Town pegged back by Mickleover in FA Trophy
Town fail to take early chances and so travel to Derby for the replay on Tuesday and go 12 unbeaten
Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY
Stratford v Mickleover Sports
Saturday 10 November, 2018 3.00 pm at the Arden Garages Stadium
2nd Qualifying Round Buildbase FA Trophy.
Stratford 1 Mickleover 1 HT (1-0)
• Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well
12 unbeaten but manager, Thomas Baillie, still echoed the sentiment of the Town faithful in a sense of ‘disappointment.’ Chances Town had to extend their narrow advantage from Jordan Williams’ header on 26 minutes but indecision in front of goal was to prove costly. Jamie McAteer had recovered from flu and was in the starting eleven and Lewis Wilson found himself on the bench.
Squally showers preceded the game but an appreciative crowd of 183 keenly anticipated the game. This didn’t prevent an impeccably observed minute’s silence on the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities of The Great War.
Town kicked off towards the Golf Course End and was first into their stride. Kynan Isaac threatened on the right and was tripped on the edge of the area. A thumping drive from Will Grocott struck the angle of post and cross bar with keeper, Correy Addai, well beaten before the ball ricocheted to safety. Albi Skendi picked up the rebound and he also was felled this time to the left of the area. Grocott’s free kick this time struck the defensive wall.
Mickleover was clearly rattled and Stratford looked extremely comfortable on the ball with much neat passing. The goal on 26 minutes owed much to mid-field dynamo Grocott. Taking a quick free kick Grocott released Carvalho. He cut inside and his fierce drive was beaten away the ball finding its way to Skendi on the right. His precise cross was met by a towering header from Jordan Williams at the far post, giving keeper Addai no chance.
Town dominated for the rest of the half and the rugged Mickleover side conceded a number of fouls that culminated in Jake Scott receiving a yellow card for a nasty foul on Wilson Carvalho on 32 minutes. The half ended with a wonderful flowing move from Town that saw Will Grocott cross from the by-line and just eluding Mike Taylor at the far post.
The second half opened with a flurry of Town opportunities and the failure to capitalise on these was to come back to haunt them. Almost straight from the kick off Mike Taylor harried the Micklover keeper dealing with a difficult back pass. The ball found its way to Grocott and as he closed in on goal to cries of “shoot” he chose to play in Taylor in and his pass was intercepted and the chance lost.
The game became less fluent and Mickleover fought their way back into the contest. It was noticeable that Mike Taylor was being marshalled by Ricky Ravenhill and that Evan Garnett had found a new lease of life on the left. Town was slow to react and, as a result, became over stretched. In pressing from the wing back positions to seek a second goal gaps appeared in defence.
Kynan Isaac received a yellow card on 63 minutes when he reacted with a shove after he was fouled in mid-field. Shortly afterwards Mickleover was shouting for the yellow to become red when Isaac fell a little too easily. Shortly afterwards he was substituted and Lewis Wilson joined the fray.
Mickleover’s equalizer came on 85 minutes when Evan Garnett sprinted down the left and substitute Will Norcross headed home from his cross. There was a frantic ending to the game with Wilson going close for Stratford and Richard Walton making a late save to deny the visitors.
So it’s back to Derby on Tuesday for the replay and the likelihood of another close encounter. McAteer and Jordan Williams were outstanding for Stratford with Jordan Williams shading things for Man of the Match.
• Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. King Lear Act1 Scene4
Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
| 16||Goal Attempts|| 6|
| 6||On Target|| 3|
| 1||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 1||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 7||Corners Won|| 6|
| 7||Crosses into Box|| 7|
| 11||Fouls Conceded|| 16|
| 0||Off Side|| 1|
| 1||Yellow Cards|| 1|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|
Stratford Town Yellow Cards – Isaac
Mickleover Sports Yellow Cards – Burgin
Tuesday 13 November Mickleover Sports (A) 7.45pm FA Trophy 2QRRR
Saturday 17 November Needham Market (A) 3.00pm EvoStik Southern Premier