Defeat adds to concerns for Stafford Rangers boss Greg Clowes


By Christopher Allen: Stafford Rangers boss Greg Clowes refused to make excuses after his team’s poor form continued at Marston Road.

A late own goal secured all three points for visitors Kendall Town in their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League clash.

Rangers had their chances, but overall Kendal were good value for their win.

They took the lead five minutes before the break through Marc Joseph, and although Joseph levelled for Rangers midway through the second period when he put into his own net, another own goal ten minutes from time by Karl Espley sealed Rangers’ fate.

Defeat stretched Stafford’s winless run to four matches and the manager admitted it’s a worrying sequence.

Said Clowes: “It’s not down to the pitch. It’s down to whose wearing a black and white shirt. That’s no wins in four now for us and I’m now getting concerned.

“We had a spell when we scored, where it looked like their heads had dropped, but for probably 70% of the game we kept giving the ball away again.”

With Rangers looking for only their second home win of the season loan striker Harry Clayton, from Crewe Alexandra, made his home debut.

They almost took a fifth minute lead when Peter Heler whipped the ball in from the right but Rob Stevenson failed to connect.

Kendal pressed and Kevin Leadbetter dragged a shot wide before Ryan Dicker’s block denied Ciaron Donnelly.

Joseph headed home a 40th minute corner and Donnelly thought he had extended the lead just after half-time but his effort was ruled out for an infringement in the box.

Rangers leveled when Clayton crossed and Alan Nagington’s touch was deflected home by Joseph.

The game became stretched in the final 15 minutes as both sides looked for a winner.

And it was Kendal who got it when Kieran Walmsley’s cross was headed into his own net by Espley.

Espley almost made amends at the death when he flicked on Glynn Blackhurst’s long throw, but Dicker headed over.


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