“The Board Are Fully Backing Me To Get it Right” – Paul Davis


Commenting firstly on the suggestion after the Barwell game that it might have been his last one in charge Paul Davis was honest enough to admit that any decision in that respect wouldn’t have been his.

“As I said before I want to lead this football club and I want to bring  back the feelgood factor which we had last season.   I had a long conversation with Jed McCrory and the Board through the week and they are now fully backing me to get it right.

We had a honest chat about some players possibly not being up to the required standard and also needing a little bit of a freshening up among the staff, so I made a conscious effort to bring back Nathan Marsh as Goalkeeping Coach who will also add a touch of joviality to the dressing room.

In terms of today I felt that we were much better than on Tuesday.  We defended well against the highest scoring team in the League  and I’m finding it difficult because  some key decisions went against us.

For their second goal I’m convinced it was a goal kick and not a corner and when it comes across our keeper ends up on the floor  but no foul is given.

Five minutes previously Chris Wreh had been hauled down in the penalty area in front of the linesman who tells me that  in their pre-match briefing those decisions are to be taken solely by the referee..

So those big moments five minutes apart are where we are.  They’re riding high and they get that bit of luck with those decisions whereas we don’t.

As a result I’ve got a dressing room that’s flat because they feel they’ve given everything and got nothing out of it

I ‘ve just said to the boys that it was much improved today and what can’t happen is that we put in these type of performance and then suddenly go back to a Peterborough, Coalville or Barwell.

We have to build on today and reproduce it against Hitchin next week

It’s all about expectation.  Games like today everyone expects you to be up against it so they go away happyish but games against sides like Hitchin we are expected to win and it’s not as easy as that.  Hitchin will come here and make it difficult for us and we’ve got to be prepared for them to do that.”

Town v Bromsgrove Sporting – Read Rod’s Stats

                                                              Match Stats by Rod Abrahams

       Stratford    Bromsgrove
              9 Goal Attempts              12
              4 On Target                8
              0 Blocked Shots                0
              0 Hit Woodwork               0
             6 Corners Won               6
             3 Crosses into Box               7
           13 Fouls Conceded              11
              3 Off Side                1
             0 Yellow Cards               1
             0 Red Cards               0

Town 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 2


Town turned in a much improved performance after the debacle against Barwell in midweek but  a play off chasing Sporting side including former Town favourites Richard Gregory, Mike Taylor and Kieren Westwood  took the points with a goal in each half either side of a tremendous Chris Wreh equalising strike.

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

Volunteers Wanted Tomorrow

With the Arden Garages Stadium pitch waterlogged in places after near enough half an inch of rain in the past 24 hours the Club have asked for volunteers to help clear the standing water tomorrow morning from 9.00am prior to the scheduled pitch inspection at 11.00am.

Please come equipped with wellies and a fork.

Banbury On Boxing Day Shlould Be Interesting

With the news this morning that Ravi Shamsi is moving to Banbury United it adds some extra spice to  Town’s trip down the M40 to visit the Puritans on Boxing Day as not only will  Ravi be lining up in opposition but they will also be facing Kynan Isaac who recently joined Banbury after a brief spell at North Leigh and Claudio Dias who moved there when he left Town last season.

It also seems that Town will  no longer have the promising keeper Harvey White to call upon as his loan spell from Watford has apparently been ended early following the management changes at Vicarage Road,

Ravi Shamsi Heads Out

The Club have announced that Ravi Shamsi has decided to move on “after several 7 day approaches.”

Ravi joined Town from Leamington in October and made his debut in the home game against Lowestoft Town since when he has been an ever present in Paul Davis’ side making eleven appearances and scoring four goals  including a memorable  effort from 40 yards out in the F A Trophy tie against Hednesford.

“I’ve Just Said to the Players That Sort Of Performance Means That You Don’t Want Me In Charge” – Paul Davis


“I’ve just said to the players that sort of performance means that you don’t want me in charge” was the reaction of a distraught Paul Davis afterwards.

“I commented before about taking one step forward  and two steps back.  I felt we have been taking forwards steps recently but tonight we’ve just plummeted and I have to admit I never saw it coming as it did.

In some ways it was as bad as at Peterborough. We gave up there.    I didn’t think we did tonight, but I was persuaded to change our shape in the second half to go three at the back and I shouldn’t have done it.

We conceded four goals so I changed our shape back and we didn’t concede again but the game was over.

Another issue we had was that Matt Bower wasn’t feeling well although he didn’t tell us until half time while Kyle Rowley picked up an injury in the first half  and that is why they both came off when they did.

But it’s clearly not acceptable.  The players have to show how good they are and if they don’t they need to be changed.

I want to be a manager.  I want to manage this football club and I work relentlessly and tirelessly for this football club, but I can’t change that dressing room again.

Last season we had players such as Jimmy Fry and Will Grocott  from the previous manager’s squad who wanted to be here and the new players who came in had to buy into that ethos.   That has not happened this time round.

As we all know when we went out of the F A Cup the budget was cut as it was felt we weren’t going to compete at the top end so it was decided to save the money for the following season and see if we can have a go then, but you then run the risk of it going the other way.

But we now move forward to the Bromsgrove game on Saturday.  The players may have the chance to put it right as it will be too late to bring others in , but I think that you will have some news before that game and  I have to say  I will be amazed if I’m still talking to you then.”


Town v Barwell – Read Rod’s Stats

                                                      Match Stats by Rod Abrahams

     Stratford      Barwell
              9 Goal Attempts             26
              2 On Target             12
              0 Blocked Shots               0
             0 Hit Woodwork               1
             5 Corners Won               3
             5 Crosses into Box               7
             6 Fouls Conceded               5
            4 Off Side              3
            0 Yellow Cards              1
            0 Red Cards             0