Fund Raising Race Night 20th March

Stratford Town Independent Supporters Association

In our continued support of Stratford Town Football Club the supporters association are delighted to have partnered with the club in a fundraising race night on 20th March 2020.

Steve Wood will be our steward for the night and we will have 8 races on the card. We have already sold sponsorship for the races but we need active members to sell the horses for £5 each. We would also like to fill the room on the night and have some fun. Please share this with friends and family as we build up to an exciting evening.

For further details please see any of the committee members

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Lowestoft v Town – Read Chris Simpson’s Stats

                                                           Match Stats by Chris Simpson

    Stratford      Lowestoft
          9 Goal Attempts         10
          5 On Target           7
          0 Blocked Shots           2
          0 Hit Woodwork           1
          3 Corners Won           5
          2 Crosses into Box          9
         15 Fouls Conceded        13
          6 Off Side          4
          1 Yellow Cards          4
          0 Red Cards         0

 

      

“We never really got started at all” – Paul Davis

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“We were nowhere near it today” was the typically honest reaction from a downbeat Paul Davis  afterwards

“It’s disappointing because over the past three games I felt we were getting somewhere.  I could be standing here saying that we drew the game nil-nil but we haven’t because  Kyle  Rowley handles the ball to give away the penalty and then the keeper makes a mistake at the end.

I just felt that from the beginning of the game we never really got started at all and there didn’t seem to be any enthusiasm.

I know it’s hard to come off the bus and be ready to play after the horrendous five hour journey we had to get here  but that’s no excuse.  It’s something that everyone got to deal with as we’re back over here in a few weeks time to play Leiston.

If we play like we have done in recent weeks we will pick up enough points to be safe by the middle of April, but if we carry on playing like we did today it will go on right to the last day of the season and given that our last match is away to Bromsgrove that’s something we definitely don’t want.

The only blessing we’ve got at the minute is that the other teams aren’t picking up any points either but it doesn’t get any easier for us as our next game in a fortnight’s time is away to the League leaders.” .

 

Lowestoft Town 2 Town 0

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A first half penalty and a second goal with virtually the last kick of the game secured the points for the Trawlerboys against a disappointing Town side who failed to build on the promise of their recent unbeaten three game run.

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

 

Rushall Olympic 5 Town Youth 3

It was semi-final heartbreak for Town Youth at a wet and windy Dales Lane on Tuesday evening as Rushall Olympic progressed into the final of the Joel Richards Memorial Cup (previously known as the Birmingham County FA Youth Cup) after coming out on top in an eight goal thriller.

Nick Ballinger’s side typically gave it everything but a series of fine saves from the Rushall keeper Alex Graham and some clinical finishing from their strikers ultimately proved decisive.

Yet on Rushall’s 3G pitch it was Town who took an early lead when Michael Boyd hit a beautifully placed curling effort beyond the helpless Graham in only the second minute.

Rushall looked for an immediate response with their wide players giving the Town defence plenty to think about with their pace down both flanks while Boyd, Jack Ballinger and Rob Sone were equally dangerous for Town as the play switched from end to end with neither side really on top.

But Rushall grabbed a fortuitous equaliser with a free kick which was floated into the penalty area and deceived everyone as it then bounced into the net, and that gave them the momentum to push forward.

Town keeper Callum Monaghan pulled off a smart save down to his left to keep the scores level followed by Town creating a chance of their own at the other end with Rob Singer latching onto a pinpoint through ball from Ballinger only to be denied by a combination of Graham and one of his defenders.

But four minutes before half time Rushall edged ahead with a close range finish and another ten minutes into the second half doubled their advantage.

Town now had no option but to push forward but Graham kept Rushall’s lead intact with quality saves from Ballinger, Boyd and Sone before Ballinger’s pull back in the 73rd minute set up an opening for Sone who left Graham standing with an unstoppable right foot finish into the top corner.

Sensing an equaliser Town piled on the pressure with Boyd hitting the post and Graham again denying Ballinger and Sone and then pulling off a fine double save from Ballinger’s original shot and Boyd’s effort from the follow-up.

But having survived that onslaught Rushall broke way in the final minute of normal time to make it 4-2 yet Town were still not finished. A precision pass from Joe Waterfield set up Ballinger to fire in Town’s third in the fourth minute of added time but as they pressed for the equaliser another breakaway from Rushall saw them make it 5-3 with the last kick of the game.

Town v Redditch – Read Rod’s Stats

MATCH STATS BY ROD ABRAHAMS

Town                                                               Redditch
21                  Goal Attempts                                 3
15                  On Target                                          2
0                    Blocked Shots                                  0
1                     Hit Woodwork                                 0
9                     Corners Won                                    5
9                     Crosses into Box                             4
13                   Fouls Conceded                           10
3                   Off Side                                               2
1                   Yellow Cards                                     3
0                    Red Cards                                          0

“There won’t be a club in the country in non-league football that’s done what we’ve done today” – Paul Davis

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“Mark Bickley does a tremendous job” was the first reaction from Paul Davis afterwards.  “He took the covers off the pitch on Thursday night to let it dry then put them back on again on Friday morning.

There were a number of volunteers who assisted him do that and when I got here at half past twelve this morning there must have been at least ten people on the pitch helping out.

I phoned Mark yesterday morning and said the players really want to play Saturday but  when we  left after training on Thursday night it was wet and the game was very much in doubt  and it’s all down to Mark that we played today.

You can’t run a club at this level without volunteers.   Ours have been tremendous  and there wont’ be a club in this country in non-league football that’s done what we’ve done today to get this game on.

I asked them what they wanted and they said just get the three points and that’s what the players have done.

I told the players before the game that whatever happens we must win this afternoon for the volunteers and also to give us a platform for the rest of the season.

We started on 11th August and it’s now February and we haven’t had back-to-back wins or clean sheets until now.

I watched Redditch last week and they’ve improved since we played them last month so I knew we would be in for a tough game .

Two months ago would we have won that game today ?  I’m not sure but we’ve got far greater commitment in the squad now.

We’ve taken ten points from our last six games and that’s mid-table form.   Our aim is still to be fourth from bottom or better to guarantee safety and  to do that we need nine more points.

But from where we were we’ve turned a bit of a corner and I feel we’re on the up.”