Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Six new rivals set to visit Marston Road

 Source: Staffordshire Newsletter

 STAFFORD Rangers will face no fewer than six new opponents next season.

The FA’s release of the 2012/13 league allocations shows the Evo-Stik Northern Premier league with 22 clubs.

They include promoted Ilkeston, Grantham Town (from the NPL division one South), Witton Albion and AFC Fylde (both NPL division one North).

In addition, Rangers will also face the relegated pair of Blyth Spartans and Eastwood Town, both of whom were demoted from the Blue Square North.

Following Northwich Victoria’s ground problems and their subsequent relegation to NPL division one (South), Frickley Athletic have been reprieved.

Other NPL premier sides are, Ashton United, Buxton, Chorley, Hednesford Town, FC United, Kendal, Marine, Matlock, Nantwich, North Ferriby, Rushall Olympic, Stocksbridge PS, Whitby Town and Worksop Town.

Rangers have so far confirmed six preseason friendly dates, starting with Congleton Town (home) on June 28.

That is followed by Stone Dominoes (away, July 7), Tamworth (home, July 14), Kidderminster Harriers (home, July 21), Llandudno (away, Aug 4) and Kidsgrove Athletic (away, Aug 11).

Rangers Chairman Mike Hughes will step down from his post at the end of this month after two years in the job. He will remain as a director.