We must all stick together at Stafford Rangers, says Alex Meechan
Alex Meechan has called on everyone at Stafford Rangers to ‘stay united’ as they aim to move off the bottom of the Northern Premier table.
Boro have only won once in the league and currently have several players on the sidelines, but they did beat Brocton 4-0 in the Walsall Senior Cup on Tuesday.
Joe Berks netted twice while Bradley Grayson and Evan Garnett each got on the scoresheet, setting up a quarter-final against the Royal Air Force at Marston Road (date TBC).
“It was a professional performance on Tuesday night,” said Meechan, in joint-charge with Andy Fearn.
“It wasn’t the best we’ve been and we were expected to win, but a clean sheet and four goals, you have got to take the positives out of it.
“At the end of the day, we’ve all just got to stay united at this present moment. We have to stay positive.”
Brocton managed to keep Meechan’s men at bay for most of the first half at Silkmore Lane, but Berks opened the scoring in the 41st minute as he converted Garnett’s cross.
Shortly after the break, a Garnett shot was parried for Grayson to tap in.
Berks made it 3-0 on the hour before Garnett finally got his goal late on.
Rangers are now preparing for the trip to fourth-placed Warrington Town in the league on Saturday.
And they hope to have a couple back from injury. Robbie Thompson-Brown, Josh Green, Tom Thorley, Theo Bailey-Jones, skipper Luke Jones, Danny Burns, Jake Charles and Sam Coulson have all been struck down recently.
“What people have seen is a depleted Stafford Rangers,” said Meechan.
“Injuries have had an impact on our results – we’ve had eight pick up injuries recently – although the players we have are giving their all and we have to keep doing our utmost.
“We want to get one or two back for the weekend but we don’t know if that’s quite possible yet.
"We want to have them back, but we are way of not rushing them back too.”
He added: “It’s a bizarre period for us in terms of injuries. Robbie Thompson-Brown came off injured again at the weekend, so we’ll have to see how he is. We’ll give it our all either way.”