Nine In November

Beginning with the trip to Frome Town tomorrow (Wednesday) Carl Adams and his squad face a hectic and challenging sequence of matches in November with no less than nine scheduled fixtures as detailed on the First Team Fixtures and Results page.

A word of caution though as results in the F A Trophy may well have an impact on a number of these games as under :-

– if either Town or Hereford draw their F A Trophy match the previous Saturday meaning that a replay is necessary the League match arranged for Tuesday November 14th will have to be rescheduled

– if Town win their F A Trophy Second Qualifying Round tie against Lancaster City the League match arranged for Saturday November 25th against St Ives Town will have to be postponed as that is the date for the Third Qualifying Round

– If Town and/or Chesham United make it through to the Third Qualifying Round and either of their F A Trophy matches on November 25th is drawn then as with the Hereford game above the League match arranged for Tuesday November 28th will similarly have to be rescheduled

So it’s not only Town’s results that have to be watched over the month ahead

FA Trophy draw

We travel to Lancaster City on 11 November in the next round. They are handily placed in mid-table in the Northern Premier League -Premier Division, but have games in hand on rivals. _

A motorway trip northwards up the M6 of over 160 miles beckons Townites to support the Town lads.

Town 2 Bedworth United 1

Town eased  into the next round of the Buildbase F A Trophy at the expense of old rivals Bedworth.

In a generally scrappy encounter Mike Taylor fired Town ahead in the first half and when Will Grocott  doubled their lead soon after half time it looked all over.

Then with two minutes to go Jazz Luckie was sent off and in added time Luke Keen pulled one back for Bedworth, but Town  had already done enough to be safely through.

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

Stourbridge 3 Town Youth 1

Town Youth’s three game winning run came to an end at Amblecote on Wednesday evening as Stourbridge continued their unbeaten start to the season in the MFYL Premier Division South.

Neither keeper was seriously tested in the early exchanges, but the Glassboys went ahead when James Welch took advantage of a Town defensive mistake to fire home from a tight angle.

Soon after only a smart save from Town keeper Archie Donaldson prevented Town from going two down as Stourbridge took control to reach half time deservedly in front.

Nick Ballinger made some changes to Town’s formation for the restart and was rewarded when George Kirby equalised on 52 minutes and as Town upped the tempo Bradley West was close to giving them the lead only for the Stourbridge keeper to block his shot.

But as Town pushed forward they were caught out by a quick Stourbridge counter attack which ended with Alex Cameron restoring their lead with a slick finish.

The highly regarded Cameron had made his Stourbridge first team debut in the Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Halesowen just 48 hours earlier and had marked the occasion with the Glassboys’ only goal before they eventually went through via a penalty shootout.

Stourbridge wrapped up the points with Welch adding their third before West almost pulled one back for Town right at the end with a decent effort which went inches wide.

But overall this had been another promising Town performance against a strong and streetwise Stourbridge side who will surely be title contenders as the season unfolds.

No coach to Merthyr

Due to the logistical challenges of people coming from so many different locations, STFC have decided not to charter a coach to South Wales on Tuesday. There will be a car convoy of players, team management, officials and die-hard, loyal supporters braving the motorways and “Heads of the Valleys” road – not to mention mingling with Manchester United support travelling to Swansea.

Let’s hope for a trouble-free and delay-free journey for all (there and back) ,,,,,,,, and – to make it all worthwhile – a good result for Town, of course !