor Alderman in the U17’s goal produce a great fingertip save.
Overall a draw was a fair result and both teams happy to share the points. (Rangers U17’s play at home next week, in the cup against Whittington Lions U18’s 2pm KO)
Brocton FC 1 v 2 Stafford Rangers U17’s
The first and highly anticipated local derby lived up to its billing with two very good teams looking to advance in the Sentinel Cup.
The first half saw Brocton start well and play some good football with Liam Rowe causing Rangers trouble down the Left but the first half, with emotions running high saw a very stop start game.
With little to choose between the teams it took a superb free kick from Jack Stanley to open the score and put Rangers 1-0 up.
With the half time whistle about to be blown, Brocton were awarded a penalty and levelled the score 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw both teams settle down and produce some very good football. Rangers looked very dangerous every time they went forward and with Brocton somehow missing two further penalties, one flying over the top and the other superbly saved by Conor Alderman in the Rangers goal really never looked like scoring in open play.
Rangers Louie Mason up front was just unplayable with the Brocton defence in a panic every time he received the ball, with Jack Stanley and Jack Rae producing some wonderful football it always looked like Rangers would get the decisive goal.
With another fantastic free kick delivery by Jack Stanley to the far post, Jack Grice hammered home a header to win this Cup Tie 2-1 and put Rangers in the hat for the next round.
(Rangers are away next week against Uttoxeter in the league 2pm kick off)
Stafford Rangers U17’s 4-1 Stone Dominoes
The opening game of the season saw Stafford Rangers U17’s get off to a flying start, with two superb early goals from Jarrod Grant. The first, a great 20 yard strike that flew into the top corner, this was followed by an even better 20 yard free kick that gave the Stone keeper no chance, as it flew into the net.
The first half saw Rangers dominate possession, with good attacking play down the flanks from Jack Rae and Joe Kirkland, with Josh Price and Jack Stanley controlling the middle of the park it was a surprise that Rangers were only 2-0 up at the break.
The second half play followed where the first left off, with Rangers creating many chances but failing to take advantage of them. Then with the introduction of James Burdett, the game turned, James made an instant impact with a wonder strike into the top far corner, that saw Rangers take a 3-0 lead. The game now looked beyond Stone.
A great run from midfield saw Jack Stanley make it 4-0 to Rangers and the game wrapped up.
With Mustafa and Chase Jones keeping the Stone strike force quiet it was a surprise when Stone smashed home a goal from a late corner to finish the game 4-1 to Stafford Rangers. (Rangers play away next week in the Sentinel Cup against Brocton 2pm KO)