Hats off to Granty

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Hats off to Town super supporter Paul Grant who has only missed one game this season home and away, Cup and league – and that game was a preseason friendly!
His good friend Steve Wood tells me he’s even been to 47 of the 46 league games!!! As he went to Basingstoke twice. Clocking up more than 5,500 miles in the process.

End Of Season Stats

Louis Connor made the most appearances and Ben Stephens was the top goalscorer.  Check out all the season’s details under the Appearances and Goalscroers Pages of the the First Team Section.

300 Up For Carl Adams Tomorrow

Club historian Alan Hawkins has advised that tomorrow’s game at Bishops Stortford will be Carl Adams’ 300th match as Town boss since he took sole charge after Morton Titterton  had to stand down in  October 2012.

Carl’s first match saw Town beat Ellesmere Rangers 4-1 on their way to becoming MFA Champions.

Congratulations Carl on reaching this landmark  –  let’s hope for a similar scoreline tomorrow.

Bromsgrove Sporting 4 Town Youth 1

With some of their players turning out for a fifth time in a week taking school and other commitments into account it was hardly surprising that Town Youth found it tough going against title chasing Bromsgrove Sporting at the Victoria Ground on Wednesday evening.

Regulars Alfie Boylin, Ben Couki, Archie Donaldson and Jamie Ford were all missing, but even so there was little to choose between the two teams until Bromsgrove took the lead just after the quarter hour mark with a slick move down the right and a precision finish.

Town responded with Bradley West twice forcing the Bromsgrove keeper into decent saves followed by a Tyrike Richards-Burke effort coming back off the bar, but Town’s evening was summed up a couple of minutes before half time.

George Kirby rounded the keeper to slot he ball into the empty net but a Bromsgrove defender appeared from nowhere to clear it off the line, and Town were then caught out by a speedy counter attack which ended with another crisp finish to put Bromsgrove two up.

West was again denied by the keeper in the opening minute of the second half and Town had plenty of the possession, but Bromsgrove used their pace out wide to add two further goals from flowing moves down the wings and clinical close range finishes.

But Nick Ballinger’s side have an abundance of spirit and kept going right to the end. West and Richards-Burke both went close before Dan Atkins grabbed a late goal for Town as their seven game unbeaten run came to an end.

Last Saturday of the season ….14th or 18th ?

Whilst the four play-off contenders will be jockeying for positions (3 points cover them) and the two season-long relegation scrappers fight for their lives, Town face a challenge to better last season’s points haul and equal their 14th slot. This has been Carl’s objective throughout the season, but  what seemed like a very likely scenario at the turn of the year  has been thwarted by some tough fixtures and some bad results (Farnborough and St. Ives excepted)

The situation for Saturday is that Town must win at Bishops Stortford (a draw is not enough) to have any chance of attaining the targets. Also it would require Merthyr to beat, or draw with, Redditch. On the other hand, if Town lose – and Biggleswade and Merthyr win – then Bishops Stortford, Biggleswade and Merthyr leap-frog us and we remain below Redditch, and leaving Town in 18th due to inferior goal difference !

Current positions and fixtures are :-

Redditch 54 pts  (away at Merthyr)

Town 54 pts  (away at Bishops Stortford)

Biggleswade 52 pts (home to Dorchester)

Merthyr 52 pts

Bishops Stortford 51 pts

 

Will Town do it ? Be there or watch Twitter.

Up the Town !

Town Youth 0 Worcester City 0

Town Youth extended their current unbeaten run to seven in all competitions as they fought out a goal-less draw with a hard working and well organised Worcester City side at the MoodChimp stadium on Monday evening.

In spite of the scoreline both teams played some neat football throughout the 90 minutes, and although they couldn’t find the back of the net it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying. Town’s George Dawson had what appeared to be a perfectly good goal ruled out just before half time, while in the second half Alfie Boylin had a shot cleared off the line and at the other end Worcester’s Mike Elmes saw his effort come back off the bar.

Myles Simpson had an early attempt for Worcester fly narrowly wide but as the game settled down it was Town who looked the more threatening of the two sides. Town skipper Ben Couki hit his shot straight keeper Sean Davis in the tenth minute and with a quarter of an hour gone Dawson almost caught Davis out when the keeper came a long way out of his area to head away a long ball down the middle.

His clearance was seized on by Dawson close to the centre circle and he immediately tried an audacious lob which had Davis frantically back pedalling towards the empty goal before he was able to retrieve it in his six yard box.

George Kirby was next to find space for an opening on 25 minutes with his shot not having enough power to trouble Davis, but the evening’s big talking point then arrived three minutes before the break.

The lively Dawson let fly with a stunning strike from 25 yards out which was tipped against the underside of the bar by Davis with ball then seeming to bounce down over the goal line before the keeper was able to turn round and grab it, but Town’s claims for it to count were frustratingly waved away.

Bradley West had the first chance after the restart with Davis saving well at the foot of his right hand post and on the hour mark Jordan White’s fiercely struck drive was deflected behind off a defender and from the resulting corner Dan Atkins’ header fizzed inches wide.

Worcester responded with a decent attempt form Ethan Moran being comfortably held by Archie Donaldson before a Town counter attack led to some desperate Worcester defending which ended with Bollin’s low drive beating Davis and being blocked right on the line by the well positioned Ishmael Mahmood.

By now it was evident that one goal would be enough to win and it was Worcester who went close with ten minutes to go when Elmes looping cross-cum-shot from out on the left drifted over Donaldson only to clip the bar before being cleared.

Donaldson then saved from Christos Gabriel followed by Hassan Shah wildly blazing over from barely eight yards out before Town finished off strongly with Tyrike Richards-Burke seeing his thunderous attempt from the right of the penalty area flash inches the wrong side of the far post.

Then deep into added time Town forced the final corner of the game with Josh Aspinall-Smyth’s header being safely held by Davis to ensure that it ended all square with both teams taking a well deserved point.

Jamie Sheldon’s Charity Day

A small but select contingent of  Town supporters attended  Jamie’s Charity Day held at Sutton Coldfield Town’s ground on Sunday and which featured Town and Sutton Coldfield’s play off winning sides taking  on each other followed by a Leamington Old Boys team against Jamie’s All Stars.

The legendary names in the Town side were  Sam Adkins, Kevin Charley, Guy Clark,  Richard Gregory, Scott Hadland, Joe Halsall, Andy Kemp, Gary Moran, Alex Price, Loyiso Recci, Chris Sterling and Aaron Stringfellow.

After Jamie himself kicked off to sustained applause a competitive 30 minutes each way saw Sutton getting the better of a 2-1 scoreline with Chris Sterling on the mark for Town.

But the real purpose of the afternoon was to raise money for Jamie and his chosen charities and a packed clubhouse for the raffle and auction afterwards made sure that this was accomplished in style.