23/24 Match Preview: Stafford Rangers

The Lions will look to build on a recent improvement in form when they face Stafford Rangers at Nethermoor on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off, writes Harry Ware.

Match sponsored by: Chris Wright Road Planing Ltd

Tickets will be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash or card.

It is cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

We’ve proudly hosted Barclays Bank since the summer and the team will be in attendance from 1pm to 3pm to support with all your banking needs. They’ll be able to offer tips on how to save money and digital banking support from the Barclays Van.

Previous Meetings

The Lions put four past Rangers last time the two sides met back in February.

With all four goals coming in the second half of the game, Lewis Whitham opened the scoring ten minutes into the second 45.

Courtney Meppen-Walters scored from the penalty spot to double Guiseley’s league, before late goals from Adam Haw and Jameel Ible made sure of the three points at Nethermoor.

In the reverse fixture, it was a point a piece at Marston Road.

Both goals came from the spot, with Callum Chippendale giving the Lions the lead.

However, the same feat from Tom Tonks with just 12 minutes to play ensured Stafford claimed something from the game.


The Lions’ Form Book

A 3-2 win over Atherton Collieries in midweek means the Lions have moved up to 16th in the league.

Tom Denton scored brace whilst Gabriel Johnson also got on the scoresheet, in what was enough to gain another three points at Nethermoor.

That victory means the Lions have now picked up eight points from their last five games, having lost just once in those games, as they continue in their bid to rise up the league standings.


A Look At Stafford Rangers

Stafford Rangers have struggled to pick up points of late in the Northern Premier League, with just one point in their last five games.

That point came last time out against Bradford Park Avenue, in a goalless draw on home turf.

Matthew Hill’s side currently sit 19th in the league, having picked up seven points from their opening ten games.

They’ll be looking for their first win in seven games when they travel to Nethermoor tomorrow, as they aim to get out of a dangerous situation near the bottom of the table.


A Look At The Lions

Liam Tongue could name an unchanged side for the second game on the spin on Saturday as Stafford Rangers visit Nethermoor.

This will depend on the fitness of Joe Stacey who was withdrawn early into the second half with a knock.

Tom Pratt returned from suspension and replaced Stacey to boost his match sharpness.

Lewis Whitham and Laurence Sorhaindo are the only injury concerns other than Stacey ahead of the clash.


What Are They Saying?

Interim boss Liam Tongue spoke to us after the 3-2 win over Atherton Collieries on Tuesday night, as the Lions prepare to face Stafford.

“It’s another game where we have to go and get three points.

“You get a good run of results in this league and before you know it, it looks completely different.

“It’s all about mentality and focusing on one game at a time.

“You focus on one game at a time, you’re in a good position to keep going forward.

“We’ll prepare as well as we can. We back ourselves against anyone.

“It’s been fantastic, but hopefully Saturday isn’t as stressful for me. It’s building momentum. The lads are full of confidence. We’re slowly getting there, slowly turning that corner.

Tickets for the game with Stafford Rangers can only be purchased at the turnstiles on the day. Don’t forget to pick up a programme, find out what’s inside here.

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