EVOSTIK DIVISION 1 SOUTH @ MARSTON RD
16 APRIL 2016 --- 3PM
|STAFFORD NUMBER 1 ADAM WHITEHOUSE IN ACTION|
Here we go again then Saturday morning and this time its not just overnight rain but snow in some areas that sees many a game fall foul of the weather and the decision was made to take in Stafford Rangers for what would be a surprising first visit to club and town for the blog. The Marston Rd club are rich in history with an evocative ground with many interesting corners and areas to it, this was made even more so when we arrived just at the right time to be given a mini guided tour of the ground by Peter the clubs sponsors greeter, thanks for an interesting look around and insight into the club.
|TOWARDS THE 'SHED'|
Our arrival at Stafford Rangers FC saw a very welcome tour from the afore mentioned Peter which set us up well for the afternoon, we relaxed back for a drink in one of the many lounge/bar area, our selection being the Stan Robinson Suite which was a little quieter. The Chairman's Suite received a visit from the blog and here the club were entertaining sponsors with pre match meals from a smart hospitality area offering some good views of the pitch too. We re entered the ground having paid our admission through a rather tight turnstile block that once inside offered an immediate chance to purchase todays match day programme from the adjacent cabin, which later saw the teams posted on its wall.
|THE MAIN STAND AT MARSTON RD|
|VIEW FROM THE 'SHED'|
Todays visitors Basford Utd are sitting comfortably in 4th place and confident of a play off place but for Stafford to secure the title today and see the silverware presented they have to better Shaw Lane Aquaforce's result.
|DEON MEIKLE SEES YELLOW|
Into the second half Josh Craddock headed over for the home side and as I began to predict the inevitable 0-0 conversation was started with Raph, formerly of Leeds but now living in Stafford. He was clearly enjoying supporting Rangers over the last few years that he has been in the town and it was an enjoyable second half of conversation, than you pleased to see you. Just short of the hour mark Stafford came very close to a deadlock breaker when Haseley hit the bar with an edge of the box shot. The home side upped the tempo with Christian Dacres shooting just over on 78 minutes and then it was time for substitute Ahmed Obeng to add his skill to proceedings. A superb run cutting in off the right set up Hasley whose shot was saved by Deeney and then a few minutes later Obeng got an effort in on goal that once again Deeney was equal too. With a minute of the 90 to go Obeng looked to have fired home from close range only for the ball to hit his own team mate in Sam Griffiths to block the ball on the line.
|MEIKLE HOLDS OFF THE STAFFORD CHALLENGE OF LEVI REID|
Result wise this was a weird game Deeney was in excellent form for Basford between the sticks, Basford defended well but Stafford should have probably won it. But on the counter balance Basford's two missed penalties were and amazing chances going begging to take all three points back to Nottinghamshire.
|HAPPY DAYS THE 1755 IS CANCELLED|
|VICTORIA PARK ON A SUNNY APRIL EVENING|
With Shaw Lane also returning a draw the football goes on for both clubs but I guess Stafford, with a tough game at Coalville, next week just have to keep calm and keep doing what has served them so well so far this season.