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Ellesmere Rangers raring to take on leaders

By Joe Edwards | Non league | Published:

Ellesmere Rangers joint-boss Jamie Haynes insists ‘it’s as good a time as any’ to head to West Midlands League Premier table-toppers Malvern Town.

Jamie Haynes, Kevin Sandwith and Gavin Cowan

Haynes recently took the reins alongside Kevin Sandwith and they began life in charge of sixth-placed Rangers with a 4-0 victory over Shifnal Town last weekend.

And while Malvern are four points clear, they are reeling after a 10-5 West Midlands League Cup loss to title rivals Wolverhampton Sporting on Tuesday.

“The preparation has been good, our confidence is high after a good win against Shifnal,” said Haynes. “It’ll be tough going to Malvern with them being top, but it’s as good a time as any to go there – after a big defeat in the cup during the week.

“The message to the players is to go out there and enjoy it, and play like they did against Shifnal.”

Haynes and Sandwith were appointed shortly after the departure of Richard Brown last month. They want to bridge the gap between the first team and the club’s youth ranks.

“We’re really enjoying it so far,” said Haynes.

“The lads are really buying into what we’re trying to do – there’s a buzz around the place.

“We want to create a pathway for youngsters at this club.

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“It’s something we’re keen on doing, developing young players.”

Shifnal Town are aiming to bounce back from that heavy defeat at the hands of Rangers as they host Dudley Sports. Town have gone six games without a win.

AFC Bridgnorth head to Wednesfield, having gone three games unbeaten on their travels.

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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