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Stafford Rangers
Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Full time Attendance 418

Holt from the Blue makes impressive debut.


Solid and disciplined at the back, mobile and combative in midfield and just lacking that cutting edge up front, Reds gave another good account of themselves but didn’t get the reward they deserved.

They were the dominant team for long spells, created the better of the few chances yet couldn’t find a way past rookie goalkeeper, Brad Caswel.

Reds gave a debut to eighteen years old, Jordan Holt – a former pupil of joint-manager, David Hewson, and the midfielder belied his tender years with a very mature performance. He and Josh Calvert were paired together in a new-look four man midfield and excelled.

They had the reassurance of a disciplined defence behind them and, as a consequence, Aaran Taylor had very little to do.

But young Caswel caught the eye in the Stafford goal making some decent stops, the best of which wasn’t from a shot. Jake Simpson sent a free-kick into the danger area which was missed by attackers and defenders alike. The ball bounced towards the top corner of the net but the ‘keeper leapt to his left and saved at the expense of a corner.

The only scare for Reds in the first half came via a great Richard Batchelor cross. The ball was heading towards Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson at the far post but Jake Simpson’s presence averted the danger.

Caswel preserved his clean sheet in the second half with four more decent stops. The first of those kept out a David Symington missile soon after the restart. Symington had danced past Jordaan Brown and thumped the ball goal-wards only for Caswel to make a spectacular stop.

More routine saves kept out Jack Ryan’s placed effort and a double-stop thwarted first Scott Allison and then Holt after the latter’s clever one-two created an opening.

Rangers arrived as the league’s top scorers but rarely looked like adding to their ten goals, whilst Reds recorded back-to-back home draws having drawn just once at Borough Park all last season.

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Mellen, Wordsworth, Smith, Calvert, Symington, Holt, Ryan (Joel, 86), Allison, Tinnion. Substitutes – Earl, Douglas, Rowntree, Fowler (not used).

Stafford Rangers Caswel, Davis, Brown, Morris, Bailey (Geohaghon, 77), Langston, Reid I (Perry, 65), Briscoe, Westwood, Fortnam-Tomlinson (Sherratt, 90), Batchelor. Substitutes – Reid L, Thomas (not used).

Referee Chris Porter, Preston

Bookings: Smith, Ryan (Workington), Westwood, Briscoe (Stafford Rangers).

Attendance 418

David Symington

Player of the Match

David Symington


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
David Symington is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 Sub Off
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
90:00 Sub On
Jack Sherratt is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
89:00 Yellow Card
Louis Briscoe is yellow carded for Stafford Rangers
86:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
86:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
77:00 Sub On
Exodus Geohaghon is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
77:00 Sub Off
Matthew Bailey is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
65:00 Sub On
Kyle Perry is substituted on for Stafford Rangers
65:00 Sub Off
Izak Reid is substituted off for Stafford Rangers
End of period 1
37:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Westwood is yellow carded for Stafford Rangers
30:00 Yellow Card
Sam Smith is yellow carded for Workington
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Stafford Rangers
  • 0
  • Sam Smith Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Daniel Westwood Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Kyle Perry Sub On 65:00'
  • Izak Reid Sub Off 65:00'
  • Exodus Geohaghon Sub On 77:00'
  • Matthew Bailey Sub Off 77:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 86:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 86:00'
  • Louis Briscoe Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Jack Sherratt Sub On 90:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Stafford Rangers
  • 1. Brad Caswel
  • 2. Kai Davis
  • 3. Jordan Brown
  • 4. Keiran Morris
  • 5. Matthew Bailey
  • 6. Jack Langston
  • 7. Izak Reid
  • 8. Louis Briscoe
  • 9. Daniel Westwood
  • 10. Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson
  • 11. Richard Batchelor
  • 12. Exodus Geohaghon
  • 14. Kyle Perry
  • 15. Levi Reid
  • 16. Jack Sherratt
  • 17. Joseph Thomas

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Barwell 46 64
10. Stourbridge 46 62
11. Workington 46 62
12. Mickleover Sports 46 61
13. Stafford Rangers 46 61
14. Matlock Town 46 60
15. Nantwich Town 46 57

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