Just one of those Nights for Jimmy and the Boys
Stratford suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Coalville Town last night as a former player came back to haunt them.
Stratford were limited to a handful of chances but when they did create an opening, they were unable to find a way past returning goalkeeper, Richard Walton.
“He was with us about November last year, so we all know the quality he has,” said captain Jimmy Fry.
“I just had a feeling that coming back here, he was going to have a stand out performance. He didn’t have a lot to do, but when he was called upon, he really was outstanding.
“The tip over from Albi’s volley, in the first half, was incredible. Then in the second, I didn’t even realise he had got a touch to Wilson’s shot, I just thought, Wow.”
One nil down, Town faced an uphill struggle but their task was made considerably more difficult once they went down to ten men after Jamie McAteer was shown a second yellow.
“There was about fifteen to go when Macca got sent off,” said Jimmy. “Their goal came after a little spell of pressure but we still felt as if we were in the game.
“Going into the closing stages, we were hoping to whip up a storm but the sending off killed any chance of a fight back.
“Once they had the man advantage, they kept possession and ran the clock down.
“They then grabbed the second and really should have had a third.”
Centre-back Jordan Williams then received his marching orders late on but Jimmy refuses to lay any blame at either his or Jamie’s feet.
“We were chasing the game and in doing so, we left ourselves a little exposed at the back.” He said.
“Unfortunately on both occasions, the lads were caught the wrong side and when you are already on a yellow, you are treading a thin line.”
“We can have no complaints over the dismissals. It was just one of those games, sometimes it happens, but both Macca and Jordan have been immense for us all season.”
Updated 19:03 - 13 Feb 2019 by Andy Chilton