North West Counties League Division One South

Stockport Town 4

Ellesmere Rangers 0

Ellesmere Rangers were dealt another blow in their quest for survival after they lost for the 20th time in the league this season.

It was a promising first half for Rangers despite a high number of chances for the hosts coming close early on.

The home side made no mistake when they created chances after the break, and netted four times without reply.

Rangers were under pressure from the start of the game and almost fell behind after just six minutes.

A free-kick sent into the box was met by Josh Robinson six yards out at the back post but he couldn’t keep his header low enough to trouble Richard Cowderoy.

Another long-range free-kick caused problems again shortly afterwards when Gavin Salmon narrowly missed from close-range.

There were few chances before the break for Rangers with the wind proving an issue which affected the game throughout.

After half-time, Stockport took just five minutes to break the deadlock when a ball floated in from the left was met by Thomas Greenfield who fired his header in from close-range.

The resilient defence of Rangers had a difficult remainder of the game with Town getting forward well.

The second goal came just after the hour mark when Kiarno Samms’ strike was deflected into the path of William Holt who finished calmly to double the lead.

This was added to by a great solo effort by George Blackwell who took the ball past two defenders and the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the net to make the score 3-0 and put the game beyond doubt.

The final goal of the afternoon didn’t come until the 93rd minute when Samms fired home from the spot.

Rangers remain 19th after the loss and have eight games left to play as they fight to stay in the league.

They sit 11 points behind 18th placed Alsager Town.

Rangers next face fifth-placed Wythenshawe Town on Saturday, March 16.