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Hobson the right choice to deny Rangers victory.

Stafford Rangers .............1 Stalybridge Celtic ............1 STAFFORD picked up a point in their Northern Premier Division relegation fight after seeing Stalybridge come from a goal down to take a draw.

The Boro started brightly and Joe Cuff sent an effort wide before Jake Charles went close to putting his side ahead but fired over. Brandon Diau was next to go close for Rangers but headed wide from a deep freekick into the box.

The opener came after 34 minutes when Celtic keeper Alex Fojticek sent the ball into his own net under Boro pressure from a corner.

Fojticek redeemed himself just before the break by tipping a long-range effort over his own bar.

The visitors showed their intent early in the second half when Adam O'Reilly's effort was palmed into the path of Scott Metcalfe, but the ball fell agonisingly wide.

The equaliser came on the 57th minute when Jonathan Ustabasi broke into the penalty area and crossed for Craig Hobson, who fired home from a narrow angle to earn his side a point.

Sutton Coldfield Town............3 Ilkeston Town...........................1 TWO goals inside the opening half-an-hour sent Sutton on the way to victory in their South East Division clash.

The first real shot to trouble either keeper was when Nick Chinedu dribbled into the box but Ross Durrant in the Ilkeston goal produced a good save. It did not take to long for Sutton to forge into the lead, however, when a great cross from Ryan Moore in the 13th minute was met by a diving header from Isai Marsellia.

Sutton were stretching the Ilkeston defence and Marsellia curled in a great shot that bought a flying save from the keeper And it was no surprise Sutton increased their lead when a corner was headed on to James Beresford who rose to nod home in the 27th minute.

Ilkeston cut the deficit with a goal from a free kick right on the stroke of half-time when Joe Maguire rose above the Sutton defence to head home. But the Royals restored their two-goal lead two minutes after the restart when a clearance upfield was chased by Reece Gibson and he smartly lobbed the advancing keeper.

Sutton gave away a penalty in the 82nd minute but keeper Lewis Gwilliams dived to his left and kept out Alex Williams' effort.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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