Town Youth 1 Halesowen Town 2

Halesowen came out on top at an Arctic feeling MoodChimp Stadium on Thursday evening after a tightly fought encounter notable for outstanding performances from the respective keepers.

Halesowen’s Harry Sulley set the tone with an early penalty save while Town’s Archie Donaldson kept Nick Ballinger’s side in the game with a succession of top drawer saves as Halesowen piled on the pressure in the second half.

Town made an encouraging start and had a great chance to take the lead with only a quarter of an hour gone when George Dawson was brought down in the penalty area.

Getting up to take the spot kick himself he hit it low to Sulley’s left but the keeper guessed correctly and got down well to push it behind.

Dawson tried to make amends shortly after as he wriggled his way along the byline on the right but again Sulley denied him with a smart save at the foot of the post.

As Halesowen responded Donaldson pushed away a fiercely struck effort on the half hour mark followed by Sulley doing well to hold a low drive from Ben Couki before Halesowen took the lead on 41 minutes with a close range finish from Danny Danks.

Town looked for an immediate equaliser but a decent 20 yard shot from Harry Hartin in the final minute of the half was once more safely held by Sulley as Halesowen went in at the break one up.

Halesowen began to boss the crucial midfield possession after the break forcing Town to defend in depth and in numbers. Donaldson was soon in action beating away a number of on target efforts and also having to deal with several crosses into the six yard box, but he was eventually beaten by Jamaal Thompson with twenty minutes to go who lashed it in from 15 yards out to double Halesowen’s lead.

Town tried to hit back with James Pomeroy looking particularly lively wide on the left and the game took a final twist when they pulled a goal back on 88 minutes.

Halesowen conceded a free kick right on the edge pf the penalty area and when Sulley could only parry Yusuf Saleem’s drive Frankie Evans reacted the quickest to bundle the rebound over the line.

Suddenly Town had the chance of rescuing a point but time was on Halesowen’s side and in spite of a couple of panicky clearances they were able to see the game out and clinch the win.

November lottery winner

The winner of the November lottery draw £100 prize was Kevin Balchin. Congratulations Kevin.  A full list of monthly lottery winners and details of how to join can be found at  https://stratfordtownisa.com/stisa-lottery/

Chesham United 1 Town 3

Town put in a rousing performance to storm to their first away win since the opening day of the season.

Charlie Evans fired Town into a sixth minute lead but Chesham equalised to make it all square at half time.

Will Grocott put Town back in front on 62 minutes with  an own goal completing the scoring a minute from time.

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

Town 3 St Ives Town 0

Town made  it six points  in five days as they followed up Tuesday evening’s win over Kings Langley with another battling performance against a spirited St Ives side.

Ben Stephens and Jazz Luckie gave Town a 2-0 half time lead, and after they had survived some concerted St Ives pressure in the second half Edwin Ahenkorah made certain to the win with Town’s third from the penalty s[pot with ten minutes to go.

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

Town 3 Kings Langley 1

Town had to battle hard to clinch a vital win against struggling Kings Langley.

Will Grocott and Dan Summerfield gave Town a 2-0 half time lead but  the Kings pulled one back early in the second half.

Ben Stephens restored Town’s two goal advantage but Town had to play out the closing stages  with only ten men after Liam Francis was sent off.

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

 

Worcester City 2 Town Youth 3

Town Youth came from behind to progress to the next round of the MFYL League Cup with a battling performance against Worcester City at Littleton’s Five Acres ground on Monday evening.

Worcester had been in blistering form lately scoring twelve goals in their last two games, and after Harry Hartin had gone close for Town in the tenth minute they took the lead with a slick move and an incisive finish.

Town responded with Dan Atkins and Ben Couki bossing the crucial midfield area and after Tyrike Richards-Burke had shot over they drew level when Atkins threaded the ball through to Hartin who fired home the equaliser.

The first half had been pretty even but Town began to get on top after the break and were unlucky not to go in front when a tremendous cross from Dan Purvin set up a chance for George Kirby, but Worcester’s reprieve was shortlived as soon after Couki fired them ahead after a fine move involving Atkins and Richards-Burke.

Worcester looked to hit back but keeper Archie Donaldson kept Town’s lead intact with a couple of top drawer saves until 15 minutes from time when he beat away another thunderous effort only for the rebound to fall kindly to the Worcester striker who followed up to make it 2-2.

But Town regained the lead straight from the kick off when a superb long ball from Josh Aspinall-Smith caused havoc in the Worcester defence and George Dawson pounced to slot home the winner.

Even then Town had to contend with near enough ten minutes added time at the end, but saw the game out for a thoroughly deserved success. .

 

Netting project complete

On the eve of our first AGM we’re delighted to say that our first major project is now in place at the Moodchimp stadium. In the last few weeks STISA members, with the assistance of stadium manager Steve Tunnicliffe, have been working towards the installation of 20 foot high netting at the Knight’s Lane end of the stadium to reduce the need for ball retrieval from any errant shots. Money raised from the STISA lottery, fund raising events and membership fees have allowed STISA members to gift this equipment to STFC. We hope that this will be the first of many projects that we are able to work with the club on.

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The fruits of our labour

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Mixing the cement

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Putting the posts together

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The posts are up

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Hoisting the main sail

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Finishing touches

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It’s up!

If you would like to join STISA and help us to contribute further to the club, please download the form from the Join STISA link on the homepage.  Once completed, please return the form to Martin Brookes, Membership Secretary at the next home game or to stratfordtownISA@gmail.com