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Redditch United
Stratford Town
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L Wilson (71')
la 26 tammi 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 356

A Lewis Wilson strike seals the win & seasonal double over Redditch

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Local derby victory maintains the Blues momentum in race to the play offs

Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photos by GRANTY

Redditch v Stratford Town Saturday 26 January, 2019 3.00 pm
EvoStik Premier Division Central

Redditch 0 Stratford 1
HT (0-0)

* This above all…..

There was little to admire from either side in the first 45 minutes as both struggled to master the tricky Trico Stadium all-weather surface. Not that the surface was to blame but a light drizzle made it extra slick and progress beyond mid-field was quickly snuffed by two alert defences. Lewis Wilson’s decisive goal on 73 minutes and the sending off of the Reds’ Lewis Wright on 80 minutes meant another 3 points for Town consolidating 3rd position in the league.

Town was once again unchanged with Will Grocott returning to the bench following illness. Redditch kicked off towards the Sallie Swan Stand with Town having the advantage of the slope. There was little to enthuse but the Reds dominated possession and looked dangerous at set pieces.

Stratford thought they had the lead on 17 minutes, when, a low Isaac cross was turned home by Nabil Shariff after good play down the left. The assistant referee’s flag was quickly up judging Isaac offside in the build up. On 22 Jordan Williams was nearly caught out by the lively Danico Johnson but Williams recovered superbly. And the Reds was nearly in front 2 minutes later when a long throw in from the left found the Town defence flat footed. Michael Nelson’s fierce drive struck the crossbar and rebounded to safety. For Town Shariff won a corner left on 40 minutesand Oulton’s cross saw Skendi heading narrowly over.

The second half saw Town take the game to the Reds. Oulton was winning everything in mid-field and Shariff’s hold up play was excellent in allowing mid-field runners to pressurize the Redditch defence. A Shariff cross on 52 minutes caught everyone out and smart play by Skendi, Wilson and Oulton nearly carved the home side’s defence apart. Oulton’s shot was comfortably saved by Reece Francis.

73 minutes saw the deadlock broken. The persistent Cox won the ball on the right and turning inside onto his left his cross found Oulton at the far post. Oulton quickly returned it Lewis Wilson who, ‘poaching’ deep in the Redditch area, netted in quick fashion.

The other defining moment of the half and game came on 80 minutes when Lewis Wight clattered Ross Oulton. A melee followed and after a quick deliberation, match official, Steve Durnall, sent of the Redditch defender. Richard Bachalar and Kynan Isaac received ‘yellows’ for their part in the melee.

Daniel Preston replaced the injured Oulton and there were scares at both ends of the pitch but there was a feeling that Town had just done enough and, indeed, they had!

For Town Oulton, Jordan Williams and Shariff shone and it was good to see the versatile Lewis Wilson back on the score sheet. There was a large following of Town fans at the Trico and it would be good if the wider Stratford community could recognise the team’s achievements by coming out in numbers for the next home fixture against St. Ives Saturday 02 February.

This above all – to thine own self be true. Hamlet Act 1 Scene 3

Attendance: 356

Man of the Match: Ross Oulton

Match Stats by Rod Abrahams

Stratford    Redditch
           9Goal Attempts            8
          4On Target           4
          0Blocked Shots           0
          0Hit Woodwork           1
         4Corners Won           3
         6Crosses into Box           4
       15Fouls Conceded           8
          3Off Side           1
          1Yellow Cards           1
          0Red Cards           1

Stratford Yellow Cards      –     Isaac
Redditch Red Cards      –     Batchelor                     
Redditch Yellow Cards      –    Wright                     

Next up:
Saturday 02 February 3.00pm St Ives (Home) EvoStik PDC

Tell your friends and family that Stratford has an excellent team and get them to come along and sample the great atmosphere at the Arden Garages Stadium

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Ross Oulton

Player of the Match

Ross Oulton

Key moments

71:00
Goal Lewis Wilson scores for Stratford Town

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Ross Oulton is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
77:00 Yellow Card
Kynan Isaac is yellow carded for Stratford Town
71:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lewis Wilson scores for Stratford Town
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As it happened

  • Redditch United
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Lewis Wilson Goal 71:00'
  • Kynan Isaac Yellow Card 77:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Isaac, Kynan Isaac, Kynan
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Fry, James Fry, James
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Oulton, Ross Oulton, Ross
Stratford Town

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

AFC Rushden & Diamonds
1
1
1
0
Rushall Olympic
1
1
Halesowen Town
1
2
Hitchin Town
Needham Market
0
1
St Neots Town
Royston Town
1
1
St Ives Town
1
1
King's Lynn Town
1
2
Kettering Town
Tamworth
2
2

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 42 94
2. King's Lynn Town 42 80
3. Stourbridge 42 78
4. Alvechurch 42 73
5. Stratford Town 42 72
6. Coalville Town 42 67
7. Biggleswade Town 42 66

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