Football

Walsall Senior Cup: RAF Footballers Well-Beaten At Stafford Rangers

The Royal Air Force lost 6-2 away to the Northern Premier League Premier Division side.

The RAF men's football team are out of the Walsall Senior Cup after a 6-2 defeat against Stafford Rangers.

The match, billed as the biggest in the RAF’s recent memory before kick-off, saw Stafford take a 6-0 lead before the Air Force scored two late goals.

Stafford went in front when Lewis Brownhill was dispossessed on the edge of the RAF box and it left Jake Charles the simple task of tapping in Jaiden White’s low cross.

RAF captain Ben Greenwood stopped Charles from adding a second moments later, but from the corner, Stafford made it 2-0.

Daniel Burns crashed a header against the crossbar and Sam Coulson reacted first to bury the rebound past the goalkeeper.

It was three before the half-time break. Burns took advantage of defensive confusion to fire in from close range.

RAF manager Kev Barry will have been hoping for a better performance in the second half, but the Stafford goals just kept coming.

The RAF's struggled to cope with Stafford's attacking threat.

Charles added his second with a fine finish as he placed the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards out.

Despite conceding, Christian Paulett-Brigg was having a fine game in the RAF goal and denied Stafford with a stunning save to tip the ball onto the bar.

Unfortunately for him, White was quickest on the rebound to make it 5-0.

It would be six before the RAF found their way onto the scoresheet. Burns grabbed his second after more defensive uncertainty and the game was over.

Despite that, the RAF did not stop working and grabbed two goals that their attacking performance deserved.

David Webb scored the first as he curled into the corner from the edge of the box, while the second came from a Stafford error.

The kick from the goalkeeper fell for the RAF and Jake Gosling took advantage to put the ball into the empty net from 30 yards out.

The RAF will be looking to bounce back from the defeat with games against the Fire Service and Prison Service next week.