Stafford Rangers must improve their game management, says Neil Kitching, after they somehow contrived to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory on Saturday.

When the clock ticked around to 90 minutes against Lancaster City at Marston Road, Boro were leading 2-0 and on course to register three league wins on the trot for the first time all season. That would also have taken them to 10th in the Northern Premier League table, and within touching distance of rivals Hednesford Town.

Instead, they were forced to settle for one point after Lancaster pulled a goal back in the second minute of injury time, and then scored the equaliser with the last kick of the game. Two minutes of sloppy defending left a previously buoyant crowd rather deflated, and Kitching felt much the same.

He has seen this happen before – and in fact, in three of the past four home games, Boro have led 2-0 before either drawing – as in the 2-2 against Whitby Town – or losing – as happened in the Integro Cup knockout against Coalville Town.

“Game management-wise, we’re not good enough, and that’s been the case in too many games, especially at home,” said Kitching. “We haven’t managed matches well, in-game, and that’s down to the players.

“They’ve got to manage games better. Someone just needs to go down with a knock, or an injury, so we can get some treatment on. Other teams do it against us.”

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