Dan Moves to The Reds

Having not been included in any of Town’s matchday squads so far this season popular defender Dan Summerfield has decided to seek game time elsewhere and has now switched to Redditch United..

Previously with Merthyr Town Dan moved to the Midlands to study Economics at Birmingham University, and after a brief spell at Halesowen he joined Town in August 2016.

Making his debut in a goalless draw at Slough he turned in a Man of the Match performance and from then on was a regular in the side ending the 2016/17 season with 42 appearances.

He was also soon on the scorer’s list as well hitting the target against Hitchin on only his second Town appearance, although he had to wait until the season’s final game against Dorchester to do so again.

It was more of the same last time round as he clocked up 44 appearances and found the back of the net three times including Town’s second goal in that epic F A  Cup tie at Scarborough which for a long time looked as if it would be the strike which fired Town into the Fourth Qualifying Round for the first time ever.

And at the end of that campaign his trademark reliability and consistency earned him the Stratford Herald Player of the Season Award.

But it hasn’t worked out for Dan this time round which has prompted the move to Redditch, and all supporters will thank him for his efforts at Town and wish him well at his new club.

Town Youth 3 Hereford 2

Town Youth made it two wins from two in the MFYL Premier Division South as they turned in a performance brimming with character and commitment to overcome a classy Hereford side at the Arden Garages Stadium on Thursday evening.

Yet the game got off to the worst possible start for Town with Rob Lord having to limp off inside the opening two minutes with Caine Ellliott coming on instead, and it was Elliott who went close to firing Town ahead a few minutes later with a well struck effort from distance which flew narrowly wide.

With Town already looking the more threatening of the two sides they took the lead in the ninth minute with a header from Tommy Harrington and three minutes later they were two up when Bradley West let fly with a fierce left footer from 25 yards out which was too much for the Hereford keeper Dan Keane who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out.

Hereford tried to respond with a shot from Shaun Yalland which was comfortably held by Town keeper Ryan Woodward, but Woodward was called into more serious action on 25 minutes with a smart close range save from Joe Mellars.

Then on the half hour mark Town had a great chance to extend their lead when West surged into the penalty area down the inside right channel and was brought down by Keane only for him to take the spot kick himself and blaze it well wide.

Hereford’s let off was only shortlived however as Harrington added Town’s third in the 38th minute when he cut in from the right and coolly steered the ball past the advancing Keane.

Bur Hereford gave themselves a glimmer of hope a minute before the break when Luke Firkin slotted home from inside the six yard box, and it was to become a different game in the second half.

Hereford noticeably upped their tempo and began to have more and more of the possession with Town increasingly being forced to defend in depth and in numbers.

Sean Swann-McBride was unlucky with a thunderbolt 20 yards out which cannoned against the bar, but with Josh Aspinall-Smyth and Sacha Everard in commanding form at the back Town held on until Matt McLeod’s neat turn and crisp finish made it 3-2 with fifteen minutes to go.

From then on Hereford’s efforts for an equaliser became even more frantic as they piled forward with a series of crosses into the Town penalty area and some nailbitngly near misses, but with everyone battling away to the end Town survived to clinch the win which sets them up nicely for their F A Youth Cup tie at Alvechurch next Wednesday.

Everyone’s a winner with the Supporter’s Association Lottery!

lottery

Did you know that in the short history of the Supporters Association our lottery has paid out over £1100 in prize money? The lottery is our main source of fundraising revenue and has assisted us to contribute around £1500 to Stratford Town FC related projects.

Joining is very simple and only requires you to set up a monthly Standing Order from your bank account to the STISA Bank Account.

Prize draws will be made on a monthly basis with prize money of £100.00 to be won each month. However the more people that join the more prize money that will be offered. A single entry to the lottery costs only £5 a month but you’re not limited to just one entry.

Please join, and encourage others (family, work colleagues, friends etc.) to be part of helping to raise funds. Remember all money raised goes directly to STFC related projects, all of which are decided on democratically by Supporters Association members in collaboration with STFC.

An application form, and T&C’s are available through this link

https://stratfordtownisa.com/stisa-lottery/

Home Draw For Town

Town have been drawn at home to Alvechurch in the  First Qualifying Round of the F A Cup with the tie scheduled to be ;played on Saturday September 8th.   The winners will receive £6000 from the Prize Fund.

In the Preliminary Round played last weekend Alvechurch came through against Bromsgrove Sporting  4-3 in front of a 700+ crowd in a game featuring three penalties.

Town 1 Lowestoft Town 3

Two late Lowestoft strikes in the 83rd and 89th minutes decided the first ever game between the two clubs.

Earlier Lowestoft had grabbed a 4th minute lead only for Claudio Dias to equalise for Town five minutes before the break.

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