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Rangers' new era starts with a defeat
8:20pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Rangers were unable to start life at their new ground with a win after a 2-1 defeat to Stafford in West Midlands League Division Two.
On Rangers’ new pitch at Malvern Vale Community Centre, Stafford, who had won their first game of the campaign 4-3, started brighter and made strides down both flanks.
Home keeper Steven Newman could only stand and watch in the 25th minute as his left-hand post was rattled.
But Rangers grew into the game and started to compose attacks from the back with Sam Rathbone finding space to hit an angled shot that was saved.
There was a battle for domination in the middle of the park with Paul Edwards forced off early in the second period due to an ankle injury.
Both defences had been on top but the game opened up with around 25 minutes remaining.
Sean Smith moved into the channel but was brought down and Matthew Cole whipped in a fine free-kick for Aaron Richards to convert at the back post.
Substitute Bryan Craven was only denied by a fine save, however, Rangers were then reduced to 10 men with Richards dismissed for a professional foul after stretching to make a through-ball.
It was a tight decision as Rangers felt Richards got a foot to the ball but the resulting penalty was scored.
Craven was again denied by the keeper following Dave Lawrence’s pass but, with five minutes left, Rangers’ offside trap failed and the Stafford forward calmly rounded Newman to slot home the winner.
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