Toggie’s “half time” review

With the season just having passed the halfway point (25 played out of 46),  I thought it would interest supporters to see how things are looking – merely in a factual way, with no comments or predictions. Of course, supporters’ comments can be made following this posting to generate discussion.

At the start of this season, it was Carl’s – and Townites’ – hope that this season would show improving progression on last season (an acceptable 14th position). No-one dared think, predict or expect Town to get promotion ! Suffice to say that we expected next season to be part of the newly proposed Midland Premier League (or whatever it will be called). In any event, promotion from SLP to National League North or South would not be viable from financial and probably ground perspectives. A step too far for tiny Stratford Town.

Currently, we are riding high in the “form” league (20 points from last 10 games, leaders Hereford on 23) – and are sitting 10th in the actual SLP. We are averaging 1.48 points per game, against 1.24 throughout last season.  So perhaps everyone’s aspirations for “Town” may come true !

The games already played – or upcoming in the next four months – are shown on the following list, based on Boxing Day’s league positions :-

………………………..H             A

Kings Lynn                                          L

Kettering                                             L

Weymouth                                         D

Hereford                                             L

Tiverton                                               L

Slough                                                  D

Hitchin                                                 L

St Neots                               D

Frome                                                   L

TOWN                                    –              –

Banbury

Chesham                             L              W

Biggleswade                      W

Royston                               D             W

Redditch                              D             W

Basingstoke

Bishops Stortford            W

Merthyr                               D             L

Farnborough                      D

Dorchester                                         W

Kings Langley                    W

St Ives                                   W

Dunstable                           W

Gosport                                W

 

A tough New Year’s Day home match against slipping Banbury, followed by a testing trip to improving St Neots, then the “BIG ONE” with Hereford on 9 January will – over the next fortnight – show us just how our season could pan out. Injuries and suspensions are always a drawback, although we have managed to cope with them reasonably well, except that our disciplinary record is nothing to be exactly proud of !

The away support at Redditch was really good but home and away backing is essential for the players for morale, and management for financial reasons.

So a successful New Year to everybody ,,,,,,,,,,,, and “Up the Town” !

Redditch United 0 Town 2

Two first half strikes from Ben Stephens propelled Town to a memorable Boxing Day win at the Trico Stadium with the only downside being a late red card for Mike Taylor

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

December lottery winner

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

Slough Town 1 Town 1

A Slough equaliser deep into added time denied Town a momentous win after Mike Taylor’s breakaway strike  early in the second half  had looked to be the decider.
A full report  including Assistant Manager Gary Moran’s  post match comments is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

Stratford-on-Avon District Sports Awards

We are delighted to see Bryan Hale has been shortlisted in the Press Correspondent category of the district sports awards. Bryan ‘s reports are always unbiased and he writes as he sees the game. He travels to the majority of away games and his reports can be seen on the STISA site the following day and often in the Herald as their roving reporter. The awards will take place on Friday 19th January at Stratford Artshouse and we wish him luck with the judges.

It Will Be A Happy New Year For Dan Purvin

Following Dylan Parker’s recent dream move to Walsall there’s similarly exciting news for another Town youngster Dan Purvin who is to join Mansfield Town on a full time YTS Scholarship in January.

Having started at Town aged just 11 Dan has featured for the Academy and Youth teams this season as well as being involved with the first team training sessions and being named on the subs bench for the match at Dorchester earlier this month.