Non-league football: Greg Clowes praises Stafford Rangers for away point
STAFFORD Rangers manager Greg Clowes praised his side's performance as Christian Dacres' goal saw them claim a 1-1 draw at leaders North Ferriby United.
The hosts took the lead through Liam King in the first half, but Dacres levelled with 15 minutes remaining, nodding in the rebound after Liam Walshe's header was saved.
"I think most teams will take a point here before the start of the game, but we felt that we were capable of coming here and winning," said Clowes.
"Coming in at 1-0 down I was really disappointed because I felt we were the better side, they've not caused us any trouble whatsoever.
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"I felt at 1-1 that we would go on and win the game, but we couldn't get the winner.
"I'm disappointed in the end because I felt we could have taken these three points and so are the players because sometimes you don't get what you deserve in football."
Karl Ashton twice went close to opening the scoring for Stafford, before King put the league leaders ahead with a well-taken volley.
Rangers came out strongly in the second half and Peter Heler almost levelled the scores, before Dacres grabbed the equaliser.
NANTWICH Town suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Matlock Town in a game that was held up for 20 minutes after a visiting player sustained a bad leg injury.
The game kicked-off 15 minutes late after the referee was taken ill, which forced the senior linesman to take the whistle.
The Dabbers started well and almost scored in the fourth minute.
Debutant Aaron Cole hit a low cross from the left and Kyle Wilson fired wide.
At the other end Massiah McDonald had a shot cleared off the line by Chris Jones.
Matlock went in front in the 27th minute when a low cross by McDonald was turned home by Anthony Griffith.
Wilson went close for the Dabbers, but then former Port Vale defender Charlie Raglan, making his Nantwich debut after being signed from Hinckley, cleared a McDonald effort off the line.
With 11 minutes remaining Nantwich were reduced to 10 men when Josh Lane tackled Oscar Radford and was shown a straight red card. Radford was treated by paramedics for 20 minutes until departing in an ambulance, but thankfully his leg was not broken.