Stafford Rangers Preview

Stafford Rangers Preview

The Holy Blues return to cup action this weekend after their Lincolnshire County Cup penalty shootout success against Boston United on Tuesday evening. Trinity host Stafford Rangers in the FA Trophy third qualifying round with the visitors currently sitting mid-table in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. Inconsistency has been a problem for the two-time FA Trophy winners and they come into the game after losing their last two league games without scoring and conceding six in the process.

However, striker Massiah McDonald is developing somewhat of a love affair with this competition after netting five times in the previous two rounds. McDonald grabbed a double in the 6-0 demolition of St Ives Town before scoring a hat-trick against FA Vase holders South Shields in a 3-1 win two weeks ago. Stafford actually have a better record on the road this season than they do at home. They have picked up 15 points in ten league games, losing just three. However, the Holy Blues have recorded 13 points in their last six Vanarama National League North matches, winning four and losing just one.

Stafford Rangers Preview

Neil Kitching brings his side to the Martin and Co Arena looking to continue a push to the glory days of the 1970s that saw Stafford lift the FA Trophy on two occasions, in 1972 and 1979. Kitching was appointed manager in May 2014 and has since helped Rangers record their first promotion since 2006, lifting the side out of the Northern Premier Division One South two seasons ago.

The contest promises to be another exciting Cup encounter but Dave Frecklington’s side will fancy themselves as favourites going into their first FA Trophy match of the season.


Preview by Chris Lincoln for Gainsborough Trinity

Stafford Rangers Preview

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