Scarborough Athletic 2 Town 2

Only an equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time prevented Town progressing to the F A Cup Fourth Qualifying Round for the first time ever.

In a frenetic first half Ben Stephens fired Town into an eighth minute lead before Scarborough levelled on 19 minutes.

But four minutes later Dan Summerfield regained the lead for Town after Stephens penalty had been saved, and that looked to be the winner until that late heartbreak.

The replay will be at the MoodChimp Stadium on Tuesday evening.

A full report  is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Alvechurch 2 Town Youth 1

In a closely fought game at a rainsoaked  Lye Meadow on Wednesday evening Town Youth lost by the odd goal in three, but the result might have been different had their finishing radar been working more efficiently.

Town were the better side in the opening 20 minutes with Harry Jones narrowly off target from close in and then having a fiercely struck effort from 20 yards out  cannoning against the post.

But the Church then caught Town on the break as they launched a quick counter attack ending with Aiden Vaughan firing them ahead, and soon after they doubled their lead from a Tyler Stevens free kick.

Town though continued to push forward and a typical assured strike by Dylan Parker put them right back into the game at the interval.

Nick Ballinger’s side created several more decent chances in the second half with Parker, George Kirby and Harry Hartin all going frustratingly close but the Church held on to take the points.

Important fixture Change

It has been announced that Town’s  Birmingham Senior Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors scheduled for Tuesday October 10th  will be switched from  Solihull to Town’s MoodChimp Stadium.

Reduced admission prices  of £5 for Adults/Concessions and £2 for Students/under 18’s will apply with Under 12’s free.

Town 1 Chesham United 3

It was hardly the ideal preparation for Saturday’s F A Cup clash at Scarborough as Town were soundly beaten by a slick Chesham side  on Tuesday evening.

Only a succession of fine saves   –  including one from a penalty  –  by Town keeper Louis Connor kept the game scoreless at half time, but after James Hancocks was sent off immediately after the restart there was only ever going to be one winner.

Guiseppe Iaciofano fired Chesham into a 52nd minute lead followed by Lewis Toomey adding two more in five minutes after the hour mark before Jazz Luckie  pulled one back for Town in added time right at the end.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Town 2 Gosport Borough 0

Liam Francis and Will Grocott struck twice in the opening eleven minutes to give Town their first home League win of the season as Gosport’s pointless run continued.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Donation to Shakespeare Hospice

Having finally collected all donations from kind sponsors Chris Simpson raised a total of £342.00 from completing the Shakespeare Half Marathon. Money raised was to be split between the hospice and Stratford Town Independent Supporters Association but the committee decided the balance should go to the hospice after purchasing the supporters flag seen at many home and away games this season. Therefore a cheque for £222.00 has been drawn up for the hospice. Chris would like to thank all sponsors once again for supporting his efforts.

Nuneaton Town 2 Town Youth 0

A goal in each half of a closely fought tie sent Nuneaton through to the next round of the F A Youth Cup at the LDJ Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Town knew that they faced a tough task as Nuneaton fielded their Academy side which are full time and featured five players who had already been involved with their first team squad whereas the Town line-up included ten Under 17’s and two Under 16’s.

In an even first half Nuneaton took the lead when a fiercely struck free kick was beaten away by Town keeper Archie Donaldson only for Adams to react the quickest and slot the loose ball into the net.

Nuneaton were soon into their stride after the break but Town gradually worked their way back into the game until Nuneaton sealed the win when Freestone headed in a right wing cross.
Dylan Parker appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty when he was impeded late on as Town battled on right to the final whistle.

“A tremendous performance against a full time scholarship side” was Coach Nick Ballinger’s verdict afterwards “ and I’m proud of them all.”


Farewell to Emmitt

Following the departure of Guy Clark it has been announced that Emmitt Delfouneso is also leaving Town not having featured so far this season.

In his two spells at the club Emmitt made 44 appearances which include 11 from the subs bench.