Holidays have decimated our 50/50 draw matchday squad ahead of tomorrow’s pre-season friendly with an Aston Villa eleven. If anyone could spare half an hour of their time to help sell tickets it would be greatly appreciated. It’s a great way of meeting the Town faithful as well as raising funds for brilliant Stratford Town FC related products such as the recent mower purchase and the PA system.
LATE WREH STRIKE WINS IT FOR TOWN
Stratford Town – 1 – Wreh 79 Worcester City – 0
Report by Rod Abrahams
A late goal by Chris Wreh, won the game for a below par lack lustre performance from Stratford Town, who were give a stern test by a lively Worcester City outfit who over the 90 mins were the better side, and were disappointed not to get something from the game, as Town failed to build on the good performance against Cheltenham Town last Saturday.
Worcester had a good chance in the 3rd minute when Aaron Birch drilled a low shot goal wards from a Tyreece Ruddock cross but it was blocked by a Town defender. A city defender sliced a low cross over his own bar in the 39th minute, and Nabil Shariff headed wide from a corner, and Lewis Wilson had a strike saved by the keeper’s legs, and just failed to get a touch to a cross from Shariff with the goal at his mercy, in the last minute of the half.
In the second half Worcester were still the better side. A shot from the lively Ruddock was saved by the legs of Town stopper Sam Lomax on 50 minutes, and Chris Withington curled an effort just wide of the far post. A Demetri Brown shot was on target but hit a Town defender and went narrowly wide, and the visitor’s best chance came on the hour mark, when a cross from Luke English found Josh Willis 6yds out but he put a free header wide.
A late flourish from Stratford saw Chris Wreh break two on one with Shariff but his cross failed to find the strike. The only goal of the game came 11 minutes from time, when Joe Tumelty fired a low shot goal wards which was diverted into the net by Chris Wreh from 6yds out, the latter then stuck a volley just over from a James Hancock free kick with 10 minutes left.
Stratford will have to improve for the next game against Aston Villa at the Arden Garages Stadium on Saturday.
STRATFORD TOWN OUTPACE RACING CLUB
Racing Club Warwick – 0
Stratford Town – 6 – Vann 7 Own Goal 16 Hughes 26 Shariff (2) 32 & 39 Luckings 86
Report by Rod Abrahams
In their second game preparing for the new season Stratford Town eased to a comfortable 6-0 win over near neighbours, Racing Club Warwick at Townsend Meadow on Tuesday night. Stratford again played two different teams for each half of the game, including some players who did not feature in the game against Yeovil Town.
Stratford dominated for most of the game, and went in front in the 7th minute, a Nabil Shariff header hit the bar from a corner and Dan Vann headed in the rebound. The lead was doubled on 16 minute when Morgan Browns free kick from the left flank hit the far post and went into the net off the Racing Keeper. Town were awarded a penalty on 26 minutes when Shariff was brought down in the box, the striker took the spot kick but it was saved by the Racing keeper, the ball ran loose and was volleyed into the roof of the net by Liam Hughes from 18yds out, to make it 3-0.
Nabil Shariff then got a brace of goals. First converting Lewis Wilson’s low cross at the near post on 32 mins, and then heading into an empty net after the keeper had clawed out his initial lob from Ivor Lawton’s flick on in the 39th minute. It was 4 minutes from the end when Town got their final goal, when Marlon Lukinga scored with a spectacular strike from 25yds into the top corner to wrap the game up.
Racing Club, who have been promoted to the Total Motion Football League Premier division, kept going, but did not produce a meaningful goal attempt in the 90 mins.
A few of the Stratford players are starting to impress, so will have to see how they perform against higher opposition on Saturday when Cheltenham Town come to the Arden Garages Stadium KO 3.00pm. On Friday a Stratford Town XI visit Alcester Town KO 7.00pm. Match Report Rod Abrahams.
The Southern League have announced new sponsors with Bet Victor taking over from Evo-Stik.
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TOWN SECOND BEST IN PRE-SEASON OPENER
Yeovil Town – 2 – Rhys Murphy 21 & 42 Stratford Town – 0
Attendance – 878
Report by Rod Abrahams
Town’s pre-season build up to the new season started with a defeat by National Premier League side Yeovil Town at the Huish Stadium. Stratford played two different teams for each half of the game, and former Town player Albi Skendi played the first half for Yeovil, after signing a 2 year contract with the Somerset club on Thursday.
Yeovil dominated the first half, with Stratford not seeing a lot of the ball. The Home side went in at the break 2 up following a brace of goals from their new striker Rhys Murphy, he poked the ball home from a yard out after Towns 6’ 9” stopper Sam Lomax could only parry a Bradley Ash shot on 21 mins. He got his second in the 42 minute, when he had time and space to control Carl Dickenson’s cross and drill a shot past the stranded Lomax into the bottom corner. The only response from Stratford in the first half was a shot from Nabil Shariff, which was high and wide.
With a complete change of personnel Stratford did have a better second half, although Yeovil were still the dominate side, but they failed to add to their first half lead with some stout defending and new keeper Elliot Taylor keeping a clean sheet. Towns two best chances of the second half both fell to striker Chris Wreh when he curled a shot past the home keeper but the ball hit the post and went to safety in the 71st minute, and with 5 minutes left his well struck shot was saved by the legs of the keeper to deny Town a consolation goal.
There is some potential there, but Stratford must improve their passing and not to give the ball away so easily and so often. Towns next game is away at Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday KO 7.45pm.
The pre-season friendly away to Corby Town scheduled for Wednesday July 31st has been cancelled. According to the Corby website they already have a home friendly against Tamworth arranged on that date.
Two first half goals from Yeovil decided Town’s first pre-season friendly in which both teams mad extensive changes at half time.
Town’s first half line -up was :-
Sam Lomax, Chris Cox, Cody Fisher, Morgan Brown, Luke Morrison, Reece Ford, Kurtis Revan, Marlon Lukinga, Nabil Shariff, Lewis Wilson, Kynan Isaac.
In the second half Town’s line-up was :-
Elliott Taylor, Dan Vann, Gerrard Sam, Will Davidson, Tom Fishwick, Josh Endall, Enoch Ekongo, James Hancocks, Chris Wreh, Joe Tumelty, Joel Gyasi, Brandon Ganley, Patos Tufan
Town are journeying to Somerset for their opening pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town accompanied by the breaking news that their imposing midfielder Albi Skendi has secured a move to the Glovers and will therefore be lining up against them this afternoon.
In his sole season at the Arden Garages Stadium Albi made 44 appearances with his only Town goal coming in the 3-2 win over Leiston back in October, while the feature of his play was his ability to make surging runs from midfield which often had opposing defenders just bouncing off him as he powered through.
Town supporters will wish him all the best as he steps up to the National League.
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The Arden Garages Stadium pitch is looking in pristine condition ahead of the new season thanks to the acquisition of a top quality mower which has been funded by the Stratford Town Independent Supporters Association.
Offered to the club at a generous price of £2600 the mower (pictured above) is similar to those used at cricket test match grounds, and given the obvious benefit of having such a useful item of equipment the Association were happy to provide the financial assistance required.
“This will give the club vital assistance to keep the pitch in as good a condition as possible” commented STISA Chairman Chris Simpson “and following on from the upgrade of the PA system is exactly the type of project that the Association was set up to be involved in.”
And Town director Mark Bickley added “The club is extremely grateful to STISA for their invaluable help in this respect without which we would not have been able to proceed. The pitch is not only looking good but the playing surface is fantastic as well and is all set for the big kick off in a few weeks time.”