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Nathan Marsh confirmed at Hitchin that he has been invited to return to Town in his previous role as Goalkeeping Coach.
“We tried a new formation today” admitted a visibly deflated Thomas Baillie afterwards “but it didn’t work.
We are in a rut at the moment. We have got to be better all over the park and we need to put it right in time for the game at Barwell next week.
Ideally we need a lucky break or two. Here Kynan Isaac’s shot rebounds away from the underside of the bar whereas their’s bounces down over the line .
Such are the fine margins and it would surely have been a different game if Kynan’s had gone in.
But we are where we are and we must improve.”
Two second half goals at a sunny Top Field sent Town to their third defeat in four games.
A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.
Many supporters will be aware that Rod “Mr Statto” Abrahams has been awaiting a knee replacement operation, and it was duly carried out at Warwick hospital on Wednesday.
He is now at home recuperating together with as he put it “a bagful of tablets” and will be following Town at Hitchin tomorrow via Twitter while we will be doing our best to maintain his impeccably accurate stats in his absence.
Make sure your recovery goes well Rod – we look forward to having you back with us as soon as you are able. .
Town Youth went down to only their second defeat of the season in the MFYL Premier Division South as Alvechurch turned the form book upside down with a thoroughly deserved success at the Arden Garages Stadium on Thursday evening.
Darren Timms’ side are still in pole position in the table but their two upcoming matches against second placed Gloucester City now take on added importance. Town are four points ahead and have played one game less but that advantage could easily be eroded if the results of those games go against them.
Yet Town made a bright start against the Church with Tommy Harrington and James Pomeroy both having decent efforts well saved by keeper Dan Handley, and it was against the run of play when they fell behind in the ninth minute when Remy Gordon escaped down the left touchline to whip in a low cross which was drilled past Town keeper Ryan Woodward into the bottom corner by the unmarked Leo Glenn.
Town fought back to equalise just four minutes later with Pomeroy supplying the finish from a Toby Scott cross and everything seemed to be going to plan when they went ahead on 20 minutes when Harrington crossed from the right and Tyricke Richards-Burke fired home from virtually on the penalty spot.
But Handley kept Church in the game with a couple more smart saves from Harrington and Bradley West and they levelled it all up again on the half hour mark when Caine Elliott’s underhit backpass allowed Dylan Hadley to nip in and slot the ball past the stranded Woodward.
And it was the Church who began to take control of the game after half time with the impressive Ben Cassidy causing the Town defence plenty of problems with his pace and persistence.
On the hour mark he cut in from the left to hit a low drive which Woodward kept out with his outstretched left leg, and he put the Church back in front on 68 minutes when he chased a long ball down the inside left channel and lobbed it over the advancing keeper into the empty net.
Five minutes later the Church went two up and inevitably it was Cassidy who was involved as he surged into the penalty where he was upended by Sacha Everard and picked himself up to thump the spot kick past Woodward with the minimum of fuss.
Town tried hard to respond and pulled one back in the 79th minute. A well struck Elliott shot was turned behind by Handley getting down well to his right and when the resulting corner wasn’t properly cleared West pounced on the loose ball to blast it into the net and give Town a glimmer of hope.
But with Isevan Prospa standing out in the centre of Church’s backline their only real chance of an equaliser came with three minutes left when Harry Hartin’s free kick from the edge of the penalty area rebounded away off the Church wall. And almost immediately after the Church broke away to seal the win and complete a miserable evening for Town with Hadley adding his second and the Church’s fifth.
The Supporters Association are pleased to announce our third Music night in partnership with Stratford Town Football Club. The evening of Friday 3rd May will see Carrick perform in the function room at the Arden Garages Stadium.
Carrick are a modern acoustic duo comprised of Caroline and Rick. Carrick use a wide variety of instruments to perform acoustic versions of well-known songs from the 70’s to the present day.
Tickets will be available soon from the club shop, bar, and from committee members, at a price of just £5 each. Tickets will also be also be available on the night, so be sure to kick off your bank holiday weekend in style.
Carrick will perform between 9.00 and 11.00, doors open 8.30.
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“I didn’t think there was a lot in the game ” reflected Thomas Baillie afterwards. “We more than matched them especially in the first half and I’m not sure that we deserved to lose, but we have and we have to accept it”
We knew it would be difficult tonight with Jamie McAteer and Jordan Williams suspended and Cody Fisher ruled out after being injured on Saturday which meant that we had to change three of our back four, but we have to be better at taking our chances.
Hopefully this result is only a bit of a blip, but the players now have to stand up and be counted.
They have to show that they are ready to battle it out, and that will be taken into account in my team selection for our next game at Hitchin which will be another tough one as are all games in this league.”