With the away fans straining to get a decent view from under the ramshackle lean-to this was never going to be a slick affair judging by the state of the pitch and so it turned out. The one end, that we played towards in the first half, could well have been the very place that Santa had landed his sleigh and four on during his visit to Stafford two nights previous. Luckily for us his sack must have been too full and three points had fallen out waiting to be picked up by the hard working Harriers.
Two goals from James Constable, either side of the half time break, put the points in our bag to make it three League wins in a row now. The best run of results for quite a while.
With Stuart Whitehead back in the side following injury and Rob Davies sat on the bench the main question would have been the whereabouts of Jake Sedgemore again. In the side one week and no-where to be seen the following.
It was the former FGR man, Guy Madjo - pronounced by the Stafford mike-man as Gee Mayo - who nearly bought up our Christmas Pud when he could easily have scored in the opening few minutes. The Harriers defence dithered and Mayo squeezed in between them to rifle a shot in that, thankfully, Scott Bevan saw coming and held onto it cleanly.
The ploughed field was making it impossible for ball players and so the likes of Simon Russell and Iyseden Christie struggled to get a foothold during the first half and both sides had now resorted to the long ball over the top. Stafford seemed more adept at this game than we were and the launched ball into the corners were causing us some havoc at the back and also with Jeff Kennas lack of pace.
Once we'd got the measure of our opponents, and the pitch, we started to stamp our authority on the game and for a period midway through the first half we could have rattled in three goals. James Constable was unlucky when Danny Alcock in the Rangers goal managed to get a fingertip to his powerful header to keep out what looked a certain goal and then Simon Russell saw his shot kept out too by the keeper.
Our third goal could have easily come from a Jonny Harkness corner that had been played short to Russell. He sent in a tempting cross for someone that seemed to end up with all twenty two players and the ref trying to take a swing at it. Stafford must have been relieved when it finally got cleared away upfield.
Three minutes before the break we got the all important first goal when Christie held off a Stafford defender just inside the box and then slipped the ball to the lurking Constable to fire the ball under the diving body of the Rangers keeper.