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AFC Fylde
Stratford Town
Unknown (4', 19', 45', 82', 93')
Full time
J Williams (92')
Sat 15 Dec 15:00 - Cup Attendance 491

Spirited Town exit the FA Trophy at a stormy Fylde


Blues early errors set the Coasters on the road to victory

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

AFC Fylde v Stratford Town Saturday 15 December, 2018 3.00 pm
at Mill Farm, 1st Round Buildbase FA Trophy

AFC Fylde 5 Stratford 1 (HT 3-0)

• Such groans of roaring wind and rain….

Mill Farm is an impressive and modern football ground and if AFC Fylde achieve league status this year they should be more than ready for the challenge. The hospitality areas are particularly impressive. The stadium boasts 2000 seats in front of the Directors’ and Corporate glass-plated viewing area. Having said that the stadium with its high roof is open to the elements and so was an inhospitable environment for the 400+ souls on the terraces on this bleak December Saturday on the Blackpool coast. The welcome was warm and professional but I’m told less so at the refreshment kiosk for the brave visiting Townites.

The pitch was immaculate and this allowed for some quality football from both sides with the aerial route rarely employed. As a contest it was done on 19 minutes if not as early as 4 minutes with 2 uncharacteristic goalkeeping errors from the usually reliable Ross Etherington. The weather played its part. A routine ball into the Town area seemed to be the goalkeeper’s all day long; but first it skidded of the greasy surface; then it held up in the fierce breeze Town were playing into; and then it was spilled. A melee ensued before Serhat Tasdemir finished in style.

On 19 minutes Town conceded a free kick 25 yards out. The muscular Danny Rowe struck a low and powerful shot through the Town wall. Etheridge got behind the ball but it ricocheted into the path of Danny Williams who made no mistake.

Town were missing the injured Jamie McAteer From their starting line up and Kynan Isaac was unavailable. Wetwood came in at left wing back, Lewis Wilson reverted to defence and Claudio Dias started on the right. Fylde, having done their homework on Chris Cox, pressed Zaine Francis-Angol forward and it wasn’t until the second half that the Town wing back was able to offer an attacking option.

Danny Rowe added a third for The Coasters on 45 minutes by which time the writer’s paper notes were in tatters, sodden with rain and barely decipherable. Discretion being the better part of the valour this scribe retired to a warmer spot for the second half.

With Fylde’s foot off the pedal Town came back into the game to show their quality. Passing was neat and concise but once the home side was back in possession Fylde was even less likely to concede.

Grocott, Skendi, Cox and Carvalho all combined at different times to create half chances but with Taylor contained by a pacey and athletic Fylde back line the elusive goal never came. Tasdemir scored his second and Fylde’s fourth on 84 minutes as Fylde returned to the ascendency. After a corner in additional time Grocott sent the ball into the area again and Jordan Williams scored a consolation goal for Town. Almost immediately Danny Williams replied with his second and Fylde’s 5th.

This particular adventure is over but Tuesday beckons in the home game against Coalville in EvoStik Premier Division Central with an opportunity to return to a play off spot. The quality and the passion are there as long as the heart and desire remain!

Man of the Match – James Fry

* Such groans of roaring wind and rain… King Lear Act 3 Scene 2

Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS

 StratfordAFC Fylde
9Goal Attempts24
4On Target11
0Hit Woodwork2
5Corners Won7
8Crosses into Box11
8Fouls Conceded9
0Off Side1
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0

No cards for either side a reflection of the sportsmanship displayed by both teams

Festive Period Home Matches:

Tuesday 18 December Coalville (H) League KO 7.45pm
Wednesday 26 December Banbury (H) League KO 3pm
Saturday 29 December Stourbridge (H) League KO3pm

James Fry

Player of the Match

James Fry

Key moments

Goal Goal for AFC Fylde
Goal Goal for AFC Fylde
Goal Goal for AFC Fylde
Goal Goal for AFC Fylde
90:00 +2:00
Goal Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town
90:00 +3:00
Goal Goal for AFC Fylde


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
James Fry is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
90:00 +3:00 Goal 5 - 1
Goal for AFC Fylde
90:00 +2:00 Goal 4 - 1
Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town
82:00 Goal 4 - 0
Goal for AFC Fylde
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 3 - 0
Goal for AFC Fylde
19:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for AFC Fylde
4:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for AFC Fylde
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Fylde
  • Stratford Town
  • 0
  • Goal 4:00'
  • Goal 19:00'
  • Goal 45:00'
  • Goal 82:00'
  • Jordan Williams Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Goal 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Etheridge, Ross Etheridge, Ross
Cox, Chris Cox, Chris
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Williams, Jordan Williams, Jordan
Westwood, Kieren Westwood, Kieren
Dias, Claudio Dias, Claudio
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Taylor, Mikey Taylor, Mikey
Fry, James Fry, James
Stratford Town

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