The Lockmen ran an attack minded Ellesmere close, but were ultimately defeated by a penalty and a lucky deflection.
The home side were first to show when they won a second minute free-kick on the left hand side of the box. Mikey Robertson curled in but the ball was cleared. Rangers threatened a minute later when Judd Ellis saw his shot well blocked by Adam Holliday after a poor first clearance, Ellis fired his second attempt wide. Jason Hewitt then threatened twice for the hosts in a minute. First with seven minutes played, a clever ball found him running into the box, visiting keeper Mitchell Willdigg was off his line quickly to snatch the loose ball. Next a clever lob from the edge of the area was fractionally too high, dropping instead onto the roof of the net. Ellis then broke again for the Shropshire side but his cross was too close to Ryan Lewis and he easily caught the cross. Hewitt was again involved for The Reds on 16 minutes, this time he found Simon Larmour who then broke through two minutes later but his run and shot was well blocked. Josh Brown then broke for the visitors but as he reached the box the ball bobbled and he lost control of possession. Ellesmere won the first corner on 21 minutes, which was half cleared, the second cross found skipper Josh Parker who fired wide. Adam Davis had been an early sub for the visitors and he shanked a cross to Lewis two minutes later. Another corner on 25 minutes saw Chris Milliard block but the visitors broke the deadlock on 27 minutes with a lucky goal. Jack Orbell was played into the box but Lewis appeared to have the ball well covered until his attempted cross took enough of a deflection off a defender to just sneak past him on his near post. Rangers were then awarded a free-kick for a blatant foul on a defender but fortunately the ball was easily cleared and on 33 minutes The Lockmen were unlucky not to equalise when first Larmour and then Adrian Dove saw shots well blocked. Rangers did have one more chance before the break but Davis headed a 35th minute cross wide of the mark.
The Lockmen were making the running at the start of the second-half, the limited chances falling their way. Hewitt was the first to threaten on 54 minutes when he was just wide from a fierce effort before five minutes later a great long pass from Graham Ashton picked out Jamoy Christie on the flank and his cross reached Reds skipper Robertson, but again the effort was marginally wide. The visitors however, doubled their lead on 68 minutes when a flying run by Brown down the left hand side saw the young winger cut into the box, he put in a low cross but was then clipped by a late tackle from Holliday and the official was left little option but to point to the spot. Louie Irvine converted. The Lockmen introduced all three subs and one of these, Scott Harris did superbly to chase a long ball into the box where he robbed the keeper of possession, unfortunately, he could only round the keeper and failed to get an effort away as the ball appeared to stick between his feet. Andy Lowe then won a thundering challenge as he attacked down the right and he then fed Hewitt, but the shot was straight at the keeper. Lewis then produced an almost Banks-like save to somehow block Tom Pike’s point blank header, somehow getting across goal to beat the ball down and bounce away just beyond the post when he had no right to even reach the header.