Stafford Rangers need to “change the mentality” to avoid getting sucked into a relegation scrap, says manager Neil Kitching.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Farsley Celtic means Boro have won just two of their past 14 league games, and three of 19 in all competitions (though they have progressed on penalties after draws in two cup games). That form has seen them slip to 19th in the Northern Premier League.

They are still some 12 points off the bottom two teams, with games in hand, but boss Kitching was keen to point out how quickly things can change.

“We’ve got to start nicking some results or we’re going to start getting dragged into some trouble,” he told the Newsletter. “That’s the last thing I want and the last thing the club wants.”

“Things can change very quickly in this division, and we’ve got to turn it around. Perhaps we’ve got to change the mentality, because there’s not enough in that dressing room that are scrapping at the minute.

“I get the feeling they think they did okay against Matlock or last weekend, and they can relax a bit. But they can’t and I’ve warned them that there’s five or six teams below us scrapping for points and putting their bodies on the line.

“With 14 games to go, I’ve put it on the line to them and said ‘you need to start doing more’.”

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