This Saturday is National Non League Day. Scheduled to coincide with the International break Non League Day is a celebration of the unique and special qualities of the game at this level. Hopefully as many people as possible can make the journey north to Nottinghamshire to celebrate the day with AFC Mansfield and the Blue Army, but if not you can search for your nearest non league fixture at http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/index.html
Stratford Town visit AFC Mansfield in the FA Cup this Saturday. A coach will leave Knights Lane at 11:15am with an additional pick up at Solihull Moors FC at 12:00.
Town haven’t had the best of fortunes in the world’s oldest cup competition in recent times but hopefully a big away contingent will make the trip to Nottinghamshire to cheer Carl and the boys on.
Town Youth continue their MFYL Premier Division South campaign with a home match against Rugby Town Juniors tomorrow (Thursday) evening.. Kick off time at the DCS is 7.45 pm. i
Two first half goals from Brakes striker Ryan Rowe decided this local derby on Bank Holiday Monday. A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section..
Jamie Sheldon made his 100th Town appearance at Kettering on Saturday and celebrated it with another of his trademark long range “specials.”
Jamie switched to Town from Leamington in October 2013 and made his debut in the F A Trophy tie against Coalville Town at the DCS followed by his first League appearance at Tiverton a week later where he also opened his Town goalscoring account.
He was an ever present in Carl Adams’ side from then on making 36 appearances in all while contributing 15 goals from midfield as Town topped the 100 mark in that memorable debut Southern League campaign.
The following season began just as well as he played in six of the first seven matches hitting one further goal, but after the F A Cup disaster at Blaby and Whetstone he moved to Sutton Coldfield Town where he was part of the squad which achieved promotion to the Northern League Premier Division.
He returned to the DCS for the start of last season and was again a regular in the starting line-up as Town adapted to the brave new world of the Premier Division missing only 4 of their 56 games as he finished in top spot in the Appearances stats and with only Richard Gregory bettering his 11 goals.
And he really hit the headlines with his six minute hat-trick against Histon in an F A Trophy replay at the DCS in November which is surely the fastest ever in Town history.
Always ready to have a shot whenever an opportunity presents itself most of his goals are from 20 plus yards range and usually within the spectacular category, but none more so than the two which propelled Town to their win over Hitchin on his 99th appearance last weekend.
So it was entirely appropriate that he should add another at Kettering with an inch perfect 35 yard effort over the stranded Poppies keeper.
And with appearance number 101 coming up against his old club Leamington hopefully he has not finished with the sensational just yet.
Town put on their best performance of the season with goals from skipper Richard Gregory, Will Grocott against his former club and a spectacular 35 yard lob from Jamie Sheldon on his 100th appearance. A full report is now available on the First Team Match Reports page.
In a surprising development the club announced last night via its Twitter account that front man Edwin Ahenkora was now under contract with Town. The post did not announce the length of the contact but did say that this ‘…demonstrates our commitment to retain top players.’
The stadium is located on Polwell Lane and is one mile south of the A14 (J10).
Carl Adams has moved to bolster his squad with the signing of two players ahead of the weekend fixtures against Kettering and local rivals Leamington. Defender or midfielder James Fry signed for Town after training last night along with attacking player Edji Mbunga who has been bought in on a youth loan from Birmingham City . Central defender or midfielder Fry spent two years with Championship outfit Birmingham City, captaining their under 21 side, and whilst on the books at St Andrews spent time on loan with Leamington and Kidderminster Harriers. He later signed for Leamington on a full time basis for the 2015/16 season.